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Skinbound by Anna Kittrell

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  • Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll

    An ancient scrimshaw doll--does its gypsy magic protect? Or destroy?

    As a child, Darcy Vaughan cowered beneath the malice of her twin sister, Scarlett. Now, Scarlett is back and Darcy hopes to establish the sisterly bond she's always longed for. Instead, Scarlett tries to destroy Darcy's life--and her new relationship with the town doctor.

    Dr. Cabin Creighton returned to his hometown near Lake Chickasha, Oklahoma to take over his father's practice. One look at Darcy and Cabin wants nothing more than to love her forever. But a guilty heart and memories of his deceased wife are holding him back.

    When someone from Scarlett's past reappears, bad things start to happen. Darcy and Cabin struggle to keep their love alive, but as danger draws closer, Darcy finds herself once more at her sister's mercy, with nothing but the yellowed bones of an ancient doll to protect her.

    Rating: Sensual
    Page Count: 124
    Word Count: 32197
    978-1-61217-523-2 Digital

    Excerpt:

    “Really? This is how you treat your sister? Your twin?” Scarlett pushed past Darcy.

    “What—”

    “You promised to check on me. I had a coughing spasm and very well could have died in that house all by myself.” She shook a cigarette from her pack, looked around the room, then slid it back in.

    “May I intervene?” Cabin asked, his piercing gaze aimed at Scarlett. “You’re perfectly fine. I would have sent you to the hospital if I’d thought otherwise. As for the coughing spasm...you can blame those cigarettes for that.”

    “Thank you, Dr. Drew. I’ll check into Celebrity Rehab right away.” She cackled, her breath reeking of alcohol. She turned to Darcy, snatching the doll from her. “Where did you get this?” she demanded. “How many crap-filled Dumpsters did you have to dive into before you found the ridiculous thing? They should’ve buried these dried up bones right along with that crotchety old bat’s.” She pumped the doll’s legs in a suggestive manner and laughed, holding it from reach as Darcy grabbed for it.

    Cabin circled Scarlett’s wrists with one hand, twisting the doll free with the other, and handed it to Darcy.

    “My, you are a strong one.” Scarlett batted her lashes over bloodshot eyes. “I can certainly see why my sister...my twin sister...has such a bad case of Cabin fever.” She turned on her stilettoed heel and staggered through the doorway, onto the porch. “I hope you can remedy that, doctor.” She laughed as Cabin shut the door.

    “Scarlett makes it so hard. All I want to do is help her. I wouldn’t blame you if you never wanted to be around this again.” Darcy motioned from herself to the wall separating her house from Scarlett’s.

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11/23/2012

Review

Skinbound is one of several novellas in the Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll series, authored by various members of the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America.

In this latest one, Darcy Vaughan thought the return of her malicious twin, Scarlett, who has assured her sister she is now on a new path, would bring them the closeness Darcy has always longed for.

Dr. Cabin Creighton has taken over his father’s medical practice, and has his own demons to face, but will he be able to deal with them in time to accept Darcy’s love, and protect her from danger?

Ms Kittrell has written a riveting, tense story of betrayal from one who should love you the most, your identical twin. It’s no exaggeration to say I could not put it down. And I can attribute my Thanksgiving Day burnt green bean casserole to that.

The characters are very real, the story flows, and although the doll was front and center, Darcy and Cabin’s love story tied it all together so well. I’ve read many villains in my day, but Scarlett Vaughan stands out among the best. It’s hard to believe this story is the author’s debut novel.

I strongly recommend you grab your copy of this spellbinding tale of betrayal extraordinaire—and beware: don’t have anything in the oven when you start reading it.

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