Hello Everyone, Indiewritersreview is host today for Day of Atonement (Protective Detective Series) by Yolonda Tonette Sanders as part of her Maverick Promotions virtual tour! Please check out the awesome excerpt below!
On Tour January 05th-09th
Author Yolonda Tonette Sanders
Yolonda Tonette Sanders took a leap of faith by resigning from her job with the State of Ohio to focus more on writing. It was a leap that she has never regretted, as several of her novels have been published, including Soul Matters, Secrets of a Sinner, and In Times of Trouble. All of her books have appeared on Essence’s bestseller list. Currently, Yolonda resides in Columbus, Ohio, and is the loving wife of David, proud mother of Tre and Tia, and joyful caregiver of her mother, Wilene.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
The second in Essence bestselling author Yolonda Tonette Sanders’s Protective Detective series featuring Troy Evans, this suspenseful novel shows the devastation domestic violence can cause and how sometimes, mistakes of the past cannot be undone.
For over thirty years, Detective Troy Evans has been haunted by the disappearance of Elana Campbell. The younger sister of his best friend, eight-year-old Elana stormed out of the house one August afternoon and that was the last they saw of her…until her body was found several weeks later off the Texan highway in a place known as the Killing Fields.
With no suspects or leads, the Campbells hire private investigator B.K. Ashburn, and Troy heads back to his hometown of Houston to assist with the case. While there, he reluctantly begins to build a relationship with his father, whom he’s spent his entire life hating. Meanwhile, Troy keeps running into dead ends on Elana’s case, except for a gut feeling that Elana’s disappearance all those years ago had to do with a member of her own dysfunctional family.
As Troy and B.K. begin to dig into the pasts of the Campbells’ relatives, they uncover painful secrets that could destroy relationships. And when the culprit is finally revealed, the discovery will leave everyone wondering if perhaps some mysteries should remain unsolved…
August, 1982—Houston, Texas
“Outside,” answered Elvin.
“I didn’t see her. She’s probably around the corner. Turn off the game and get the rest of the bags out the car then go get her. Yes, I bought push pops,” she said before Elvin could speak as she rushed through to the kitchen, “but y’all need to eat and clean up first.”
The boys didn’t move until they heard her yell “Now!” along with clanging pots around the kitchen. Not willing to experience her wrath from their disobedience, they grudgingly turned off the game and did as instructed.
After getting the groceries, Elvin and Troy went to find Elana. They’d knocked on the doors of all of her friends’ houses and by the time they had circled the block, there was still no sign of her. “I bet she’s at home with Mama by now.”
More consciously aware of hunger pangs, they’d decided to run back, challenging each other in a race. “I beat you,” gloated Troy.
“No you didn’t. It was a tie.”
“Whatever; you always say that when you lose.”
Thirsty, they went into the kitchen for water.
“We couldn’t find her. I thought she might be here by now,” Elvin explained.
“Well, she’s not. Did you see if she was over Salome’s?”
“Yes. We went everywhere. She’s probably hiding to get us in trouble.”
“In trouble about what?”
Troy was glad that Elvin had been doing all the talking. Elvin explained to Miss Lilly how Elana got in front of the TV and was trying to kick them. He left out the fact that they called her names, of course.
Miss Lilly seemed both irritated and concerned. “I’ll find her myself. Stay here and turn off the pot if it starts boiling. Don’t get back on that game either. Y’all are not playing again until this house is clean.”
Still tired from the race that he was sure he’d won, Troy plopped down in one of the kitchen chairs while Elvin stared at the stove. Nerves had settled into the both of them as they heard Miss Lilly yelling for Elana until her voice faded. Troy hadn’t been ready to go earlier, but
now he wished his mom would come. Maybe Elana was hiding like Elvin said and was waiting for Troy to leave.
Salome’s mom was the first to come by to see if Elana had come home. She left immediately when Troy’s mom and little sister finally arrived, which was probably best given the circumstances. Troy knew that his mom did not care for Salome’s mom. He’d overheard her and
Miss Lilly make comments about Salome’s mom many times as the two of them suspected that the lady was sleeping with Troy’s father after Miss Lilly saw him coming from Salome’s house on several occasions. By the time Troy’s mom came, whatever feelings she had toward Salome’s mom had been put aside as she tried consoling a now frantic Miss Lilly. His mom waited with Miss Lilly for the police while Troy and Elvin went back out to look for Elana, along with several neighbors, relatives, and friends who had joined the search efforts. There was no luck.
Hours turned into days and soon it became clear that eight-year-old Elana Campbell disappeared
without a trace, never to be seen again
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