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Thursday, September 6, 2012


Q. What color were the boots Layla bought when she returned to her hometown?

A. The answer is in the excerpt below from CHASING THE LEGACY:

**"I've got to have those boots." Layla Dalton swung into a parking space in front of the two-story brick building that housed a bootery. This entire Eastern Oregon town felt like stepping back into an earlier era, complete with a horse-drawn wagon clopping down the street among the automobiles.

"We're already running late." Her photographer companion didn't bother to look at his watch before commenting.

"The real story is with the mother, and we have that interview lined up. A short stop isn't going to kill this assignment." Her editor thought she could deliver a woman's perspective on the story of a mother being reunited with a stolen child sold to a wealthy couple under the guise of a legal adoption. But authorities had discovered the scheme and tracked down the birth mother, who would be reunited with her child today.

However, Layla's editor had no idea how emotional her perspective would be. The birth mother had been located in Eastern Oregon's old gold mining country near a small town named Halo.

The same town of seventy-five people Layla had fled under the darkness of shame when she was a teenager.

Little wonder she was dragging out the return journey.

Valen removed his booted feet from the dash of the rental car and looked around. "Quaint little town. Very Old West."

He got out of the car, then lifted a camera slung around his neck and snapped several pictures as Layla walked into the shop.

The window display drew her with the same emotional magnet as returning to her hometown. She stared at the stonewashed lizard cowboy boots nearly the same color as the watery blue of her Pop's eyes. Fifteen years ago and she still remembered his sorrow and disappointment as if he was looking at her right now.

**Excerpt from CHASING THE LEGACY, copyright Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel

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