๐Ÿ’™NUMBER NEIGHBORS TEASER๐Ÿ’™ The doorbell rang, giving me a welcome break in the conversation. At the same time, my stomach sank, because it meant the others were here. Lillian, Evelyn, and Kathleen. Which meant the night was just getting started. AKA, time to pray for all our souls. I did just that, shooting a quick prayer to whichever God from whichever religion may be listening right now. All three women came into the living room clutching books that declared they were Wuthering Heights. The dust jackets werenโ€™t fooling anyone. I knew the actual title of the book was Heatherโ€™s Discovery: A Sexual Journey, a memoir about a woman exploring her sexuality in the world of BDSM. I was equal parts excited and terrified. Excited because they were branching out to non-fiction, but terrified they were getting lessons from this poor woman whose name was not actually Heather. โ€œHow do you get the dust jackets to stay on the paperbacks?โ€ I asked, picking Evelynโ€™s book up from the table right after she’d set it down. โ€œAnd you do know that everyone knows youโ€™re all smut peddlers, donโ€™t you?โ€ โ€œOpen the cover. Sticky tack,โ€ Lil answered, unscrewing the Jack Daniels. โ€œAnd we know, but itโ€™s fun to take the books to church and wait for all the prissies to open a book discussion.โ€ Kathleen nodded sagely. โ€œThis morning, Wilhelmina Porter-Scott asked us what we thought of the book, and Jen told them she was enjoying the voyeur scene.โ€ Grandma cackled. โ€œPoor little Willy went bright red and did the cross over her shoulders. Sheโ€™s not even Catholic, the silly old prune!โ€ I side-eyed her. โ€œAre you aware that youโ€™re an eighty-year-old bully?โ€ โ€œYes, dear, but youโ€™re confusing me with someone who gives a shit.โ€ PRE-ORDER โ†’ Amazon US โ†’ https://amzn.to/32ZMq5b Amazon UK โ†’ https://amzn.to/34dtgZz Apple Books โ†’ https://emmahart.pub/nnapple Nook โ†’ https://emmahart.pub/nnnook Kobo โ†’ https://emmahart.pub/nnkobo

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