Title: In Another Life
Age and Genre: Adult Women’s Fiction
Word Count: 91,000
Maddie wakes up in her town home to find her husband and children missing. Well not exactly missing, none of them exist. The last thing she can remember is being thirty-six years old and going to bed next to her loving husband after having an affair with her former boyfriend – Jason. And now not only is she dating Jason but she’s twenty-six again and boy have things changed. With no memory of her new life, or how things ended up this way, she soon discovers that more than just her relationship status has altered. Her once best friend Dee is no longer speaking to her, the close bond she had with her younger brother is strained and above all her closest confidant is her once manipulative and ruthless enemy, Arabella.
These drastic changes leave Maddie wondering where things went wrong to alter her path. As she discovers more about her changed life she realizes that she became the very type of person she despised and knows she must do whatever she can to set her life right. The problem is the dark secret holding her back, one she has yet to figure out exactly what it is.
Her changed life is riddled with betrayal, selfishness and one attempted murder, and when the man she put away is released on parole Maddie knows that her safety is in question and she’s not the only one who will suffer the consequences of her actions. Faced with a choice, Maddie must seek forgiveness from all those she has wronged in hopes to return to the life she had or run from her problems and risk continuing on her path of misery and possible death.
First 250 Words:
I had been hiding in the bathroom since I rolled out of bed at 4:00 am. A glance at the bathroom clock told me I’d been here for nearly four hours. He’d come to the door three times since he got out of bed but I hadn’t opened it. I was still having trouble believing it.
Gripping the bathroom counter, I risked a glance in the mirror once more. My reflection was no less confusing. It was me, sure, with the same brown hair and dark eyes, but ten years younger.
This was my bathroom, without the cracked sink and aged wallpaper. The window shutter was drawn and white; like the first shutters I owned, not the ones I’d most recently replaced them with.
Another knock sounded and I froze.
“Maddie,” his voice came through again. “Please open the door, talk to me.”
“I-I’m fine,” I managed, still shocked by the voice that called to me. Where was Nathan, Ava and Haley? Where was the life that I spent ten years building, the same life I’d slowly let break and change me? It was gone and all I was left with was him.
“Maddie, c’mon,” he said, frustration evident in his tone. “Just open the door.”
I looked from the door back to the mirror, reaching up and touching my smooth skin. The wrinkles around my eyes and lips were gone. The scar I got from the car accident in ’07 was gone. My wedding ring had vanished and my clothes were unfamiliar.