A Violent Hope
A Novel by Ericka Clay
Mack Reynolds is battling his demons. After years spent attempting to heal wounds from being abused as a child, he confronts the author of his nightmares–his uncle–leading to a catastrophic decision and permanently sealing his fate.
When Natalie, Mack’s wife, convinces herself that she won’t be able to support her family on her own, she moves herself and her daughter to White Smoke, Arkansas where she has a new job lined out and the hope of a new beginning. But after being demoted in a mere six months, meeting a less than reputable “best friend,” and chasing the same addiction that helped fuel her husband’s final breakdown, Natalie ends up spiraling out of control and comes out worse the wear ten years later.
All grown up, her daughter, Wren, struggles with her own addiction and a never ending series of tough situations she blames on her father’s early demise. It’s not until Mack’s mother, Rochelle, can confront her past, her questionable living arrangement with her husband and his mistress, and the bitter hurt that’s metastasized inside of her that Natalie and Wren can receive the guidance they both desperately need. But is it too late?
Told through the lives of the three women touched by Mack’s struggle, A Violent Hope takes a deeper look into the human heart and the God who repeatedly heals all wounds.
Ten percent of the monthly proceeds of this book are donated to NWA’s The Call, an organization that equips Christian families to adopt from the local foster system.
You Once Were Darkness
A Novel by Ericka Clay
Karen Marksmen just doesn’t fit in. She’s big boned and labeled ugly by the members at her parents’ church. She’s constantly bullied for her appearance, even during senior year when she’s viciously attacked in the woods at an end of the school year party. But Karen only uses the situation to propel her out of Pangburn, Arkansas and into a new life in 1960’s Little Rock. On the Greyhound, she meets a man named “Buddy,” a kindred spirit who thinks like her and seems to know what he wants.
“Buddy” Riggles grows up with a chip on his shoulder. His brother Carl, the “good” son, makes his way out of their childhood relatively unscathed and comes to not only inherit their father’s furniture store but lays claim to “The Victorian,” their childhood home where Buddy watched his mother being dragged away by men from the local insane asylum. Both men are locked in an embittered showdown that seems to only exist in Buddy’s mind, especially once Carl asks Margaret Mitchell, Buddy’s long time crush, to marry him. Once Carl is out of the picture, Buddy eventually gets the girl, the house, and the furniture store. But he starts to realize the true evil that exists in Margaret’s heart and becomes the puppet in her plan to use Karen to further seal their roles as furniture king and queen of Dayton, Ohio.
As Buddy gets to know Karen further, he sees a change in her, a faith reignited and knows he must make a choice between two women: one he respects and one he thinks he loves. But is he couragous enough to face off with the woman he always thought he wanted?
From the author of A Violent Hope, You Once Were Darkness reveals the pitfalls of the human heart and how resentment and envy seek to destroy unless a total reliance on God changes the course.