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Excerpt Friday: Revenge Sweet As Cain by D. A. Kelley

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Dr. Elissa Johnson has an aching bitterness in her heart that only revenge can soothe. Adopted at birth, at an early age it was no secret the people she called parents, had no real love for her, or any love for that matter. Although they proclaim to be Christians, the treatment she endures at their hands would suggest otherwise.

Elissa sets out to find her biological parents by hiring a private investigator. The information given to Elissa is more than she bargains for. Her new found view of life fuels her need for revenge while the flame of hatred grows. Elissa’s plan for vengeance is in motion with everything falling into place, until she reaches the final stage and an unsuspected twists is revealed.

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Excerpt: Chapter Three

Elissa lounged in a patio chair on the patio of her penthouse condo, in midtown Manhattan, in her bright colored floral maxi dress and huge sunglasses that covered a great portion of her face, trying to come up with a master plan. Honestly, she hadn’t originally planned on getting revenge on Clifford and Bernice, as far as they were concerned, she just wanted to get out of their house and have nothing else to do with them in life. However, with this newfound information of them being blood family, she couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to get back at them, too. Every time she thought about how she had the same blood coursing through her veins as Clifford, and he still treated her like an outsider, made her see red.

She recalled the many times he referred to her as a whore whenever he thought the label suited her. She was hot with anger, and that’s when the idea hit her. When Elissa was a child, she kept a journal of all of the mean and terrible things Clifford and Bernice had done to her. The journal was a form of therapy; it allowed her to release her anger onto paper instead of onto them because when it boiled down to it, Elissa had murder in heart. She’d lost count of the times she’d contemplated getting up in the middle of the night and killing them in their sleep, or just setting the house ablaze with both of them still inside. The only thing that kept them alive was the verse in the Bible that read, “Thou shall not kill,” but maybe it was now time for her journal to become a bestseller. She’d work the details out later, but it was time to get this revenge show on the road.


Denise Ann Kelley (pen name D. A. Kelley) is a freelance writer whose love for writing and reading began at a young age. She has written short stories, poems and Christian plays. Denise’s work has appeared in The Motherhood Diaries 2 by bestselling author, ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Kelley’s debut novel released in October 2014 entitled 70:7: The Road to Forgiveness. She has been selected as contributing author in the anthology, Bruised but Not Broken. Her articles have appeared in The Focus, a local magazine in her community and she has been a guest on several talk radio shows. She is a member of the National Writing Month writing club.

Denise is a lover of education and knowledge. She received her Diploma in Business Technology and Office Administration, AAS in Paralegal, and certification in Pharmacy Technician. She is licensed as a Certified Medical Coder and Life, Health and Annuities seller in Virginia, where she currently works as a Quality Performance Auditor II for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Denise believes in being an asset to her local church organization performing various administrative duties. She writes Urban Christian Fiction, which brings to life her writing whether poetry, novels or plays. Denise’s Christian plays have been performed in various locations in her local community. She currently resides in Roanoke, VA.

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