by J.Carol Johnson Publish: Aug 23, 2020Crime FictionRomantic SuspenseErotic RomanceWomen's Fiction
(Those who enjoyed The Godfather and Fifty Shades of Grey will love this story.)
If Carla knew her interior decorating career would involve pornography, mafia, and murder, she could have taken other classes, such as Life Preservation: 101.
In 1973, Carla met Roy, a wealthy movie theater owner. He hired her to refurbish his theaters, and their unique partnership led to marriage. Soon her work was admired by the boss of the West Coast's most powerful mafia. Carla was hired by his wife to redecorate their Hollywood mansion.
There, she befriended her and two other lonely women married to prominent members of that mafia. When Roy joined them, he became involved in more pornography, and then parental child abuse and murder. He dragged Carla into the depths of that underworld with him.
Carla loved Roy profoundly but had to escape his deception, adultery, and control. She happened to find love with another man... a cop who set his sights on her husband. Roy never knew about this, but he later turned against her. This caused Carla's extreme breakdown and doctors feared the loss of her sanity. A wealthy secret admirer loved her from afar, but his hands were tied. Could he stop Roy's rampages? Or perhaps a judge would curtail him.
Or did Roy just dig her grave?
BIOGRAPHY I've always loved to write, tell stories that I made up, and tell jokes. I love to make and see people laugh. My life has not been filled with laughter, so I understand well the hurt that's in somebody else.
To relax from writing, I enjoy creating and working with my hands. Silk and dried flower arranging, sewing, and cooking have been good hobbies for me. As a long-time single mother, I learned to do household plumbing, carpentry, and electrical work.
I was a beaten, physically, and verbally battered child, and then wife. It was with time and my faith in God that helped me overcome this and become strong. Also, I have suffered from life-long bipolar disorder, manic depression, epilepsy, and borderline personality disorder. The depressions were sometimes suicidal ones, and there was nothing I could do but bury myself in a deep, dark hole and wait until it was over. (Or, overdose on pills and booze.) Again, my trust in God and His words saw me through these times.
What I write about is what I have experienced and lived through. However, I am thrilled that the Lord has blessed me with a prolific imagination, so stories come easy for me. This one is based on actual happenings, although, I had to change and elaborate on some material for my protection since some of these people are still around and functioning. I certainly value my life, however, others may not.
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