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Excerpted from GRAYE:
As the first sign of a morning sun peeked through the trees she thought about her child and the possessive need he’d had for the young woman against her lap. Graye had been the youngest of her children, the child she’d thought she’d wanted when she’d inhaled and knew she hadn’t when she’d exhaled. Her mother had called Graye a change of life baby, coming when no one expected him, least of all Miss Jen Pearl. She’d started birthing children when she’d been sixteen, the eighth one coming just after her twenty-third birthday. Nine years later Graye had pushed his way into the world without asking, without invitation, his presence almost a given like the sun and the moon were givens. Miss Jen Pearl had been thirty-two years old, too old in her mind to be birthing another baby.
She’d had nine children in all. Treat, Sonn, Carr, August and Graye, and the four girls, Lake, Ginn, Sister and July. All of them good and decent, except for Graye, the child tainted with an ugly too difficult to describe. From the moment he’d drawn his first breath evil had wrapped itself around the boy, feeding on his soul.