Relentless
by Patricia Haley and Gracie Hill


Relentless by Patricia Haley and Gracie Hill


Relentless - Scarred by a childhood betrayal, Attorney Maxwell Montgomery vowed never to let his fate be dictated by anyone - not his parents, or God, and definitely not the church. He doesn't need anyone including the woman who's put her life on hold for him. He'll be successful, powerful and rich enough to avoid ending up like his father. Maxwell's on top of the world and isn't ready for what's heading his way.

The Redeemed Series is comprised of modern stories, loosely based on the attributes of the Apostle Paul and struggles he encountered with churches in the New Testament. Relentless is the first book in the series.



Excerpt from Relentless

Adrenaline surged. Maxwell couldn't think of a greater satisfaction than hearing the jury foreman echo those melodious words, "We find in favor of the plaintiff." The sum of the judgment didn't quench his legal thirst, although four million dollars wasn't bad for a day in court. Best news was that there were plenty more to come. So long as there were churches on earth, the exhilaration surfing through his body was a sensation he could ride indefinitely.

Maxwell saw the wave of reporters waiting on the courthouse steps. He jiggled the knot on his tie and straightened his Armani suit coat. "Are you ready to face the crowd," Maxwell asked his client.

She grabbed his arm, shaking. "Do we have to go out there? Now that we've won, I just want to get out of here."

Absolutely not is what he should have told her, but there was no need for further convincing. He'd proven that his plan worked best. She was walking out with a civil case victory against the almighty Reverend Morgan, the so-called anointed leader of one of the largest ministries in the tri-state area. Whatever he was supposed to be, reverend, doctor, Bishop, the well-deserved label of being a bona fide predator could also be added to his bio. No way was Maxwell going to pass up a prime opportunity to shout their victory over the airwaves. He'd send a message to the rest of the perpetrators that there would be no rest as long as Attorney Maxwell Montgomery was alive and breathing. Churches were on notice and they'd better take him serious.

He expeditiously ushered his client towards the door. She gave some resistance which didn't deter his movement. Six months ago she was deemed a fired disgruntle employee who was pressing false charges against one of the most prestigious ministers in  Philadelphia . He kept pulling her towards the door, with the media closing in. Thanks to him, her indiscretions had been legitimized. It was no longer her fault, and on top of it, she was going to get four million, less his forty percent cut. So, as far as he was concerned, she didn't get a say in how the rest of the day was going to play out of course. He forcefully pushed open the door leading from the courthouse and braced against the gust of wind.

The clicking sound of cameras, microphones shoved near his face, onlookers lining the steps, and incoherent chants equaled mayhem for most. But the controlled chaos was a work of beauty to Maxwell. His client was squeezing his arm so tightly that he had to peel a few of her fingers back to loosen the grip.

"Do you feel vindicated?" one reporter blurted out.

As his client stammered, Maxwell jumped in. Microphones honed in. "Justice was rendered today. The past six months have been a pure nightmare for my client. Her reputation has been maligned. She's been hounded by church members simply because she was willing to come forward and expose the truth. She should be praised for her courage, not hounded, and today is the first step towards her getting back to a normal life."

"Were you really expecting to win such a substantial settlement from a church?"

"It's the only fair outcome, doesn't matter if it's the church or the  Vatican , wrong is wrong, and we have the court of law to right those wrongs," Maxwell echoed, fueled with satisfaction.
            
"Do you see this as an indictment against religion?"
            
"No one is above the law." Maxwell broke the grip his client had, and raised his arm. He knew which network had the largest viewing audience and intentionally pointed his finger directly into their cameras and said, "I'm serving notice to the corrupt leaders out there. If you think the church is going to save you, you're sadly mistaken. I'm coming for you and you and you." Maxwell was charged, ready to sail out of the crowd and whisk back to his office to start the next case. He reclaimed his client and began maneuvering through the crowd.

"Attorney Maxwell, is that a threat to all local clergyman?" a reporter asked.
         
Maxwell screeched to a stop. "I don't make threats, only promises."
         
"How many more lives are you going to ruin," a voice shouted from the crowd. The mob was thick and Maxwell couldn't see who was speaking. "You have ruined my family and our church." As the woman got louder, it was like a pebble rippling in a pond. The crowd backed up and the media swarmed to her. "Who do you think you are, God?"
            
Suddenly there was a thumping sensation smothered by oos and ahs. The air felt light and the sky hypnotic. He seemed to be floating to the ground. Screams and a bunch of chatter faded out. Maxwell could see the people crowding around him. Every action was in slow motion. He wasn't sure but guessed that this must be what peace felt like, being oblivious to pain, shielded from the chatter, naysayers, and circumstances. As he was instantly jerked out of the clouds of euphoria, Maxwell's thoughts crashed back to reality, wielding a powerful headache with it. He placed the palm of his hand against his forehead, pressing in and feeling the coolness right above his eyebrow. He didn't need to see the blood to know it was there.


(  Continued...  )

� 2014 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the authors, Patricia Haley and Gracie Hill.   Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author's written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.



Purchase Relentless by Patricia Haley and Gracie Hill 
Redeemed Series Book 1;  Released on October 28, 2014.
Genre:  Drama, Faith Based; Clean Fiction with adult issues
About the Co-authors

PATRICIA HALEY is a trailblazer in the modern-day Christian fiction genre. She is an award winning, #1 Essence national bestselling author of twelve faith-based novels and two anthologies. She's a senior project manager, born again believer, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Patricia lives with her loving husband and precious daughter in the Chicago, IL area. Visit her on www.patriciahaley.com. Become a Facebook friend at Patricia Haley-Glass or join her fan page at Author Patricia Haley.

GRACIE HILL is the award-winning author of five faith-based novels. She has also contributed to a book of anthology and written for several magazines. Gracie is an entrepreneur and a Spirit filled woman of God. She is a member of the Chicago Writers Association and lives with her husband and children in the Chicago, IL area. Visit her at www.graciehill.com. Follow her on Facebook and become a Facebook friend at Gracie Hill.

Contact Gracie Hill:  www.graciehill.com, info@graciehill.com
Contact Patricia Haley:  www.patriciahaley.com, phg@patriciahaley.com





   MEET THE AUTHOR   


BPM:  Gracie, how did you get to be where you are in your life today? Who or what motivated you?
My mother was a tremendous influence in my life. She was strong, independent, intelligent and a successful entrepreneur. She taught me to work hard and encouraged me to live my dreams.


BPM:  Who does your body of literary work speak to?
It speaks to those who need to be encouraged that their challenges in life are temporal. It speaks to those who need direction and a source of strength that is available and reliable.


BPM:  Do you consider authors as role models?
I consider them as a source of encouragement and as a catalyst that drives me to stretch out, challenge myself and go to the next level. I am an avid reader. There are so many awesome entertaining authors. I read to relax and allow my mind to experience a journey that someone else has paved for my enjoyment. I like the feel of a book in my hand. Reading other author's work gives me confidence that the heights in excellence other word smiths have achieved is just as possible for me.


BPM:  What inspired you to sit down and actually start writing this book?
The book was co-authored with National Bestselling author, Patricia Haley. She envisioned a series comprised of modern stories, loosely based on the attributes of the Apostle Paul and struggles he encountered with churches in the New Testament. She asked me if I would be interested in writing the series with her. Of course, I happily said, "Yes."


BPM:  What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Developing the characters, especially the protagonist, Maxwell Montgomery. I enjoyed the challenge of sculpting his personality, strengths and weaknesses and folding those into his relentless mission to pursue corrupt church leaders while realizing his own flaws as the story unfolded.


BPM:  Give us some insight into your main characters. What makes each one so special?
Relentless is the first book in the Redeemed Series. Maxwell Montgomery is the protagonist. Relentless depicts him amassing a long list of legal victories in the war he's waged against corruption and religious hypocrisy, single-handedly bringing down one of the most popular churches in Philadelphia. He's estranged from his family and unable to have a successful relationship. Maxwell cannot focus on anything but his mission. He has a single vision and he doesn't need God or trust God.

I think this makes him a relatable character for many people who struggle with past hurts and disbelief or uncertainty of who God is and his power. He struggles with forgiveness and allowing those who have hurt him a second chance. His personal conflicts make him real and believable. The same personal conflicts make him many of us if we take a good  look at ourselves.


BPM:  How does your book relate to your present situation, education, spiritual practice or journey?
The book takes you on a journey and so does life. I was raised in the church and have been Spirit filled for over twenty years. My Christian walk has been one paved with struggles, successes, disappointments and joyous celebrations. I have grown in my knowledge of the Word of God and my Christian character has matured and helped to shape the woman of God that I am today. I thank God for placing me in the right church where the Bible is experienced. Promise of Life Ministries in Rockford IL has been a blessing in my life for many years. If we allow God to lead us, we will always end up in the right place.


BPM:  Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?
The book just reminded us that people are not perfect, even the ones we love. It clearly depicts that success doesn't always equate to happiness. However, God's love and direction is always an oasis when the storms rage in our lives.


BPM:   What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
We wanted to craft a story built around a protagonist that people could relate to. Maxwell Montgomery isn't perfect. He has challenges and shortcomings like all of us. But, he does grow and is able to see himself and begins to wonder if he has made a mistake in his pursuit of a specific pastor in the story. Our readers are able to experience Maxwell's journey as the story comes to life and the plot unfolds chapter by chapter. I think the book absolutely set the pace for the other three books in the series. And, Relentless introduced a protagonist, Maxwell Montgomery, who is intriguing, likeable at times, frustrating at others and will captivate your interest as the four book series continues.

Our readers will not want to miss a step of Maxwell's journey to discover the unexpected and the unknown that awaits him.


BPM:   What projects are you working on at the present?
Patricia and I are currently writing the second book in the series, Redeemed. And, we are enjoying the literary journey.


BPM:   How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Visit my website at www.graciehill.com and get to know Patricia Haley at www.patriciahaley.com




                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                       
                     
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