The Goodbye Girl (Red Market Series Book 2)

BOOK: The Goodbye Girl (Red Market Series Book 2)
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Copyright © 2016 by A. Giannoccaro and Mary E. Palmerin

Editing by Kellie Monttgomery

Cover Design and Interior Formatting by
Pink Ink Designs
(http://www.pinkinkdesigns.com)

Spanish translation by Elisabeth Pallmerin

All rights reserved. In accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, the scanning, uploading and electronic sharing of any part of this book without dpg approval the written permission of the authors or publishers constitutes unlawful piracy and theft of the authors’ intellectual property.

If you would like to use the material from this book (other than for review purposes), prior written consent must be obtained from the author

All nursery rhymes and parts thereof obtained from Project Gutenberg which is public domain.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, places, characters and incidents are products of the authors’ imagination and are all used fictitiously. Any resemblances to actual events, locales or persons living or dead, are coincidental.

 

 
Disclaimer

Readers, please note that this tale has graphic depiction of abuse including but not limited to; rape, physical torture, emotional abuse, murder, strong language, sexual degradation and humiliation, unconventional sexual practices, and detailed descriptions of several mental disorders. With that being said, we know that there are many dark books out there that have similar content. However, this story is an emotional mind-fuck that will have you questioning all your morals and your ideas of
normal
.

If you are the least bit frightened, you should be. We understand as the authors that we were taking a big chance when we decided to tell this story, but every writer tells tales for different reasons. We write what we fear, for thrill, and for things that we are not supposed to discuss.

This is not a romance. This tale is not about love. It is about goodbyes and manipulation in many forms. So, if you feel like you can continue reading, we hope that you enjoy this book. As always, thank you so much for your continued support.

Love,

Ashleigh and Mary

 

 
 
Dedication

 

This one is for our readers and all those who love the darkness as much as we do. Much love xx

 

 
Ashleigh’s Acknowledgments

 

Mary, thank you for dreaming up this story and making me a part of it. I have loved every minute spent in The Red Market and am sad the story is over. You have become not only a partner but a friend.

To my husband Rick, once again I could never do what I do without you by my side. Your love support and faith in me help me up when I am down. You are the one who believes in me me even when I don’t believe in myself, thank you for being my everything.

To my family, thank you for supporting me as I followed this crazy dream and for all the small things you do to help while I work on each book.

Karen, my book person, my friend, my sounding board and the lady who kicks my butt when I need it. Thank you again for always being there when I need you even from the other side of the world.

To our beta’s on this project, Julianne, Di, Jamie and Michelle, sorry, and thank you. We made them cringe, cry, gag and even give up food with this one and they have been amazing all the way through it. You ladies are awesome.

Di Covey, you are a special person and each time I get to work with you I am reminded of what an amazing lady you are. Your support and love of us authors is beyond huge and I appreciate what you do so much not only for us authors, but for our readers and this whole community - we need more Di’s in this world. Keep being you xx

Ashleigh’s Assassin’s, my super street team! Thank you all for being my team, for promoting me so selflessly even when I can’t always be around. I love all of you ladies so much.

Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs, for a stunning cover and the best formatting any author could ask for. I love working with you, your love for what you do shines through in every project. Thank you so much.

Kellie, for editing our work and helping us make it perfect thank you. You promised not to hate us… I have that in writing!

Love Between The Sheets, thank you for all the behind the scenes organising and planning you do for us. To each and every blogger that signs up to promote us, thank you we appreciate it more than you will know.

Twisted Sisters, you all know who you are… thank you for loving stories like ours and taking a chance on us. This group of ladies has fast become my ‘book home’ and the one place I go to fit in. Thank you for the laughs, inappropriate comments and posts and most off all for reading.

To my readers, to every single one of you that took a chance and read my stories thank you. Without readers my books have no home so you are the biggest thank you on my list.

 

 
Mary’s Acknowledgements

 

I want to acknowledge my writing partner, Ashleigh. Months ago, we spawned an idea. It was terrifying, exciting, and liberating to birth such a story. Now, here we are ending it. I couldn't be prouder of the facet we depicted. Ashleigh, thank you so much for being not only an amazing writing partner, but a great partner and sounding board for me. You are one of the most incredible people I have the honor of knowing.

As always, a big thank you to my better half, Domingo. You keep me sane, grounded, and love me despite my passion that keeps me up late, even on my days off. You have the patience of a saint and your heart is bigger than the universe. Every single day, I'm not only grateful for your love, but for the life you instill in me. It wasn't until that early morning phone call and two words you said to me that changed me, and my outlook. For that, I am lucky to be alive and have this miraculous life. I love you more than any amount of words could describe.

To my family, there are not enough words to express my gratitude. You love me more than I deserve, and I know I color outside of the lines, but you accept me anyway. Thank you.

To my Thelma, my best friend, my soul sister, my beta reader, and so many other things. You were one of my first readers and I know that life brought us together for a reason. It turned into something so much more than that and I am beyond grateful. I can’t say thank you enough for the late night phone calls about plot ideas, twists, minor details, and your ideas have inspired so much in every tale that I create. I am honored to have you alongside of me during this journey. I know that The Goodbye Man was not something that was easy for you to read, but you took into your heart, read it, and lived with the characters just as much as I did writing them with Ashleigh.

To Kelly Riley, my best friend who helps me understand that true, genuine kindness is still present in this world. She was one of my first readers turned into something so much more and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. Your support and encouragement in all my tales makes my heart swell with joy. You are an amazing woman. Thank you, Kelly. I know that this dark, depraved tale took you to a place that you were uncertain of, but you went there. I cannot thank you enough for traveling to it with me, chapter by chapter and giving me your sound advice. I promise to one day finish a vanilla that has been on my computer for years.

To Diana Covey from Twisted Sisters’Book Review. I would not be where I am at without her. She has exposed all of my books to dark readers, and I am certain that I would not have the courage to spill the words to tell this story if it wasn’t for her. It’s not just about the exposure, it is about the friendship and lifelong bond that’s been formed. Thank you, Di.

To Julianne McCorkendale, blogger. You have become such an amazing friend and supporter of my work. Your passion and encouragement is something that has kept me grounded during my publishing career. Telling dark stories isn’t easy. It’s scary, and you are always there to offer me kind words. I cannot thank you enough. I hope the character in Rhys’ story did your name justice!

I want to say a big thank you to our Spanish translator, Elisabeth Palmerin. Thank you for answering my random messages and translating everything, including some vulgar scenes. Both Ashleigh and I are so grateful for your time!

To our betas, Julianne, Michelle, Jamie, and Di, thank you for living this gruesome, cringe-worthy story with us. You helped us make this story possible with your encouragement and support. Love you!

To all my girls on my street team, Mary’s Magnificent Minxes. You are a spectacular group of women who love my stories. Most of all, we have grown to be great friends. You are total rock stars. I love you ladies!

To my editor, PA, aka my sanity, Kellie Montgomery. You are my rock. That is one sentence to sum you up. You tell me what I need to hear, when I need to hear it. You keep me organized and you always make me laugh. You deserve a million thank yous and even that wouldn't be enough. You're truly a diamond in the rough and I'm lucky to have you in my corner. Love you!

To my readers, I could write thousands of words about how I feel and that would never suffice. I never thought I would have the courage to share any of my stories, but here I am sharing one of the darkest ones I had the pleasure of writing with Ashleigh. It is dark, raw, and brutal. It will take you to places you have never traveled before. I write what I fear, what I am not supposed to talk about. I want to thank you for taking a chance on this novel. I hope that you enjoy it. As always, carpe fucking diem.

 

BOOK: The Goodbye Girl (Red Market Series Book 2)
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