#WritingWithPurpose: Assumptions Abound: A Novel by Sage

05 Mar

Assumptions Abound: A Novel by Sage

Assumptions Abound is a murder mystery, thriller and thought-provoking novel combined into one.  This novel is told through the words of Monét Worthington. Raised by her father and stepmother during a difficult part of their marriage, Monét is on a mission to find true love and answers.

Monét is a naïve girl with a tumultuous past and a troublesome childhood. Subjected to rape, mental and physical abuse, Monét is terrified to think about her future.  Her terror continues as she finds herself running for her life!

Lucky for Monét she has Victoria to protect her. Victoria loves Monét and she is willing to do anything for her, including commit murder.  Only Monét has no idea that Victoria exists.  Monét tells her life story as her loved ones and those around her are brutally murdered.  The plot twists and turns as the murder investigations ensue.

Enter Detective Kelsey.

Someone is murdering the citizens of Cold Creek County and Detective Nina Kelsey is determined to find out whom.  Lonely and running from a haunting past, she finds solace in her work. She has pledged to solve this mystery at all costs.

Will her life be the ultimate price?

The Black Bird Detective Series by Sage is a bookclub favorite!
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Meet the Characters

Monet Worthington – The teenage daughter of Richard and Denise Worthington.

Richard Worthington  – Monet’s father and the patriarch of the Worthington clan. Richard is willing to do anything for his family, even commit murder.

Nicole Worthington – Monet’s stepmother. She is a beautiful woman with a head turning smile and long brunette hair.

Jessica Stransfield – Monet’s best friend. She is also hiding a secret from everyone, a secret that could get her killed.

Detective Nina Kelsey – A police detective, hiding secrets from her own troublesome past. Nina is in love with her partner McLaughlin and carry a terrible secret.

Detective Richard McLaughlin – Detective Kelsey’s partner and secret lover

Cameron DeLocasta – Monet’s first boyfriend.

Carlotta DeLocasta – Cameron’s Mother, originally from St. Thomas, USVI, she is a strict West Indian mother with strong roots and a penchant for control.

Joel Miles –
Joel is the son of Monet Worthington. He is also unaware of his connection to Luke and Lucas Miles. Joel is a handsome caramel complexioned young man with a lean, muscular build.

Luke Miles – Luke is the son of Lucas Miles and the former lover of Monet Worthington. He is the protégé of his father, Lucas and as handsome as he is lethal. Luke is a handsome, 5’7 muscular man. He is also a mercenary and an assassin.

Lucas Miles – Lucas is the father of Luke and he also believes that Joel is his son. Lucas is a tall caramel complexion man with sparkling green eyes and a stunning smile.


The darkness enveloped my room as I lay in bed with my eyes shut tightly and my arms wrapped across my chest. My heart beat steadily and rapidly against my chest. I said a silent prayer that tonight would be different, but I knew in my heart that tonight would be like so many other nights before it.

When I heard his footsteps in the distance I closed my eyes tightly and prayed that he would walk by my room. He quietly opened the door and pried the covers away from me. He lay in the bed next to me and I cried as another night passed by without an answer to my prayer. I decided that if I wanted to get away from him, I would have to take matters into my own hands.

He kissed my cheek and whispered “good night” in my ear. I didn’t respond. I was hoping that he would die right there. He didn’t care about me. My thoughts were swirling around in my head. I realized that nobody could save me from this monster. Then suddenly I heard a voice.

The voice whispered in the darkness, “You must do it. Who else will protect you, but you?” I listened to the voice. “Have you ever killed anyone?” said the voice. “No!” I responded. I was only seven years old. I knew nothing about death. I thought to myself. The voice heard my thoughts. “True you are only seven, but we can show them that it doesn’t matter how old you are. You can still make a difference.” The voice calmly replied.

And so it began…

Have you ever killed anyone? I have and I must say it is the most exhilarating experience in the world. If I had to quantify it I would say that committing a murder is more exhilarating than sky diving, surfing or skiing down a hill at top speed. There is something powerful about watching the life leave a person’s body and hearing them take their last breath.

The first person I killed was my mother’s boyfriend Luciano. He was a handsome Italian man with dark hair and dark brown eyes. I remember everything about him. He would touch me in my special place, even after I told him that he shouldn’t. He took advantage of me and I promised myself that I would never let another person take advantage of me again.

I took a knife out of the drawer in the kitchen and hid it under my pillow. I knew that once my mother fell asleep, he would creep into my room and that particular night I was ready for him. I pretended like I was sleeping when he slowly opened the door and walked into my room. I felt him climb into the bed behind me and snuggle close to my back. I felt his breath on my neck. When he reached around to take my night gown off of me, I grabbed the knife. Before he could react, I shoved the kitchen knife into his throat.

I still remember the look on his face. His eyes bulged out of his head and he grasped at his throat trying to stop the blood. My heart was beating so fast and I felt a rush of pure adrenaline. I watched him closely as he struggled to breathe. I put my ear close to his face; smelling the metallic scent of his blood and listening to him mumble inaudible words. I watched intently as his chest rose and fell for the last time. As I watched the life leave his body, I knew that this could not be the end.

Luciano died that cold rainy night, he was the first person to meet the real me. Luciano met Victoria as his life slowly crept away from his body.

( Continued… )

© 2015 All rights reserved.  Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Sage.  Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

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Kindle Short Reads > Novella > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

About the Author
was born and raised in Huntingtown, MD. She has been married to her best friend, for over ten years and they have two amazing sons.  She is also an Autism advocate and a parent of an autistic child, which inspired her to write a non-fiction book on raising a child on the Autism spectrum, The Optimistic Autistic: Our Testimony.

Sage also writes mysteries centered on characters that are close to the heart. She has vowed to produce books that encourage the reader to deliberately read; not just for entertainment but to read with the intention of solving the mystery along with the Detective.

Her belief that, “if you don’t see the books you’re searching for write them” has inspired her to write with a purpose and a passion.

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Check out all of the books written by Sage

The Optimistic Autistic: Our Testimony by Sage (Non-fiction)

Assumptions Abound Available on Amazon:

Seeking Truth Available on Amazon:

Sweet Revenge Available on Amazon:

The Butterfly Available on Amazon:

Lost and Turned Upside Down on Amazon:

The Black Bird Detective Series by Sage is a bookclub favorite!
Listen to the author reading:


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