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 Why is it that “the one that got away” sometimes intrigues us more than the one that didn’t? Sara Anderson, a kindergarten teacher engaged to handsome young minister Daniel Parker, faces that question when she is called for jury duty and discovers that an old flame is the prosecuting attorney.

During a week-long jury trial, Sara faces a torrent of emotions – betrayal, bitterness, fear, and worry – all the while listening to the evidence in the case at hand. Despite her own troubles, Sara is drawn into the story of young Justin Hargis, the defendant in the case, and his assertion that he doesn’t remember striking and killing the young girl whose death led to the trial.


Sara suspects that there is more to the story than meets the eye, but she isn’t prepared for the answer to be so shockingly close to her own heart.

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Donna Brown Wilkerson attended the University of Tennessee College of Law and is a graduate of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America National College of Advocacy.

As a former trial lawyer, county bar association president, case law editor, research assistant, law clerk, legal secretary, campaign worker, and jury foreperson, she has a multi-faceted perspective on the legal system. She is also a serious amateur photographer and a former senior adult Sunday school teacher.

She is originally from the Upper Cumberland area of middle Tennessee but now lives in Kentucky with her husband, their four children, and a rescued Australian Shepherd named Tilly.

Donna is co-author of The Deliberation with author Dawn S. Scruggs

The Deliberation is their first novel.

To learn more about Donna and her work visit her Web site

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Dawn Scruggs has been a court reporter in Tennessee and Kentucky for 20 years. She has served as both a youth leader and a music/worship leader and has been a speaker at local Christian women’s events.

She has traveled extensively, including mission trips to Appalachia, Cuba, Dominica, and several Caribbean destinations. She has also traveled to Russia with the People-to-People Ambassador Program, studying the Russian court reporting and legal systems; she was amongst the first foreign visitors to visit the Russian Supreme Court.

She lives in the hills of Tennessee with her husband and childhood sweetheart, Keith, and their two kitties, Sam and Snow. 

Dawn is co-author of The Deliberation with

author Donna Brown Wilkerson.

The Deliberation is their first novel.

To learn more about Dawn and her work visit

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