Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. Readers have the chance to jump from one author to another who share hooks from their current WIP (work in progress) or any previously published books.

For this week’s edition of Book Hooks, I give you a teaser from Renewed, book four in The Matawapit Family series, an enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance.

When two former enemies fall in love, family secrets threaten to destroy their fragile union and everything they hold dear.

With their extreme ideas about traditional Ojibway life, the radical Kabatay clan have made enemies in their fight to rid the reserve of Western culture and its religion. Disowned by her family for daring to love the church deacon’s eldest son, Jude, Raven Kabatay longs to put an end to the feud started by her mother, brother, and sisters against the Matawapits…people she’s come to think of as her own since Jude changed her life.

Jude Matawapit suffered a humiliating divorce after his wife left him for another man, but with Raven, he’s created a beautiful, new sanctuary after losing his previous one, and his new haven is everything he’s ever wanted for himself and his children. Only two things could destroy his pristine bliss: the secret he holds close to his chest, and the vengeance Raven’s family wants to exact on the Matawapits. A secret and vengeance that could cost the unlikely lovers their hard-won, much longed for happily ever after.

Genre(s):  Multicultural, contemporary romance, adult, inspirational, enemies-to-lovers.
Heat Rating: 
Level 3
Publication Date: 
February 7, 2020
eXtasy Books


“It’s been tough. Very tough. At times I feel like I’m not going to make it,” Mom murmured, staring at her mug of tea.

“You’re gonna make it,” Wren fired back. “Don’t think that way.”

“Enough.” Mom held up her hand. “I asked to speak to you because I have something important to say.” She pinned her bitter eyes on Clayton. “How’s the new council progressing? Did you decide on your portfolios yet?”

“We’re still going through the projects our previous council started.” Clayton sat back.

Mom reached for her cigarettes.

Raven bit her tongue, or she’d scream you have cancer. But she’d be a hypocrite, having given in to her craving after quitting. At least she stuck to vaping now.

“When’s the next meeting?” Mom took a drag.

“Next week. We’ve been having small meetings after our main one. Now that we reviewed all the projects and budgets, we’re going to look at responsibilities.” Clayton glanced around the table.

“What about those, them…Emery, Roy, and Jenny?” Deep frown lines appeared beneath Mom’s grim mouth.

“So far they haven’t done anything. We’ve agreed with what’s gotta be done.”

Mom nodded. Through hostile dark eyes, she focused on Raven.

Raven moved closer to the table but refrained from allowing the sneer to form that tugged at the corners of her lips.

“I want your brother to get the education portfolio.” Mom’s announcement was flat.

Heat burned beneath Raven’s skin. “That’s Jenny’s portfolio. She’s had it for—”

“See? There you go again. Siding with that family. And I’ve no doubt where you’re spending the weekend, or where you walked from. Nobody saw that son of a bitch’s truck pull up.”

How could she speak so hatefully about the deacon? Raven kept holding Mom’s hard stare.

“You’ll be packing your bag after you listen up good to what I have to say.” Mom’s hands shook. She tapped the growing ash on the end of the cigarette into the ashtray.

“And what do you have to tell me that I don’t already know?” Frustration gathered in Raven’s chest.

“Your sister told me she told you the truth. You wanna know who started this bullshit?” Mom huffed. “You really wanna know?”


6 thoughts on “#MFRWHook – I’ll Tell You Who Started the Feud

  1. Excellent hook – a long standing conflict, leaving us hanging about what bombshell she’s about to drop.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Really interesting conflict you’ve set up here.

    Is it based on some history?

    I tried coming by yesterday, but your post wasn’t up. Today the link still didn’t work… need to be sure the link is the one that goes to your scheduled post.

    (Tweeted, too, btw.)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I schedule all of my posts to go live at 12:00 AM CST. Hmm, that’s weird. Eek? Wrong link? I kinda figured so. Oh well LOL. Next time I’ll be sure to double check that link. TY, Lisabet.


  3. Janet says:

    A very tense scene. Does Raven want to know the answer.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No, she doesn’t! LOL. TY, Janet!


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