Monday, May 4, 2015

A snippet of TAKERS: Apocalypse in Eden Book One

  In the beginning, there was a boy named Jack who felt he was on the verge of becoming ... something. It was the end of eighth grade. The next year would be high school, and everyone knows that's where the memories are made, but first, there was the final eighth grade dance to get through. And here he was, sitting in the basement, procrastinating ... just before the world fell apart.

No one really knew how he really felt about Derencia. He’d worked hard to keep it from Cade, his best friend. Jack wouldn’t have been able to walk the halls without worrying about what Cade might’ve done or said if he’d known.
He gave himself another little shake. Idiot, she’s up there in the gym right now waiting for the crepe paper and here you sit looking at sci-fi stuff like a total dor—
The lights went out.
Jack froze.
Cade’s computer winked off and then came back on. It was plugged into the wall because it was always low on juice, but it had built up a little charge so it was able to stay powered up.
Probably just the wind. It always messes with the power.
Thank goodness I have the laptop’s light.

The following song expresses what Jack is feeling. The fact that it's about a beautiful soul dovetails nicely with the story.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Little Inspiration

On my evening constitutional with Dude -- my hubby -- this old Evanescence song came up on my iPod playlist. It's always been one of my faves, and it seems to fit what my character, Detective Kendra Dean, is going through in this scene from my Work in Progress, COPPER LAKE, the third book in the Stutter Creek suspense series from 5 Prince Books.

This scene is where Kendra and her younger partner, Woodrow, find themselves in a small bar far from home while wrapping up a prisoner transport job. Kendra is a career detective who always tried to keep her job related horror stories away from her home life. She'd thought she was doing the right thing until recently when her husband, Bill, told her he was leaving, he was tired of being in their marriage alone.

Bring Me to Life is the name of the song ...

           After ordering their drinks—beer for him, White Russian for her—Woody excused himself to the men’s room.
            When he returned, his path led directly behind her chair. He must have noticed her rubbing at her neck and shoulders because he stopped and gave her a thirty-second massage.
            “Ahh,” she said. “Everything’s in knots.”
            “I hear ya." He rolled his own head around slowly. “Not used to riding fourteen hours with a perp sitting behind me. Even if he was behind wire and asleep most of the time.” He took his seat across from her again.
            Kendra shrugged and met his grin with a tired one of her own. “The things we do for the job.” She took another sip of her drink and inspected the nearly deserted bar. “Thank God there’s not much going on.”
            Woody nodded. “I’ll be ready to hit the sack after this.” He glanced around. “It’d be our luck for a fight to break out. Guess we’re taking quite a chance having a drink when we’re technically still on-the-job.”
            Kendra raised her short glass. “Here’s to taking chances.”
            “Amen.” Woody clinked his beer bottle against her glass.
            When a slow song came on the jukebox, he stood and held out his hand. “Take another chance?”
            She took one more sip of her drink and then placed her hand in his. It’s only one song, she remembered telling herself. But a flame of longing grew in her belly as she allowed him to pull her in close. He didn’t press her body to his; he simply curled his large hand around hers and held it against his chest while the music led them around the tiny dance floor. When she chanced a glance at his face, she was surprised to find his eyes were closed.
            She relaxed and rested her temple against the shelf of his chin. Even now, chained to the floor in this nightmarish bunker, she could still recall the way she felt in his arms, as if she’d just arrived home from a long, arduous, journey. Kendra also remembered wondering how long it had been since she and Bill had gone dancing. How long it had been since they had held each other so tenderly and carefully.

            When the music stopped, they both opened their eyes. What the hell am I doing? She stepped back, head down, not looking at him until they paid their bill and left.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Bit of Lilac Lane

Lilac Lane is the follow up book to Stutter Creek, my bestselling Suspense novel from 5 Prince Publishing. In Lilac Lane, Ella and her ten year old son, Nick, flee their hometown of Albuquerque, NM to start a new life in a small town. Her ex-husband is in jail for abuse, and they just want to start a new life without him.

Within days they meet local wildlife biologist, Chet Boone. This is what happens after the three of them share pizza and a song together:

         “You’re humming that Brown Eyed Girl song aren’t you?” Nick asked.
         “Hmm. So I was. It’s an old song from way back. I’ve always liked it.” She pulled into the carport and engaged the Jeep’s parking brake. The pine trees were fragrant. Several branches touched the metal roof of the carport. They made a shushing sound when the wind blew. It also sent their tangy green fragrance into the Jeep’s open windows. “We may regret not having a garage when it snows this winter,” she said.
         “I think he likes you,” Nick replied.
         Ella stopped with her finger on the automatic window button. The windows stopped halfway up. “Chet Boone?”

         Nick rolled his eyes. “No. The Incredible Hulk.”

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Top Ten Fave Movie Characters Blog Hop

I was tagged by author Tim Hemlin at http://www.Tim to participate in this fun little blog hop so here goes:

1. The Terminator played by Arnold Swarzenegger
Still one of my all time favorite movies. Had some of the best one-liners of all time. "I'll be back."

2. Sarah Conner - Terminator 2 - played by Linda Hamilton
I loved the movie because of the way she transformed herself from gullible waitress to kick-ass heroine (and the mother of John Conner, of course).

3. Captain Augustus McCrae - Lonesome Dove - played by Robert Duvall
Such a memorable character, flawed but loyal. "Anybody who wouldn't cheat for a poke don't want one bad enough."

4. Han Solo - Star Wars - played by Harrison Ford
Unlikely hero forced to save well, everyone. With help from Chewbacca, of course.

5. Evelyn Couch - Fried Green Tomatoes - played by Kathy Bates
"TAWANDA!" enough said

6. Rooster Cogburn - True Grit - John Wayne
When Rooster takes the reins in his teeth -- that's iconic "baby sister!"

7. Idgie Threadgood - Fried Green Tomatoes - played by Mary Stuart Masterson
She was all about women's rights and doing what's right even if it meant serving it up with a special bar-b-que sauce. And again with the loyalty thing.

8. Kyle Reese - Terminator - played by Michael Biehn
Sacrificed himself to meet "the legend."
"I came across time for you, Sara Conner." Swoon.

9. Martin Riggs - Lethal Weapon - played by Mel Gibson
He was disturbed and disturbing in his nuttiness. But once again, you wanted him on your side when the going got tough. Loyalty. "We're gonna get bloody on this one, Roger." Yep, they did.

10. Doc Holliday - Tombstone - played by Val Kilmer
"I'll be your huckleberry." When he raises that shotgun and shrugs off that long, black, duster outside the OK Corral, well, that's an image fairly ingrained in my DNA.

And then there's also Inigo Montoya "You keeled my father!" And Andre the Giant and Westly, dahling. Hmmm. So many, I may have to revisit this topic another day! Can we say Danny Glover? I still use one of his lines all the time: "I'm too old for this sh*t!"

Now, to see more blogs on this hop, return to http://www.Tim