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Friday, September 16, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample

In this excerpt which is from Return Engagement, my heroine has just come home from the hospital where the doctors had to remove a bullet fragment from her head.  Return Engagement is available at Whiskey Creek Press.

When Elizabeth opened her eyes the room lay in darkness.  She yawned and stretched. She had slept a long time.  Wonder why her mother hadn’t woken her for dinner? Her stomach growled and reminded her she had skipped lunch.

As she turned over for a look at the clock, a shadow moved from the corner of the room. “Hello, Miss Lane,” a well-remembered, cultured voice said. “How nice it is to see you again.”

Elizabeth sat up in bed, her breath coming in painful gasps that hurt her chest. “You! You can’t be here. You’re dead!”

“I’m not dead.” As Brady moved toward the bed, a flash of light from a passing car glinted off the object he held in his hand: a syringe.

Elizabeth started to scream. Her muscles churned as she tried to run, but she couldn’t move. She could scream, though. In the back of her mind she heard her mother’s voice.  “Elizabeth! Wake up!  Elizabeth!”

A strange man’s voice, a deep voice, cried, “I’ll call her doctor.”

“Elizabeth! Wake up! Open your eyes!”

Elizabeth’s eyes flew open to a room full of sunshine and bodyguards. A dream. It had only been a dream. She fell into her mother’s arms and started to cry.

13 comments:

Sherry Gloag said...

A very powerful sample.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you, Sherry.

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Love this sample! When can I read more?

Lindsay said...

That's spooky

Elaine Cantrell said...

Jennifer, the book is published by Whiskey Creek Press. Lindsay, I'm glad I got the atomosphere right.

Patricia Kiyono said...

Scary! Is it real, or a bad dream? Great cliffhanger.

Marsha Ward said...

Wow! That's intense! Thanks for the sample.

Sandra said...

Wow! I was right there with Elizabeth trying to scream. Great sample!

the1940mysterywriter said...

Elaine, you're the last person I'd've expected to scare the CR*P out of me!
Gunnar

carrieannebrownian said...

Very nice sample, and great building of suspense and tension!

Elaine Cantrell said...

thanks to everyone who was nice enough to stop by today. I'm glad you liked the sample.

diannehartsock said...

That was terrifying! Nicely written scene. Wow.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you, Dianne.