Friday, January 18, 2013


FIVE SENTENCE FRIDAY [that's unlikely!]
FANTASTIC FICTION FRIDAY....Oooh, yeah. That's good.

So, we've hit the new year, and we're all busy making ourselves better.
But what I want to know is WHAT ARE YOU READING? When you get to sit down for two minutes [or more] by yourself, what is your fiction of choice?

Here's a sample of my newest paranormal romance: One Heartbeat.

With only two weeks left on earth, the saucy granddaughter of Mother Nature gambles her soul in a task meant for a guardian angel.

“Is the black t-shirt supposed to be funny?” She was talking to his back. He wore black jeans, black boots, even his hair seemed darker, and it was short. He was filthy from their bout with the ground in the alleyway. She didn’t want to think about how she looked.
She cleared her throat of the rash case of tears welling up inside of her.
Aarden stood hunched over a small desk with a laptop on it. A gray thermal blanket was strewn over a cot in the corner and a folding chair was lying on its side, as if it had been kicked over at some point.
She hadn’t known what to expect, but this utilitarian existence in an underground bunker was not even close to what she imagined. “Aarden?”
“You shouldn’t be here.” His voice was hoarse. “How in heaven did you get here, anyway?”
Was it possible for him to be bigger? Broader? Everything about him exuded menace.
“I merely thought it.” She crossed her arms over her chest and tilted her head. “Apparently that’s how it works for immortals. No more spirit transport for this old girl.”
Aarden scowled. “This isn’t funny, Rachel.”
At a small chiming noise, he turned back to the oh-so-important computer behind him.
He still had a nice ass in those jeans. That hadn’t changed.
You’re not helping.
I wouldn’t dream of trying to help. A hello would be nice, though.
When Aarden turned this time, his eyes blazed with the light of passion she remembered. She took a small step toward him. “Please.”
It might have been a lifetime since she’d been in his arms. It had taken the sharp cut of denial after seeing him again to feel his absence like the great hole in her heart that it had been all along.
“I can’t.”


  1. Oooh...I want to read more and find out why not. :)

    I'm actually trying to figure out what to read now. I usually read romance but I think I need a little break and read something different to cleanse the pallet.

    1. Good idea. I'm reading a nonfiction right now. the Save the Cat book. OTOH, I'm also reading an Anne Stuart, so I'm not sure it counts.

      Maybe I'll pick something up that is not romance at all, too! An adventure book! That sounds fun.

  2. I've been trying to read "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor" (non-fiction), but time has not been on my side lately. It's about a battle in Afghanistan (and all that leads up to it). My wife and I knew one of the young men that died there.

    My fiction reading has been limited to re-reading, finishing, and editing a short horror story for a webzine - I need to get that done in the next month. BTW, they'll be an "Easter Egg" in there for you. If it gets selected, I'll pass on the link.

    Looking forward to your new book. Because of the subject, I'm interested to see how it compares with Laura Kreitzer's work (Esp. her "Timeless" series.

    1. I watched a discovery production of an Afghanistan field story. Don't think it was the same one. Can't remember what it was called. Still, they go through so much over there. Sometimes it's good to hear their stories and keep things in perspective.

      Like today, I'm so freaking whiny! LOL :D But I've got it pretty good.

      I will have to look for Laura Kreitzer's work. My only fault with this particular genre is that I've never read one. I'm sure there are rules I'm breaking, but we'll see what an editor thinks. :)

    2. OH, I just thought of it!
      Restrepo. That was it. The name of one of the men who died.

  3. love the excerpt. :) Good luck!

  4. Great excerpt. And thanks to your recommendation, I am also reading "Save the Cat."


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