Done with Edits on Eternity!

Well, I think I finally finished the final draft of Eternity. I don’t know what it is, but every time I read it, it sucks me in and it’s hard to focus on editing rather than enjoying my work. But, I cracked down on myself and went line by line in vigorous editing until I feel that it is perfect. I’ve been sending out query letters the past few weeks (that explains why I haven’t been on for a while) plus I’ve started the untitled sequel.

I’m looking forward to my science fiction, suspenseful thriller to be out to the public one day.

Pirates of Hardwood

Chapter 29

Sam’s heart raced as the eyes of the crowd turned to her. She stood on the railing with a pistol pressed against her head. She managed to steal it from the pirate who had a hold of her and was willing to use it to end her life in order to save Darrick and her friends.

Alissa laughed at the sight of the girl and a few of her men chuckled along with her. She moved forward and sheathed her sword, then stared up at Sam with wonder in her eyes.

“It would bring me great joy to watch you pull the trigger. I’d get to witness Flint’s heart breaking for a nobody like you.” Alissa said.

Flint rushed forward, pushing men out of his way until he stood within a few feet from the railing. Sam took a breath, then threatened to shoot him if he came any closer. He raised his hands and backed up a pace.

“Put the gun down, darling,” he spoke calmly, “I’d hate for you to do something you might regret.”

“Let my friends go.” Sam demanded.

A clap of thunder erupted in the sky behind her. Her heart was pounding as she waited for Flint to answer her request.

“Sam!” Darrick shouted. “Whatever you’re thinking, don’t do it.”

He pushed his way through the men, fighting the pain in his arms and legs. Someone grabbed onto him before he could get close to the railing and a large arm found its way around his chest. The man held him in place and drew his sword to keep Darrick from trying to get away.

Lightning flashed bright in the sky, getting closer to the ship. Darrick knew they wouldn’t have much time to get away but he knew Sam had to be one of them to get home.

“Let him go!” Sam shouted.

Her voice was left unanswered. Alissa merely smiled and Flint stared at Sam with worry in his eyes. His heart was drawn to her from the moment he laid his eyes upon her and it broke him to see that she was hurting because of him.

He gripped the handle of the sword tight in his hand and knew exactly what had to be done to keep her alive.

Book Review: A Game of Greed and Deception

By John Mathews

This book kept me hooked right from the very beginning. A real page turner that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat through the entire thing. It’s mysterious, suspensful, dramatic, and did I mention gripping?

The book starts off with what you think is going to be a family getaway in a remote Colorado cabin resort with the main character, Stephen, his young wife, Tammy, and his daughter, Maria, setting off to the mountains during a very snowy blizzard up a mountain where no one can get to them very easily. They have a lovely dinner and everything seems like it’s going to be a great trip, until Tammy has her “beloved” husband fetch her a pack of cigarettes only to have him never return. Of course, she plays the worried wife, calls the cops after his disappearance, and acts all sorts of frantic in front of Maria. But, you learn certain things about this woman that will have you second guessing her every movement and motive.

It’s very hard to not give too much away about this one. If I say too much, I will ruin the entire thing. It really kept me guessing until the very end and I couldn’t put it down until I knew exactly what was going on. You’ll think one thing, then get proved wrong over and over and over again and I loved it! I recommend this to anyone with a taste for the mysterious and the suspense genres. You can check it out at the link below and as always, happy reading!

The Perfect Family

You know, zombies and vampires aren’t the only story ideas I have lounging around in the ol’ noodle of mine. I’ve dabbled with suspense with a kidnapping story and also one with a stalker. The kidnapping one I’ve had finished, but it has never been quite perfect. It’s always felt like it was missing something. The other day, I think I found what it was missing and I’m planning on revisting it as soon as my zombie/vampire trilogy is completed. If you want a taste of what this kidnapping novel of mine is like, I’ll give ya one.

Everyone has that image of the perfect family. The beautiful wife, the charming husband, and the two great kids, boy and girl. What if that was all you thought about? What if you couldn’t picture life without that perfect family? And what if you knew you could never have it unless you made it happen? Well, let’s just say that’s how a certain character of mine feels and he doesn’t want to live an unperfect life anymore.


Beauty and the What?!

Installment #2

The footsteps echo through the air like tiny bombs going off around her. It is the only sound she can hear while she awaits whatever fate this beast will bring her. She hasn’t even lived her life yet. There are so many things she has wanted to do and places she wanted to see. She’s not even married or on the verge of getting there.

Sally holds her breath when the last step falls on the concrete. She still hides herself by the rear end of the small sedan, but she knows that’s not good enough. If rumors are true, the monster can sense when it’s not alone. It already knows she’s close by.

She lets out her breath, quietly and slow. There hasn’t been any movement for a few seconds, but she knows the creature is still there. Getting to her hands and knees, she inches her way to the edge of the car and peers around it. She stays low, making sure it won’t see her. She looks past the tire, searching for the feet she thought were going to be there.

The ground is empty. There are no monstrous feet looming by the car and no creature trying to find her. She’s alone. A smile comes her face and she pulls herself from the ground, feeling so foolish for believing something strange was coming after her.

She walks around the car and starts her way toward her grandmother’s home once again. The street lamp up ahead is still lit and there is nothing standing in the light. She runs her fingers through her auburn hair and laughs a little at herself.

“I knew I shouldn’t have drank anything at dinner tonight,” she mutters to herself. “Paying for that right now by seeing things.”

She keeps going down the street, passing the street lamp and into the darkness once again. She tugs at the sleeves of her jacket and looks straight ahead of her. A hand clamps down on her shoulder, forcing her to turn around to face whatever creature is following her. A scream tries to escape her throat, but the stranger’s hand is quick to cover it.