I wanted to announce that the Virtual E-book fair on FaceBook has become a weekly event. If you enjoy reading, here is your opportunity to interact with authors, read excerpts of their books, and WIN FREE STUFF! That's right, there will be GIVEAWAYS every week.
Stop by the FINDING MY ESCAPE booth and ask the characters questions. Hannah and Matt will be there to talk to you.
Hope to see you there!
When I was a younger reader, I always had a few favorite authors. Each time I finished one of their books, I'd go back to the library or book store and eagerly peruse the shelves for another one of their titles. I'd read until I'd read them all, then I'd ask my friends what they were reading. You see, I was unwilling to take a chance on a new author unless I was sure I would like their writing style.
Maybe you feel a little like that. After all, even more than money sometimes, your time is an investment. You don't want to take your precious leisure time and waste it. That's why I've always found it hard to experiment when it comes to my reading.
Well, if you're like me, a little hesitant when it comes to trying out a new author or genre, then I may just have the perfect opportunity for you.
I wanted to invite everyone to come join me tomorrow for a new weekly event called Share An Sample Saturday. It's a wonderful chance to connect personally with authors, GET FREE EXCERPTS for books you're thinking about buying and win door prizes! That's right folks, free books! I participate as an author, but I'm always trolling through the selections for my next great read. You see, I'm finally learning to take a risk and try something new.
Come on and let's take the plunge together.
If you enjoy this first chapter of Finding My Escape, then head over to my blog, Eclectic Musings for a little more. And if you really love books and like to try before you buy, check out the Virtual EBook Fair on FaceBook. Thanks for stopping by!
He looked down at the knife in his left hand, dripping in blood. Pausing from his task, he listened to the sound of labored breathing coming from the other room. The gasping became slower and heavier, then stopped.
Charles Jordan was dead.
Back to work.
He turned his handsome blond head toward the woman splayed on the kitchen floor in front of him. He’d hit her pretty hard, but this gal was tough.
Grabbing her tangled hair, he jerked her into a sitting position and
placed the bloody knife under her throat.
“Tell me where you hid the chip.”
“No!” She gasped. The man watched as Liz Jordan’s dark eyes darted wildly at the clock.
“Where’s your daughter, Liz?” he hissed in her ear, pulling the knife ever so slightly into her throat.
The woman’s eyes grew wide for a second, but quickly veiled again.
“She’s spending the night with a friend.”
“You’re lying!” He dug the knife deeper. A drop of blood trickled down her neck and dripped on the white tile floor.
“Tell me where that chip is, or I’ll kill her, too.”
The killer watched the woman glance desperately at the clock one more time, then felt her body go limp under his grasp.
“Okay, I’ll tell you, but pl..please,” she sputtered, “I’m begging, don’t hurt her. Th..there’s a key to a safety deposit box taped under the table. First Bank of Georgia. Main branch. Please,” she gasped, “Hannah has nothing to do with this.”
The man reached under the table with his free hand and found a key. Smirking, he slipped it into his pocket. He looked down at the woman. Her eyes were pleading.
“Thanks, Mrs. Jordan. Now, I just have one piece of unfinished business.”
He paused, savoring the thought of slashing Liz Jordan’s beautiful white throat.
“Mom?” came a girl’s voice from the front door.
The broken woman below him stirred as she struggled now to raise her head. He could read the desperation in
her eyes. The man tightened his grip and put his finger to his mouth to indicate silence, but the woman was
“Don’t come in here honey. RUN!”
He covered the woman’s mouth to stifle one last cry before slashing her throat. Then he headed toward the sound of the girl’s voice. Hannah Jordan was going to wish she’d missed her curfew.
For months I'd heard my niece, Janey go on and on (and on and on) about something called Pinterest. To be honest, most of it just went in one ear and out the other as it often does when someone is talking about something we really don't have an interest in. All I knew was that it was another social media outlet where you gain followers, something like a Twitter with pictures. I already had Twitter, so what could I possibly need with another 'follower' account.
Eventually, she convinced me I needed to try it out, so I opened an account, created a couple of (extremely) random boards and pinned some of the pictures that popped up when I opened the app. Big woop.
It wasn't, however, until my author friend, Tammie Clark Gibbs invited me to a FaceBook Pinterest Pinning Party (say that 3x fast), that I really 'got it'. Pinterest is really like a set of file folders for anything you might be interested in, but unlike your typical files, these come with bright, beautiful images! It's like tearing articles from a magazine, only without the jagged edges. And the file system is right on your page. If you're interested in spring cleaning, you can find hundreds
of pins on the subject. If books are your thing, check out my Pinterest Page. The possibilities are endless. But more than that, it's FUN!
If you already have an account, let's connect. I love looking at other people's boards, seeing what interests them. If you aren't already on Pinterest, you should head over there to see what all the hoopla is about. I bet you'll be glad you did.
My daughter is a died-in-the-wool Directioner. She absolutely loves the British boy band, follows everything they do, and could probably even tell you what they had for breakfast this morning.
For Christmas, she got tickets to the 1D concert here in Nashville. Of course the concert isn't until June, but then again, I had to buy the concert tickets back in August. You'd think she'd be thrilled. Well, she was...for a while.
Well, for the past week or so, she's been nagging me to get her the up close package which includes a pre-show, dinner, and meeting the boys. Uh, yeah.
I love my girl, but seriously, the package to meet these sweethearts is pretty hefty. After listening to her begging (and begging and begging) for several days, we finally came up with a compromise: If I sell 10,000 books between now and June 19, I'll buy her the pass.
So if you want to help my daughter get to meet One Direction, you can buy a copy of Finding My Escape. My daughter will thank you.
Finding My Way Back, which is the tentative title of the sequel to Finding My Escape, is expected to be finished in draft form by mid-April 2013. I'm shooting for April 15, give or take a few days. Hopefully (keep your fingers crossed), we'll have the book edited and out by mid-summer.
Here's where you come in. I'm looking for beta readers, and I'm going to be choosing one person who posts a comment or question to this site and one person who comments on my blog Eclectic Musings to be among the first to read it. The only requirement is that you've also read Finding My Escape.
Tell your friends! I look forward to hearing from you.
That's me. Wife, mom, former teen, and writer.
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