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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Desperate Choices excerpt and Romantic Suspense Week

At the end of the week we're giving away a stack of ebooks (possibly a couple of print books too) to one lucky commentator. The more times you comment, the more times you'll go into the 'hat'. We'll name the winner on the blog next Monday.

It's Romantic Suspense week at Carina Press! Since I love and write romantic suspense this is an especially good time for me. All the Carina press authors have some terrific books available and I've read a bunch of them. Believe me, they are what you might call "unputdownable."

Below is an excerpt from my romantic suspense, Desperate Choices, now available at Carina Press. It's also available as an audio book. This is a scene near the beginning of the book that involves the "missing" teenager.


Tommy jerked awake, sucking huge gasps of air into his struggling lungs. His heart raced, the rapid beat pounded in his ears. Sweat covered his body.

Same stupid dream again.

He rose from his rumpled bed, his breathing finally slowing, and stretched his arms above his head. Reaching down, his hand scratched lightly at his bare stomach and he stifled a yawn. Taking that first step away from the bed, he paced the floor of his prison. Back and forth, he dragged the chain behind him as he walked. He walked as far as he was able, changed direction and returned back to where he’d started. Silver links tethered him within the room, making escape impossible.

He knew—because he’d tried everything.

When he’d first opened his eyes, his initial reaction was disbelief. Gray cinderblock walls hemmed in the cramped, boxy room. He’d been lying on the floor. He’d jumped up and banged on the door only to feel the heavy slap of the chain against his skin.

“Let me out,” he’d screamed at the top of his lungs. “You can’t keep me here.”

Nobody answered.

He was chained up like an animal. He had no idea where or why, but he sure as hell knew by whom.

He’d never told a soul, but his biggest nightmare had always been the fear of being trapped alone. Now it was his living reality.


Elise Warner said...

All right, you scared me. You really frightened me. I shall definitly clutch someone when reading Desperate Choices.

MaureenAMiller said...

Oh my, Kathy! Desperate Choices is one of those that you keep the lights on while reading! Way to draw us in. :)

Jane said...

I love stories that feature psychics.

Shirley Wells said...

Wonderful scary stuff, Kathy. Love it!

Stevie Carroll said...

Definitely a scary situation.

Anonymous said...

Bringing someone's worst fear into reality. Aaah! Very compelling.

Clare London said...

Oh gawd, my heart's pounding now and I've only just started the work day ... LOL.

Apologies for the late comment, but that was great, thanks for sharing! :)

Sylvia said...

Hi Kathy,
I love this story. Scary, but great!

Anonymous said...

oh that was kind of scary poor man all chained.

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