Showing posts with label Suspense. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Suspense. Show all posts

Saturday, June 7, 2014

First Page - Aquarius Addiction by Trish Jackson

Aquarius Addiction

Trish Jackson

(To be released by my publisher Soul Mate Publishing just in time for Christmas 2014!)


     "I am not dying," Arlette Xylander banged her hands on the steering wheel and yelled out loud. "I don't have to believe it." She dug in her handbag for a tissue and dabbed at the angry tears. She found a space, pulled to a halt in the parking lot and blew her nose. She let out a gut-wrenching sob and forced back others that wanted to follow.

     She sneered at herself in the mirror. "Get a grip. Now your face is a total mess."

     The label on the eyedrops said they would get the red out. She poured liberal amounts into both eyes, and with shaking hands, she wiped the mascara that had run down her cheeks, her jaw clamped tight. She had to stop her hands from shaking, but how? Her whole body was still reverberating from the shock. Her mouth was dry and her stomach clenched tight.

     She took a deep breath, and another. Would nothing slow down her racing heartbeats? She threw her head back and rested it on the back of the seat. Tears threatened again, but she forced them back.

     Still fighting to control her runaway emotions, she thrust her feet into the red high heel sandals and jumped down from the truck, dragging her handbag with her. She took a few more deep breaths and squared her shoulders.

     A few minutes later she entered the red brick FBI building on shaky legs, and, after showing her ID to security, headed for the elevator.

    She peered through the glass door of Chad Kingsley's office. Another man sat across from him, with his back to the door.

     She unclenched her fists and flexed her fingers, and took a few more deep breaths before she knocked. Chad lifted his gaze from the paperwork, and beckoned. She opened the door and stepped inside, closing it carefully behind her.

     "Arlette. Thanks for coming in so quickly. Let me introduce you." His open palm pointed to the stranger, who stood up and turned around to face her.

     His dark blonde untidy hair framed a square jaw and straight nose. He was heart-stoppingly handsome.

     "Andre Rossouw," his gray-green eyes flicked across her breasts before he lifted them to stare into her face. She noticed an old scar running from the corner of his right eye across his cheek. It didn't detract from his good looks, but rather it made him more interesting. Make that stand-and-stare-with-your-mouth-open handsome. She closed her mouth and took the offered hand.

     "This is Arlette Xylander," she heard Chad speak, but she felt like she was underwater. "The psychic I told you about."

     He held onto her hand for a few seconds more than necessary. "I didn't expect you to be so…" he said, and slowly released his grip.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Review - The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles by Jacob Singer

A Compelling Read

This is a story about Emily, a woman of color who lived in South Africa when apartheid (known as 'segregation' in the USA), was still in force. 

She changes her name from Emily Kleintjies to Emma Kline, and makes a rash decision to pass herself off as white. She moves to another city where nobody knows her, and starts a new phase of her life. The story tells of the long-lasting repercussions from this decision, that affect not only her, but her daughter, Marla too.

The author brings the characters to life by including the smallest of details, which draws the reader and makes one want to read on. I found that I really cared what happened to them.

The author has also put a lot of thought into the title, because the vase of many colored marbles could be symbolic of the different racial background of the South African peoples, and it also alludes to a vase in the story, owned by Emma, containing some very special marble.
My rating: ☻☻☻☻1/2 (4 1/2 happy faces = five stars.)

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review - The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour

Some people probably think Louis L'Amour was an okay writer if you like cowboy stories. Actually, he was an amazing and wonderful writer, and he was also extremely well-educated and knowledgeable about world history. He wasn't awarded the US National Gold Medal and the Medal of Freedom for nothing. More than 300 million of his books have been printed, and they have been translated into several other languages and sold all over the world.

This story starts with six-year-old Johannes Verne's narrative as he travels west with his father in a lone wagon. Most people travel in wagon trains because it's safer to do so, but the boy's father is dying, and doesn't have time to wait for the next wagon train to be organized. Johannes' mother passed away sometime previously, and Johannes' only living family member is his grandfather, Don Ysidro, who lives in Los Angeles, California. 

The only problem is, Don Ysidro plans to kill Johannes and his father as soon as they arrive in California. 

The story tells of how Johannes uses all his wiles to stay alive, and how, blessed with some very kind and caring friends, he grows into a strong, resourceful young man, and eventually has to save the life of the woman he loves.

The story will tug at your emotions and bring tears to your eyes, not only from the human interactions, but also from the vivid word paintings of the western territories the author loved so much.

I couldn't put it down.