Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sweet Saturday Samples (9/10)

This week's Sweet Sample comes from my contemporary romance
Fade to Black
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In this sample while out covering an Amber Alert, Rich Spencer, News Photographer is fighting off the urge to defend Kate's honor against another loud-mouthed reporter. Trying to talk Rich out of decking the jerk is his best friend, Nate Hughes.


“Dude, what is going on with you?” Nate hissed in a hushed whispered.
“I don’t know,” Rich answered honestly.
“Well, you’d better figure it out because the protective caveman crap is going to get you into trouble—in more ways than one,” Nate warned.
The press conference started, and Kate did great. She asked all the right questions, making Greg look like the rookie. With the final question asked and answered, the crowed dissipated.
“Come on,” Kate whispered as she tugged lightly on Rich’s jacket sleeve. “Let’s interview some of the neighbors.”
For the next twenty minutes they went door to door, asking neighbors what they’d seen. It was weird that nobody had seen or heard anything. It was as if this little princess had disappeared into thin air. Kate looked defeated, her shoulders drooped, as they headed back toward the microwave truck.
Suddenly her head jerked to the left. “Shh!” She turned around and stared at Rich with wide eyes. “Do you hear that?”
He nodded, then lifted the camera onto his shoulder and hit record with his thumb. “Go ahead. I’m rolling.”
The two of them cautiously walked up between two houses to a small shed. “Be careful,” Rich whispered, suddenly wondering how smart of an idea this was. There was no telling what—or who—might be in there. The front doors were slightly ajar, and there was a whimpering coming from inside.
“Mary?” Kate said softly as she pushed the doors farther apart.
Oh, please let it be Mary, Rich thought, for more than one reason. A kidnapper with a gun would have been really bad.

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  1. Intriguing sample! Like the characters already!

  2. I love the building of the tension here.

  3. Scary! What's inside that door? Nice job.

  4. What a cliffhanger! You did a great job of building suspense.