eye of the storm: run, Kieran, run!
Welcome to the first post of my new Thursday series, temporarily called Story Time. (I'm open to ideas for an apt title, something that sort of rhymes with Thursday and implies reading, authors, stories, new, fresh voices... Story Time was my best one yet, but then again I haven't been sleeping much lately.)
STORY TIME THURSDAY: Eye of the Storm by Denise Moncrief
The story opens with Kieran awaiting a storm in an isolated house, all alone. Suddenly, the door bursts open and in lurches this man (well of course he is cute, doh, but that's beside the point), obviously hurt and dripping with blood. He proceeds to collapse on her floor, but only after he pleads with her not to call for help or involve the cops. I am paraphrasing of course; Denise did a much better job at setting the stage in incredibly detailed nuances.
“The muted hammering of the downpour filtered through the clapboard siding and filled the room with dulled hints of fury.”
I was hooked from page one.
Eye of the Storm is a romantic mystery, a short story (relatively longer than typical ones) about being caught in seemingly unsolvable circumstances, in the dead quiet that belies the impending storm. Without giving away too much of the plot, let me just say that I did not foresee the twists that ensued.
This was a very enjoyable read though I could see how, because of its length, some events may be deemed a little rushed. I wish the author would consider turning this into a full book and developing the story more. The characters are compelling and their backstories are juicy enough to make that possible.
Denise Moncrief blogs at Suspense, She Writes
Her eBook is available at Still Moments Publishing
Thursday Story Time for 5/31: Pray by John Prescott
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Same time, next week?
Meanwhile, here's a topic: discuss!
You are alone, isolated, sort of on the run yourself, and here comes trouble. Do you stay and find out more, or do you get the hell out before he wakes up? How curious and adventurous are you? What are the reasons why you would (or wouldn't) run, Kieran, run? What would you have done in Kieran's place?
I will hold a random drawing for the folks who comment on this post, to give away the pdf of the book. There is nothing to "follow" or "like", no rules, nada. Just say hi, or grunt, answer the question, or not, but please do indicate, in writing, that you want in on the giveaway. The winner's name will be announced next Thursday.
Also, if you can come up with an awesome title for my Thursday Story Time, I'll send you a $10 Amazon gift card. Deal?
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