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Christian Fiction Friday: April 1st

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

This snippet is unedited and new from the suspense novella that is currently untitled, but will be part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors!

“You would have more energy if you would eat something other than this,” Victor said, pushing his finger against the foil wrapped hamburger. “I would think that as a medical professional, you’d know better.” He uncapped his pen and started writing in his notebook, preparing for a testimony their pastor had asked him to give that Sunday. At his elbow, his Bible sat open. Ruth wanted to ask him what he planned to speak on, but she knew he’d tell her to wait until Sunday.

“I’m a poor resident,” she replied, scooping up the burger and unwrapping it. Before she took a bite, she grinned at him sitting rather uncomfortably in the orange plastic chair. “It’s what I can afford.”

He pressed his lips together and shook his head, making her laugh around her bite of food. The tangy pickle added a crunch to the bite loaded with savory hamburger topped with mayonnaise and ketchup. She had always thought the flavor combination one of the most perfect tastes in the world. It helped that she’d not eaten since dinner last night. Her hand shook a bit from the hunger as she dipped a French fry in the ketchup.

He took a sip from his bottle of water. “I think a plate of rice and beans would offer so much more nutrition than that hamburger and cost a fraction of the price.”

“You need to be more adventurous in your food,” she proclaimed around a second bite. “Fast food occasionally won’t kill you.”

“This is true.” He raised an eyebrow. “How much fast food have you eaten this week?”

“Be nice.” She took another bite and washed it down with her iced tea. “I’m trying to get a handle on my schedule so I can prepare meals before going to the hospital. But these hours are killing me. If I survive this residency, I’ll deserve a medal.”

He winked in a very cute way, making her heart flip in love for him. “I’ll give you one of my championship belts.”

She stared at him as she chewed a fry. He had taken a hard hit in his last match and she didn’t like how long it had taken him to recover. “How are you feeling about Saturday’s fight?”

The hesitation he gave in answering her question answered her more than his words. “Fighting the last fight of my career in Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve? Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better exit.” Despite the words, his voice sounded unenthusiastic, almost bored.

With narrowed eyes, she tried to study his pupils. “You in fighting shape?”

As a grimace crossed his face, he set his pen down and closed his notebook. She thought maybe she should have kept that thought to herself as he looked at her with a long, studying look. Just when she opened her mouth to withdraw the question, he reached out and took her hand with his. “Will you marry me?”

 

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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Christian Fiction Friday – March 18th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

My most current work in progress was finished and sent to my beta readers. The overwhelming response was, “I loved it, but…” The “but” was the same. So, this week, I gutted it and started fixing that “but”. I won’t mention the April 1st deadline for a completely edited manuscript.

But, the gutting and rewriting is going well! This snippet is unedited and new from the suspense novella that is currently untitled, but will be part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors!

She heard Esther lock the door behind them, and slipped her hand into Victor’s as they walked to the elevator. He pulled her close as the doors slid shut. He smelled of his leather coat and spicy aftershave. With her head resting on his shoulder, she just breathed him in.

“You nervous?” he asked.

“I was.” She straightened as the ground floor approached, and slipped on her jacket. “Then I had to talk to the mother of a sixteen-year-old and explain the radical amputation they’re doing to her son’s leg. Suddenly, meeting your parents became something to look forward to rather than fear.”

As they stepped out of the elevator, he pulled her over to the side and cupped her face with his hands. His eyes burned with intensity and a serious expression crossed his face. “I love you,” he said, his voice hoarse.

He’d said it to her a dozen times in the past week, and she still felt her heart soar a little higher every time he said the words. “I love you, too.”

His kiss spoke of love, of promises to come, and, dare she hope, a long future together. She felt tears burn her eyes as the love she felt for this man overwhelmed her and spilled out of her. When he lifted his head, he smiled down at her. “Major is the worst name for a dog I’ve ever heard.”

She giggled and slipped her hand in his again as they walked through the lobby of her apartment building. “You never know with Esther what made her choose that name. If I had time tonight, I would have gotten the story out of her.” The doorman opened the door and she smiled at him as they rushed to the waiting cab. Brushing the water out of her braid, she laughed, “I’m glad I didn’t spend any time on my hair.”

He gave his address to the cab driver, then settled back in the seat, Ruth snuggling up to his side. “You look beautiful.” She could hear his heartbeat under her ears, smell him, feel his warmth. She thought that if she could stay in this position for the rest of her life, she would be absolutely content. “Listen, my father —”

When he paused, she lifted her head to look at him. “What?”

“He’s, uh, very hard. He might not be nice.”

Wanting to put him at ease, she put her hand on his cheek and laughed. “I’m a second year surgical resident. I’m used to people not being nice to me.” She gave him a quick peck of a kiss, then settled back against the seat. “Don’t worry. You’ve managed to make me fall in love with you over the last year. Your father could be a mass murderer, and it wouldn’t affect my feelings for you.” She looked over at him, at the lack of humor on his face, and winked. “Well played, Kovalev. You have me well and snagged.”

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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Christian Fiction Friday: February 26

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

My 7-year-old has been home sick all week with pneumonia, so I haven’t written a word. In fact, this is what my day looked like yesterday:

sick jeb

So, this snippet is unedited and something I wrote last week from a suspense novella that is currently untitled, but will be part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors!

Andrew fought for control as the SUV slid through the intersection and crashed into an oncoming car. With the impact, her head hit the side window, dazing her. The next thing she knew, Victor had his hands on her face and was yelling something at her. Her head hurt. She raised a hand and touched the wetness at her temples. Her stomach turned when she saw the blood on her hand.

Finally, she could make out what Victor was saying. “Now! Come on, Ruth, move!” She watched as Andrew kicked his window out and climbed out of it, gun drawn. Victor reached over and pushed open his passenger door. Ruth’s hands slipped on the seat belt twice before she managed to unbuckle it. Victor crouched at the open door and held his hand out to her. “Come on!”

On her side of the vehicle, she could see the impression of the dump truck that had T-boned it. On the other side of the intersection, two men got out of the dump truck, guns drawn. She heard the screams of the onlookers before she heard the gunshots. The window next to her head suddenly cracked with a spiderweb pattern and she heard the pings of bullets hitting the side of the SUV. A burning smell filled her nostrils and smoke stung her eyes.

“Go!” yelled Andrew, popping up from behind the truck and firing in the direction of the shots. “Got to cover!”

Without looking back, she held tight to Victor’s hand as he raced away from the intersection. “Don’t stop,” he yelled, dodging his way through the heavy rush-hour pedestrian traffic. “We’re in Kovalev territory. Not safe.”

He didn’t say another word. As the adrenaline pumped through her system, she felt her headache recede and the pain she’d initially felt in her knee fade. Who knew what kind of damage she did to her body sprinting through the crowd with an almost certain concussion and possibly strained knee. Deciding that if she felt the pain in the morning, she would praise God for the glory of surviving this day and focused on keeping up with Victor.

Without warning, he ducked into a recessed building entrance, spinning her so that her back pressed up against the brick wall. Through the arched entryway, she saw a man run down the street. From the steps of the building, two women in tight mini skirts and teetering platform heels walked up to Victor. “Hello, Mr. Kovalev,” the woman with the brunette hair said, looking Ruth up and down.

“Nina,” Victor said, out of breath. “I need to get out of the territory.” He put his hands on his knees and bent over at the waist. Sweat dripped down his forehead. When he straighten, he shrugged out of his suit jacket.

“You’ll never get out,” she whispered in a heavy Russian accent, popping her head out of the archway and looking down the street. “Boris put a bounty on you. Whoever finds you, is free to go.”

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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Christian Fiction Friday: February 19th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

This snippet is from a suspense novella that is currently untitled, but will be part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors!

“Goodnight, doctor!” She looked up and waved at one of the nurses who had assisted in the surgery.

Her phone in her hand vibrated and she saw the incoming text from Victor.

GRILL’S HOT. STEAKS GOING ON…NOW!

She smiled, love flooding her heart for her husband. Digging through the pocket of her jeans, she pulled out her key fob and unlocked her car. At least now that the sun had gone down, the heat wouldn’t suffocate her and the car seat wouldn’t sear her legs when she got in the car.

As she opened the door, something came around her neck, immobilizing her. Startled, she reached up and felt a man’s arm. “Hello, Doctor Burnette,” a heavily accented voice said in her ear. “I’ve been looking for you.”

Shea sharp pain in her neck and almost immediately, her world went gray then black.

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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Christian Fiction Friday: February 12th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

I’ve been absent from CFF since the end of October. Our family moved and work got put aside for a couple of months. I’m so excited to be back and to share something from a current Work In Progress! This snippet is from a suspense novella that is currently untitled, but will be part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors!

When she burst through the doors and into the hot Florida sunshine, she felt the world start spinning around her. “What to do what to do what to do?” she whispered over and over again. Seconds later, the phone in her hand vibrated, startling her so that she nearly dropped it. She recognized the number and, by way of a greeting, said, “Get me out of here.”

“I’m on my way,” Federal Marshall Dean Tucker replied. “Forty minutes.”

“That’s too long,” she sobbed.

“Do you want me to send local law enforcement?”

Yes, yes.” Disconnecting the call, she rushed across the street. Bursting into her house, she ran to the bedroom, grabbing a bag from the floor of the closet. Inside, it contained her life. Her entire thirty-year life in one leather satchel. She went into the kitchen and put two days’ worth of dog food in a plastic bowl, and added that with a couple bottles of water and an empty bowl to the bag.

When she looked at her phone, she saw that only five minutes had gone by. Major followed at her feet as she went into the living room, whining, clearly sensing her distress. “We’re okay,” she said to the dog, not even sounding convincing to her own ears. “We’ll be okay.”

At the knock on the door, Mara’s heart stopped, but Major jumped up and ran to the door, wagging his tail frantically. Ben must have seen her run across the street, or Brenda found him and told him what she’d said. She opened the door and Major burst past her, throwing the screen door open with his weight and launching himself at the man standing on her porch.

“Hello, Ruth,” he said.

Her heart felt like it stopped beating. Victor Markoff rubbed Major’s fur and looked up at her. He hadn’t changed in six months. He still wore his black hair cut short and combed back from his clean-shaven face. While his mouth smiled, his light blue eyes looked at her with a serious, almost cautious, expression. She licked her lips and looked passed him, expecting to see a car full of hit men unloading on her lawn.

Clearly, Major offered no protection against her enemy. Feeling betrayed, she stepped out onto the porch. She’d known this day would eventually happen, hadn’t she? “Major, down,” she said. Immediately, Major stopped dancing and jumping around Victor, and lowered himself to the ground, his entire body vibrating with excitement. Should she run? Should she wait for the police that Marshal Tucker called?

She couldn’t outrun him. Instead, she would stay outside, surrounded by neighbors who would hear if she needed help. She clenched her fists so that he wouldn’t notice her hands shaking. “The police will be here any moment.”

“Well then,” he said in his rich baritone voice, “I guess I better get this over with.” He reached into his pocket and she opened her mouth to scream.

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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Christian Fiction Friday: October 30th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

This week, I’ve returned to Christmas Star Sapphire, which is second generation novella from the Jewel Series. This book releases November 1st! (Which is tomorrow for many of you!) You can find it at this link.

christmas star sapphire smallJOE took the offered mug of coffee from Larry Grant. Larry pastored at Joe’s church and the two men had become fast friends despite a forty-year age difference. He enjoyed the company and the quaint little house every single time he visited, which he often did after church services or church functions.

Today, he had knocked and Larry had answered with a countenance that anticipated a door-to-door salesman. Upon seeing Joe, his expression transformed into one of initial joy then to contemplation before he greeted, “Well, happy Thanksgiving, young man of God. You missed dinner, but there’s pumpkin pie and coffee.”

They moved into the now familiar den. The two story brick house had originally been constructed in the early twentieth century with small rooms, tall ceilings, and a wraparound porch. Larry had often recruited Joe as his assistant in various home improvement projects. While maintaining many original fixtures, the entire house had been rewired, all the windows had been replaced with modern vinyl clad glass, and the plumbing had been updated, though the cast iron claw foot bathtub had survived. Larry had also contracted installation of central air conditioning, which certainly made the southern Alabama summers a bit more bearable and probably accounted for Joe’s frequent visits.

“Where were we?” Larry tossed another piece of split wood onto the fire before sitting down across from Joe at the chess board and lifting his own warm mug of coffee.

“Let me see if I can remember. Oh, yeah. It’s been your move for two weeks.” Joe leaned back and took a sip of the strong brew. From the kitchen, he could hear Larry’s wife, Ana, washing dishes.

Larry studied the board and finally moved a bishop. After about three seconds, Joe moved his knight out, putting the bishop in jeopardy. “Something’s on your mind, son,” Larry observed, his eyes studying the board. “You haven’t once mentioned the beating the Patriots handed the Titans last week.”

Joe took another sip of coffee, thought about ignoring the insight, then rejected the thought. He really needed to talk with someone, to get out of his own head. It was the reason he had come here in the first place. “There’s this girl.”

“I see.” Larry sat back and interlaced his fingers over his stomach. “Is she in some kind of trouble?”

Joe shook his head. “I don’t think so. I think I might be.”

Larry grinned. “Oh, it’s like that.” He pointed a finger at him. “You know, young man of God, there’s an old saying that goes, ‘It always starts with a woman.’”

“I don’t know if that’s in the Bible,” Joe replied with a smile.

“Paraphrasing. Read Proverbs, boy. Half that book backs up that quote. Heck, so does Genesis, come to think of it.” He settled back into his chair and Joe knew that the chess game was not going to continue tonight. “Tell me about this girl that troubles you so.”

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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