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.
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:
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