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Christian Fiction Friday: May 13th

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!

Smoke Mirrors FlatThis snippet is from the new suspense novella On the Ropes, which is part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors! Smoke and Mirrors is currently on preorder for a May 20th release, and is 99 cents for a very limited time! Click here to get it for yourself!

She pulled her legs up and wrapped her arms around them. “Can’t sleep?”

A wry look crossed his face. “Signing my own death warrant has taken a bit of a toll on me.”

“Victor—”

He shook his head. “I am doing the right thing. I went about it the right way, and there’s a solid case now against everyone I know of in the family. I’ll likely be testifying for months at different trials.”

She studied his face in the faint light coming from a lamp inside the building, seeing a muscle tic in his jaw. “But?”

“But it’s my father. And there’s an emotional connection I didn’t expect to feel. Something I’m severing with every word I will speak on that stand tomorrow. It was one thing to talk about it privately, in the office of the FBI. It will be another to look at him and say the words.”

They sat in silence while Ruth digested what he said. Finally, she replied, “I can’t pretend to understand that. But I know that to follow Christ, sometimes we have to leave the dead to be buried by someone else. I think that is fitting for your circumstance.” She paused. “Have you ever tried to talk about God to your father?”

With a short bark of a laugh, he shook the water off his hand. “Once. He punched me in the jaw and told me to concentrate on winning my next fight and not some deity that had poisoned my mind. That was a couple of years ago.”

Remembering the few times she’d had personal conversations with Antoly Kovalev, she said, “I imagine that trying was a bit intimidating.”

Turning his head to look at her, his eyes reflected the weak lighting from inside the building. “There are so many things you couldn’t possibly imagine, Ruth. The Kovalevs are evil, and I long for the day I sign the papers to change my name.”

 

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday in the comments! 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: April 29th

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!

Smoke Mirrors FlatThis snippet is from the new suspense novella On the Ropes, which is part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors! Smoke and Mirrors is currently on preorder for a May 20th release, and is 99 cents for a very limited time! Click here to get it for yourself!

Mara ran the sweeper under the pulpit. For some reason, in the sanctity of this building, even without Major next to her, she never felt afraid, never felt like looking over her shoulder. As the song on her MP3 player changed to the next one, she looked out over the pews and smiled. She had loved every minute of working on this building and would miss it when she left one day.

As she wound the sweeper cord back in place, the side door opened and Brenda rushed in. Mara frowned and slipped the earbuds out of her ears. “What’s wrong? Is Jeremy okay?”

Brenda dashed up the steps to the podium. “Oh, Mara, thank God I found you.” She held out yesterday’s newspaper. “Jeremy told me that a reporter came and talked to him, but he didn’t tell me that he’d given her pictures, too!”

Her stomach turned to water and her pulse pounded in her neck painfully. She stared at a picture of her face taken while she tied the tank top onto Jeremy’s leg, right there on the front page of the lifestyle section of the Gainesville newspaper. How many thousands of people got that newspaper daily? How many online sources ran the headlines?

Brenda said something, but she couldn’t hear her through the roaring in her ears. The safety she had felt moments earlier vanished as if it had never existed. “I have to go,” she whispered, dropping the cord she clutched in her hand. Leaving her friend standing on the stage, she jumped down and ran down the aisle.

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 answered, saying by way of a greeting, “Get me out of here!”

 

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday in the comments! 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: April 22nd

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!

Smoke Mirrors FlatThis snippet is from the new suspense novella On the Ropes, which is part of a romantic suspense bundle that I’m doing with my co-host Alana Terry and six other authors! Smoke and Mirrors is currently on preorder for a May 20th release, and is 99 cents for a very limited time! Click here to get it for yourself!

Scanning all the faces, disappointment overtook her nervousness. “He’s not here.”“He’s been here every day for over a month. Of course he’s here.”

They made their way to the line. Ruth checked her watch again. She couldn’t afford to be late for rounds. She may have to skip coffee this morning.

“Hello.”

At the sound of his voice, her heart lurched in her chest. Turning, she spied Victor Kovalev standing behind her in the line. He must have entered the shop right behind her. He wasn’t much taller than her five-seven, with a lean build and dark hair that almost curled. Normally, she found herself getting lost in his rich brown eyes, but today, the purpling bruise and swollen left eye made her gasp. “What happened?”

“Wha—?” He stopped mid-word and gingerly touched his upper cheek. She could see the swollen bruising on his knuckles. “Oh, that. I had a fight last night.”

“You got into a fight?” Esther asked, frowning.

His eyebrows knit in a confused look, then he pulled the sports section from The Times out of his bag. On the front page, a color photo of a boxer in royal blue and bright red shorts punched another boxer wearing yellow and black shorts. Upon closer examination, she recognized Victor as the boxer in blue and red. “This is you?”

“It is.” He smiled a closed lip smile and took the paper back from her as a faint tinge of red covered his cheeks. “I thought you knew.”

“I don’t know much about boxing.” Despite social expectancies and personal space, despite the nervousness at even speaking to him this morning, the doctor in her took over and she took his chin in one hand and carefully but skillfully palpitated the area around his eye with her fingers. “Has a doctor seen this?”

He stood perfectly still while she examined him but grinned at her with a smile that had started to bare straight white teeth. His smile made her heart skip a beat. “Yes, ma’am. She just did.”

Flustered, she stepped away and gave her order at the counter. As soon as Esther and Victor ordered, they joined the throng waiting for their drinks. Esther gently nudged her and nodded toward Victor. Before she could talk herself out of it, she blurted, “Would you like to go to church with me tonight?”

They always met at this coffee shop, the one where they originally ran into each other, every morning at 6:30. She realized after the third meeting that he intentionally came to meet her, and very quickly started to look forward to it. He’d asked her out daily for about six weeks. Because her residency schedule proved so grueling, she had turned him down, but she always found time for church, and she so wanted to get to know him better.

“Church?” His smile started to fade and his eyebrows lowered suspiciously.

Her stomach fell. He looked so taken aback, so confused. What had she done? “You have an objection to church?”

“I don’t know.” Instantly, his face transformed back into a grin that lit up the whole room. “Why don’t we find out? What time?”

 

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday in the comments! 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.
halleeLOGOspinefinal


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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.
halleeLOGOspinefinal


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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.
halleeLOGOspinefinal


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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.
halleeLOGOspinefinal


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