Saturday, October 7, 2017

WeekendWritingWarriors - 7 October 2017 - Where's Michelle

7 October 2017:

As Christiane France, I write LGBT, MTS, PA, and RO. My alter ego, Chris Grover, writes MTS. This is a weekly blog hop where participants post 8-10 sentences from a published work or a work in progress. The blog posts go live between 12:00 noon Saturday and 9:00a.m. Sunday. It’s a great way to discover new authors and expand networks. So be sure to visit and check out all the WeekendWritingWarriors blogs.

For this week’s edition of WeekendWritingWarriors I have several sentences from Where’s Michelle.

Where’s Michelle
By Chris Grover
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“Come, my dear. We must go.” He grasped Michelle's arm and hustled her away down the platform without a backward glance. Unless he was very much mistaken, the scales had tipped even more in his favor.
          After telling Eddy to go to the hotel and keep his eye on the woman, Frank hurried after Michelle and the man she'd been told was her grandfather.
          As the train began to move, Frank jumped into the last car. He knew the guv and exactly what the conniving bastard was capable of. The guv was about as warm and cozy as a stiff on a slab, and he didn't trust him an inch. Not after the nasty tricks he'd pulled with little Amy Jean.

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Where’s Michelle is a story about a woman whose child disappears in the chaos of a traffic accident.
American Julie Leighton knew almost nothing about her husband, other than the fact he was English. Then Vic was killed, apparently the victim of a mugger, while he was away from Boston on a business trip. A short time later, Julie received a call from a man who claimed to be her father-in-law, inviting Julie and her nine-year old daughter, Michelle, to visit him and his wife in England.
          Shortly after they arrive at London's Heathrow Airport, the trip becomes a nightmare. The hotel shuttle bus is involved in a traffic accident, and Julie wakes up in hospital to find Michelle has vanished.
As Julie is leaving the hospital in search of her daughter, she runs into Simon Winter. Simon was also on the bus and, like Julie, sustained a few minor injuries in the accident. He has no idea what happened to Michelle, but offers to help Julie find her.
Julie accepts, unaware Simon is posing as a businessman and fellow traveler to gain her confidence. He’s actually Detective Inspector Simon Winter, a member of a special security unit whose job is to protect members of the British government from harm. They recently received a tip Julie's late husband was blackmailing a prominent British politician, and that Julie intends to pick up where Vic left off.
          Whether it’s true or not, it needs to be checked out, and Simon’s had Julie under surveillance from the moment her plane landed.

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  1. This sounds like a very intriguing story!

  2. Very harrowing situation. I'm curious as to who all these people are, especially "the guv".

  3. Interesting story going on here, enjoyed the snippet, very tense atmosphere!

  4. I'm frightened for her. Loved the phrase "as warm and cozy as a stiff on a slab." Very telling.

  5. Oy! This sounds bad for her. I'm glad she has a possible rescuer on the train. :-)

  6. Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. This book was fun to write, albeit a little angsty at times.