Saturday, December 23, 2017

WeWriWa - 23 December 2017 - Where's Michelle (12)

23 December 2017:

Merry Christmas/Season’s Greetings to my fellow authors/bloggers, and to all our readers as well.
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 another snippet from my romantic mystery-suspense, Where’s Michelle. Julie still hasn’t found her daughter. It seems for every step she takes forward, something happens to push her at least half a step back.

Where’s Michelle
By Chris Grover
Also available at Apple iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble

          An inch of flickering candle stuck on a chipped saucer threw ghostly shadows around the walls, revealing damp spots and patches of peeling paint. But what really caught her attention was the man sitting in one of the wooden chairs, half-sprawled across the kitchen table, his left hand wrapped around a cell phone.
          Assuming he was asleep, she took a step closer.
          But as she reached out to touch his shoulder the candle spluttered and flared, glinting off the handle of a knife buried deep in the man's back.
          Shock sent the blood rushing through her veins like a river in flood. Her legs threatened to give out, and she grabbed at the table for support.
          She felt dizzy, nauseous, and she couldn't stop shaking. Her stomach cramped and bile burned her throat.
          She closed her eyes tightly to block out the gruesome sight and pressed her hot face against the cold damp wall. After a few deep breaths, the nauseous feeling receded and she opened her eyes.
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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. Very vivid and creepy-- in a good way. Well done.

  2. That's a big curve ball to deal with. Wonder what she'll do next?
    Merry Christmas!