Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Hump Day Hook - Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel)

Good morning and Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to a glorious 2013, where our days will be filled with literary joy and there are many new and exciting books to be discovered, written and read. Today I am sharing an excerpt from my newest, and as yet unpublished Redcliffe novel, Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel). This is the third book in my series, and concludes the trilogy which introduces us to bookshop owner Jessica Stone, her best friend Elizabeth Gormond, her lover Jack Mason and his identical twin brother Danny. This excerpt is from Chapter 1, and as you can see, the book gets straight to the action with no messing!


              I darted round the houses and shops that formed the end of the terrace in which I lived and worked, scraping my arm on the rough brick but not feeling any pain from the impact.  I had to save Liz.  Entering the street behind my house, I saw my red Ford Fiesta parked in its usual space outside my garden gate, and a huge black 4x4 BMW that belonged to either Jack or Danny Mason, I couldn’t tell which without looking carefully at the number plate.  Why were they at my house alone?  They should be at work or at their house.  The panic increased and I imagined any number of horrors as I flung through the battered old wrought iron garden gate, along the narrow flagged pathway, and through my open back door. 

            “Liz!” I shouted, my gaze darting round my kitchen searching for her. 

            “Jessica,” Liz shouted back, “Help!”
            I stopped short when a huge wolf blocked my path.  His brindle fur, highlighted with streaks of gold, gleamed healthily in the residual orange glow from the streetlights outside.  His amber eyes glowed with power and he growled ominously, his hackles raised, warning me to stay away.  I stared past him and my heart sank.  Liz was struggling in the arms of my lover, Detective Jack Mason.  His short dark hair fell in waves at either side of his face, and his beautiful deep blue eyes were now glowing silver.  He hissed at me, his fangs gleaming, and then he struck at Liz’s neck, biting her as she screamed. 

            “Jack, no!” I screamed, running forward as the wolf that was Danny Mason leaped at me in attack.


Did that grab your attention? Want to know more? Then check out my first 2 novels Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) and Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), widely available in paperback and eBook format now. They will tell you where the whole story began, and you will soon be able to read Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel) as I plan to have it published in 2013.
 
To discover more fabulous new authors covering all kinds of romance, action and suspense genre, see our Facebook group for Hump Day Hook, or find the full list of participants here. Have a wonderful day!


18 comments:

  1. Great Hook, this scene is very suspenseful. I loved it. :)

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  2. I like the fact it's first person. Its a nice change of pace. Great hook!

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    1. Thank you Lacie. I never planned to write in the first person but for Redcliffe it just came naturally!

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  3. A great hook. I loved the descriptions of the vampire and the wolf. Amazing.

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    1. Thank you Ciaran. They are very close to my heart!

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  4. OMG! Yeah that grabbed my attention! Excellent way to start off a book...talk about an impact! :D

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    1. Thank you Sarah! It had been a while since I read this manuscript so I must admit it took me by surprise too. I love it when that happens in a good way!

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  5. Yes, it certainly did grab my attention. What the heck has happened to our dear Jack and Danny?! Great hook.

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    1. Don't worry Flossie; all is not as it seems! It never is in Redcliffe...

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  6. Oh whata great scene x loved it x

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  7. Intense! What happens??? Gotta know!

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    1. The book will be published very soon, I promise!

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  8. I love the description of the wolf, the brindle coat and amber eyes.

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    1. Thank you, his inspiration came from my dog, Baxter! ; )

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  9. Wolves are my favorite animal, so this caught my attention right away. Now I'm intrigued. I will definitely have to look at the first two books now. Fantastic hook!

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    1. Thank you! The wolves were never meant to feature so prominently, but they sort of took over. I think the alpha was very insistent and he beat me into submission (not necessarily a bad thing!)

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