Weekend Writing Warriors 8 – 7/12/2020 – Untitled WIP

Welcome Back Weekend Writing Warriors!! Well, here we are starting a new adventure. This new novel is a bit darker than anything I have ever written. I am roughly seven chapters into it and a bit stalled out. I normally do my novel writing toward the end of the year during NaNoWriMo. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with my procrastination, but in any case I haven’t touched this work in about a month.

With dishing out as much from The Five Barred Gate as I am willing to give, I have decided to give y’all a taste of this unedited, untitled, unfinished piece. I am not really sure of where it is going, but I do know where I am at.

Since there is so little of it, I will just start off on page one. I hope you enjoy…

Lieutenant Daniel Masters is a 27-year veteran Savannah Georgia Major Crimes Detective. He has seen many crime scenes like the one he saw last February. Little did he know this one would change his life. Grady, the newest addition to his team, is the first to see the abnormalities, but will the rest of the team listen in time. There is a serial murder on the loose in South Georgia, and for some reason the killer leaves their final victim alive right before committing suicide. But why? Masters and Grady must find out before its too late and the next killer strikes again.

Saturday, February 10, 2020 — 10:10PM

“So, we got his name yet?” Lt. Daniel Masters asked the detective on scene.

“No, he wasn’t carrying any identification, but he has prison tatts. So it shouldn’t be too hard,” he said lowering the sheet over the body with six bullet holes, center mass. “What do you suppose he was thinking? I mean suicide by cop? I don’t understand.”

“Sometimes these perps just don’t like it on the outside, they lose it. Or…” he trailed off as the ambulance drove off with the survivor, “he just picked the wrong time to commit the crime.”

“At least they were able to save Mr. Nelson,” said the detective, he was now at the window, nodding over to the lights disappearing into the distance.

***Well Mighty Warriors that is this week’s snippet. Here is a bit more because I’m in the mood.***

“What do we know? Is it connected?” Lt. Masters looked over the scene he had seen before. He scratched the salt and peppered stubble on his chin. The patterns all matched up in his mind. He knew it even before he was told.

“I’m no forensic, but I would have to say so, probably all the way down to the weapon used,” the detective said. “Sorry, where are my manners. The name’s Lawson.”

“Lawson. I’m Daniel Masters. I’ve seen this guy’s work before. This is the third victim so far. All within the last six months. I would have to agree, same MO. My only question is with the perp now on a slab, where’s the weapon?”

Lawson had a perplexed look on his face, obviously without an answer.

“Well, Lawson, go find me that weapon.”

Lawson disappeared to confer with the first officers on scene.

I may have went a bit overboard there, even with the relaxed standards, but with introducing a new novel, I got a bit excited. But there is no novel to point you to to find out more. Just next weeks continuance. I hope you enjoyed this first look at my untitled work in progress. Hope to see you back next week for more.

The Five Barred Gate is still available on Amazon in Hardback, Paperback, and Kindle versions.

You can purchase direct from me on my Home Page. The benefit of buying direct is you will receive a personalized signed copy!!

My Children’s books on Elissa the Curious Snail are also on Amazon. There are 4 books about an adorable snail teaching children about prayer and believing in themselves.

You can also check out updates regarding Little Reminders of Who I Am and this current Untitled work in progress.

Fellow Warriors, I also have have been writing a weekly (okay, sometimes bi-weekly) blog that you see posted in between these snippets. Check them out. I would love to hear your thoughts.

AND if you have little warriors running around I now have many of my Children’s Short Stories on this website. They were originally on my Elissa the Curious Snail publisher’s website, but I now control that domain and am in the process of moving that content here. I have many stories here for your little reader. These are great bedtime or anytime short story. Check them out.

In His Exciting Service,

Jeff S. Bray

The Five Barred Gate is Available on Amazon

Elissa the Curious Snail Series

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17 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors 8 – 7/12/2020 – Untitled WIP

    1. It is tough to write a scene, as I am sure every writer experiences, when you know where it ends up. You want to get to the end of it–the ‘ta-da!!’ You have to slow your mind down to get the details down correctly and in the flow that takes the reader along with you. You dont want to rush it, or to give the reveal too soon… or the lack thereof. It is what is fun about being a writer. LOL and what is tear-your-hair-out crazy about being a writer.


    1. Yes. This is going to be kind of a CSI meets Chicago PD (television show) type of mystery novel. But there is going to be another element to it that I won’t mention yet, as it will give away too much, but to say, as I mentioned in my opening, much darker than I have ever written.


  1. This story really grabs me. I want to read more. I have a question, though. Why would he say “suicide by cop”? That doesn’t seem to fit, unless they know that an officer killed him. Do they?

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  2. I am a sucker for a murder mystery. I’m curious about why they’re left to commit suicide at the end. tI has a jigsaw (Saw movies) vibe. Your hook really pulls the reader in and I can’t wait to read more.

    I leave the bulk of my writing to for Nanowrimo, and the rest of the year catching up on editing… c’est le vie. lol

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    1. Same here. Guess that is part of the reason why I don’t spend more time writing in it. I feel guilty of breaking the ‘rules’ of it all. I wrote The Five Barred Gate during NaNoWriMo, but I had just about six or seven chapters written already, much like this one. But I was further along mentally for TFBG. This one I have a general idea of where I want to go with it, but I am playing more of my Pantster style than I would like to… LOL.

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  3. The scene has a nice classic “whodunit” atmosphere with the hard-boiled cops. I enjoyed it.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~

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    1. I have always enjoyed, and let’s be honest who hasn’t, the whodunit cop shows. If you have seen any of my blogs that talk about my writing you know that I pull much of my inspiration from dreams I have. After pulling a couple of them together, with the most recent one, we have the basis of this current WIP. I hope to pull in that audience with this piece.


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