Hey Writing Community. Here we are with another week of snippets from our writing buddies. I enjoyed your snippets last week. Sorry if I didn’t make it to everyone’s. We had revival services at our church and I had to make sure all my work was complete before heading over for those. If you didn’t know I run our FB Live feed for our church, I then come home and convert it to a file and post to our YouTube page. That takes time, and energy. But it was a blessing and I was refreshed and feel even more assured that I need to be writing more and focused on putting God in what I do as a writer.
My books are all Christian based, as are my blogs. But I know I can always do more. I am not talking Bible-thumping. Far be it. I am not one of those ‘turn or burn’ Christian bloggers. Nor will I ever be. Nor will I ever be a prosperity flower-and-roses all-is-good-on-our-side-of-the-fence blogger. If you read them you see that I speak freely, but I also hope that readers have fun with them as well. That is my aim. Well, sorry to talk your ear off. It was just on my heart to share with you what I expereinced this week.
Here we go with this week’s snippet:
Current Expanded Novel Synopsis:
Detective James “Grady” Gradiosa, is a Savannah, Georgia detective who recently transferred from Atlanta. He relocated after his wife, Elizabeth, was promoted with her real estate firm. He is placed under the charge of Lieutenant Daniel Masters, a gruff 27-year Major Crimes veteran. They are immediately handed a case that will change their lives. Grady is the first to see the abnormalities. But will the rest of the team listen in time? There is a murder on the loose in South Georgia. For some reason, the killer leaves their final victim alive just before committing suicide by cop. But why? Masters and Grady must find out before it’s too late and the killer strikes again.
— For this weeks snippet we will continue from where we left off last week. Enjoy. First a bit of last weeks snippet.—
Branson took a step back and raised his gun as LaCrosse turned the knob. However, neither man would need their weapon. Thoran wasn’t in the room. Just as the others, it was lightly furnished, and a layer of dust was on everything. LaCrosse stepped out of the room and pointed toward the hallway. Both men positioned themselves on either side of the hallway entrance and waited.
Branson keyed his radio, whispering, “Three bedrooms to the south cleared. Living area cleared. Proceeding to north, creek-facing interior now. Over.” He immediately turned the radio down. He turned to LaCrosse, “Ready?”
WE PICK UP RIGHT WERE WE LEFT OFF:
Branson and LaCrosse are searching the cabin where they believe Thoran to be held up. They have just cleared the front rooms, now they are about to head down the hallway into the back of the cabin.
LaCrosse nodded. Being on the left, he took point. He stepped back and aimed his weapon toward the hall. Branson, his back against the wall, edged his head around the corner and took a quick glance. He nodded to LaCrosse, who then stepped into the hallway aiming high. Branson remained in a crouch, stayed low. Both toed through the hallway, ending up in a kitchen area with a center island; there was no sign of Thoran.
Both knelt behind the island, weapons at their shoulders. The room was well lit by the setting sun. “Now what? LaCrosse said. “We are sitting ducks now with so much light in the room.”
Branson shrugged. He bit his lower lip in thought and took a deep breath. “I have an idea,” he said in a low voice. Then, with a shout, “Thoran. We just want to talk. Give yourself up.”
“You can make this much easier if you put down your weapon and surrender yourself,” Branson said.
Still no reply.
“You’ve killed two officers, shot at two more. You really think this is going to end well for you? If you value your life, you’ll surrender now,” Branson said.
“Yeah, that’s giving her incentive to surrender,” LaCrosse said, rolling his eyes.
Still, no sound came from the room. Branson nodded his head toward his side of the room, then to LaCrosse and his side of the room. LaCrosse agreed and shifted his weight. Branson mouthed a countdown, “Three… Two… One…”
Branson rounded the island with his gun trained wherever he thought a target could be. LaCrosse followed the same pattern on the left. The room was well furnished. Far better than the front of the house; filled with more probable hiding places: chairs, a couple of couches, two end tables, a dining set, and a gun cabinet. On the side wall was a fireplace, but it seemed improbable she would hide in there. No additional rooms were leading off of this room, only exit doors leading to the patio. Those doors were closed.
“Clear?” LaCrosse asked.
“Clear,” Branson said. He keyed up his radio, “Grady. Do you read?”
“We have made our way through the cabin. Subject is not here. Repeat. Thoran is not in the cabin.”
The cabin is cleared with no sign of Thoran, AKA Tanner. What this means I cannot go into, you will have to read the book to find out. It was exciting to write this book. You know how it is to really get into your work. To feel the passion of your craft and have words ooze out of your fingertips and onto the pages. I don’t think I have ever been so excited for a book than I am for this one. Just a little over a month and this will hit shelves. Well, if I could ever get a cover for it…
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8 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors – 4/10/22 – The Transference – Incentive to Surrender”
Good description of the firefight. Very tense. Sort of a let down when they discover the shooter is gone.
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Thank you. Yes, for them too. I can’t wait for this novel to hit shelves.
Loads of tension in this snippet. Looking forward to reading this. 🙂
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I am excited for you to read it as well, Teresa. It has been a long time coming. Can’t believe we are just about a month away.
The procedural details are well done and make it easy to visualize the scene as the reader goes along. Terrific snippet!
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Thanks, Veronica. I love to hear that. It is what a writer hopes for as they write.
Such a great story premise! I am intrigued!
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It was exciting to write. I am just waiting for the release date. May 11.
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