Novel Gems ~ 03-05-13 ~ Killing Secrets by Karen Docter

Welcome to Novel Gems ~ Killing Secrets 03-05-13!

I love to sneak a peek into a writer friend’s developing novel. It’s just so much fun watching their story grow and getting the inside scoop.  So every Tuesday until I finish my romantic suspense, Killing Secrets, I’ll share a gem with you ~ a couple of sentences, several paragraphs of a pivotal scene, or a phrase that just made me sigh or laugh out loud or scares me or…well, you get the picture.

A bit of set up for today’s gem….

Patrick introduces the family dog, a protective 200 lb. English Mastiff, to Rachel and, more importantly, her silent daughter…and that’s all you’re getting! 🙂

Happy Reading!


Killing Secrets by Karen Docter

Rachel eyed the humongous dog for a long moment.  “I’m concerned about how Amanda will react to such a big animal.  The only experience she’s had with a dog is the Lab puppy we had before we left California. And she only had the dog a couple of weeks.  I see why Buckwheat would be a good protector, but I’m worried he’ll scare her.”


Suze’s squeal behind Rachel startled her, alerted her that the adults were no longer alone.  She turned in time to see Suze grab Amanda’s hand and drag her toward the huge dog.


Patrick uttered one sharp word in German.  The Mastiff promptly sat back on his haunches and watched the kids approach with a tilted head.  Patrick’s restraining hand on Rachel’s forearm kept her from dashing between her daughter and the dog.  “Wait,” he murmured. “Let them sort this out themselves.  Buck loves kids but he won’t move until I release him.”

Amanda dug her heels in about two feet shy of the huge animal.   Rachel held her breath when she saw how tiny the four-year-old looked standing in front of the dog. Not a dog…a horse!  She barely came to the middle of Buckwheat’s chest.  The animal looked down at her.  She looked up at him.  They stared at each other for several long moments. Then Amanda pulled her hand out of Suze’s, walked straight at the dog, wrapped her arms around his barrel chest as far as she could reach, and expelled a long, audible sigh of contentment. The dog huffed in a breath, and lowered his head to rest gently on top of her head.

Rachel’s breath hitched in her throat when she saw the lone tear that trailed down daughter’s cheek as she kissed the dog like he was a long lost friend she’d lost.

….see you next Tuesday with another NOVEL GEM.

4 thoughts on “Novel Gems ~ 03-05-13 ~ Killing Secrets by Karen Docter”

  1. I agree with Mari. Dogs are great. Big dogs well more love maybe but I like small ones. Nice passage!

    1. Thanks, Desert Rocks. I have two dogs myself, although not so large. Both are labs. The relationship between children and animals is a special one, but even more so to this little girl. You’d have to read the story to know why I cried when I finished the scene. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by to comment. Have a great day!

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