Novel Gems ~ 08-13-13 ~ Killing Secrets by Karen Docter

Welcome to Novel Gems ~ Killing Secrets 08-13-13!

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….

Rachel’s dad, missing for years, meets his granddaughter for the first time…and that’s all you’re getting!

Happy Reading!


Killing Secrets by Karen Docter

Her father turned his attention to Amanda, half buried in Rachel’s skirts.  “Seems to me your mama’s lost her manners altogether, pumpkin.  I’m your grandpa.”  He held out his hand again, but he was obviously already tiring because it fell to the bed a moment later.

Rachel was astounded to feel Amanda move from her side.  The little girl took his motionless hand in hers and tried to clamber up onto the bed.  “Amanda, no honey!  You can’t—”

“The hell she can’t,” her father croaked.  He moved a couple of cords and tubes around and wrapped his arm around his granddaughter.  “Snuggle up here on my shoulder like your mama used to do and let me look at you.”

Amanda stared silently up at her grandpa and he stared down at her like she was the Seventh Wonder of the World.  “You’re the spitting image of your mama and grandma.  All moonstruck hair and baby-doe eyes,” he said, a tear trailing down his pain-lined face.  “Wish you could have met your grandma.  She would have loved you.”

….see you next Tuesday with another NOVEL GEM.

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