Novel Gems ~ 10-02-12 ~ Killing Secrets by Karen Docter


Welcome to Novel Gems ~ Killing Secrets 10-02-12!

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….

I’m a sucker for a hero who’s strong and protective, and not afraid to take a moment to reassure those he cares about…and that’s all you’re getting! 🙂

Happy Reading!


KILLING SECRETS ~ Novel Gem By Karen Docter

Rachel must have heard the noise of the retreating figure because she gasped, pivoted on her heel, and ran in the opposite direction, right into Patrick’s arms.

Thankfully, she hit him sidewise or he’d have crushed Amanda between them. Rachel’s shoulder still hit his naked chest hard enough to knock the breath out of him.  “Ooomph!”

Squealing in panic, she tried to escape his arms as they came around her and the kid.  He didn’t have time for this!  “Rachel!  Stop!” he hissed.  “It’s me.”

She froze long enough that he was able to wrap his free hand in one of her backpack straps and push her out of the swath of moonlight toward the protective gloom between the buildings.  When they were deep enough in the shadows, he whispered into her ear.  “I’m going to let you go,” he said.  “When I do, drop to the ground against the garage and stay put until I come back for you.”


“There’s someone out there.  I have to go,” he said stroking the back of his knuckles over her cheek.

She was gasping for air like a beached bass and, remembering her altitude sickness, he gently pushed her to the ground.  “Just be quiet…and breathe.”


The terror in her voice tore at his insides.  “He won’t hurt you.  I promised.  Remember?”

He watched for her nod of acceptance. Then, seeing Amanda’s big brown eyes open and fixed on him, he smiled at her.  “Take care of mommy.  I’ll be right back,” he said to reassure her. Then, for reasons he didn’t want to analyze, he leaned down and pressed a kiss on Rachel’s trembling lips.

Before he could think about deepening the soft caress, he straightened and raced back the way they’d come.  He’d probably missed his chance to capture Bishop while he secured Rachel and Amanda but maybe he’d catch a lucky break.

….see you next Tuesday with another NOVEL GEM!

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