Novel Gems ~ 10-09-12 ~ Killing Secrets by Karen Docter


Welcome to Novel Gems ~ Killing Secrets 10-09-12!

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….

The heroine is forced to deal with bad memories after putting hero off the night before (scene takes place next morning)…and that’s all you’re getting! 🙂

Happy Reading!


KILLING SECRETS ~ Novel Gem By Karen Docter

She’d been unable to close her eyes after she gathered up Amanda from Patrick’s makeshift bed in the living room, took her upstairs and tucked her into their bed, never waking her.  She’d felt nothing for the longest time, just watched her little girl sleep.

Listening to the murmur of men’s voices when Patrick escorted Cook to the door she’d heard the door close, the beep of the security system when it was secured.  She was aware Patrick walked up the stairs to stand outside her locked bedroom door, call her name softly.  All she could do was sit perched on the edge of the bed, stroking Amanda’s hair, feeling dead inside.

Her shock didn’t wear off until long after Patrick gave up and went away.  Then the feelings, the emotions, the pain ripped through her.  Ten years without a word from her father!  Ten years she’d torn herself up wondering how it had all gone so wrong between them, that he could walk away without looking back.  Ten years to convince herself she could live without a father who didn’t love her.

“You okay?”

“No,” she admitted before she could stop the words.

“You want to talk about it?”

“No.”  She wished for the dead feeling to return to her chest. It was preferable to the pain that had rushed in and lodged in her heart.  Taking a deep breath, she went to the breakfast table and sat down.  “You have a right to some answers though,” she said, her gaze on Patrick.

….see you next Tuesday with another NOVEL GEM!

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2 Responses to Novel Gems ~ 10-09-12 ~ Killing Secrets by Karen Docter

  1. Mari Collier says:

    That flashback was a bit rapid, but it probably pertained to the part that came before.

    • Karen Docter says:

      You’re right, Mari. It did pertain to what came before. I try really hard not to have flashbacks but, if I do, I get them over and done with quickly. It was more of a transition of time I didn’t want to drag the reader through just to get to the next, connected, part. It reads smoother in total. I hope.

      Hmmmm, going back to make sure! 🙂

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