Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Dying Embers

Here's a snippet from my suspense novel - Dying Embers...

Pushing off from the dock’s edge, Jace Douglas struck out across the lake, measuring the water one arm-length after another.  Even under the hot July sun, the water was cold and clear, making her relish each solitary stroke.  As she felt the surface tension pull along her skin, she could also feel the stress slipping away from her.  Twelve acres of solitude and reflection—twelve acres she only saw between assignments—but it was hers.  Still, if she had her own way, she wouldn’t be at home; she’d be at the office going over the same case for the millionth time. 
Swimming alone with nothing but the wind to distract her, she had to admit Graham was probably right.  It always did take some coaxing for her to admit she needed time away, if only for perspective, and out on her tiny ranch in the Piney Woods, she could finally admit her need. 
“If they find another…” she thought as she pulled herself through the calm water. “Not if, when they find another body I won’t have much time to breathe, let alone think.” 
The thought of her case pulled her from the single-mindedness of exercise.  Her strokes faltered and then stopped.  She tried to get back into the rhythm, but it was hopeless.  Too many unanswered questions assaulted her serenity.  Rolling onto her back, she allowed the gentle fluid to hold her up and her work to fill her once more.
She wouldn’t have let it go at all if it hadn’t been for her boss.
“Jace, you need a break,” he’d said right before he told her to leave the building and not come back until she could learn to relax.
At the time, she thought, “One day, and then I’ll go back.”  She’d fake it if she had to.  There was a killer out there somewhere and she had to catch him.  Before she knew it, her one day had stretched to three.
In retrospect, she knew she’d left her boss no choice.  She knew her ends would’ve been better served if she hadn’t blown up at her co-workers.  Six months on any case was enough to test the calm of anyone, especially when the case only provided more bodies without providing any more evidence.  But this case niggled at her in a way she hadn’t allowed herself to experience since before she joined the Serial Crimes Unit—maybe since that hot summer night when she was a teen.
Even with the tightest reins, sometimes you can’t control a beast as unruly as your past.
Just the thought of going down that path tightened every muscle in Jace’s body and she sank beneath the rippled surface.  She came up sputtering.  Another moment’s peace ruined.
Striking back toward the shore, she focused on putting one arm in front of the other until her dock was within reach.  As she began to pull herself up, she almost shrieked when a hand reached out for her.

Hope you enjoyed it.  =o)


jblynn said...

I love this book.

Great line: Even with the tightest reins, sometimes you can’t control a beast as unruly as your past.

Karyn Good said...

Great excerpt! But now I want to know who was waiting on the dock!?!

Silver James said...

Wow. The description here is amazing--sparse but definitive. And like JB, I love that line and like Karyn, who the flip is on the dock?!? Plus, her past! What happened when she was a teen????


B.E. Sanderson said...

Thanks, gals! I guess today's teaser did its job. ;o)

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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