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Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Minnette Meador

THE BELLE STALKER
An urban fantasy thriller
By Minnette Meador
Click on the video to hear the author read the excerpt.


Chapter Two – Excerpt
Community Officer

Over his folded arms, Detective Michael Cranston carefully examined the worn out sneakers sitting on top of his desk. The chair he sat on bent so far back, it was like magic. Cranston loved these old chairs: indestructible, comfortable gravity-defiers.
He pursed his lips at the woman on the other end of the line, not sure if he was angry, bored or didn’t give a shit. Probably the latter, he thought.
His lids started to droop, and he had to blink them open. It was the end of a very long week. Shifting his eyes to take in the grungy clock hanging on the wall across from him, he adjusted the receiver and listened to her bitch.
“I understand, ma’am…” he tried to interject above the tirade. “We did talk to them. They are within the City’s…”
He tapped his sneaker-shod toes together. The piles of incomplete paperwork that obscured the wooden top of his desk gave him a plaintive rustle.
“Yes, I spoke to the bar owner and…”
Sucking his bottom lip into his mouth, he rolled his eyes.
He had to get tough.
“Yes, ma’am, I do understand. Did it ever occur to you that the bar has been there for about ninety years and your house only since last summer? Maybe you should loosen up a bit and go dancing. I’m sure the bikers would love you there.”
That was probably a mistake. The sudden dead silence on the other end of the phone confirmed that assumption. A wintry huff buzzed against the receiver followed by those fateful words, “I want to speak with your supervisor.”
“Sure thing.” Mike lifted his legs off the desk, bounced into a sitting position propelled by the ancient chair and smacked the hold button, condemning Ms. Thompson to bad jazz for the duration.
Standing up, he stretched and ran his finger tips over three days of beard growth. It crackled back at him. The stakeout garnered two meth dealers, but he hadn’t caught more than a wink or two in the last forty-eight hours.
He pivoted his chin from side to side admiring the stubble in a crooked mirror hanging among expired wanted posters. The usually bright blue eyes above them looked tired, and his blond hair was now a riot of dusky dishwater.
In one dingy corner, a yellowing photo caught his eye. A younger, cleaner, tux-encased version of himself stared back, apparently without a care in the world. The happy face sported a shit ass grin, and a beautiful bride dressed in billowing yards of lace clung to his arm. Cranston scanned her face.
Belle was the prissiest, most stubborn, biggest pain in the ass, impossible individual he had ever known. She could bring out the absolute devil in him with nothing more than a look. Every time he saw her, no matter what the circumstances, he wouldn’t sleep for a week or more until he got her sneaky little claws out of his consciousness. It was like going on a three-week binge.
He ran two fingers over her image. God, I miss her. Regret blew through him, but he pushed it down and forced his eyes, and his thoughts, back to the mirror.



10 comments:

Maureen said...

We meet Cranston and I'm wondering what ever happened between Belle and Cranston.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Minnette Meador said...

Ah, mystery, mystery! LOL Thanks Maureen!

Good morning, everyone else. First of all, thank to everyone who turned out yesterday. The winner of the eBook of The Belle Stalker goes to... Jean P. (skpetal AT hotmail DOT com))! Congrats, girl! I'll send it over in PDF this AM...

Last day today for excerpts. Makes sure to leave comments. I'm heading up to Emerald City Romance Conference in Seattle and won't be on-line until later tonight and the grand prize will be announced later this week.

Have a great day! Minnette :o)

Jean P said...

Oh Wow, thanks Minnette!
I really can't wait to read this story, have enjoyed all these great excerpts, Wondering now about the backstory of Cranston and Belle.

Jean
skpetal AT hotmail DOT com

Leanne109 said...

Hi Minnette! Hope you have a great and safe trip. How did you come up with the idea for Bell Stalker?

leanne_gag[at]hotmail[dot]com

Bama said...

afternoon! Have a good ole time with Sherri and Dianna Minnette! :)

Julee J. Adams said...

Another piece in the puzzle! Thanks!

Hope you have a super weekend and thanks for the givaway!

shadow_kohler said...

Hi! How are you? Its been hectic from my end. So glad to see that The Bell Stalker is out! Yay! Wonderful trailer and loved the excerpt. ;) Cant wait to read more! Thanks! Now i have to go try to catch up with all of my email. :( Have a wonerful weekend!!!
shadowluvs2read(at)aol(dot)com

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, everyone... Emerald City is off to a great start! Lots of wonderful writers, baskets, speakers, seminars... you know, the whole banana!

Belle Stalker started out as an entry on a website called Textnovel. They were looking for urban fantasy so I started writing this over there. So many people liked it, I decided to turn it into a full length novel! It's funny how some books happen...

Thanks so much to everyone who came over to keep me company, read the excerpts, and leave comments. Hopefully, we'll have a grand prize winner pulled soon, so stay tuned! :o)

Vanetta Q said...

Was having issues getting on here tonight.... This will definitely be a book in my hands soon! :)

vanetta at ymail dot com

Molly said...

I want a Cranston. Can I PLEASE have a Cranston?

Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com