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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday Spotlight: Minnette Meador

EDITED TO ADD: Unfortunately, the wrong clip was included with yesterday's post. Please go back to hear the correct clip.
An urban fantasy thriller
By Minnette Meador
Click on the video to hear the author read the excerpt. 

Chapter One – Part 4
From the Shadows

Forcing her thoughts to behave, she couldn’t suppress a little smile. Belle had to admit, it was a lot more pleasant thinking about Cranston than it was about the asshole who had ruined her self-confidence.
Turning toward the elevator, she caught O’Donnell’s eye as he held the door open for a group of laughing, obviously drunk, tenants. He winked at her, which animated the kind old face, and tipped his hat. The worn uniform was dull gray against the dark night behind him.
Belle sent a quick smile his way and stepped inside before the noisy group crowded into the elevator. Tucking herself in the back, she leaned against the wall, tilted her head and closed her eyes. God, she was tired. The group stumbled out on the seventh floor, leaving her alone for the journey to the tenth.
When she reached the door to her apartment, she slipped the mail under her arm and searched for the key from the bundle. Glancing to her right, the lights from downtown Portland dazzled her for a second. The city was lit up like Christmas.
She found the right key and shoved it into the lock.
That’s odd. The door was unlocked.
A bolt of shock turned her knees to rubber and another flashback triggered. There was something about his touch…
Belle squared her shoulders and tightened her jaw at the door. “You’re not going to run my life. Cary probably just left it unlocked. Piss!” she whispered to the hallway. Cary was a dear friend, but he had the responsibility of a herring sometimes. Just Cary being an idiot.
But that didn’t stop a murky premonition that started as a pain in her left temple. Maybe she should call O’Donnell. And tell him what? That you’re afraid to go into your own apartment. Belle, you’re tougher than this!
She turned the knob and pushed the door open with deliberation.
The apartment was dark. Closing the door, she eased into the little hallway off a large sunken living room. Her instincts blazed like cannon fire, but Belle knew to ignore them; PTSD playing Russian roulette with her nerves, that’s all. She could defend herself. Hell! She had earned her brown belt in less than a year.
Setting her purse and the mail on a small table, she flipped the wall switch.
The kitchen lights flooded through the half-open wall and blinded Belle. Making her way down the two steps into the living room, she rubbed her eyes.
When they cleared, a jolt of cold wrapped around her head. She stopped.
There was something there. Something big.
It covered the sable couch, spilled over the white carpet, broke the black marble table under it into two sections. It was dripping syrupy pools of liquid onto the floor.
A gasping sound started in her chest, and she took a step back. Her mind couldn’t wrap itself around what she saw. Shock choked her throat. Her hands went numb. Everything faded from her vision except the tunnel that formed around the incongruity in front of her.
Spread over her furniture lay John Ian’s mutilated body.
Belle screamed.


madsheepno1 said...

Loved the except i cant wait to read all of it


Minnette Meador said...
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Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, Jenny!

Minnette Meador said...

Good morning, all!!! Woke up early this morning to a whining dog and decided to stay up... actually, my body decided it was time to stay up. Anyway, we got the glitch fixed on the video, so you can go back to yesterday to listen to the right one and then come back here to listen to today's. Sorry about the mix up. Also, today only, I'm giving away a copy of THE BELLE STALKER to one lucky commenter, so make sure to leave a comment before you go. PLUS the books is now available (hot off the press, as it were) over at Resplendence ( Some people have asked about Kindle and Nook... the book will be out in Kindle and Nook in about a week, so stay tuned. Don't miss tomorrow's excerpt: You'll get to meet Mike Cranston! :o)

snulfers said...

Great read. I want to read it NOW. Bummer I have a Kindle and will have to wait.

Minnette Meador said...

Sorry, Kim... You can always download it onto your computer. The RP site has every other version except Kindle right now. I wish it didn't take them so long to get it put up on Amazon ~sigh~ In the meantime, you could also go over and look at my books that are on Kindle...


Minnette Meador said...

Sorry, Snulfers... Not sure WHY I thought your name was Kim. I guess you just LOOK like a Kim.. LOL :o)

Jean P said...

Really enjoyed the excerpt, they keep getting more and more suspenseful and exciting.

skpetal AT hotmail DOT com

KirstenF said...

Once again, fabulous! Can't wait to read this one!


Jean P. said...

Well, this one did it. I'm totally hooked.

The other JeanP (lol)

Maureen said...

Wow! I'm wondering what comes next.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Bama said...

good evening! :)

Vanetta Q said...

WOW! Another Great Read ahead for me! Excited and can't wait.. I didn't bother with the clips because I don't do to many audio books, unless I travel .. But great work anyway! :) You put so much into your work and it shows! :)

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks you guys! I am particularly proud of this book. It was a first in a lot of ways for me and I found out I really LOVE writing thrillers. This one was special in that it featured my home town of Portland too. Don't miss the last installment tomorrow night! M:o)

shadow_kohler said...

wow! i want more! lol awesome post! im loving this! congrats on the bell stalker! its gonna be awesome!

Anonymous said...

Is really getting jealous of these folks on the tour. Each excerpt leaves me dying for more!

Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com