I hope everyone is enjoying trying out new samples every week. Some of the authors have been new…even to me…and some, like today’s guest blogger Miriam Minger, have been around as long as I have. It’s been fun reconnecting with some authors I knew way back when…or as Shelly Thacker says, back when we used chisels and chipped out manuscripts on stone tablets. Well, she did. I used a spiffy Underwood typewriter and reused the ribbon until it was so faint it was unreadable. Hah.
Here then, is today’s guest, Miriam….
I love writing historical romances, but I always wanted to try my hand at “something different”, too. That something different for me began as a kernel of an idea about two mothers desperately wanting one thing….the same little boy, and grew into my first thriller, RIPPED APART.
It felt really liberating to let my writing loose in the contemporary setting of San Antonio, Texas and Mexico and create an emotionally gripping story with the same fast pace and high drama as my historical romances, but with a different emphasis altogether for the outcome. In romances the satisfying ending comes in the hero and heroine overcoming obstacles and finding that happily ever after together, while in a suspenseful thriller the main characters are simply happy to be alive.
I didn’t stray too far from my roots, however, as RIPPED APART has a healthy dose of a romance element that will appeal to readers who have enjoyed my historical romances. Buckle your seatbelts and get ready for an edge-of-your seat ride!
SHE WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET HER SON BACK. THEY WILL KILL HER TO KEEP HIM.
Unspeakable tragedy and cold-blooded murder conspire against Clare Carson when her six-year-old son is kidnapped after a heart transplant and his abductors want her dead. A dying cop’s last words lead her to former Special Ops Jake Wyatt, who helps her discover the horrific truth behind her son’s abduction and offers to help her get Tyler back. With nowhere else to turn, Clare entrusts her life to Jake not knowing he has a deadly agenda of his own that could destroy them.
Excerpt from Ripped Apart – © 2011 by Miriam Minger:
“Ms. Carson? Clare Carson?”
Clare fumbled groggily with the phone. The woman’s anxious voice in her ear sounded like a screech. “Yes, this is Clare.”
“It’s Dr. Laura Holland from the Pediatric Acute Care Unit. We need you to come to the hospital as soon as you can.”
“What’s happened? How’s Tyler?” Sitting bolt upright in the bed, Clare clutched the phone. Her heart beat wildly as the woman didn’t answer right away but spoke to someone in the background. Clare glanced at the digital clock that read eleven twenty p.m.–a little over an hour since she’d fallen asleep–and threw aside the comforter. “Hello? Is anyone there?”
“Ms. Carson, I’m Bill Maher, chief night security officer at Universal Hospital.”
“What’s going on? How’s Tyler—”
“Your son is missing, ma’am.”
Clare thought she was hearing things and she stood up from the bed. “What do you mean, missing?”
“An x-ray tech came to the floor during the shift change at eleven—said Dr. Holland had requested an immediate CAT scan and the tech had come with a wheelchair to take the boy downstairs. One of the nurses called x-ray ten minutes ago to check on Tyler, but no one there had seen him or knew anything about any CAT scan.”
“But I just spoke to Dr. Holland. What does she say?”
“She made no such request, Ms. Carson. My personnel are searching all over the hospital and I’ve notified the police—“
“I’ll be right there.” Clare didn’t wait for the man’s reply. She hung up the phone and bolted from the room, disbelief and rising panic making it hard for her to breathe. One thought burned in her mind as she grabbed her handbag and headed for the back door.
Damn you, Billy.
If her ex-husband had decided to make good on his threat to take Tyler from the hospital, she would kill him.
Check out more of Miriam’s books on her Website: http://www.walkerpublishing.net/