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#1 Andrew Nelson

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 12:14 PM

Things have been pretty quite around here lately. Not that I'm casting aspersions at the YA, Steampunk and Paranormal groups (especially not the paranormal people), but I thought we did to kick things up a notch here on the Mystery / Suspense forum.

 

Are we so engrossed with writing our latest thrillers that we don't have time to provide a sneak peek?

 

I thought I would start this thread up, for those of us currently writing or who have recently finished a story, and allow us to share a brief glimpse of what we are writing about. 

 

The only requirement, keep it pithy (under 150 words).

 

Have Fun !!


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#2 Andrew Nelson

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

PERFECT PAWN

 

A woman goes missing from a one car accident on a desolate stretch of road in the scenic Adirondack Mountains.

 

For retired NYPD Detective, James Maguire, the pieces of his life were finally starting to fall into place. He’d transitioned to the private security sector and had just met a woman whom he felt he could have a real relationship with. Everything, it seemed, was looking up. That was until the morning newscast reported that the missing woman was someone Maguire had once loved.

 

Arriving back in his old hometown he finds no one else, including the missing woman’s husband, the local sheriff, seems interested in pursuing the investigation.

 

As he struggles to put the clues together in time, he is drawn deeper into a game where people are as expendable as chess pieces and the only goal is to take down the king. A crown Maguire unwittingly wears.


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:35 PM

Sorry, ignore previous post... just noticed it was part of crime and thrillers group Doh!


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:25 PM

Your story sounds like a good one, Andrew, filled of with intrigue and twists.

 

Sleepless is book one of a planned series involving the Western Tri-State Cold Case Squad.

 

 

Through the tortured mind of an insomniac, murdered souls reveal the secrets that have kept their killers from exposure. 

Concert violinist Alaina Reynolds was born with a rare disease leaving her with a lifelong struggle against insomnia. But it's her unwanted ability to hear the voices of long-dead souls that makes her the target of a killer.

After suffering a near fatal gun-shot wound, FBI agent Caden O'Connor is transferred to the new Tri-State Cold Case Squad, known as Tri-CCS. With months of physical therapy still ahead, he finds himself obsessed with an anonymous informant that goes by the pen name "Sleepless."

Working together, Sleepless and Tri-CCS solve case after case, until Caden's determination to uncover the identity of their informant leads him to Colorado and Alaina.



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 12:08 PM

Thanks Gina. Your's sounds quite interesting as well. I see you've got the first draft of your story done. Congrats !!


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:22 AM

Yep, done and working on the query and synopsis. The hardest part!

 

And, I'm up to chapter 8 in book two - working title: Visual Contact.



#7 Tom Preece

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 12:02 PM

Untitled as yet.  Two lovers are duty bound to opposite sides potentially deadly confrontation, four thousand students march on Ft. Ord, California in 1970



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 01:03 PM

Tom, I have to admit, that line "Duty Bound" resonated with me title wise. It certainly could mean different things to people on opposite sides of the fence. Just saying.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 01:52 PM

I agree that the vein to mine Andrew, but I'm going to explore a lot of variations.  My imagination is really working this one.  In real life it was me at the Fort and my sister at UCSC.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:21 PM

Good call, Andrew. I like that for a title: Duty Bound



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 11:35 PM

Or Honor Bound, Promises We Keep, Seeking Duty Finding Honor.  Maybe we should be trying for a title...  Whoops there is one.  I'll go there.



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 02:33 PM

Unfortunately there'a contemporary author using this on an fantasy, "Eve of Destruction" although maybe I'll steal "Slouching toward Bethleham"



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:08 PM

Here's my WIP, still in early stages:

 

Paralyzed (working title)

 

Andy is one of the youngest acclaimed art conservationist in the country, and has the opportunity to work on her dream project, Fuseli's The Nightmare.

 

But Andy suffers from a condition called sleep paralysis, and it's getting worse.

 

She puts her life on pause to go to an experimental sleep clinic, where her symptoms begin to really terrify her. She begins to loose her grip on the real and her hallucinations when she discovers that someone in the clinic doesn't want her to get better.



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:03 AM

Thrash is there a fat guy who talks British somewhere in your neighborhood!  Your third paragraph is the hook.  You've gotta put the rest of that stuff later in your query.



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 05:08 PM

There are some good concepts here but I'll throw in the blurb from my wip Payback's a Beach anyway.

 

Brenda McCarthy woke up at home scared to find her clothes bloody and no memory of the night before. Then, she really freaks out when she turns on the TV and sees her date's body floated up dead on the beach. After the police question her, she turns to private investigator Max Fried. Max wants to help but neither he nor Brenda are so sure she's innocent.


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:15 PM

Thrash is there a fat guy who talks British somewhere in your neighborhood!  Your third paragraph is the hook.  You've gotta put the rest of that stuff later in your query.

Not sure I get the fat guy reference?

And that's not really an pitch.  It's a work in progress, not ready even for betas yet, but I'll keep that third paragraph in mind later.  I'm querying Morbid Curiosity.
 



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:37 PM

Hitchcock, Thrash, Hitchcock...



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:49 PM

Wow, you ever have one of those really dumb moments, when you write a long reply and then you go and click on a link and wipe it all out......... :blink:

 

So, to bumper sticker the original one I wrote prior to my dog - squirrel moment.

 

Tom - Me thinks Thrash might be a wee bit younger then us for such analogies.

 

Mark / Thrash - Like the blurb's on the WIP's 


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:51 PM

Wow, you ever have one of those really dumb moments, when you write a long reply and then you go and click on a link and wipe it all out......... :blink:

 

So, to bumper sticker the original one I wrote prior to my dog - squirrel moment.

 

Tom - Me thinks Thrash might be a wee bit younger then us for such analogies.

 

Mark / Thrash - Like the blurb's on the WIP's 

Thanks, Andrew,

 

Yeah, I know what you mean. I hate when that ha


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Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:15 PM

Ah, Hitchcock, yes.  Something from HItchcock Presents ring a bell?   I am woefully unfamiliar. I have seen the staples--Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, etc. 






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