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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday. As a follow up to last weeks excerpt: although early December, Kimberly has gone to the beach to watch the sunrise and surfers...

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Watching the sunrise had been a soothing distraction, but it was time to head back. She strolled across the street to the Victorian B&B and the hot breakfast hopefully waiting. After slipping into the foyer, she hurried past the noisy dining room and ran up the stairs to drop off the blanket and coat. With most of the guests already downstairs, the empty hall seemed too quiet.

Kimberly slid the card key into the slot, opened the door and—froze.

The curtains performed a macabre dance, billowing in the breeze from the open sliding glass door.

No! God, no.

Denial screamed in her mind, turning to fear as her gaze frantically darted around the room. Closet doors hung ajar. Drawers from the dresser sat on the floor in disarray. Clothing lay scattered on every surface.

She stumbled back and ran along the hall and down the stairs. The rapid pounding of her heart made her stomach churn. Panting, she rushed through the parlor to the office.

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  1. Definitely a heart-pounding excerpt!

    1. Hi, Chistina! Great. That was exactly my intent. :)

  2. Great suspenseful moment. You made me want to know more.

  3. Goodness, Dawn Marie. My heart was pounding while I read this. Well done.

    1. Thanks, Gemma! This is a pivotal point in the story. :)