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Saturday, May 24, 2014

MOSAICS SnippetSunday #8



From MOSAICS, Chapter 1:
Satish started the engine and backed out of the driveway. “Shit happens, Track. Never forget that.”
“Hard to forget on days like this.”
I rolled down the window and let cool air blow in my face. The freeway droned in the distance, as another night descended upon L.A. Another murder, another killer on the loose.
It was June 2009, the beginning of summer.
Killing season had just started.

The above is my Sunday snippet submission for the Weekend writer Warriors (you can find the Snippet Sunday group also on Facebook, too). Check them out, it's a fun way to find upcoming books -- all genres welcome, there's something for everyone's tastes.

And now to some exciting news:

MOSAICS, Book 2 in the Track Presius mystery series is coming September 2014. Many thanks to my awesome beta readers who provided insightful feedback. Of course, before you sink your teeth in MOSAICS, you should first read CHIMERAS, right? ;-)

Book DescriptionDubbed the Byzantine Strangler because of the mysterious mosaic tiles he leaves at the crime scene, a new serial killer is stalking the streets of Los Angeles. Racing to decipher the code encrypted in the tiles before the killer strikes again, Detective Track Presius faces a new challenge: the "awakened" genes that make his vision and olfactory sense so sharp are now taking a toll on his life. When a new set of tiles appears in his own backyard, Track makes a chilling realization: those very same genes that are threatening his life are drawing the Byzantine Strangler closer and closer. The fine line between hunter and hunted has suddenly blurred. Will Track be the next piece of the mosaic puzzle?

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30 comments:

  1. Great teaser today. Ominous tone, scene set up, and final line, "Killing season..." pulled me in and really made me want more.

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  2. If today's snippet isn't the opening lines of the book, it should be. Hard to beat for drawing the reader into the story.
    Kudos!

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    1. thanks, Frank! it's the end of the chapter, after they've visited a gruesome crime scene

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  3. Perfect for the opening of a book! Really piques the interest. The last line was great!
    Amy Durham

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  4. This got my attention, especially the last line. Well done.

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  5. Awesome snippet. And I agree with Frank -- this should be the opening -- it sets the scene and the story and briefly introduces the characters while hooking you in to wanting to know more.

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    1. thanks, PT -- the problem is context ... you think it works without introducing the scene first?

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  6. Very atmospheric and noir. And shivery! I'd be reading but keeping all the lights on for sure...great 8!

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  7. Excellent book opening. Good luck with your release!

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  8. Oh, man, the last line gave me chills. Nicely done, Elena. :)

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  9. Love the opening, love the premise!

    And I agree with everyone else---that last line is an amazing hook.

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  10. Very nice! Love it. And, I might have to add chimeras to my TBR list. Damn, that list just keeps growing!

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    1. Mine too, Millie! and thank you!! :-)

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  11. I LOVE the cover art for Mosaics! This books sounds really good. The story lines for all of your books are just so intriguing. Now I have to add Mosaics to my TBR list, too! :)

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    1. awww, thanks so much Chrys, makes me happy to hear that from you!!! :-) (sorry for the delay in responding, your comment had ended in the spam filter for some reason... )

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  12. I love the last sentence, it gives a lot of promises of action.

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  13. I missed this post. The last two months have been chaotic. I read about your third release, and thought were is the 2nd? So I went looking and here it is. I can not wait to read it. I have just started on Chimeras, so will be ready for this release in Sept. So happy for you. Prolific is the best thing a writer can be. You go.

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    1. Thanks Juneta! It's not that I'm very prolific, it's just that I spent a lot of time waiting to hear back from publishers and while I was waiting I kept writing :-)

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