My guest today is author Carmen DeSousa, and she is giving us first glimpse into her brand new series! I already love these characters and can’t wait to read the series. Without further interference from me, here is Carmen with her characters:
Hello, friends. If you’ve read my writing, you know I write romantic-suspense ‘whodunits’ and have been known to slip my little toe into the paranormal realm—but only slightly. This fall, I have a new series releasing which will combine my love of romantic mysteries with just an edge of the supernatural, enough to make you say, “Hmmm…”
Today on Darcia’s website, I am giving you a first look at the prologue that I cut from the manuscript, but I still liked it. So instead, I’m sharing it with my readers first. Sorry…I can’t give you the title yet, as it’s still confidential. But you can sign up at my website to be the first to know when this new series—that will change your mind about the myths you’ve heard your entire life—will be available.
Kristina cowered against the damp building, looking to her mother for direction. Even at eight, she could see the wild gleam in the man’s eyes.
Pepper spray in hand, her mother pushed her toward the street. “Run, baby!”
A knife glinted in the man’s hand as he held it up in front of him. “I just want the jewelry and your money, lady. Don’t make me hurt you or the kid.”
Her mother took her eyes off him for a fraction of a second. “Run, Kris—” Her words cut off as the man slammed the knife into her mother’s chest and then reached for Kristina, but she ran as her mother had instructed. As she fled, she heard her mother’s cries. How could she have left her, especially when it was all her fault? She stopped in the middle of the street. She had to stop him. Her legs felt heavy and sluggish as she ran back down the alley toward the mugger, tears blurring her vision.
A silhouette of a man landed in front of her with a soft thump. When he stood up, a sliver of light from the street revealed that he was dressed in black and much larger than the guy who’d attacked them. An anguished scream shredded the air as the new man tore the thug off her mother, slamming him into the concrete. He knelt down over her mother, checking where the man had forced the knife, but she didn’t move. The kind man lifted her to her feet and she stumbled forward.
“Mommy!” Kristina screamed, seeing the blood drip from her mother’s mouth and seep through a rip in her dress.
Her mother’s eyes and mouth opened, but nothing came out.
“Go,” the man in black shouted. His voice was deep and strong, his eyes dark as he turned to the man on the ground and pulled him up by his hair.
Kristina wrapped her arms around her mother’s waist, doing her best to hold her upright. As they staggered away, one lone wail filled the air and then silence. She hoped it was the bad guy, not the one in black. Normally his dark hair and mysteriously deep eyes would scare her, but she’d felt safe when he looked at her, as if he knew her.
Her mother collapsed in her arms. The blood had soaked through her dress, turning it bright red.
She looked back to the alley where the mugger had pushed them off the sidewalk. They’d just been going to get ice cream. “Help me,” she pleaded to the man who’d saved her. He was leaning over the bad guy, his fingers touching his neck. “My mother’s dying…”
The man in black looked up at the sound of her cry, but didn’t move. “I’m sorry. There’s nothing I can do.”
She blinked the tears out of her eyes, and he was gone.
I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek at my new series coming fall 2013. If you would like to learn more about what I write, you can visit my website www.CarmenDeSousa.com or follow the links to your favorite book retailer for a full description and even a couple of free stories.
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Come back on Wednesday to meet Mia Ferrari from the Mia Ferrari Mystery Series by Sylvia Massara.
Thanks for reading.
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