BackBlurbAt the risk of repeating myself, this month’s posts are all related to my novel, A TWIST OF HATE. A poor choice as the novel isn’t actually available. Apparently, the June 17 release date was technically the ship date, so no one has the book yet, including me. Put another way: I spent a month annoying you with BSP for a book that isn’t available. I’m so very, very sorry!

Given this is my final post for June, I’ve decided to go with an excerpt. So… without further adieu and for the first time ever, a snippet from the beginning A TWIST OF HATE.

Max wrapped a blanket around the boy and gathered Samuel’s slight frame in his arms, tenderly placing him in the worn canvas duffle in which their few valuables lay packed and waiting. Having no time to think, only to do, was a blessing. It meant no chance of being pulled under by the waves of despair that now lapped at his heels.

“Scared, Papa.”

“Shh, little man. Be brave.” Max took a sugar cube from his pocket and slipped it into the boy’s mouth. “Once we’re away from here, you can make all the noise you want.” He folded back the rug and felt for the hidden edge of the trapdoor leading to the cellars. The dark, dank smell of saltwater and earth wafted into the room as he lifted the hatch. He’d chosen the house because of the interconnected cellars and months ago mapped their escape. The Gestapo would figure it out, of course, but not until it was too late. 

Max bent and kissed the top of the boy’s head and closed the flap protecting the precious bundle. After testing the straps one last time, he carefully slung the bag over his shoulder and started down the ladder.

There was a hard fist on the door. “Aufmachen!”

Max positioned the rug to camouflage the opening, secured the trapdoor from below, and dropped down to the dirt floor just as he heard the crack of a gunshot. With the duffle held tight against his body, he ran.

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What are you up to this week?
Tell me about your current project(s).

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See you July 1 for Insecure Writers! (IWSG)

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