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Sunday Snippets 6 ~ Family Secrets by Jamie Hill

Sunday SnippetsSunday Snippets is a Blog Hop of sorts, a chance to sample a segment of an author’s work. Today I’m sharing a final snippet from my first novel, Family Secrets, published by Books We Love. Hope you enjoy it!

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The first thing Jack noticed when he arrived home was that his garage door stood open. The second thing he noticed were the bullet holes in the heads of the two police officers in the patrol car outside his house. “Damn! Damn! Damn!” He reached across the driver’s body for the police radio. “This is Dunlevy. I’ve got two officers down at my house, 2325 Sycamore Lane. I need a wagon for sure and maybe a bus.”

He knew the cops were dead, and dead bodies were transported in wagons. He wasn’t sure what awaited him in the house—a bus in cop lingo meant an ambulance. “And I need backup. Get Brady Marshall and a team over here. My witnesses are either gone or…” He couldn’t let himself say it. “Just get me some backup, now!” he croaked into the microphone and dropped it.

“Ten-four detective,” the radio chirped back at him. “Be advised that backup is en route. You are instructed to wait until they arrive before proceeding.”

He was already in the garage with his gun raised and his hand on the doorknob. He knew he needed to wait for backup. The first thought that struck him was if he found three dead bodies inside, he might very likely turn his gun on himself. But he had to know. He couldn’t sit outside waiting when Crystal could be inside dead or dying. He pushed open the door and entered slowly.

There were signs of a struggle in the dining room—things knocked over and duct tape on two of the chairs. But there were no bodies, no visible signs of blood. He said a silent prayer and went to the front room. The PlayStation had gone into pause mode, meaning whoever had been playing left in a hurry. Music blared from the TV, but he ignored it and inched his way down the hall. It took just a few minutes to discover the house was empty, with no signs of blood anywhere. He slapped off the TV and the video game as he walked back through, and leaned against the sofa.

They were still alive…so far. He let himself be comforted by that for a moment, then went back into the dining room. The broomstick lay next to the door. The creeps had probably gotten in when Crystal was letting Zeus in or out. Where was Zeus? Jack went into the backyard and didn’t see him, until he got clear out by the gate. He saw his dog lying quietly with a bullet hole in his shoulder.

 

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Hill-FamilySecrets200x300Family Secrets is available at Amazon, B&N, ARe, Smashwords and other ebook sellers, also in print at Amazon, B&N and by request at a bookstore near you.

http://amzn.com/B004478IN6

Find all my titles at my publisher’s website, Books We Love: http://bookswelove.net/authors/hill-jamie/

My Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/jamiehill

 

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Sunday Snippets 5 ~ Family Secrets

Sunday SnippetsSunday Snippets is a Blog Hop of sorts, a chance to sample a segment of an author’s work. Today I’m sharing another snippet from my first novel, Family Secrets, published by Books We Love. Hope you enjoy it!

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Crystal’s heart raced as the man shoved her up against the door that led to the garage. He ripped a piece of duct tape off a roll and covered her mouth with it. She tried not to panic, forced herself to remain calm and breathe through her nose.

He tore off another piece of tape for Devon’s mouth. Crystal looked around wildly for anything she could grab. The telephone was right there, but she had no hope of dialing even if she reached it. The answering machine sat next to it. She focused on the buttons for a second, and as the attacker grabbed her again she managed to punch the Record button.

He thrust her into a dining room chair and duct-taped her hands to the chair behind her. She watched him do the same thing to Devon. She tried to catch the boy’s eyes to reassure him. But what could she tell him silently? She wanted to convey that they were going to be all right. Jack would come for them, and everything would be fine. She wanted to tell Devon she loved him and would always take care of him. But she knew her wide eyes probably only telegraphed terror. That she was as afraid as he was.

She watched the other man go into the front room, and prayed that Mark would somehow not be in there. The man was gone several minutes and he returned alone. He said to his partner, “I thought there were supposed to be two kids.”

The stranger behind Crystal said, “There are.”

“Then where’s the second brat?” He stormed down the hall and Crystal heard doors fly open and slam shut again. She wondered where Mark could have hidden, and hoped when they found him they wouldn’t be too rough on him. But the man returned alone once more. He glared at Crystal and ripped the tape from her mouth.

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Hill-FamilySecrets200x300Family Secrets is available at Amazon, B&N, ARe, Smashwords and other ebook sellers, also in print at Amazon, B&N and by request at a bookstore near you.

http://amzn.com/B004478IN6

Find all my titles at my publisher’s website, Books We Love: http://bookswelove.net/authors/hill-jamie/

My Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/jamiehill

 

Here’s the link of other participating authors. We hope to see it grow!

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Sunday Snippets ~ Mother’s Day Edition ~ Family Secrets #SundaySnips

Sunday SnippetsSunday Snippets is a Blog Hop of sorts, a chance to sample a segment of an author’s work. Today I’m sharing a Happy Mother’s Day (LOL) snippet from my first novel, Family Secrets, published by Books We Love. Hope you enjoy it!

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He grinned and leaned in for a hit off her smoke. “For a little gal, you have a stubborn streak in you a mile wide. Where’d you get that from? Your mama? Your daddy? Hmm?”

She chuckled. “Well, my mama is a drunken doormat, so probably not from her. My real daddy walked out when I was three months old, so I guess he gave me the gift of knowing when to cut your losses and take off.”

Jack winced. “Sorry I brought it up.”

She shrugged. “You told me once that you wanted to know. So, let’s see…Stepfather Number One taught me that life is best managed with pills and alcohol. And when things get to be too much, the right combination of said items will make it all go away.”

She could see she was making Jack uncomfortable, but she couldn’t seem to stop talking. “And then Stepfather Number Two taught me that when mama’s screaming got really bad, I should call 911 and hide under my bed. It was shallow enough that he couldn’t reach me if I scooted all the way back to the wall.”

“Crys…” Jack touched her arm but she took a step away from him.

“Now Stepfather Number Three, he was something. He didn’t get the chance to teach me what he wanted. See Jack, he wanted to teach me how to become a woman. I managed to avoid him for a while, but the night I couldn’t anymore I ended up smacking the crap out of him with my clock radio and climbing out the window. When I went home the next day, my mother was furious with me for making up such a story. I was fourteen years old. I left that day and haven’t been back. As far as I know she’s still married to the pervert.”

Jack winced again and looked at the boys, who were playing with Zeus nearby. “Uh, gee, Crys. Maybe we should save this conversation for another time.”

 

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Hill-FamilySecrets200x300Family Secrets is available at Amazon, B&N, ARe, Smashwords and other ebook sellers, also in print at Amazon, B&N and by request at a bookstore near you.

http://amzn.com/B004478IN6

Find all my titles at my publisher’s website, Books We Love: http://bookswelove.net/authors/hill-jamie/

My Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/jamiehill

 

Here’s the link of other participating authors. We hope to see it grow!

http://mizging.blogspot.com (Ginger Simpson)

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Sunday Snippets 3 ~ Time To Kill by Jamie Hill ~ #SundaySnips

Sunday SnippetsSunday Snippets is a Blog Hop of sorts, a chance to sample a segment of an author’s work. Today I’m sharing one more snippet from my Witness Security, Book 2, novel Time To Kill, published by Books We Love. Hope you enjoy it!

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Nick rubbed his chin. Doug had gotten in a good shot, and he’d probably have a bruise. He was winding up to punch back when Jordan and Ben came bursting in, arms waving. The wife wasn’t far behind, bitching up a storm at her obviously hen-pecked husband.

Ben and the wife flanked Doug and Jordan planted herself in front of him. “What in the flying fuck is going on?”

“Just a little friendly rehashing of old times.” Nick glanced at Doug warily, wondering how much the other marshal was going to say.

Doug’s eyes could have shot darts. “Friendly…rehashing. Yeah.” He shook his right hand and wiggled his fingers.

Jordan glanced from one man to the other then stomped to the fridge and removed an ice bucket from the freezer section. Grabbing two towels from a drawer, she put some cubes in each one and returned the bucket to the freezer. She folded the towels and handed one to Doug as she passed him. “Idiota.”

He continued to stare at Nick as his wife positioned the ice over his knuckles.

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Hill-TimeToKill-200x300Time To Kill is available at Amazon in ebook format and print, also by request at a bookstore near you.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RQRKB68

Find all my titles at my publisher’s website, Books We Love: http://bookswelove.net/authors/hill-jamie/

My Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/jamiehill

 

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Sunday Snippets 2 ~ Time To Kill by Jamie Hill ~ #SundaySnips

Sunday SnippetsSunday Snippets is a Blog Hop of sorts, a chance to sample a segment of an author’s work. Today I’m sharing another snippet from my Witness Security, Book 2, novel Time To Kill, published by Books We Love. Hope you enjoy it!

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California State Prison, Corcoran
Level IV Housing, General Population
Corcoran, California

The first thing he had to get used to about prison life was the total loss of privacy. The guards who checked him in on his first day at Corcoran searched every body cavity, including his nostrils and ass. What a job. He might not have his freedom anymore, but at least he didn’t finger asses for a living.

The cavity checks were less frequent now, but still occurred randomly. What little personal property he had was also subject to arbitrary searches by the guards.

The other inmates were nearly as bad. His cellmate was a timid man who he’d managed to scare satisfactorily that first day. The idiot wasn’t able to embezzle funds without getting caught, but apparently knew enough to keep hands off other people’s property inside the joint. At least the guy was that smart.

Daily outside time was welcome, as were weekly visiting hours. One of his kids usually made it each Saturday, and his lawyer came every other week. The high priced shyster assured him the state’s case was weak and it was doubtful he’d be found guilty. Once the trial was over, he’d very likely be released with time served. That thought buoyed him through long days and even longer nights.

He missed a fragrant glass of wine with dinner. He missed shrimp cocktails and lobster with melted butter. Mostly, he missed cuddling with Misty, the light of his life. Never judgmental, never reproachful about anything he’d done, she was always there for him. She always made him smile. Thinking about her now warmed his heart.

Misty and his company were the two best things he had going for him. Not including his children, of course. They were already grown and in college when his wife died of pancreatic cancer, leaving him to fend for himself. Granted, he might not have always made the best choices after that. Lenore would not have approved of some of them, but he’d done what he thought was right at the time. Putting two kids through college was expensive. His had both graduated with business degrees and no debt. So he had done something right.

A soft buzzer sounded indicating mail call. Dinner would be served shortly after that. He shuddered at what the prison considered edible, and the very idea that lining up at four-thirty p.m. was considered appropriate meal time.

He’d read an article once that in colonial days, lobster was considered a bottom-feeding scavenger and was served to prisoners and servants because it was so cheap and plentiful. He chuckled as he rose, smoothed the creases in his orange jumpsuit, and headed to mail call.

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Hill-TimeToKill-200x300Time To Kill is available at Amazon in ebook format and print, also by request at a bookstore near you.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RQRKB68

Find all my titles at my publisher’s website, Books We Love: http://bookswelove.net/authors/hill-jamie/

My Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/jamiehill

 

Here’s the link of other participating authors. We hope to see it grow!

http://mizging.blogspot.com (Ginger Simpson)

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Sunday Snippets ~ Time To Kill ~ #SundaySnips

Sunday SnippetsSunday Snippets is a Blog Hop of sorts, a chance to sample a segment of an author’s work. Today I’m sharing a snippet from my Witness Security, Book 2, novel Time To Kill, published by Books We Love. Hope you enjoy it!

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Nick felt guilty for pushing Jordan’s buttons and decided he’d better give her some space. Teasing her, riling her up, was easy. It was when the conversations grew serious that he wasn’t sure how to handle himself.

He needed to offer an explanation for what had happened between them, and an apology. That was going to take some thought, and would have to be done at the right time. Too soon and it wouldn’t sound sincere. She obviously wasn’t ready to forgive him, yet. In her mind, she’d cast him in the role of the bad guy, and he understood why. He’d go with that for now. Hopefully, before their month together was over, he could make her realize that his leaving had been best for both of them. She’d wanted different things than he had. Unfortunately, he still hadn’t figured out what the hell he really wanted.

Nick made a latte run and brought back drinks for everyone. When he returned, she was seated behind her desk, going over some paperwork.

He set a cup down next to her and settled into the chair beside her desk. “Peace offering. I think I remembered what you like.”

She shot him a look, but accepted the drink and took a sip. “Thanks.”

“Care to bring me up to speed on your current caseload?”

Jordan flipped through her files. “I have several cases right now, but only two with trials coming up. Willie E. is a tax evader from Atlanta. We flew there last week and the trial was continued, which thrilled me to no end.”

Nick chuckled. “I’m so sure. I know how you love protecting guilty witnesses.”

She shot him a quick look, but didn’t comment.

He could tell she hated the reminder that he recalled her likes and dislikes. It dawned on him that the more time he spent with her, the more he remembered why he once cared for her so much. Her attitude and orneriness were part of her charm.

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Hill-TimeToKill-200x300Time To Kill is available at Amazon in ebook format and print, also by request at a bookstore near you.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RQRKB68

Find all my titles at my publisher’s website, Books We Love: http://bookswelove.net/authors/hill-jamie/

My Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/jamiehill

 

Here’s the link of other participating authors.  We hope to see it grow!

http://mizging.blogspot.com (Ginger Simpson)

http://triciamg.blogspot.com (Tricia McGill)

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I’m Dishin’ It Out today–talking about my writing process

Hope you have a 2015-03-13 15.12.01minute to check out my latest blog post at Dishin’ It Out. “Greetings, Hobbies, and Plot Bunnies, Oh My!”

http://mizging.blogspot.com/2015/04/greetings-hobbies-and-plot-bunniesoh-my.html

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Read a Q & A with Jamie Hill at the ARe Cafe

Like to fiHill-BlameItOnTheStars3-200x300nd out more about how The Blame Game series came about? I’m talking about it at the ARe Cafe: http://www.arecafe.com/cafe-news/qa-with-jamie-hill/

The Blame Game is available from Books We Love at Amazon and other retailers in ebook and print. I hope you’ll check it out!

 

http://amzn.com/B00EOA5G3I

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Time to Kill, at Books That Leave You Breathless

Time To Kill Hill-TimeToKill-200x300is now available at Amazon, and I’m at Val Pearson’s blog, Books That Leave You Breathless, talking about it, and why I like writing (and reading) series books. Of course I have to mention my favorite TV series Parenthood, which ended this week.

Hope you’ll check it out!

http://booksthatleaveyoubreathless.blogspot.com/2015/01/do-you-have-time-to-kill-by-jamie-hill.html

 

 

Time to Kill, available now:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RQRKB68

 

 

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Now available for pre-order: Time To Kill by Jamie Hill

Hill-TimeToKill-200x300Time To Kill
Witness Security, Book 2

US Marshal Jordan Burke is happy for her partner when he takes a month off for paternity leave, but she’s not happy about her substitute partner. Nick Pierce worked for the Topeka Witsec office years ago and left under less than the best of circumstances. When he’s asked to fill in he hesitates, but curiosity about Jordan makes him accept the job. The minute he sees her again he doesn’t regret his decision. From Atlanta to Los Angeles, Jordan and Nick discover that danger, and help, can come from the strangest sources. While they struggle to protect their witnesses, the bigger challenge seems to be keeping each other alive. And there’s always the possibility that they might kill each other first.

“Ms. Hill has the gift of knowing what the reader wants and then hitting you with an ending you certainly don’t expect. Two thumbs up!” ~ Val, You Gotta Read Reviews

Available Jan. 31, 2015. Pre-order your copy now!

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