December 2, 2013
Boy, it’s been one wild and crazy last couple of months. I think I may have missed November completely. LOL I did manage to get around 35,000 words for NaNoWriMo, so I’m pretty darn happy about that. 🙂 And Thanksgiving sure was enjoyable. Lots of food, great company and laughs to go around. My favorite dish will forever be the sweet potato pie my sister-in-law makes. Yummy! I’m the only one in my immediate family that eats it, so I only get to savor that sweetness at Thanksgiving and an occasional Christmas. Can you say leftovers? LOL
I’d like to take this time to spotlight a wonderful book by a good friend of mine. “Spider’s Dance” by Will Graham is a must have for suspense/thriller readers. Shoot, even if this is not your favorite genre, you’ll be hook and swept away by this engaging storyline. Scroll down to get a sneak peek and find the buy links!
“Amazing writing! [Your] craft is fabulous, the characters leap off the page, [and your] pacing is spot-on!” – Deborah Coonts, author of the “Lucky O’Toole Las Vegas Adventure” Series.
EXCERPT: At that precise moment, there was a noise like a thunderclap, but much closer, much more intimate. The floor under my feet swayed and trembled. I made a grab for the edge of my desk to steady myself, missed shamefully, and fell to the floor with all the grace of an elephant on roller skates.
The windows shook in their frame and I heard Inspector O’Brien tumble to the floor with a thud.
Things steadied out, and I pushed myself to my feet. I took two long steps to the door. I could see from the corner of my eye Inspector O’Brien was on her feet and moving.
People were streaming fairly calmly to the stairwell doors as the fire alarms blared, but after the morning’s events it wouldn’t take much to start a full scale panic.
I went around the corner and saw plumes of black smoke coming from the server room. The smoke had an acrid tang to it, filling my nose and throat, making me want to choke and cough; all the plastic components in there had been melted, most likely. There was a distinct odor of ozone, of fried electrical circuits, and Halon from the fire system.
The police officers still around were keeping order, getting people out the doors and down the stairs as rapidly as possible. I turned around and saw Inspector O’Brien checking offices, making sure they were empty. I paused and waited for her to catch up.
“You should leave,” she said to me as she slammed a door shut.
“And miss all this?” The expression on her face told me I was only amusing myself.
I was used to that.
Without another word, I took one side while she took the other. We verified no one had been left behind, closing each door when we were done. Plaster dust floated in the air, but the smoke seemed to have stopped.
We worked our way down the hall, reaching the glass doors being held open by two policemen. I started toward them when something caught my eye. I changed direction and took four steps to the server room.
I heard her call out, “Do NOT go in there!” I told myself she was talking to someone else.
I stood in the doorway, trying to see through the dark clouds in the air. In the sparks coming from a couple of the machines, I saw a hand. It wasn’t moving.
I turned and beckoned. “Someone’s in here!” I yelled as I went in.
She got there just as I reached the hand. It was attached to an arm. The arm was attached to a body. Fanning my hands to dispel the crap in the air, I knelt down.
Ian Harris looked like he was asleep.
BIO: “Will Graham” is the pseudonym of a professional investigator specializing in computer forensics and electronic evidence exclusively.
His musical tastes pretty much stopped with The Rat Pack, and he still reads Leslie Charteris, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dame Agatha Christie, and Ellery Queen.
LINKS: AMAZON: http://tinyurl.com/spidersdancegraham
BARNES & NOBLE: http://tinyurl.com/DanceBN
REVIEWS: Thrilling…AND funny!
Will Graham has written a remarkably entertaining story, due mainly to the protagonist’s sense of humor. There are laugh-out-loud moments throughout, and these do not take away from the mystery or suspense. Unique characters, an original hero (we don’t get that too often), and an up to the minute topical plot carries SPIDER’S DANCE to the bank.