Meet Ralph. He's a character in TOO QUIET IN BROOKLYN. The antagonist, or at least one of them. Ralph made the bed and sat on it, trying to count his money, but gave up. He had plenty of time to do the job, it wasn’t three days yet, but his brother and sister kept fading away and he missed Charlie. He took a shower and found some clean clothes in the closet, brown pants and a black shirt. The shirt was too fancy for him. Ralph didn’t like buttons, but he couldn’t find any … [Read more...] about Running the Walls
It's Ralph again. He's done his parkour thing and climbed a building. Now he needs to get down. This excerpt from TOO QUIET IN BROOKLYN happens near the end of the book. Ralph swung his leg over the side and used his abs like his brother showed him and flexed. He looked down. It wasn’t so far and there was dirt near the building. “Fall and roll,” his brother said. “Hit the building going down, like you were walking. Fly down, be a ball and roll.” So Ralph aimed and stepped and scrunched and … [Read more...] about Aim, Step, Scrunch, Roll
Excerpt from Death of a Serpent Sunday, October 7, 1866 The carriage slowed. “What’s that pounding I hear?” Rosa asked. “Nothing. The wind.” They stopped. She heard voices, laughter, roaring beasts, the crack of a whip, and squinted through clouds of dust to a long line of wagons. The madam stuck her head out the window. Holding her hat firmly on her head with one hand, she called out to the driver. “Why have we stopped?” “The circus blocks the road.” “Off the highway,” someone shouted. … [Read more...] about What’s That Pounding I Hear?
In this scene from Murder On The Rue Cassette, Serafina tells Rosa about their trip to Paris. Rosa rang the bell and gazed into space for a moment before shaking herself. “Elena’s dead, I can’t believe it. What time do we leave? Tonight you say?” “At eight. We take the Niger bound for Marseille.” “Plenty of time and don’t bore me with particulars, but we’d better have first class rooms.” “The ship’s making a special trip to Palermo just to pick us up.” Rosa’s smile … [Read more...] about A Trip to Paris: Her Smile Broadened
The first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons mystery series, Too Quiet In Brooklyn, published December 20. The book is available for 99¢ until January 2 at Smashwords, Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo Books. Here's a little excerpt. In this scene, Fina is interviewing a friend of the victim. I remember my grandmother telling me that murder doesn’t happen all at once. That’s what her mother told her, the ancestor with my surname. It’s slow to start, begins way back in a person’s … [Read more...] about Murder Doesn’t Happen All At Once