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I'm sharing snippets from my soon-to-be-released (MONDAY!!!) NUMBERS NEVER LIE, a romantic suspense. Thank you all who offered me a guest spot on your blogs. I think I've contacted everyone. If not, please drop me a note at dmburton72 @ gmail.com
Thanks to your comments last week, I edited that section to explain why she doesn't answer the machine right away. Friends and family always use her cell. And she refuses to jump and run to the phone like her mother did, even leaving the dinner table or in the middle of a conversation. Besides, it was probably a robo-call.
Maggie and Drew are in her kitchen. Last week's snippet ended with: Drew slanted his gaze at the answering machine, “I can’t believe you’re not curious enough to listen to your message—I’d never not check.”
An uncomfortable (for Drew) conversation followed that he took out on the blinking machine.
Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines.
Drew glared at her answering machine, “I can’t stand this,” he punched the Play button.
“You have a lot of nerve—”
“Saturday, one-fifty-three pm. This message is for Maggie May Sinclair—please call the Muskegon County Sheriff immediately,” A phone number followed.
Maggie stared at Drew, her heart thudded in her chest, alarm plummeted into her stomach like an icy weight.
“Jack?” Drew voiced her worst fear.
She grabbed the receiver and dialed the number, “This is Maggie Sinclair, I’m returning a call I received.”
The deputy said, “Ms. Sinclair, I called about your brother, Jack Sinclair.”
Alarm shot through her veins. She heard bits and pieces through the roar in her ears. “Regret to inform you . . . accident . . . early yesterday morning—”
She slid, the kitchen cupboard at her back, the phone clattered on the white vinyl floor.
A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie.
As kids, they were the fearless threesome. As adults, Jack's an accountant; Drew, a lawyer; Maggie, a teacher and camping troop leader. Returning from a weekend camping trip, Maggie receives horrifying news. She refuses to believe her brother’s fatal car crash was an accident. If the police won’t investigate, she’ll do it herself. Convincing Drew Campbell to help is her only recourse.
Drew Campbell was too busy to return his best friend’s phone call. Too busy to attend a camping meeting important to his teen daughter. Too busy to stay in touch with Jack. Logic and reason indicate Jack’s accident was just that--an accident caused by fatigue and fog. Prodded by guilt, he’ll help Maggie even if he thinks she’s wrong.
A break-in at Jack’s condo convinces Maggie she’s right. Then her home is searched. What did Jack do that puts Maggie in danger?
NUMBERS NEVER LIE is available for pre-order at Amazon Release Day is Monday. I can't tell you how excited I am. But then, you all know because of your own releases. It never gets old, does it?