Welcome back! It's #SnippetSunday time again and I'm continuing with the short story I posted last week. Please make sure to visit the Snippet Sunday Facebook group and read the other snippets posted by authors. They're all amazing and include a variety of genres.
Out of Time follows a young woman searching for a lost family history. In the haunted town of Benton, she discovers that past and present memories overlap, and that ghosts aren't always what they seem.
A jackrabbit bounced across the road, skittering off into a ditch.
Benton used to be a thriving gold and silver mining community. Now the only residents were the owners of the town who maintained rough camping facilities for adventurous travelers, and the seasonal help who ran the inn for those tourists who preferred a bed and four walls. The main draw to Benton were the eight hot springs maintained for camping and inn guests.
She shut off the car, taking a deep breath when she opened the door. It was so quiet that the cooling car, with its pops and sighs, was louder than the insects and the birds. No cars passed, no people spoke, no music played. She ignored the sliver of…something…that traced down her spine. She’d never been here before, but the dry, chill air smelled like a memory; a memory she couldn’t quite picture. It stood there at the edge of her vision, teasing her. And then it was gone.
Oh lordy, lordy, lordy.
Can't you see this man on the cover of a historical novel??? He looks exactly as I imagine Olivier Duchon, my gold-mine manager who goes up against my lawyer when one of his men is injured the mine refuses to pay-out. I haven't written this novel yet, but now I have a visual to inspire me. I'm expecting to release it in early 2019.
Luke Evans IS quite a Tuesday treat. Not only is he delicious to look at but he has a fantastic singing voice. I'm sure this is because he had lots of practice on the London Stage before transitioning to Hollywood, playing in Avenue Q, Rent, and La Cava. Here's a fun clip from the Ellen DeGeneres Show >
He's currently staring in the new TNT show, The Alienist. According to TNT Drama, "The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in 1896 about the hunt for a serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes that have gripped New York City." Obviously not a rom com but it's received good reviews. Please leave a comment if you've seen it! Let us know what you think.
Have you seen the live action Beauty and the Beast? Luke plays one of my favorite villains of all time: Gaston. He is amazing in the part because he brings a humanity to Gaston that makes him almost believable; certainly believable within the context of the fairy tale; especially believable when compared to all the other characters, including Belle. If you haven't seen the live action Beauty and the Beast because you were afraid it would ruin your experience of the animated version? Put your fears aside and SEE IT this week! It's on Netflix. Then come back here and let me know that I was right, hehe. Or hell, let me know I was wrong. :-)
For your visual delight, Luke has been in the following movies that I would see:
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies as Bard (2014)
Dracula Untold as Vlad (2014)
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug as Bard/Girion (2013)
The Three Musketeers as Aramis (2011)
Immortals as Zeus (2011)
Robin Hood as the Sheriff's Thug (2010) - you get a two-fer treat with this one as it stars Russell Crowe
Clash of the Titans as Apollo (2010)
Where you can find Luke on social media:
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Today I'm sharing the opening of a short story I submitted to a contest this past week. Out of Time follows a young woman searching for a lost family history. In the haunted town of Benton, she discovers that past and present memories overlap, and that ghosts aren't always what they seem.
The autumn sun burned in reds and golds as it set behind the desert mountains. Benton Hot Springs, an almost ghost town off California Highway 120, only six miles from Nevada, was home to approximately thirteen and a half souls, according to the welcome sign. Kayla was there to find answers. Looking around at what was left of the town, she wasn’t sure she’d find them. Weathered, wood buildings slumped in between sage bushes. Half-walls and crumbling stucco hinted at structures that had been. The shell of an old general store still stood, with no-trespassing signs affixed to the plywood covering where the windows should be.
There was a cemetery high on the hill overlooking town. Kayla would hike up there tomorrow morning to see if she could find the tombstone of her great-great-great-great Aunt Adeline.