Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A Terrifying Story for Halloween, #MFRWHooks

Book Hooks Blog Hop 
Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog. Today we're joining the Book Hooks Blog Hop sponsored by the Marketing For Romance Writers Group. Each participating blogger shares an excerpt from their book. I'm sharing my "terrifying" novel that is perfect for a scary Halloween read, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard.

Do you like scary stories for Halloween? Do you visit "haunted houses?" Do you scare your friends? Please leave a comment below and let us know how you spend Halloween?
Treat yourself this Halloween with a terrifying read!
Terror on Sunshine Boulevard
Available at major online booksellers
Back of the Book: Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose
Rescuing a naked woman lying in a geranium bed or investigating mysterious murders are not the usual calls for first responder Jim Hart. He expects slip and fall accidents or low blood pressure emergencies in his retirement community of Citrus Ridge Senior Community and Golf Resort. The ghastly crime scenes turn the winter time fun into a terrifying season of death and mystery when the authorities cannot track down the predator responsible.

Jim and his wife Gloria could escape the horror and grief by returning to their northern home, but concern for their friends and residents keep them in Florida. With the entire community in a dither over the deaths, the Harts participate in the normal winter activities of golfing, dancing, and pool parties with their friends to distract them from the sadness and loss.

Can Jim and Gloria work with the authorities to discover who or what is killing the seniors on Sunshine Boulevard and stop the increasing body count?

Excerpt: Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose
A few nights later, Mr. Tweeble woke up with a start when his dog Jingles began barking loud enough to wake him even if he wasn’t wearing his hearing aids.

“Jingles! Jingles! Hush up, will you? It’s three o’clock in the morning. You’re going to wake the neighborhood with your barking.”
Jingles, the dog
He remembered Jingles barking and whining like that when he drove his electric scooter near George McConnell’s house that afternoon. He had finally picked up the feisty terrier and put him on his lap to join the other curiosity seekers near the house. The dog jumped off and raced the other way until he was brought up short on his leash and howled until his master turned the cart around and left the area.
Jingles’ pitiful yowling broke into Mr. Tweeble’s memory. Fearing his dog was sick, Mr. Tweeble rolled himself out of bed, fumbled putting on his glasses, and shuffled into the kitchen. Using the night light in the hood vent over the old stove to see the dog, he discovered the animal scampering back and forth near the back door.
“Jingles, come ‘ere, boy. Are you sick?” Mr. Tweeble picked him up and gently held the dog close to his chest. He switched on the ceiling light and studied the precious face he dearly loved. He checked Jingles’ brown ears and his brown and white furry body for any injuries and then cradled him to his rotund belly.
“It’s all right, little guy. Come on. Come on to bed with me. You must want to go out to chase a rabbit, eh?” As he slowly shuffled his way back to his bedroom with the dog, he wondered what was wrong. Mr. Tweeble made a mental note to check behind the couch for an “accident” in the morning.

He lay down on the rumpled bed and enfolded the trembling dog in his arms. Suddenly Jingles wriggled free and sprang up barking non-stop. He leaped from the bed and raced out of the room. A flash of searing yellow light filled the room blinding Mr. Tweeble, and the smell of his own scorched flesh burned his nostrils.


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The 5 W's in Story Guest Author Event

Wednesday, October 31--Author Sandy Carlson brings her ghost stories, perfect for Halloween!! Find out the who, what, where, when and why in her story!
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Helena Fairfax said...

Love the photo of Mr Jingles, JQ. I couldn't guess who the mystery murderer was in your book. It's the perfect read for Hallowe'en! I'll be staying in on Hallowe'en, waiting for the local kids to come round for their treats. Hope you enjoy the day, too. Happy Hallowe'en!

Kayelle Allen said...

Well dang it! What a place to leave us! :)

Kryssie Fortune said...

I love to see the neighborhood kids dressed up for Halloween, bu I have too much imagination for scary books. I worry about the good ones for weeks. The bad ones make me laugh. Fortunately, this looks like a good one.

Juneta key said...

Great excerpt. Got my copy of the book. I hope to see at our last Storytime of 2018 on Oct. 31st this year. I am going to try to do a spooky story I think.

Computer Tutor said...

This sounds great. Dogs are first-alerts and I try to listen to mine. I'm checking out this book.

Computer Tutor said...

BTW, I just bought one of your books so this one--despite the great dog character--will have to wait!

Holly Bargo said...

Sounds like Jingles barks for serious purposes, unlike my dog who barks when the wind blows and when the wind doesn't blow.

Unknown said...

Jingles is so cute; reminds me of my little terrier mix. I hope he survived. Tweeted.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Helena. I love it when readers tell me they couldn't guess the murderer! Now remember the treats are for the trick or treaters. I always forget and eat them myself! LOL

J.Q. Rose said...

Hee hee--love your comment! Thanks.

J.Q. Rose said...

I know, Kryssie. Reading or listening to a scary story is worse than watching it on the screen because we can imagine a lot worse than what can be portrayed. Well, this quirky story may make you laugh too--intentionally. Thanks.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Juneta. Working on a story, but so far only in my head. My hubby has had an energy burst and we are painting 2 rooms. whew But it's good time to think about the story while slapping on the paint!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Jacqui. Jingles plays a big part in the story. Thanks so much for purchasing my book. If you got Dangerous Sanctuary, it has a cat, a pig, and a kangaroo. That should give you a few animals besides a dog to enjoy! LOL.

J.Q. Rose said...

Jingles IS a serious dog. LOL.. Thanks for your cute comment.

J.Q. Rose said...

I love this Jack Russell kind of dog because they are cute and good personalities. Sorry, I can't tell you if he survived...you understand, I'm sure. LOL Thanks for tweeting!!

Anonymous said...

That last line moved the fear level from moderate to severe, in the blink of an eye.

Helen Henderson said...

what an intense hook.

Janet Lane Walters said...

Enjoyed your book and it is definitely terrifying

J.Q. Rose said...

Good, Ed. Glad to hear that! Wicked, aren't I???

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Helen.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Janet.

S. L. (Sandy) Carlson said...

Err...Umm...I'm scared just reading this excerpt. It reminded me of telling spooky stories during slumber parties. I don't know, J.Q. You scare the bejeebies out of me.

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