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Book Hooks Blog Hop #MFRWHooks
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Today we're joining the Book Hooks Blog Hop sponsored by
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Each participating blogger shares an excerpt from their book.
Snowbirds are in Florida enjoying warm sunshine and gentle breezes. So I am sharing an excerpt from Terror on Sunshine Boulevard, a story about a snowbirding couple from Michigan who are lucky to spend their winters in Florida participating in all the fun activities in a community of snowbirds.
But not so much fun this winter because the season is filled with terror, death and mystery.
|Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose|
Scary, Mystery, Paranormal
"Fun in the Sun, Fright in the Night!"--amazon reviewer
BACK OF THE BOOK: Rescuing a naked woman lying in a geranium bed? Investigating mysterious murders 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 wintertime 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, the star, in Terror On Sunshine Boulevard.|
“Jingles! Jingles! Hush up, will you? It’s three o’clock in the morning. You’re going to wake the neighborhood with your barking.”
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.
Click here to download Terror on Sunshine Boulevard from your favorite online bookseller. Also available in paperback at amazon and Barnes and Noble.
|Author J.Q. Rose|
Blogging, taking photos of their garden, nature, and family, Pegs and Jokers board games, travel and presenting workshops on life storytelling are the things that keep JQ out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.
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Great excerpt. And great time to share it in February when so many snow birds are in Florida.
Like Natalie, I loved the excerpt! I also enjoyed reading your book.
This is one scary story
So are you in Florida now, J.Q.? Hope you're enjoying yourself!
Thanks, Natalie. Yes, the population of Florida grows in the winter months.
Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm happy to know you enjoyed the book!
Yes, it is!! LOL
Yes, we are here until mid-April. And even staying that late does not guarantee we will miss the snow when we get back home to Michigan. Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you're enjoying the sunshine in Florida, JQ. There's a storm raging here!
Wow, great excerpt. What was the yellow light and searing flesh? Lots of unanswered questions. What did his dog know? Thanks for sharing! Good luck!
Yes, we are. I see there's a storm there. Also one through the Centraland Northeast part of our country. We have friends coming to visit next week. They left for FL just in time to miss 7 inches of snow in Missouri yesterday!!
Thanks so much, Tena! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Hmmm... I wonder what that yellow light was??? Not telling!!!
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Sounds great, Janet. I'm glad Mr. T isn't the bad guy. He's too adoreble.
Hey, JQ. Love this book and it is really scary but what great characters. I've shared. :)
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