Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Teaser

I don’t watch a lot of TV but one thing I’ve noticed is that, when a station promotes an upcoming show or movie, they always choose a teaser, a short clip from the show to attract viewers. For sitcoms, they pick a really funny scene. For more intense viewing, they bait us with a question like: “Will the team discover who the murderer is in time to save. . . .” Each station spends a lot of time and money promoting what they have to offer because they’re competing with all the other stations. An excellent technique! I’ve been “hooked” lots of times. 

It’s no different in the world of publishing. So many books for readers to choose from. So, in an attempt to mimic the marketing masters (how’s that for alliteration?), throughout the year, I will occasionally post an excerpt from one of my Malone mysteries, hoping to entice you to buy my books.
Prologue from Unfinished Business
I pace the floor, my mind going a mile a minute, while the rest of the world sleeps. There is no rest for me because I am not like the others. I have a responsibility. So much to do. So little time. It is all up to me.
I light a candle and the flames make dancing shadows on the walls, in sync with Mozart’s Requiem. Pure, beautiful music: the way life should be. Not like the mindless trash I hear thumping from car stereos these days, screaming words of profanity. Quality has virtually disappeared and in its place? Quantity.
People want more and they want it now. They insist on instant gratification. Fast food. Faster everything. They drive their cars like lunatics, virtually riding the bumper of the car in front of them, urging the driver to go faster or get out of their way. They risk other people’s lives so they can get home two minutes earlier. And for what? To sit in front of the television set staring mindlessly at nothing, nothing of any value. It is sinful!
The world is a terrible place. God should be first! No one puts God first anymore. If they would turn their lives over to Him, they would be saved. But some refuse to be saved. Instead,they go about their pathetic lives, thinking only of themselves. What do I want and what do I have to do to get it? They use sex to manipulate others. Women haunt bars and flaunt their scantily clad bodies to get what they want. They have no family values, no morals. Adultery, abortion: atrocities against God.
Some people don’t deserve to live. They do not even care that their immoral acts, their lack of common decency, their selfishness, harms everyone around them. That has to stop. I have to stop it. It is all up to me. God has spoken to me. He has chosen me to carry out His work and He has shown me The Way. I know what needs to be done and, to honor Him, I will do His will. People have to pay for their sins. I will make them pay.
Actually, the deed itself is almost always so easy. People are creatures of habit. They leave their doors unlocked when they walk out to get the morning paper or take out the garbage, never thinking that someone might be watching them, waiting for an opportunity. They assume that “it” will never happen to them. But, for some, it will. I will see to it.
I must be the strong one. In the time I have left here, I must do my part to save at least this little corner of the world. And I must be careful. I must plan everything in advance, down to the smallest detail. Timing is of the utmost importance. I must be patient. It all comes down to control: self-control. I must suppress the rage inside me.
I need to play my role perfectly. I must continue to do all the things that are expected of me. Never show anyone the way I feel. I must say all the right words. Do all the right things. It is all up to me. No one must suspect me. No one must ever know. I cannot afford to make any mistakes. That would ruin everything. They would never understand and they would try to stop me. Then, there would be no one to carry out God’s work. It is sad enough that, when I’m gone, there will be no one left to rid this neighborhood of the human garbage.
I blow out the candle, extinguishing its life and pray for a few hours of sleep before dawn. I will not have to wait much longer. I can feel it.
It is almost time again.

If I've tempted you to order a copy of Unfinished Business (in paper or Kindle format), just click on the book cover on the right side of the page. Happy Reading!


  1. Great idea! And I've already read it, and loved it. Very exciting story with wonderful characters.
    Marja McGraw

    1. Thank you, Marja! You and I have discussed marketing/promoting. Like most writers, we're always searching for new ways to get the word out about our books.

  2. Looking forward to reading. Know it has to be good if Marja is excited. Thanks for teaser.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jake. I hope you enjoy the book. :)

  3. Super teaser, Patricia. Hugs to my MWW compradre!

    1. Thanks, Anne. And, thanks for including me in the MWW tour. It was a lot of fun!