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Sunday, October 11, 2015

WeWriWa #8sunday 'Killing Jenna Crane' ~ a romantic thriller by Lynette Sofras (@ManicScribbler)

This Sunday I'm participating in the Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop with an 8-10 sentence snippet from my romantic thriller Killing Jenna Crane in which the devoted Chloe finally realizes there is no future with the arrogant author, Ellis.

He glared at her, refusing the bait. "Well, just remember it was your choice."

She reeled on him, her green eyes flashing in fury and before he knew it, had landed him a stinging slap across his left cheek.  It was the last thing he expected from Chloe and for a moment he could do nothing but scowl at her in shock as he fought the urge to hit back.

"Being forced into something is not a choice.  It's a matter of survival.  Either I stay here and die inside a little bit more each day, or I remove myself from you and give myself a chance of finding happiness one day with someone who has a real heart and real feelings—and that isn't you.  The worst thing about living with a fiction writer is that reality can never match the fantasy that's playing out inside his head.  I can't live with being second best any longer."

Killing Jenna Crane - a psychological/romantic thriller         

This is not a story about a murder, but a dark journey inside a writer's mind.  Ellis Crawford, creator of the famous and highly successful Jenna Crane mystery series, finds his comfortable life swept away when he meets Emily, his ideal woman. 

Despite his deepening love for Emily, Ellis finds himself haunted by painful memories of a previous love whose heart he broke, and begins to regret his past behavior.  On top of that, Emily wants him to kill off his beloved heroine Jenna Crane - against fierce public opinion.

But life is too short for regrets and when his own rapidly spirals out of control, taking his reputation as an author with it, where will Ellis turn for help?


Millie Burns said...

She's jealous of his character? I'm thinking he's better off without her.

Veronica Scott said...

Interesting excerpt, fascinating concept at play here. You got a lot of emotion into a short snippet!

Caitlin Stern said...

Ouch. Considering the number of writers who are happily married, I'm not sure she's right.

Teresa Cypher said...

That could be a tough one. writers are known for getting attached to their characters. ;-)

Interesting premise! :-)

Kim Magennis said...

Excellent build up of tension! Nicely done

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