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So, I’ve enjoyed doing Excerpt Monday, but so far have only posted excerpts from published books. As in, books that I’m certain at least one person that I trust (my editor) likes. There’s also the fact that she’s, you know, edited it. However, I’m all about pushing my comfort level as a writer (or something like that), so here goes. Please, be gentle.

This is the first scene of one of my works in progress, Keeping Claire.

Movement in the doorway to her office had Claire lifting her head. Her stomach clenched tight with the effort of not reacting to the sight of Ryan and Jacob standing in her doorway. Clearly, the shit had hit the fan. There was no good reason for the two owners of the company to have come looking for her, a hard working but mid-level paper pusher.

Ryan Diel, took a tiny step forward, his hard body stiff with anger. Shit, shit, shit. She’d kept to herself and worked hard for the company, her small way of making up for any trouble she might inadvertently cause them. Their complete collapse, for example. Which meant the only reason for his rigid stance was that they’d found out something about her. And there was nothing good about that possibility.

She rose, slowly pushing her chair back with her legs. Ryan took another step forward when she opened the desk drawer, so she angled her body, allowing him to clearly see the purse she pulled free. He held out his hand and she gave up the bag without question. Oh yeah, this was bad.  Lips that she’d fantasized about tightened as he studied her face. She made certain he saw only the blank expression that she’d honed with years of practice. Which unfortunately seemed to piss him off. He narrowed his bright green eyes for a minute before turning and walking out of the room.

She allowed a tiny hiss of breath to escape before squaring her shoulders and leaving the office. Focusing her attention on the taut ass in front of her helped tune out the sights and sounds of her coworkers as they watched her being led to the large office Ryan and Jacob shared. She needed to get out of the building fast, but it was suddenly occurring to her that the brilliant idea to work for a security company had been about the stupidest move she’d made in five years.

At her previous jobs, if human resources or management had called her into the office for an unexplained reason, she would have just left and been in a new city with a new name in a matter of hours. Only now did she realize that cardboard box manufacturers and small bookstore owners were going to react differently than security specialists. Damn it! What had she been thinking? Clearly she hadn’t been thinking enough. Maybe five years had worn her down and she was more tired than she’d realized. She remembered hitting town and walking past this building three or four times before thinking that maybe if she were at a company whose records couldn’t be hacked she would be safer. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Realizing where she’d gone wrong was not going to help her now and she was an idiot to be wasting time thinking about it rather than how she was going to get out of this building. Regret caused acid to churn in her stomach. Though she’d been careful not to make friends, Teck Security was a good company with friendly, helpful employees and caring owners. She should have left three weeks ago when she’d found herself joking with the receptionist as they walked out to the parking lot. She rarely interacted with her coworkers, leaving them with the impression that she was a bitch. She probably was a bitch, but not the way they thought. It just made it easier for everyone when she had to leave without notice.

Ryan entered their office and she followed, Jacob close on her heels. That the blinds had already been pulled was about all she had time to notice before she was pressed up hard against the now closed door. Her whole body went stiff but she concentrated and relaxed her instinct to fight. Ryan’s hands searched her expertly but she was shocked to feel a tingle in her breasts as he passed over them. There was nothing inappropriate about the way his hand brushed between her legs, but her stomach clenched, and it wasn’t in fear.

The heat of his body left her in a rush as he stepped back. She had to lock her knees to keep from trembling, though from adrenaline or fear, she wasn’t sure. Jacob gestured to the couch and she forced herself to walk to it slowly and sit as if she’d been invited to a meeting, not thrown against the door and searched like a criminal. If there was one thing she knew how to do, and do well, it was pretend that a crazy situation was perfectly normal.
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17 comments to “Excerpt Monday”

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 8:40 am, Excerpt Monday Virgin « Romancing Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow said...

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 9:15 am, Jeanette Murray said...

    I like it so far. I especially liked the last line. I have to wonder what she did wrong, why she keeps moving jobs. Keep it up!

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 9:26 am, Excerpt Monday - Cocked & Fully Loaded | Bryl Tyne said...

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 9:28 am, Excerpt Monday – December « Excerpt Monday said...

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 3:13 pm, berryblu said...

    😀 Woo Hoo!!! More bits. Great tidbit. I too want to know why she’s running. I like the tingles during the search. 😉 I also wonder what it was that Ryan reacted to when Claire thinks her face is blank – if maybe it isn’t so empty or if her reaction wasn’t expected.

    See, I want to know more and more . . .


    Any word on publication date yet? Say, like next week?

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 8:43 pm, Ella Drake said...

    Oh, my mind is going in all sorts of directions. What is she running from? What about those tingles? How handy is it that there’s a couch in the office.
    Great start!

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 8:58 pm, Kendal Ashby said...

    I really enjoyed this! I so want to read more and hope you will post more from this next month. If I picked this up in a bookstore and read what I just did, it’d be in my cart because I want to know more!

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 9:35 pm, KB Alan said...

    Thanks everyone! And berryblu, I have to finish it first. Haven’t we talked about this before? LOL, sheesh, I better get back to writing (also, the check is in the mail…).

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    On December 14th, 2009 at 11:55 pm, Jeannie Lin said...

    I’m intrigued by Claire’s hidden past! Very nice.

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    On December 18th, 2009 at 6:24 pm, Excerpt Monday: Take 10 « Impulsive Hearts said...

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    On December 19th, 2009 at 10:30 pm, ElizabethN said...

    Just read Alpha Made and was checking out your site for other books. I have to say that this excerpt would have me putting the book in my cart to read now. Love that aspect of ebooks.

    After reading the excerpt, I want to know why is Claire running for the last 5 years, what made Ryan mad, and are he and Jacob as interested in her as she apparently is in them.

    Guess I’ll have to wait until you finish it. Looks at watch, is it done yet?

    Patience is a virture, right?

    Nice job, Beth

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    On December 23rd, 2009 at 11:13 am, KB Alan said...

    Thanks Beth, I’m so glad to here you guys are enjoying the excerpts. It’s something I get a bit nervous about, so I’m glad to know I should keep doing them 😀 (I’ll get back to work now, promise…)

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    On January 4th, 2010 at 12:38 pm, berryblu said...

    Re-read tidbit again! I liiike it. Any more in the pipeline? 😀

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    On January 9th, 2010 at 10:10 pm, Tina S. said...

    Sound like it will be really good! Now I can’t wait. I should never read excerpts for books that aren’t available yet :).

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    On January 10th, 2010 at 10:20 pm, KB Alan said...

    You guys certainly know how to make sure I keep on with the excerpts! :p

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    On February 6th, 2013 at 9:10 pm, Excerpt Monday: Take 10 - Kristen Koster said...

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