Saturday, October 31, 2009

ADDICTION by Sandra K. Marshall

Hi Annie,
Thank you for inviting me to Paranormal Romantics to post a blog today. It gives me a chance to talk about my upcoming release, ADDICTION. It is a great fast-paced story full of action and surprises. It's on the dark side, but it has it's lighter moments.





Here is a blurb for Addiction
Two men are after the same woman but for very different reasons
Dark-haired beauty, Jolene Dubois has a serious problem, and it's not just battling alcoholism. Late at night, she receives whispered calls. "Jolene, I want you. I'm coming for you." Shivers climb up her spine and ice flowed in her veins. What does he want? Who is it? She must figure it out before she trusts the wrong person.
Jake Farrell, the handsome rogue is an operator with women, but is he hiding something dark and sinister under his cheery facade. The detective, Andy Martin, who investigated her father's murder, continues to ask her out. Les Voodré, an alcoholic she met at AA follows her everywhere, and Ron Keisler, her AA sponsor is always there when she needs him. Could her caller be one of these men?


To further complicate her life, she fights a host of addictions, alcoholism, smoking, gambling and sex. Jolene is determined to beat the alcohol and to stay out of the clutches of the fiend who phones her.


The events in this story end on Halloween night. It would have been nice to have it come out on Halloween, but the spots for that month were filled. Fortunately, November 6th, my release is close enough to that date for those who want something spooky to read.


On a dark and misty moonless Halloween night, how would you like to get a call like my heroine does?


Excerpt from Addiction:



Ring. Ring.

Her heart pounded frantically. Jolene pushed her covers off and jumped out of bed, her gaze on the clock. Four o’clock in the morning. She had a caller. Horror pulsed through her veins, and then she grabbed her purse.

It can’t possibly be him.

Come on, Jolene, answer it.

Her hands shaking, she dug in her purse pulling out the cell phone and flipping it open. “Hello.” He’d blocked the caller ID.

“What took you so long, Jolene?” a muffled voice asked.

She tightened her grip on the cell. No. How did he get this number?

“Come on, speak to me. I know you’re there,” the whisperer said in a low raspy voice. “Don’t make me come in there.”

“What do you want?” He knew where she was. How could he? “How did you get this number?” she demanded, rubbing her palm on the pale floral bed cover. Was he outside? She wanted to hang up, but that never worked. He’d call all night then.

“Jolene, I’m disappointed in you. You were around too many people tonight for me to get to you.”

She rose and walked to the window, feeling cold in spite of her olive green cotton pajamas. If only he’d talk in a normal tone, she might recognize the voice. “Why are you harassing me?” she asked, sliding the light green curtain aside so she could peek out. There weren’t any new cars parked on the street, but he could’ve parked anywhere and be outside the house.

“I thought we were friends. Don’t you like it when I tell you all the things I’m going to do to you?” He cackled loud and long.

His maniacal laughter sent shivers up her body, and she wrapped her free arm around her waist. Did she know this person? Surely, she didn’t know anyone like this except for Les. That guy was just downright crazy. Quiet.

She held her breath and listened. Was he still there? No sound. He must’ve hung up. Softly, she started to close her cell.

“Don’t hang up on me, Jolene.”

Startled, the phone slipped out of her grasp, but she scrambled to catch it. The darn thing hit the thick beige carpeted floor. Down on her knees, she grabbed the cell, putting it to her ear.

“Hello.” The buzzing told her she’d lost him. What would he do now? Call her back. She stared at the phone, her shoulders hunched, and the tendons in her neck tightening.

After a few moments, she rose, went to her bed and climbed in pulling the covers around her. She knew she wouldn’t sleep, but she didn’t want to wake her sister or call her brother to talk to him. This was her problem to take care of. She would call the police later this morning and make a report.

Ring. Ring.

Jolene grabbed the phone; she knew it was him again. She’d made him mad by hanging up on him even though it had happened accidentally. Without saying anything, she listened, hoping it wasn’t him.

“Don’t ever do that again.”

The loud click told her he was finally gone. Her hand shook so badly she could hardly reach the oak end table to lay her cell on it. She’d never sleep the rest of the night. She had to figure out who this person could be.

The only person she knew this crazy was Les, but she didn’t know how he could’ve gotten her numbers. She’d never met him before tonight.

Pulling the covers over her head, she burrowed deeper into the bed. She’d always been afraid of the boogie man, and now he was really after her.



Would you be afraid after a call like that, or would you just think it was some kids making a prank call? Frankly, I was terrified just writing it because I know there really are bad people out there even though my life hasn't been touched by them, and I hope never is.



What do you do on Halloween night? Do you dress up in costume and go to a party, do you hand out treats for trick or treaters, or do you turn out the lights and hide from them? lol Whatever you do don't let the ghosts and goblins get you. Woo! Woo! Boo! lol Not nearly as scary as phone call from a weirdo. Grin.



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Thanks again for having me here at Paranormal Romantics, Annie.

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32 comments:

Sandra Sookoo said...

Welcome to the blog and here's wishing you many sales on the upcoming release :-)

Mitz said...

Wow Annie
Addiction sound awesome, going to have to read this one for sure. Thanks for the post. Loved it...

misty_labean@yahoo.com

Judy said...

Great post. Great excerpt from Addiction. Really looks like a fantastic read. Good luck on your new release!!

magnolias_1@msn.com

Stephanie Julian said...

Sounds like a good Halloween tale.

Virginia C said...

Hello! Happy Halloween! I love the name "Jolene Dubois". This poor girl has issues! She's a mess and has a stalker added to the mix! She needs a HERO!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Patsy said...

What a great post! I have to have "Addition"! It sounds sooooo good!

blackroze37yahoo.com said...

new here and i sent a friendship req to ymsepace

Kris said...

Halloween and congratulations on the upcoming release!

Carol L. said...

Hi Annie,
What a great big scary blurb . :)
I would fall over if ever I got a call like that with someone whose laughter was manical to boot.
I give the kiddies candy on Halloween but I stop answering my door when it gets dark.
Loved the blurb. Wishing you much success with your book.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Mindy said...

Happy Halloween Sandra :)
WOW, what an excerpt, I get chills just reading it!
I'll definitly be in line for the book :)
Mindy :)
Birdsooong@aol.com

blackroze37yahoo.com said...

blackroze37@yahoo.com

Sandy said...

Thank you, Sandi. I hope so, too. Smile

Sandy said...

Mitz, so glad you like the sound of Addiction. It's the second book in my trilogy.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Judy. I really appreciate your comment.

Sandy said...

Thanks for stopping by Stephanie.

Virginia, Jolene is a mess, but she does manage to get her life back on track and find a hero. I always have a HEA. Some really shocking things happen to her before she gets to the HEA though.

Sandy said...

Patsy, I'm so glad you liked it.

Black Rose, I received your invitation to be a friend. I intend to accept it as soon as I can get around to it.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Kris and Carol.

Thanks, Mindy. You'll be on the edge of your seat reading Addiction.

Sandy said...

Black Roze, thanks for the email address.

s7anna said...

Great post!

Happy Halloween!
Anna Shah Hoque
s7anna@yahoo.ca

April Ash said...

Great blurb and excerpt! Many sales, Sandy!
April
april@aprilash.net

Debby said...

Thanks for the excerpt. Happy Halloween

debby236 @ att .net

Paris said...

Sounds like a great book, Sandy! Wishing you many sales;-)
parisbrandon.author@gmail.com

Jaxxy said...

On Halloween night I watch vampire movies until midnight, when I pull out the trusty laptop, start up Word, and type away at my NaNoWriMo story for the year :)

ArcadiaWearsPrada@Twilighters.org

kimmyl said...

Great post and I loved the excerpt. On Halloween I love dressing up and giving out candy and taking the kids to the Haunted Woods.But tonite we're home b/c the kids r sick.

tobfree35@sbcglobal.net

KT BISHOP said...

Good excerpt.....

Annie Nicholas said...

What a fun looking read!

Sandy said...

Happy Halloween, Anna. Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks for the kind words, April.

Thanks, Debby and Paris.

Oh, Jaxxy, I've always been too much of a scaredy cat to watch vampire movies. lol

Sandy said...

Kimmy, I'm so sorry the kids are sick. I hope they get well soon.

Sandy said...

Thanks, K.T.

Sandy said...

Thanks, Annie. Fun or scary, it's a great read.

Annie, I so appreciate you having me here. This is a great spot.

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thank you for the blurb & excellent excerpt!
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo

Sandy said...

Thank you, RK. So glad you enjoyed them.