Here's a photo of a man and woman in what appears to be an embrace. This picture has always fascinated me. I want to know the story. Who they were? Why are they embracing in death? Were they lovers--or bitter enemies placed in this posture as a punishment? The presence of flint points might indicate this couple was murdered, or had they died in battle? What stories does this picture spin in your mind? It's got me thinking romantic suspense.
Here's the opening of Honey, inspired by this picture.
Sixty-five million years ago, there was a mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Though they weren’t affected by EM radiation, pesticides, environmental suicidal or genocide, something triggered their demise and in a short time, only skeletons remained to tell their story. Great craters left behind in the Earth’s crust pointed towards the cause, but the scars of the planet, the bones of the dead, didn’t give scientists the complete story, only theories to argue about.
“Only theory.” That’s what the government regulator in charge of the study of emissions from cell towers said to Skyler when she presented him with evidence. It should’ve made a case for the control of the installment of cell towers. Theory? Dead hives, fruitless crops, and increase in cancers. All tangible proof.
She pushed her anger back and continued to study the evidence in front of her. Was it only theory that wiped out the dinosaurs? Not likely, and it wouldn’t be theory that took out humankind.
As Skyler stared at the abandoned hive, she wondered if those who came after her would be able to read the stories man’s bones left behind, that it wasn’t a great asteroid, volcanic explosion, or even the global warming that had threatened to destroy us for decades. But a simple insect, with a simple life cycle, that would bring down the greatest empire the Earth had ever known. Mankind.
Okay, now the part you've all been waiting for, the winners of Friday's give away.
Book Wench--you're the winner of Lightning in a Bottle, by Barbara Elsborg.
Crystalla Thomas--you're the winner of Father's Embrace by Arlene Webb.
Please send me your emails and I will have the authors forward your e-novels.
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