Welcome to Day 1 of #RRBC’s July “SPOTLIGHT” Author Tour for Karen Black! @KarensStories
Today is Day 1 of the “SPOTLIGHT” Author tour for RRBC Member, Karen Black, and I’m so excited to kick off her SA month by welcoming her to Watch Nonnie Write! I hope you’ll support her along every stop of her tour!
“Aftermath” is the first story I wrote for publication. It centers on a house fire. My grandfather was a fireman, and so firefighting was always a subject for discussion as I grew up. “Aftermath,” originally published as part of an anthology in 2012, is included in “Long Stories Short.” Here’s an excerpt…
The ceiling beam was smoldering on the staircase, but the flames had not yet ignited the first floor. Michelle grabbed the cell phone from the table.
When they reached the front door, Paul took one last look at the staircase before he followed the two women out the door to safety.
Michelle dialed Alice’s number as she stepped out on the porch. Sirens in the distance let her know fire trucks were on the way. When Alice’s phone continued to ring, Michelle said a silent prayer that Alice and Donna were already out of the house.
Suddenly there was a loud cracking noise, and the west corner of the duplex collapsed. That was the corner where Alice’s and Donna’s bedrooms were located. Michelle froze.
Ronnie shouted, “Get off the porch, Michelle. Move into the yard.”
She turned back toward the house to help her sister.
At the same time Ronnie’s foot hit the first step, Paul hollered, “Ronnie, look out!”
She looked at Paul, who was reaching for her when the roof collapsed. Paul gabbed for her as the wood fell, but there was nothing he could do, but scream, “Veronica!”
Rochelle adores Ethan, but volatile confrontations threaten to destroy their marriage. When a tragic accident hospitalizes their son, the resulting events force Rochelle to recognize the damage that her rage has caused. Determined not to lose Ethan, Rochelle vows to change. Ethan agrees to give their relationship another chance. Despite it all, he loves his wife. But the road to recovery isn’t an easy one, and sometimes love isn’t enough.
About the author…
Karen Black lives in the eastern United States, with her husband and a variety of critters, wild and domestic. Hobbies include herb gardening, wildlife watching and wine making, though all are put on hold when she’s caught up in a story. With a lifelong affection for animals, a fascination with the supernatural and a background in criminal justice, the author draws on experience, as well as imagination to create stories that are believable, unique and entertaining. Expect the unexpected.
Contact Karen via…
Facebook: Stories by Karen
Website: Stories by Karen
To follow along with the rest of her tour, please visit the “SPOTLIGHT” Author forum on the RRBC site!
If you’re an author and interested in receiving this kind of support for you and your work, please join us at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! We look forward to adding your name to our roster and your books to our catalog!
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