Smoke Screen

Posted on April 29, 2011 3:58 am under Story Ideas
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Romance or murder mystery?

Delicate Southern belle, Julie Cotter, is left stranded at the altar by her childhood sweetheart. Embarrassed by the rejection and smothered by small town curiosity, she packs a suitcase and starts to drive. Soon she regrets her impulsiveness and decides to return home. Plans change, when her car slips off a nearly deserted road and careens down an embankment. After three hours of walking, her face is sunburned, her feet are blistered and she prays for rescue.

Shane Denver wasn’t the answer to anyone’s prayers. But with limited options, Julie climbs on his motorcycle and clings to the rough stranger, whose face is cloaked behind smoky glasses. Shane is hiding more than his face. As he leaves the road for a small wooded trail, Julie fears she has made a fatal error.



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12 Responses to “Smoke Screen”

  1. Sandra Davies Says:

    Oh yes!! Shane Denver sounds like the answer to MY prayers … this I’d HAVE to buy.

  2. Ellie Garratt Says:

    Oh, my. Is Shane good or bad? I’m praying he’s bad in a delicious sort of way. Loved the blurb, and I would read the book.

    Book Blurb Friday

  3. jabblog uk Says:

    I bet Shane is an angel in disguise under that rough exterior and Julie will fall for him *sigh*

  4. Kathy Mathews Says:

    This keeps me guessing … what a great story. I love how you introduced Shane, especially. So good!

    Kathy M.

  5. Lisa Ricard Claro Says:

    Haha…we ladies sure go for the bad boys, don’t we? We’re all in Shane’s corner hoping he turns out to be a prince. I love a good thriller/romance, so this sounds right up my alley. I’d buy it. Oh, yeah. (Shane IS a good guy, right? Right?)

  6. Wendy Says:

    I’d have to read more since you’re not going to kill off the protagonist at the beginning of the story. I’d want to know what dear Shane is hiding – or if he’s her runaway beau using an alias.

  7. Lynn Obermoeller Says:

    Nice job and I would like to know more!

  8. Susan Says:

    Is he a bad guy? Ooh, what a blurb!

  9. Kay Davies Says:

    I love “plans change as her car…”!! Wonderful! And the disreputable rescuer, oh yes. Is he going to turn out to be a hero? Or what? Do tell!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  10. Tammy Says:

    Ooh, what fun! I love that you gave us some very tantalizing little details, but left us with so many more tantalizing questions!

  11. Grace Says:

    oh oh what has Julie gotten herself into? I hope Shane turns out to be just the right guy for her!

  12. Grandma Says:

    It seems that romance is winning out over murder. Lisa is so right, we do love those bad boys.

    You’re right, Wendy. We certainly can’t lose Julie at the start of the book. But she could be rescued by a handsome detective who is vacationing in his mountain cabin and hears her screams.

    Still, I’m with everyone else. I want Shane to be a prince in disguise.