Sunday, April 01, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Before The Morning #1

Hey beautiful people

It's an awful rainy, drafty, cold Sunday morning here in Mauritius. In the workds of Ned Stark, I too have to say that "winter is coming" (and FYI, Game of Thrones returns today! Yippee!)

That being said, I'm looking forward to SSS today, because this will be the first time I'll be sharing an excerpt from my upcoming May 7 release, and Book 2 of my Corpus Brides espionage series, with anyone else aside from my trusted CPs and my editor at Noble. Totally chuffed!

So what's Before The Morning about? You can take a peek at the Coming Soon page I just uploaded on the site, but in a nutshell, it's the prequel to my first release, Walking The Edge. The slant is more in-depth about the clandestine Corpus agency... and at the heart of this maelstrom of mutiny that is about to hit the ranks of this illustrious organization, stands a woman who has been a pillar of their operations, and who is about to slip... all in the name of love...

These are the opening lines from the book, and they introduce you to Ash Gilfoy, the hero, and a former cop turned ambulance worker. Yes, that's him in the picture. *grin* (Working this story was such a pain, I can assure you, to picture Josh Holloway as Ash... *wink*).

'...
London, Mayfair;
Thursday, July 12; 4.55 p.m.
To hell with common sense and protocol—he'd be damned if he let a woman get assaulted in front of him. His job was to provide assistance, under any circumstance.
London paramedic Ash Gilfoy sprang to his feet after he made sure his partner attended to their patient on the ground. They had already ascertained the ABCDs of the situation—Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability—and determined the patient was non-time critical.
What was about to happen was time-sensitive though. ...'

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Will be making the rounds on the list as my crappy connection allows me, and I look forward to checking superb words from the likes of Siobhan Muir, Jessica E. Subject, Lorraine Paton, Sandra Bunino, Christine Warner, and Jennifer Lowery, among many others.

Hope you're having a brighter Sunday than I am, peeps!

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

61 comments:

Natalie G. Owens said...

Oh yes, that opening scene! Totally sucks you in. So happy to know this story will be out soon - it DESERVES to be read.

Dee Carney said...

Oh yay! Hero material from the very beginning!

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Natalie!! Cannot wait for this one to be out! XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Dee! He's yummy, innit? Thanks for dropping by! *hugs*

VS morgan said...

What a great start!

Lisa Fox said...

What a great opening!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks V!! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Lisa! :)

Christine Warner said...

I already like him...great job Zee and congrats on your upcoming release!

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Ah! What's going to happen? What's going to happen? Great cliffhanger and six! I'll be here next week for the rest :)

Cate Masters said...

Excellent teaser. Definitely grabbed me. Post more! :)

patonlorraine said...

You done a great job on capturing his point of view and giving us a sense of his character. A great opening that leaves me wanting to read more!

Congratulations on your upcoming release! (And, thank you for the mention!) :)

Cara Bristol said...

Enjoyed your six. Congratulations on the the upcoming release!

Gem Sivad said...

Great intro to Ash and congrats on book 2. I definitely want to know more about the Corpus agency.

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Christine... He's very, uhm, likeable... :)

Thanks for the congrats - which goes right back at you for your latest release! xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

*wicked grin* So I caught Jennifer... :) Definitely more coming next week. XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Cate! More next week, promise! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Awww, thanks Lorraine! XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Gem! Glad if those who read this got 'hooked'! :)

angelaquarles.com said...

Great opening Zee, heroishness already evident!

MJKane said...

I'm so happy for you! As one of those trusted CP's, I enjoyed reading this book! Loved Ash too! Ladies, your gonna love him!

MJKane said...

Oh yeah, it's funny that I opened your blog and found Josh Holloway on the screen. I'm watching season 2 of LOST right now. Even stranded on an island, that man is good to look at!

J.M. Blackman said...

You always leave us hanging right at the most exciting moment. ;) Great six. This sounds like a great read, too, Zee! And you're so not the only one geeing for the return of Game of Thrones. I just can't wait!

Wildcat's Wife said...

Definitely hero qualities. Assertiveness and attitude! Very good six!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Angela! He's a hero indeed :)

Zee Monodee said...

Hey MJ

Yup, you were one of those trusted CPs, and Josh Holloway, girl... Oh my! He made stranded on an island looks positively delicious! :) XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

LOL - thanks, JM. :) And GoT, I cannot wait!!! Too bad there's no Sean Bean in this one, but I'll console myself with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau *grin*

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Wildcat's Wife! :)

Tatiana (@AVeryGoodYear) said...

Ooooh. Love that he's all heroic and noble already, and well, picturing Josh Holloway sure doesn't hurt his appeal either ;)

E. P. Beaumont said...

Crisis and the threat of bad things happening--definitely gets this reader's attention.

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Tatiana! Nope, that doesn't hurt his appeal at all *wink* :)

Zee Monodee said...

Glad if it does, E.P. :)

maeclair said...

Love this! It absolutely rocks. Great beginning and I think I'm stuck on Ash already (er, imagining him as JH didn't hurt either, lol).

sue said...

Love his name - suits him - and you got the abcd right too - yes one does learn about his character right from the get go - looking forward to more

gemma parkes said...

Great intro, straight into a scene that we are all interested in! Well done!

Zee Monodee said...

Glad you liked it, Maeclair! Lol, I got stuck on Ash too :)

Siobhan Muir / Meg Palevich said...

Okay, dangit, now I want to read it! Great opening, Zee.

Thanks for the mention, m'dear. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Sue! His full name is Ashford, in fact, shortened to Ash, also because his hair is ash-blond.

Re: the ABCD - I shaped a lot of this opening scene with some very helpful London paramedics and ambulance workers. Glad to know I got it right. :) xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Gemma! *BIG Grin*

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Siobhan - I did my job then, if you got hooked :)

Most welcome for the mention, sweetie! XOXO

Carly Fall said...

Great opening, Zee.

Very intriguing!

Karysa Faire said...

Yep, it grabbed me. Well done!

Babette James said...

Nice urgency to the opening. Great six!

Elin Gregory said...

Any story set in London about a hero with Josh Holloway's face is a sure fire winner. :)

sue said...

first of all thanks for your comment on mine - very helpful - as usual secondly - was speaking to another writier today who takes research seriously - as in go out and talk to the people - which you apparently did - excellent!

Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Ooooohhh! I really really like this!

Kate said...

Interesting six. I'm intrigued. Nice setting and a good draw.

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Love him!! Great six...

Tonya Burrows said...

Nice tension! It's an intriguing opening scene.

Zee Monodee said...

Cara, so sorry I didn't reply you earlier. Guess your comment came through when I was answering the ones before it, and I didn't see it right away. Thanks for your lovely words! XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Carly!! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Glad it worked as a hook, Karysa :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Babette! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Elin! Much of the story is set in London, but there's also big parts that take place in Nice & Arles in France, Las Vegas, Prague, and Hastings and London in England :)

Zee Monodee said...

Sue, I definitely believe in research!

While reading a book once that was set in supposedly-modern Madagascar, I kept alternately LOL-ing or cursing, because the author portrayed it as a backward African village (big name author too, btw!). I never finished that book, and I swore to myself I'd never, consciously, let any reader down by not not doing my research properly for any book!

The people from that ambulanceLondon forum were extremely helpful, and they even looked over a scene where I used limb trauma protocol to make sure I got it right.

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Carrie! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Kate! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Sara, he is totally loveable! :) xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Tonya! :)

Sarah Ballance said...

Wonderful opening six, Zee. You totally me hanging and wanting more!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Sarah!! XOXO

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