Escape from the Beach – excerpt from Villainous Vacations

Just realized my story excerpt from Escape from the Beach did not make it into the previous post on Villainous Vacations!!  Here is the rest of the post.

As the story begins my main character Bree is kicking back on a beautiful ocean beach. One minute she is happily sun bathing and the next she is running for her life as helicopter gunships strafe the sand…

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Vacation Story Collection

“…All day long I slipped down the water slide. Slathered in sunscreen, eyes squinting against the tropical light, I was carried by jets of recirculating sea water to the hot sand below. Dazed and content, I flew down the slide in a line of other children. One after another, we fell into the sand then scrambled barefoot to the stairs going up, up and up again, at least three stories of red-painted aluminum steps to the platform. Waiting my turn near the top, I saw little boats sailing the salty waters of the Eastern Mediterranean, and sunlight glancing like stars off the waves. Then I looked down at our rented umbrella, one of dozens in view. I could see my baby sister Aylah sleeping in her carrier and my Mom lying on her side, one hand on the baby’s arm, one eye on her beach read and one eye on me. She waved her book at me. I waved back, then looked beyond her to the sea.

This part of the Mediterranean is often “black flag” − unsafe for swimmers. Today is a blue day, a safe day, but very few people were swimming past the marker buoys. Usually one of them would be my dad. Dad says the water is too rough for most of the Middle Easterners. He says it is because they are desert people. Almost all the younger kids are in bathing suits and many of their parents are, too. Here and there are groups of adults where the women wear dresses to their ankles. There are also some men in long sleeved shirts and long black pants. Three of them are at the shore. One of them is drinking cola. Another has a magazine under his arm. My parents thought me safer on the slide than in Herzikiah Beach’s forceful seas and undertow. And that was true until the loudspeakers boomed, helicopters flew in formation overhead and the slide gate slammed shut behind me. The teenage guard flopped to the platform. “Get down,” he shouted in Hebrew. He waved his arm down and I dropped to the floor. The two of us lay eye to eye as helicopters pounded overhead so close I could see the guns sticking out the open doors and a pilot waved to me as he flew by.

Loudspeakers boomed from lamp-posts, scratchy and tinny with excited voices. Without raising my head I risked a sideways look. The strip of beach I could see below me was emptying. Police materialized out of nowhere. Anxious parents stuffed their feet into sandals, threw on shirts and cover-ups. The officers grabbed parents and kids, pushing them toward the parking lots. Parents shrieked for their children and everyone was running − kids with sand pails, babies caught up in their parents’ arms, older kids in packs.

In seconds, the crowd had seized blankets, picnic baskets, beach chairs and small children and raced for their cars. Fascinated and frightened at the same time, I followed the helicopters thundering back and forth overhead, until the boy opposite squirmed closer and shouted again, “It’s no problem!” I nodded because it was one of the few phrases of Hebrew that I knew.

Taking in my thick blond hair, and the long white T shirt I wore over my bathing suit, the guard grinned and repeated it in English. “It’s no problem. They’re chasing terrorists!”…

Want to read more? Come see us Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Word on the Street http://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/  There will be books and goodies available.

If you can’t get there in time, you can find Villainous Vacations at http://sleuthofbakerstreet.ca/ 

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See You at Word on the Street!

So excited. For the second year in a row, torontosistersincrime.ca will be at Word on The Street one of Toronto’s signature literary events thewordonthestreet.ca, http://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto/

There will be hundreds of author readings, discussions and activities for all ages. Our Sisters in Crime chapter will feature local authors including Karen Blake-Hall and me, Linda Cahill as well as Sylvia Warsh, A.B. Funkhauser, Lisa de Nikolits, J.A. Menzies, Sharon A. Crawford and Rosemary McCracken.

Join us at Booth WB11 at the Harbourfront Centre, Queen’s Quay West (right on the streetcar line!).

From 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th, we will have authors signing their books, both of The Toronto  Sisters in Crime antholgies for sale including  The Whole She-Bang, and The Whole She-Bang 2. There will also be some surprise goodies and a Super Special to all who visit our booth!!

 The Writer’s Bloc   Booth WB 11, Queen’s Quay West Harbourfront Centre.
11:00 AM Linda Cahill & Karen Blake-Hall
12:00 PM Sylvia Warsh
1:00 PM A. B. Funkhauser
2:00 PM Lisa de Nikolits
3:00 PM J. A. Menzies
4:00 PM Sharon A. Crawford
5:00 PM Rosemary McCracken

It’s free, it’s outdoors and this is the Word on The street’s 26th year. Bring the kids. There is a Children’s Literature Tent and CBC will present the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award 2016 Shortlist from 1:20 – 2:20 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hunter’s Destiny

 

V VcoverEbookMEDKaren Blake-Hall creates memorable personalities in her novels, short stories and novellas. Feisty Molly Jackson’s appealing strength kicks the romantic suspense novel genre up a notch in You Are Mine while ‘the scary guy’ in Your Number is Up imparts a delicious paranormal tinge to her short story in the Nefarious North anthology.

Today I am interviewing one of her most exciting characters yet, Hunter, from the short story Destiny in Villainous Vacations, A Collection of Crime Stories. Hunter is at a holiday celebration.

“Tell me why you went to the party?”

“Ted and I were in the forces together. He’d never get off my back if I didn’t show up, but the truth is I didn’t want to go. Never liked celebrating the holidays. Too much family drama.

“Your family has a lot of drama?”

‘No.” Shaking his head, he continued. “I don’t have a family. Right now I’m a lone wolf kind of guy.”

“What did you think of Destiny when you first met?”

“Wow. She smart, funny and great looking. She gets me. You know, on my most basic level. On a scale from one to ten she’s definitely a fifteen.”

“Do you believe in love at first sight?”

“I do now.”

“What do you like most about her?”

Hunter smiles, as he looks me in the eye. “She has an Irish Wolfhound. What’s not to like?”

“Describe her in one word?”

“I can do it in two words. My Destiny.”

“Now for our fast round of questions. Say the first word that comes into your head.”

“Fruit or Chocolate?”

“Chocolate.”

“Coffee or Tea?”

“Coffee.”

“Go to the movies or watch TV?”

“Snuggle at home and watch TV or movies. Destiny and Barker the dog will love to do that.”

“Thanks for being here today Hunter.”

“You’re welcome.”

 

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MYSTERY, MURDER AND MAYHEM. Why settle for one nefarious crime when you can have eleven?

If you like spine-chilling tales of felony, villainy and scandal, with shocking twists and thrilling turns, then you will love this new collection of edge-of-your-seat crime stories guaranteed to make you flinch.

You will not be able to put “Villainous Vacations” down. Or fall asleep after reading these gripping stories.

Re-connect with familiar authors and find new favourites in this delicious collection.

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Karen Blake-Hall bio

Karen’s sharp-bladed fiction cuts to the heart of the emotions driving her characters in desperate situations. When she’s not crafting thrilling romantic suspense stories, she can be found drinking tea with friends, crocheting or making jewelry.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers, Crime Writers of Canada, and Writing Community of Durham Region.

Please visit her at:
Website: http://www.karenblake-hall.com
Blog: https://karenblakehall.wordpress.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenblakehall
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Vacations with a Twist

Villainous Vacations is that rare beach read, one that makes you laugh and shiver almost at the same time.  From lonely werewolves finding love to high school hellions wreaking havoc on each other, plus a fillip of time travel, there is something for everyone in this riveting collection.

I’m super proud to be part of this very shady summer collection with such talented authors. Join us  for our book launch, at Sleuth of Baker Street,  907 Millwood Rd. ,  Toronto’s premiere mystery and suspense store,  Sunday, June 12 between 2 and 4 p.m.

We hope to see you all on Sunday, June 12  but if you can’t wait for a taste of  Villainous Vacations it is  available for pre-order right now at:

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Police Procedurals 3 – Investigative Techniques

RCMP Sgt. Patrice Poitevin likes some television police shows − Law and Order Special Victims Unit − for example. But he especially like to help writers get things straight.
It is important to describe the right procedures in order to create believable stories, he says, and it is the intersection between science and “the human factor” that gives writers the opportunity to build suspense. “The Science factor is accurate, the problem is with the human factor, pressure from bosses or the public to find the culprit.”
And by the way nothing moves as fast as it does on television. “To get tax records you need a warrant, a production order etc. You can’t get it automatically. Warrants that took one page years ago now take fifty pages.”
If an officer happens on a crime in commission, the suspect can be secured and the police can get a warrant to search the place. “You can seize what is in plain sight” but not search drawers etc. without a warrant.
Police chases make good TV but are not that common, he said at the AD Astra Conference in Toronto in April. Strict rules govern the police’s treatment of suspects. Suspects have a right to a lawyer and must be treated fairly. Violating a person’s rights can result in evidence being thrown out at trial as fruit of the poisoned tree. During interrogations, interviewers try first to build rapport with their suspect. All interrogations are videotaped.