Sunday, January 09, 2011

Suspenseful Seven Sentence Sunday

Maxine had told her to escape and that meant that Maxine must have some insight into the situation with the kids and El Tigre, but if Maxine was wrong . . . 
When the door opened, she almost knocked the woman down to get into the john where she locked the door and put her drink on the counter. She pulled the plastic bag with hand sanitizer, alcohol rubs, and mouthwash out of her handbag, along with matches from the bar. Oh God, she was dying of nerves, and her hands shook so badly she could barely strike the matches, but she doused the paper towels with the mouthwash and the sanitizer and lit the alcohol rub. Everything flamed up like the 4th of July. Once she had the paper towels on fire, she lit the contents of her cocktail glass, and then the wastebasket.  She kept feeding and fanning the flames until the smoke alarm went off, emitting a shrill sound they must hear on Mars.

These seven sentences  are from my just completed (first draft) novel whose working title is In Flight.

Late in December, my novel of Information Warfare and software agents, The Shadow Warriors, was released to the Kindle.  Such a deal at $2.99.   Here is the blurb on the back cover of the trade paperback.

Emma Lee Davis must delve deep into the past to find a weapon to end the Infowar that threatens to de-stabilize a computer-dependent global economy.  Project manager of a  tiny firm of cyber-sleuths, Emma scrambles to make the connections between a body washing up on a beach in Singapore, and the technical derring-do at a German university.
She tracks a desperate hacker planning a unique software auction, a determined entrepreneur who will stop at nothing to acquire  ‘bleeding edge’ software and  tumbles onto a new generation of terrorists with their own agenda. 

Emma and her colleagues are sucked into a vortex of lies, spies, and betrayals and ultimately into the sleaze and paranoia of Berlin in the months before the wall comes down. Not quite glamorous, sometimes nerdy, always nosy, irreverent and intuitive, Emma becomes the reluctant sleuth. She narrates the story as she scrambles to manage a software project and her complicated love life, while puzzling over the paradox, “if our mission is to stop computer crime, why are we abetting it?”

  The Shadow Warriors Kindle  

Don't forget to read the reviews which are incorporated into the Trade Paperback version.  I love my Kindle.  Right now I'm reading Joseph Finder's Paranoia on it.

A recent photo of the author at the Pompidou Centre in Paris


Elaina said...

Ooooh, wonder why she was burning everything! Great job, Judith!

Anne K. Albert said...

Super excerpt, Judith. I could feel those flames!