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I have been sharing from my short story "The Opal Ring" which is now available for preorder! and will be for sale on October 15th in Tell-Tale Publishing's Annual Horror Anthology. Previously we learned that Jasmine is her father's magician's assistant and uses true magic to enhance her father's performances. They have lived in her evil uncle's casino hotel in Cairo, Egypt, since the death of her mother. In an effort to escape her uncle, she has come up with a plan with the aid of her best friend, Ahmed, to boost her father's magic enough to secure a contract in Vegas and move back to America. The plan involves the legendary Ring of King Solomon, and the jinni it controls...
“That ring--where did you get it?”
“This?” Jasmine grasped the opal ring and began to tug on it, twisting and turning, but it refused to move.
Her father grabbed her hand and pulled it until she finally cried out in protest. “We have to get it off,” he said, "how did you find it when I flushed it down the commode on the jet before we landed six years ago?”
“What are you saying, father, you have seen this ring before?”
He backed away and ran his hand through his hair, looking haggard, older than his forty-eight years of a sudden. “It was your mother’s. It was buried with her.”
Over 250 pages of nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thrills!
“The Opal Ring” by Elizabeth Alsobrooks: Upon the death of her mother, Jasmine accompanies her distracted, grief-stricken father to her perverted uncle's hotel in Cairo, Egypt. She takes her mother's job and becomes the magician's assistant and also learns to enhance her father's magic with spells discovered from her mother's Book of Shadows. They carry on, but all is not as it seems. Behind the glitz and glamour the smiling facade is a true illusion. Jasmine is in danger and needs to escape the gilded cage in which she's imprisoned. Her magic, though strong, is not powerful enough, so she plans to use a talisman she acquires from an antiquities dealer with the help of her one true friend, Ahmed, the hotel's security assistant. The legendary ring of King Solomon will enable her to control a terrifying but powerful jinni. He will boost her father's magic enough to secure a contract in Vegas so they can return to America. But at what cost?
"Mary-Margaret Callahan’s Perfect Day" by Joseph J. Christiano: Mary-Margaret doesn't have a perfect life. She doesn't have a perfect husband, or a perfect son. Her house, her garden and her job aren't perfect. In fact, some might say she's a pretty boring woman, with a somewhat miserable existence. Most people take her for granted, and those that do notice probably pity her, but not for long. Mary-Margaret isn't the sort of person that holds one's attention for too long. Sometimes her husband looks up from the paper to comment about something, usually something casual, or something critical. Her son usually likes to complain or to cuss. But Mary-Margaret has a plan. She's going to have a perfect day. A day just for herself.
"The Vanishing of Princess Devonswan" by Daniel Hunter: The princess has vanished and it seems certain that she has been taken by the other-worldly creature rumored to inhabit the mysterious castle within the forbidden forest. Only her personal guard, Sir Victor Winchester, has the strength and determination to brave the labyrinth of corridors and ever-changing staircases that lead nowhere and then back to where he started. Only someone who cares for the princess as deeply as Victor would follow the sound of a lonely violin that draws him further into the depth of the sinister dwelling. And only a princess who cares enough for Victor's survival that she is both angry at him for coming after her and relieved to see him arrive would be resilient and tough enough to tell him to hurry--because when he finally finds the princess, it seems unlikely that either of them will escape what is racing toward them to end their lives.
"The Keeper's Secret" by Robert James: Megan misses her mom, but her dad took her to Shawnee Point Lighthouse on Lake Michigan for her 17th birthday. That's where she met Joseph. He used to be the lighthouse keeper., and he's got a really big problem. He needs Megan to help him with it. She's the only one who can, but she might not be able to if her dad has her put back in the nut house. Her shrink isn't much help, aside from being a drunk, because he doesn't believe her any more than her dad does. The problem is that no one believes her. That's why she can't tell her dad about Joseph. He wouldn't understand. But how is it her fault that Joseph is a ghost and she can see and talk to him? To all of them?
"Terrible Choices" by Patricia Mattern: When a research scientist is abducted by a cartel during a romantic getaway with his wife, he is faced with stunningly terrible choices:. Will he betray his government to save his family—or save his family and become a traitor? His captors have no idea that he is not as vulnerable as he seems. All his neurons will be working overtime as he outwits his captors and escapes, though not unscathed, from an unthinkable situation.
I hope you enjoyed the snippet I posted for Elizabeth this week! I am so releaved that scary jinni is back in the ring, at least for now! But I need to find out how the ring was buried with her mother and her father flushed it down the toilet on a plane and now it's on Jasmine's hand...spooky! Be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors and #Snippet Sunday authors for some more great reads!
Also, DON'T TELL ELIZABETH, but I found out that you can sign your blog up for the Haunted Blogs Hop at her publisher, Tell-Tale Publishing's Haunted Halloween Party NOW! if you sneak over to (http://www.halloweenhorrorparty.org/haunted-blogs-hop) because I just signed Elizabeth's Blog Book Bling up for it! LOL!
9/25/2016 06:24:27 am
I like this!! The ring that refuses to disappear. Nice!
10/1/2016 03:22:17 am
Thanks, Teresa! It's my favorite holiday, so having a horror story come out now is fabulous fun!
9/25/2016 07:42:38 am
Interesting that the ring keeps finding its way back to them. There must be a reason why.
10/1/2016 03:23:32 am
Exactly right, Jessica! :)
10/1/2016 03:24:18 am
Thanks, Amy! Sure thing!
9/25/2016 11:23:45 am
Ooh, that's a cool, spooky and ominous twist - I LOVE it! Excellent excerpt and of course I must read more.
10/1/2016 03:25:10 am
Thanks for your kind words, Veronica!
9/25/2016 01:50:34 pm
This is a great introduction to a mystery, especially because she can't get the cursed ring off her finger.
10/1/2016 03:26:12 am
9/25/2016 06:32:31 pm
That last sentence is horrifying. Well done.
10/1/2016 03:27:23 am
Oh, so happy to hear you say that, Elaine!
9/25/2016 09:13:46 pm
Not only a toilet ring, but a toilet and dead body ring? She better wash her hands...
10/1/2016 03:28:16 am
LOL! Good idea, Caitlin!
9/25/2016 11:19:32 pm
Great snippet! Makes me wonder how the ring came into her possession but I have a question. How did it both get buried with her and flushed down the airplane's commode?
10/1/2016 03:30:06 am
Great, P.T.! That's the very next thing she asks her dad, and I think it's what my social media V.P. Hudson asked, too! That means I dropped the right clues! Glad you liked it!
9/26/2016 03:33:01 am
Things just got reeeeeal creepy! Nice job, Dr. E!
10/1/2016 03:30:53 am
9/26/2016 08:51:48 am
Sorry I'm late...but wow, really enjoyed the snippet. What a hook!
10/1/2016 03:31:43 am
Welcome, Alicia! Glad you liked it!
9/26/2016 11:24:57 am
Interesting development. A ring will not go away. Intrigued.
10/1/2016 03:32:32 am
I'm so glad it's working, Karen! Thanks!
9/26/2016 07:44:59 pm
Great excerpt, esp. the last line. That's a real page-turner. Nice job.
10/1/2016 03:37:25 am
Thanks, Diane! I appreciate the kind words!
9/29/2016 06:45:25 pm
Well hello! That was a nice twist! Great hook and intrigue! I have to agree with Paula though, how did the ring get in two places? Airplane and buried with her mother?
10/1/2016 03:39:11 am
Thanks, Daelyn, that's perfect! That is exactly what's wrong with the whole what's that ring doing on your finger scenario and just what she's about to ask her dad... great observation!
10/1/2016 04:05:51 am
I was really wondering how the ring could have been buried with her mother and flushed, and on her hand, too! That thing gets around!
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Illuminati - The Book of Life
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Illuminati: The Book of Life
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The Keeper's Secret: Tell-Tale Publishing's Annual Horror Anthology
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