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Monday 24 June 2013


To celebrate reaching the end a long, tiring journey to be published - and embarking on the next long, tiring journey of marketing and writing more, Heather and Tara are inviting participants go share their personal or character thrills.

Anything from  Love to Sci Fi ...

On June 24th, share a big thrill with Heather and Tara and everyone else, and be part of  The Thrill of it All blogfest contest! Heather and Tara will judge the biggest thrills and give out some thrilling prizes. Entries may be real or fiction. All they ask is that you keep them to a paragraph or so.

Listed below are the prizes up for grabs!
1) A copy of M'S CORNER, ebook
2) An ARC copy of POP TRAVEL
3) A $20 Amazon GC
4) A banner or caricature by moi (or substitute if the winner has another need)

My entry for Heather and Tara's Thrill of it All Blogfest is a short passage from my current WIP, Forces of Mist, which is a science fiction romance, set in Sydney, Australia. This story is set in the future, planet Earth has been ravaged by an alien attack which few humans survived. The MC, Sarah was a young teenager when she survived the initial onslaught. Now a young adult, she has been trained to scout the terrain, investigating the alien forces, reporting their movement to her superiors.

The Forces of Mist

Sarah drove up the steep goat track of a road heading towards her hidden base. Distracted by her thoughts, she was taken by surprise when the near bald tyres of her rusted truck slipped on the loose gravel. Gasping for air, she screamed with fright as the tyres spun, finding no traction.

 She frantically tried to bring her vehicle under control, desperately struggling with the steering wheel, the tyres continued to spin. Dust, rocks and smoke from the burning tyres filled the air, almost choking her. Her heart pounded against her chest, racing with the rush of adrenalin. She broke into a sweat while pressing her foot flat to the floor, trying to will the vehicle forward. 

The back end started sliding and she braced herself for the inevitable, but was shocked with disbelief when the vehicle suddenly jerked itself upwards and hovered above the ground, becoming suspended in mid-air above the ravine. The tell-tale signs of her enemy began enveloping her truck. The curling tendrils of mist enveloped the cabin making their way around the metal frame, cushioning it as she sat inside. There was only one thing possible which could cause this outcome and Sarah took a lung full of air, before trying to locate the Mist Warrior.


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

That's a riveting, exciting, story Carol! Wow, it certainly makes you want to keep turning pages. Great job and thank you so much for following my blog. Have a wonderful day.

Huntress said...

Oh, WELL...leave us hanging like the MC, LOL.
Good thrill, btw. *still laughing*
CD Coffelt ponders at Spirit Called
And critiques at UnicornBell

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Her savior is her enemy - nice twist!

Angela Brown said...

Very thrilling excerpt indeed. :-)

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck with Forests os Mist! The title alone tells its a fantasy and everyone knows there is danger in a forest.

Meradeth Houston said...

Amazing excerpt! Really makes me want to read more. Love the idea of this blogfest too--such an original idea :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Talk about good luck, bad luck. Saved but by an alien invade. A nice thrill today C.M.

Michelle Wallace said...

I love the idea of a Mist Warrior!
Oooo. This is an edge-of-your-seat kind of thrill... your excerpt sucked me right in!

M Pax said...

Nice job of matching her reactions up with car/tire type adjectives. I'm hoping the mist warrior isn't evil. Thrilling excerpt!

Nicole said...

Yikes! A near-death car accident AND facing her enemy. I'd say that definitely qualifies as a thrill.

Tara Tyler said...

what a scene! thats got to be a great story! i want to know what happens next!!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Oh boy, oh boy! That sounds fantastic. What a THRILL! Thanks for sharing that with us!
Thanks for participating!

Rena said...

Oh yes, of course her enemy is there just when she's had an accident. Nice timing. What happens next?

Nicki Elson said...

Ooh, veeeery intriquing and nicely written.

Sarah Allen said...

Oooh, so exciting! Great scene :D

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)

Unknown said...

Thanks, to all of you for leaving such motivating comments. It is great to be given this type of positive encouragement to continue writing this story.

randi lee said...

Ooooooh I like this a lot! Sarah is very intriguing and I would love to read more about her!!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Carolyn, I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please stop by www.dhdunne.blogspot.com to find out more.

Bevimus said...

Oooo- very thrilling indeed! And what a name for an arch-nemesis. The Mist Warrior. Color me intrigued!

Christine Rains said...

Fantastic excerpt! What a hook to your new story too. And congrats on winning. :)

Chancelet said...

Hoping it will go so well and be great fun. :) Writer’s Mark

Unknown said...

I cannot believe that I have won this competition. Thank you so much Heather and Tara for choosing my entry! This is the first time I have won a writing competition and I am extremely grateful!

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