Starting Over

Welcome to Weekend Warriors Writers. This week I move on from The Beginning . . Not the End stories to a novel, Starting Over, a Survive & Thrive story.

excerpt: She ran as fast as she could on the hard packed sand this early morning in February, still cold in St. Augustine, Florida; cold and beautiful with no one around. Almost always sure footed, not as steady since Larry died eight months before, Emily stumbled and caught her balance. There was a sense of someone watching her, close to her, yet she ran into no one on the deserted beach. Tears spilled down her face just as the hurdles set for the track team came up. Easy leap over the first one, the second knocked over by a careless foot and Emily didn’t get up.

A lone runner sprinted through the waves and hurried to aid the fallen woman.

Binoculars slammed against the railing of the widow’s ย walk where two eyes had been watching the long-legged runner for months. From his well-hidden perch high up on the mansion over-looking the Atlantic Ocean, under investigation the infamous Clifford Lansdale said, “She’s mine.” Fragments of the expensive binoculars lay at his feet.

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34 thoughts on “Starting Over

  1. He waited until she fell to speak up? Well, a good thing someone helped and did speak up for her. I hope she’s okay. Intriguing snippet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hmmm. It’s kind of creepy for him to have been watching her for so long without trying to meet her. And he’s under investigation? Not a good sign. But it sucks you into the story. Great snippet!

  3. Uh oh. That somebody watching is going to be a problem. Glad she has someone helping her. Great snippet. It really drew me in.

    • Emily grieves for her husband of many years and now she’s a widow. I’ve been there and know how it feels. She’s the coach at a college. That’s why she’s jumping over the hurdles before the team shows up. She falls. A runner on the beach helps her stand. She has know idea that a stalker is watching from a mansion high above the sand dunes. I lived in St. Augustine for a long time. The picture of the dunes and the mansions remains in my mind. The book is exciting, very romantic in places and conflict galore. You would enjoy it. right to the end.

  4. Caitlin, you’re always on target with my stories. This is a complex novel, survive and thrive. Emily must find a way to survive and she does with many hurdles in her path. And she’s unaware of the danger lurking in the background until. . .Thanks so much for jumping with your penetrating gaze.

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