Greetings and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! I’ve been away for awhile but I had a good reason. And here is that reason:
But I’m back now and ready for business. I’m continuing with a scene from my latest release, Matthias. Dylan, a reporter, is finding out from his senior editor that the story they were doing on Matthias has been shut down, for mysterious reasons.
Amanda crossed her arms over her chest and took a deep breath. She glanced over her shoulder. This late on a Friday afternoon, the usually teeming newsroom was mostly empty. “If you ask me, Krall’s influence has reached this paper.”
“You think Marley killed the story because—”
“Because he was ordered to from on high. Yeah, I do.”
Despite her anger Amanda leaned over Dylan’s desk to inspect the photo he’d enlarged on his desktop.
“That’s him all right. No man should be that good-looking.”
Matthias: Order of the Black Knights ~
From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall clawed his way out of poverty using his natural gifts of grift and manipulation to become the leader of an exclusive retreat center. Exploiting the guise of spiritual guru, Matthias seduces the rich and powerful into turning over their lives and fortunes to his control. But wealth and a small cadre of loyal followers can’t protect Matthias from the betrayal he knows is imminent. Everyone wants what Matthias has, except for one man who wants to destroy it. Dylan Connelly is a reporter who’s determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud but a murderer.
Irresistibly drawn to Dylan despite the warnings in his gut, Matthias lures Dylan to his island retreat, determined to destroy his enemy once and for all.
Check out this great review! “I have to commend Alexis Duran because this story truly sucked me in and wouldn’t let go. As much as I wanted to put it down, I just couldn’t. ” 5 Stars from Bayou Book Junkie
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Order of the Black Knights
Every century has seen its knights, but they are not always seen. Some of them do what must be done—getting their hands dirty when no one else is willing. Assassins and antiheroes who work from the shadows, they are called the Black Knights. From the time of the society’s creation in the 1100s, these men are cursed to repeat their lives of bloodshed. But for each knight, there is one who can bring out the man that waits inside and break the cycle. The question is whether or not the knight will kill his true love before he figures it out.
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Welcome back, Alexis.
Congrats on the awesome review. Job well done.
(The mechanics of your dialogue inspire me, I really enjoy how you put this snippet together.)
Ugh, the press is corrupt, nothing good will come from that. Great snippet!
“No man should be this good looking” Love that line but hey what about the women?
Ah the dangers of a good looking man. LOL
Especially when they know it.
Hmm, wonder why the story was killed… And always be wary of good-looking men! 😉
I have a feeling these obstacles won’t deter your characters! Interesting story, enjoyed the excerpt!
Now, in addition to the mystery of the story, they’re faced with a mystery of who killed the story.
I have a feeling they won’t take no for an answer. Trying to squelch a story makes it that much more intriguing!
Retreat looks lovely. Oregon coast?
Yup. Agate Beach in Newport.
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Thought it looked familiar. 😀
NICE!! I like where this is going! Love that rainbow. Could use one with the snow coming down outside!
Ze plot thickens. I just know they’re both going to dig deeper. Or at least she will. Good snippet.
While I’m not sure good looks are a crime, the sudden death of that story is very suspicious indeed.