“Today’s the day,” a strange man says to officer John Galloway, sending a puzzling, yet ominous, message. Galloway can’t make sense of the words, or perhaps the warning, but when he’s called in on a missing child investigation, it quickly becomes clear to him that it’s not going to be a good day.
Just in time for Halloween, a story about a girl who goes missing and the unfortunate police officer who finds her.
In the distance was a school, and he headed toward it, sweeping the beam back and forth in front of him as he jogged, his chest tightening with the strain. His forty-eight-year-old body was no longer suited for strenuous activity, but he was loathe to give up active duty for a desk job. Being in the field kept him sharp mentally and gave him purpose.
The vacant schoolyard was lit up like a 7-Eleven, and Galloway refastened the flashlight to his belt. He brought a hand to his forehead to shield his eyes from the harsh fluorescents of the standing light posts as well as those mounted to the building. The girl was nowhere to be seen, but Galloway’s instincts told him she was there. He turned a full circle to scout out every possible hiding place, but before moving on to investigate, he called in his request for back-up again. The harsh crackle of what he now figured was a malfunctioning radio squealed back at him.
“Piece of shit.” He tapped the shoulder mic sharply with a finger and then snapped it back in place. Something hit the back of his head hard enough to jerk him forward. Pain radiated through his skull and the hand that had reflexively touched the spot came away red. He turned in time to see a rock skipped away… and something else. A tendril of dread traced a path down his spine when he spied a shadow retreating into the courtyard.
With shaky fingers, he pulled the tail of his shirt from his pants and wiped the blood from his hand. Jesus, hold it together, John, it’s just a kid playing games.
Jeanne’s worked in the publishing industry for over twenty-five years, first as a freelance journalist, then as an in-house editor for LexisNexis. She currently works as a freelance editor and writer and is represented by the Serendipity Literary Agency.
Her debut novel, Invisible, a young adult paranormal romance, published by Solstice Publishing in 2011, was subsequently optioned for film. Invisible is an Amazon bestseller both domestically and internationally.
In 2014, Nowhere to Run, a romantic thriller was published by Etopia Press. This past winter, Jeanne’s paranormal romance novella, Beautiful Monster, The Exchange (Book One) was released. She is currently working on the second in the Beautiful Monster series.
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