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Quarantine by Sherri Fulmer Moorer #atozchallenge

A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2013   has blessed me with many new followers. My thanks go to each of them. I’m co-hosting the challenge on Amlokiblogs, so drop me a comment there if you have something to say about the challenge itself. On this blog, I’ve been featuring mostly indie-published book excerpts for all of April. I love reading, and supporting author-friends, and this is a good way to do both.

Quarantine

Quarantine

Today, for Q, I give you a mystery novella: Quarantine by Sherri Fulmer Moorer.

Elevator Pitch: Caitlyn thinks it would be just another day at the office, until a quarantine closes their doors and traps her in the office with three colleagues, who then discover that their small town is hiding some shocking secrets.

Excerpt: “We’re sticking to the plan. This illness has already caused unexpected problems. People have been hospitalized, and the Health Department is snooping around.” She stared in the distance, toward the small administrative building across the parking lot. “We don’t need to risk it by disappearing too early. Be patient. It’s Friday. We’ll have the weekend to get away.”

“Do we have any time to spare if the Health Department is involved?”

“We’ll be fine.” The woman smiled. “Relax. Everything is on schedule. I have the money and tonight we’ll be on a plane to anywhere we want. Don’t do anything to stir up suspicion. In fact, it might be best if you were seen as little as possible.”

The figure nodded. “We should meet again to finalize our plans.”

An alarm sounded from the Nurses Station inside the door. The woman stiffened. “I better get in there.”

“Then we’re set?”

The woman nodded, exasperated.“We’re set. I’ll meet you this afternoon. Don’t be late. And try to get some sleep.”

The figure chuckled. “Who can sleep? We’re about to have an exciting day.”

Neither of them saw the man pressed against the side of the building as they parted ways.

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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