Friday, August 19, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample - Fire and Ash

Inspirational Romantic Suspense


Fire Investigator Sadie McGregor is called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire which claimed the life of a local college student. By appearance, the fire looks accidental. What Sadie and the handsome new police chief discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community and may cost one of them their life.

Awards & Special Recognition for Fire and Ash -

'Best Book' & Five Star review from LASR; 'Top Pick' & Five Star review from Night Owl Reviews; LASR 'Best Book 2010' Nominee; TRR 'Best Inspirational 2010'; LRC 'Best Suspense/Thriller 2010'; #1 Bestselling Suspense eBook at


"Excuse me, sir. Are you supposed to be in here?"

The fireman turned. Quinn's eyes widened. Even with soot covering a good portion of the face, he could tell it was a woman from the brilliant smile she tossed at him. "It's miss, and I reckon I am if you wanna know the cause of this fire."

"You're with the State Fire Marshal's Office?" he guessed. Emerald Point's Fire Chief had told Quinn earlier that he suspected arson.

She stuck her clipboard underneath her arm, reached for the badge pinned to her turnout coat and flipped it around for him to view. "Sadie McGregor, Fire Investigator."

Interesting. She shared the same last name as the Fire Chief. That couldn't be a coincidence. "I had an officer posted here. Do you know where he went?"

"I sent him on an errand. Hope you don't mind." She stepped forward. Underneath her helmet, short strands of caramel colored hair framed a pretty face with freckles marching across both her cheeks and the bridge of her nose. Haunting emerald eyes held his gaze as she offered her hand.

"Guess not." He shook the small latex covered hand, surprised by the strength of her grip. "Sorry for mistaking you for a guy."

She chuckled, turned, and walked into a room off to the right.

He followed. "I thought you were awfully small for a firefighter. I'm Police Chief Quinn Harrington by the way."

"I gathered that from your badge," she said with a smile. "Joe said you were on the scene during suppression, did anyone videotape it by chance? Or take pictures?"

"There were reporters on the scene so footage is probably available. Are you kin to Joe?"

"I'm his niece." She knelt along the baseboard. It was several seconds before she moved anything other than her head, which tilted from side to side as if in deep concentration. A few minutes later she balanced the clipboard on one knee, reached down and picked up what looked to be a framed photograph. "Must be her parents," she said, holding the frame up for his viewing.

"Mike and Donna Ingram. Larissa was their only child."

"Too bad. What do we know about her?"

"She was a senior over at the college, good kid, has never been in any trouble that I know of. The parents are away on vacation, so we think she was house sitting for them."

"Did you know her?"

"Not well. I've only been on the job a few months."

She laid the photograph on the buffet table, scribbled something on her clipboard and continued her examination of the room.

"I believe the point of origin is her bedroom, upstairs, first door on your right," Quinn volunteered.

"I've already been there," she said before exiting the room.

He followed her down the hall, into the kitchen. "How long have you been here?"

"Since dawn."

Just about the time he'd gone home to get a couple hours of much needed sleep.

Sadie pried opened the door of the soot-covered refrigerator and surveyed the contents. "Looks like our girl had herself a party."

"What makes you think that?"

"The refrigerator is almost empty and there are two barrels on the back porch with enough beer cans to pay for both our lunches."

"Preliminary findings of the coroner suggest she died from smoke inhalation."

"She also had a skull fracture."

"You've seen the body?" he asked.


"Well she could have received the head injury when she woke up disoriented. She was found next to the bed. She could have tripped and struck her head on the corner post."

"That's one possibility."

Buy links for Fire and Ash –

Desert Breeze Publishing
Barnes & Noble
I'll have a drawing for a PDF copy of Fire and Ash Sunday evening so be sure to leave your contact info if you'd like to be entered.


Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Like the dynamics between characters. Great sample.

Anonymous said...

Great story! I like the characters already and especially like Sadie's suspicious nature. Makes her a good investigator. Nice!

Here's my sample:

Lindsay said...

I like the interaction between the two. Looks like there are going to be more sparks flying before the book ends

Anne Patrick said...

Thanks for your comments, ladies!

Penny said...

Loved this excerpt. Great interaction between your characters. Would love to read more!

David K said...

Hi Anne, Just wanted to say you did a great job with Fire and Ash. I enjoyed and I recommended it to friends. I look forward to reading more of your work.

Meg Mims said...

OOOOH! great give and take, lots of intrigue in this. :-) I do love a good juicy mystery.

Cindy Weber said...

Great excerpt. Sadie sounds like a feisty one. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks!

P.S. I Loved Lethal Dreams!

Rachel Rossano said...

I love the interaction between the two characters. I would love to be entered to win the book. :)

anavrea at yahoo [dot] com

Anne Patrick said...

Thank you, David. I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for telling your friends about it. I appreciate that my friend.

Anne Patrick said...

Rachel, Cindy, Meg and Penny, thank you for your comments. They're much appreciated.

Cindy I'm glad you enjoyed Lethal Dreams. Love your pic :).

Sherry Gloag said...

I've read this awesome book and highly recomend it.