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COVER & BLURB REVEAL: Bare, A Hollywood Romance

EXPOSED ON FEB 27, 2018

A seductive standalone follow-up to the hit Hollywood romance, NUDES by Sarah Robinson—praised by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely as “Passionate, emotional and uplifting!”—about the younger Reynolds sister whose career in film choreography strips her bare when she meets the man of her dreams…again.

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Reed Scott is the hottest actor in LA…
Being a Hollywood heartthrob has its perks, and I’ve damn sure enjoyed every one of them, both on and off the silver screen. The tabloids loved every second of exploiting my privacy, chronicling my mistakes in ink for the whole world to see. Accepting the lead role in a romantic dance film was guaranteed to make me a box office hit and help me rewrite my image…until the choreographer hired to train me turned out to be the only woman I’d ever loved and lost.

As beautiful and enticing as ever, Tegan walks in and reminds me of the worst mistake I’ve ever made. She should hate me, and now she has the power to destroy everything I am.

Tegan Reynolds is picking up the pieces…
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…never going to happen. I fell in love with Reed Scott once and it nearly killed me—literally. The last thing I want to do now is teach him how to dance, but I need this job and there’s no way I’m letting him take yet another thing away from me.

Reed is in my world now, and this time we’re dancing by my rules.


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My 4-Yr Anniversary as a Published Author!

 

Four years ago today, I published my very first novel. Her Forbidden Rockstar released with Hearts Collective, a small press publisher, and since then I’ve released with small presses, self-published, and signed with a Big 5 (Penguin Random House). I have more contracts and exciting news on the way that I haven’t even announced yet.

In these 4 years, I’ve published a total of 12 books (right? I can’t math.), and written several more to be published in the future. I’ve signed with my amazing agent, Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency, and I’ve attended multiple writer’s conferences, book signings, book clubs and more. I’ve met in real life, and online, dozens of new friends in authors, bloggers, and readers.

I’m so honored to live this life, and it just goes to show that life can change so quickly. Before this, I was a therapist and burned out from 8 years of grad school and multiple graduate degrees. I felt no pull toward anything and had no idea what I wanted out of life. Until I decided to do something “irresponsible” and “crazy” and just write for a living. Now I make just as much a year as I ever did at a desk job, and it’s growing every year. Plus, I enjoy every moment of my life. It’s amazing.

Your dream is only a decision away. Go for it.

That’s what I did, and I’m so grateful that I did. In these last 4 years, I found my people. I found my home. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms.

I adore you all, and I’m never looking back. 

 

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3 Years As A Published Author 🎉

Today marks exactly 3 years since my very first book was published!! 🙌🏻 It had a completely different cover that was awful (I’m going to post a #tbt of that next! 😬) and it barely sold its first month, but I was more than thrilled just for those few! Still am!! 🙈
 
Now, 3 years later, I’m two weeks from turning 27 years old and I have 8 books published with 2 more being published by the end of this year. 📚 Ive hit some amazing bestseller lists and sold more copies than I ever thought possible. 🎉 I’ve written 11 books total and even sold audio rights to 3 books, with the first audiobook coming out 2 days ago! 🎶
 
But it hasn’t been easy and it’s not all rainbows! 🌈 I’ve also spent the last 3 years working 80 hour weeks, learning marketing and digital medias, and hybrid publishing. 🤓 I made a loss my first two years, but finally a normal salary in my third (thank you, baby Jesus). 💸 I’ve worked unbelievably hard and every part of it has been worth it. That’s why I’m taking this moment to look back and appreciate everything that has gotten me here and everything I’ve sacrificed to do it. I’m giving myself a pat on the back today-something I rarely do- because #selflove rocks. 💞
 
I can’t wait to see where another 3 years takes me! Thank you to every reader who gave my books a chance, every author who gave me a helping hand, and every blogger who supported me and shared my work.
 
This is for you, guys. 🍾🍾🍾🍾

 

[This post was originally published on Sarah’s Facebook profile here. Please follow her there (or on her page) for the most up to date information. For book information, please subscribe to her newsletter here.]

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SAVING A LEGEND FEATURED IN USA TODAY

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I’m so honored to be featured once again in USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog on USA Today Life! A few months ago, they featured BREAKING A LEGEND in an article about puppy love! Now, they’ve featured the second book in the Kavanagh Legends series, SAVING A LEGEND, with an interview with me!

Read it here!

 

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I also had the pleasure of doing my own interview for USA Today last week where I sat in the opposite seat! Last week, I interview Jamie Otis, reality television star of Married at First Sight, Married at First Sight: First Year, The Bachelor, and Bachelor Pad 2! She has just released her first book, an inspirational memoir titled WIFEY 101: Everything I got Wrong After Finding Mr. Right which you can find on Amazon or her website. Read my interview with her here!

If you haven’t gotten a copy of SAVING A LEGEND yet, go do it now! PURCHASE HERE!

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March 2015 Newsletter- Big changes!

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March 2015 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter has exciting information and news! Check out the topics below in the bulleted list, then scroll down further to read more about each!


Brand New Newsletter!

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My current mailing list hit over 2,000 and therefore Mailchimp wanted to start charging me an arm and a leg a month….grr! So, I’m moving over to Feedburner thanks to the advice of some big bloggers! If you want to keep getting emails from me in full HTML format, all pretty and what not, then sign up above or go to my website and sign up there!

If you don’t sign up above, you will continue to get the plain text email alerts every time there is a new post on my website, but you won’t get monthly newsletters and all that. So make sure to sign up, and tell your friends!

This will go officially into effect at the end of March! Don’t miss out, sign up!


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 Top 10 Bestseller!

As you know, last month was the first and only time I’ve ever run a sale on The Photographer Trilogy Boxset and it was amazing! The entire series ranked #9 in all of Barnes & Noble, #25 on Kindle overall, as well as killing it in special categories like #1 in Romance Anthologies, #2 in Mysteries & Thrillers, #4 in Romantic Suspense, and more!

I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you who made this possible! You’re amazing! I hope you enjoy the series, and don’t forget to post a review on online retailers when you finish!


 Kavanaghs

Kavanagh Legends, a brand new series based on Irish alpha MMA fighters, is coming this Fall by Random House Penguin’s Loveswept! Are you excited? I know I am! TBR them now on Goodreads so that you don’t miss out!

Breaking a Legend (#1): Breaking a Legend (Kavanagh Legends, #1)
Saving a Legend (#2): Saving a Legend (Kavanagh Legends, #2)
Becoming a Legend (#3): Becoming a Legend (Kavanagh Legends, #3)


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Social Media Milestones!

Guess what? Something else to say thank you for in February! My Facebook page hit over 14,000 likes and Twitter hit over 3,000 followers! Thank you for helping me reach these awesome goals, keep up the amazing support!


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Signed Paperbacks are now available cheaper!

Do you love paperbacks? How about signed paperbacks? Almost all the signed paperbacks have been marked down for cheaper! Order yours now today directly from Sarah’s website – http://booksbysarahrobinson.net/for-sale/

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BookBub Sale: $0.99 for the entire Photographer Trilogy Boxset!

ღ THE PHOTOGRAPHER TRILOGY BOX SET ღ

FIRST TIME ON SALE EVER- Only $0.99! ONE WEEK ONLY!
The boxset contains the never-before-read bonus scene!

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…

Tainted Bodies (Book 1) is FREE for one week only exclusively through Ever After Romance! Go grab your free copy of the first book now! This is the ONLY time this book has ever been (and probably will ever be) completely FREE!

WHAT! Did I hear that right???

YES! The first book is FREE on Ever After Romance for anyone and the boxset is only $0.99 EVERYWHERE!


synopsis

Check out the synopsis for the series below:

He takes a picture of every woman he kills.

She takes nothing from anyone.
 
Kate Jackson is a woman haunted by her past with no direction in life, and surviving only on her close relationship with her sister, Annie. Until she meets charming lawyer, Derrick Kane.
 
Just when she thinks she might have found the key to learning how to live again, maybe even how to love, The Photographer rips it all away from her with one click of his camera.
 
Somehow she survived, determined to rise above the trauma life has dealt her. Yet, she doesn’t get away that easy, The Photographer isn’t done with her yet.
 
The infamous serial killer begins dropping menacing hints at every turn.
 
Reminding Kate that he owns her. That he broke her body.
 
The small, quiet life that Kate Jackson had built for herself is over. Pulverized by the twisted workings of the notorious serial killer and the agony of being betrayed by the one man she had trusted her heart to. Trust had never come easily to her, yet she had given it to Derrick. And he destroyed her with it.
 
Kate is a fighter and refusing to allow a sadistic killer to take everything from her yet again, she delves into the police investigation targeting The Photographer and finally revealing his true identity. Kate is fighting for justice while fighting to reclaim the man she loves, and somehow learn to trust him again.
 
But when an innocent life is on the line, the cost of justice could be more than love can afford. Kate quickly learns that finding the face behind the mask, doesn’t make you safe.
 
Monsters are only uglier in the light of day.
 
**Please note that there is no cliffhanger at the end of this series and everything is fully wrapped up. This box set also includes a never before read, deleted scene about The Photographer’s childhood!  DISCLAIMER: Due to violent and dark subject matter, this story is intended for readers over the age of 18 years old. 

buy links

Click on any of the retailers below to purchase the ebook boxset for only $0.99!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo
Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon CA 

To get the first book, Tainted Bodies, FREE, click on the Ever After Romance button below or here! For Android users, click here! For iPhone users, click here!

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Paperbacks: Tainted Bodies (Book 1) | Tainted Pictures (Book 2) | Untainted (Book 3)
*The final paperback does also include the bonus scene from the boxset. Paperbacks are not discounted. The $0.99 is for ebooks only.

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other books by sarah

Do you like The Photographer Trilogy? Check out the other books by Sarah Robinson currently available or coming out soon!

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♬ Sand & Clay Rocker Series ♬
Contemporary romance surrounding the life of Logan Clay, famous rockstar!
Purchase now at one of the retailers below!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks ♬

 

Kavanaghs

Coming soon
Kavanagh Legends, from Random House’s Loveswept!

Add to your TBR on Goodreads now!

Breaking a Legend | Saving a Legend | Becoming a Legend  


author bio

Sarah Robinson is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the contemporary Rockstar romance series Sand & Clay, as well as the very popular romantic suspense thriller series, The Photographer Trilogy. All of her novels have reached Amazon’s Bestseller Rank in Crime, Crime, Thriller, Contemporary Romance, and/or Romantic Suspense.

In regards to future publications, she is with the Seymour Literary Agency and has recently been contracted by Loveswept, a Random House Penguin imprint, to begin a new contemporary romance series in late 2015.

Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in criminal psychology. She is newly married to a local police officer, Justin, who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiasts as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

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▶▶Untainted (The Photographer Trilogy, #3) Release Date Announced! ◀◀

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▶▶Untainted (The Photographer Trilogy, #3) ◀◀

▶▶ Release Date Announced ◀◀

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The FINAL book in the long anticipated Photographer Trilogy will be released….

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UNTAINTED (THE PHOTOGRAPHER TRILOGY, #3)

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NOVEMBER 17TH!

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▶ Did you read the first chapter sneak peek?  Find it HERE

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✯✯ LAST WEEKEND TO GET THE BOUND ANTHOLOGY!! Only 99 cents! ✯✯

Bound Anthology

100% of the proceeds will go to:

SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE

Only 99 cents!

LAST WEEKEND TO BUY IT BEFORE IT IS GONE FOR GOOD!! GO 1-CLICK NOW AT AMAZON!!

 

Releasing control is relief… 
I was warned about men like Brett Maclean. 
He was dark and thrilling, intense and controlling. And he captivated me from the very start. He unleashed something inside of me like no other. His bad rep and troubled past drew me to him like gasoline feeding a flame. 
With just one taste, I felt the danger in him, the uncontrollable power that left me breathless. The passion consumed me. Fast and hard. 
Temptation couldn’t guard my heart. I should have known a man of such raw and wild desires came with competition.


 

Brooke has spent the past eleven years living with a man she thought would be her forever. One afternoon of unanswered phone calls reveals he isn’t the man she thought he was. 
Just when things couldn’t get any worse, she’s forced to call upon a stranger for help. 
Can Dylan save Brooke from her broken past or does he have secrets of his own that will destroy them before they even get started?
 
Logan Clay is a dreamy, starving artist working multiple jobs to support his ailing mother and unemployed father, all while pursuing his dream of becoming a famous musician.
When luck shines on him, it looks like he might finally get the big break that he has been waiting for- that is until he meets Gina.
The daughter of a record label executive, Gina Vile has the potential to make all of Logan’s dreams come true or destroy any chance he will ever have. Can fame and love go hand in hand?
A prequel novella to Sand & Clay.
 
Four friends. Four secrets. One dare.
Alicia Thomas finally told her friends the reason she divorced her husband—she caught him in his office, naked, a ball gag in his mouth while a prostitute spanked his lily-white ass. But she can’t admit her own fantasy—being at the total mercy of her ex’s gorgeous boss, Richard Brand.
Then in a chance encounter one stormy night, Richard offers to make Alicia’s desires come true. Alicia learns not only to submit to Richard, but his friends as well, and she glories in every minute. But can she abandon her new life when she discovers that Richard’s games have more to do with revenge on her ex-husband than Richard’s desire for her?
 
I am weak. 
I am lonely. 
I am a slut. 
I am strong. 
I am Dominant. 
I am independent. 
I am Seven James. 
My entire life, no one has wanted me, and that was fine, because I sure as shit didn’t need anyone else. Blah, Blah Blah, insert sad story here about negligent parents, and shitty siblings, and you have my life story in a nut shell. When my college boyfriend dumped me, it was just icing on the cake. Five years, and a booming career later I am here to collect my revenge. 
That was until a delicious plaything walked into the kink club I frequent, and rocked my typically un-rockable world. Causing me to break the one rule I have lived by since Daniel Alexander walked out of my life, never have sex with the same person twice. Ever. 
 
Rebecca Chase has never been interested in dating, and definitely not in relationships. She only had two goals in life, to get her college degree and to get the hell away from her house. When she meets Lucas everything that she thought she had wanted was now turned upside down. 
Lucas Masterson has it all money, fame, and his dream job of being in the music industry. He knows that most people are just out for themselves and will use him as much as they can. When he meets Becca he realizes that he never really knew what he wanted. He thinks that she is the most amazing person he has ever met, but can he balance her and his crazy life? 
Can two people who come from completely different worlds make it work or will the people trying to tear them apart succeed? 
Get ready to get lost in this crazy romantic adventure and surrender yourself to Lucas and Becca. 
 
Holly is Jacks Best friends little sister. The two of them were raised as family and always were as close as siblings. But as they get older Jack and Holly realize their feelings for one another were something more than that of Big Brother and Little Sister.
 
Bound will be back for ONE week in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

 


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The Bound Anthology is LIVE for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle and Paperback!

Dear Readers!

The Bound Anthology is now live on Amazon Kindle and paperback! Go grab it now since it will only be available for ONE month and then gone forever! 100% of ebook and paperback sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Research! Please help support this awesome cause and all these awesome authors and go grab a copy of the Bound Anthology- only 99 cents!!

Thank you!!
Sarah R.

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Bound Anthology

Release Date: July 28th- NOW LIVE!

100% of the proceeds will go to:

SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE


        
Releasing control is relief… 
I was warned about men like Brett Maclean. 
He was dark and thrilling, intense and controlling. And he captivated me from the very start. He unleashed something inside of me like no other. His bad rep and troubled past drew me to him like gasoline feeding a flame. 
With just one taste, I felt the danger in him, the uncontrollable power that left me breathless. The passion consumed me. Fast and hard. 
Temptation couldn’t guard my heart. I should have known a man of such raw and wild desires came with competition.


 

Brooke has spent the past eleven years living with a man she thought would be her forever. One afternoon of unanswered phone calls reveals he isn’t the man she thought he was. 
Just when things couldn’t get any worse, she’s forced to call upon a stranger for help. 
Can Dylan save Brooke from her broken past or does he have secrets of his own that will destroy them before they even get started?
 
Logan Clay is a dreamy, starving artist working multiple jobs to support his ailing mother and unemployed father, all while pursuing his dream of becoming a famous musician.
When luck shines on him, it looks like he might finally get the big break that he has been waiting for- that is until he meets Gina.
The daughter of a record label executive, Gina Vile has the potential to make all of Logan’s dreams come true or destroy any chance he will ever have. Can fame and love go hand in hand?
A prequel novella to Sand & Clay.
 
Four friends. Four secrets. One dare.
Alicia Thomas finally told her friends the reason she divorced her husband—she caught him in his office, naked, a ball gag in his mouth while a prostitute spanked his lily-white ass. But she can’t admit her own fantasy—being at the total mercy of her ex’s gorgeous boss, Richard Brand.
Then in a chance encounter one stormy night, Richard offers to make Alicia’s desires come true. Alicia learns not only to submit to Richard, but his friends as well, and she glories in every minute. But can she abandon her new life when she discovers that Richard’s games have more to do with revenge on her ex-husband than Richard’s desire for her?
 
I am weak. 
I am lonely. 
I am a slut. 
I am strong. 
I am Dominant. 
I am independent. 
I am Seven James. 
My entire life, no one has wanted me, and that was fine, because I sure as shit didn’t need anyone else. Blah, Blah Blah, insert sad story here about negligent parents, and shitty siblings, and you have my life story in a nut shell. When my college boyfriend dumped me, it was just icing on the cake. Five years, and a booming career later I am here to collect my revenge. 
That was until a delicious plaything walked into the kink club I frequent, and rocked my typically un-rockable world. Causing me to break the one rule I have lived by since Daniel Alexander walked out of my life, never have sex with the same person twice. Ever. 
 
Rebecca Chase has never been interested in dating, and definitely not in relationships. She only had two goals in life, to get her college degree and to get the hell away from her house. When she meets Lucas everything that she thought she had wanted was now turned upside down. 
Lucas Masterson has it all money, fame, and his dream job of being in the music industry. He knows that most people are just out for themselves and will use him as much as they can. When he meets Becca he realizes that he never really knew what he wanted. He thinks that she is the most amazing person he has ever met, but can he balance her and his crazy life? 
Can two people who come from completely different worlds make it work or will the people trying to tear them apart succeed? 
Get ready to get lost in this crazy romantic adventure and surrender yourself to Lucas and Becca. 
 
Holly is Jacks Best friends little sister. The two of them were raised as family and always were as close as siblings. But as they get older Jack and Holly realize their feelings for one another were something more than that of Big Brother and Little Sister.
 


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Untainted (The Photographer Trilogy, #3) First Chapter Sneak Peek!!

Dear Readers!

Happy Tuesday! As promised, since 100 people supported my Thunderclap campaign (still going until July 31st, feel free to continue to join at http://thndr.it/1sRL1sX), I will now post here the first part of Untainted! Yes, #wheresbook3?? Well, here is the first part!

Before showing you chapter one in Book 3 (Untainted), here is some info about the first two books!! NOTE: Due to violent and dark subject matter, this book is intended for readers over the age of 18 years old. 

Love,

Sarah R.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER TRILOGY:

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Tainted Bodies (The Photographer Trilogy, #1)

Kate Jackson is listlessly floating through her life having no idea what or who she wants to be and burdened by the pains of her past. That is until she meets Derrick Kane.

A whirlwind romance leads Kate to believe that Derrick is the answer to all her questions and the patch to heal all her wounds.

Derrick and Kate’s love is quickly tested as a shocking crime forces Kate to have to figure out how to take care of herself and leads her into a mystery that only Kate has the key to solve.

Can she catch an extremely dangerous criminal and keep the love between Derrick and her alive?

*Links*

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Paperback | Goodreads | Scribd

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Tainted Pictures (The Photographer Trilogy, #2)

Kate Jackson had no idea who she was until she met Derrick Kane and their whirlwind romance turned out to be the everything she needed to build a future and heal her past.

But a shocking crime leads Kate to uncover the work of an extremely dangerous serial killer, notoriously called “The Photographer” due to his penchant for taking pictures of his victims.

Derrick continues to work to gain back Kate’s trust and to find The Photographer as Kate builds new friendships and finds new skills.

Can she catch The Photographer and learn to trust Derrick again? Find out in Tainted Picture’s sequel and the final installment of The Photographer Trilogy.

*Links*

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Paperback | Goodreads | Scribd

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Untainted (The Photographer Trilogy, #3)

Derrick Kane just walked in on a scene that will drastically alter his life forever, thanks to the work of the infamous serial killer, The Photographer. Someone is dead, someone is missing. Kate Jackson, the love of his life and his fiancé, is one of those two.

Unwilling to wait for the slow pace of the detectives at the crime scene, Derrick must work with Kate’s sister, Annie Jackson, to find the clues that will lead them to the answers they so desperately need.

Will these two catch The Photographer? Can they bring a broken family back together? Will Kate and Derrick ever be able to have their happily ever after?

Find the answer to all these questions and more in the final installment of The Photographer Trilogy.

*Links*

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UNTAINTED –
FIRST PART OF CHAPTER ONE (UNEDITED)

            Death is nothing like the movies.  Spending your whole life watching crime shows and scary movies, you see murder scenes that range from comical to gruesome.  You think you have seen it all.  You think you know what it would be like.

            You think you know what to expect.

            You don’t.

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            Derrick slowly walked down the front steps of Kate’s apartment building onto the sidewalk, not even aware of the flashing cameras or murmuring crowd gathered around.  The front of the building was roped off with crime scene tape and barricades, keeping the curious neighbors and passer bys at bay while investigators tried to manage the harrowing scene they had just been presented with.  Even though it was very early on a bright Saturday morning, the crowd was quite sizeable as no one seemed able to pass up the chance to stand and gawk at the drama unfolding before them.

            Some people were still wearing pajamas and robes, mothers were pushing their children into their legs, and a few stragglers looked like they were just getting home from last night.  Everyone was craning their necks hoping to see something, anything that they could gossip and brag about later online.  Excitement and fear rippled through the crowd like a rumor impossible to cage once it’s been released. Derrick clenched his jaw as he surveyed everyone standing around watching, feeling a slight flare of anger rumble up through him.  If any of these people actually saw what he had just seen, they wouldn’t be eagerly standing around for more.

            A high pitched wailing and hoarse sobbing came from an ambulance about ten feet away from him parked on the street within the barricades.  It’s back doors were open and Annie was sitting there, wrapped in multiple blankets with several paramedics hovering around her trying to calm her down.  Annie was Kate’s baby sister and her sobs ripped at everyone’s hearts as they thought of everything that she had just lost.  Derrick watched her, his face stone cold.  He hadn’t cried yet.  He couldn’t even bring himself to understand what had just happened, let alone allow himself to feel the magnitude of pain creeping up on him.  So he stood there, silent and blank faced.

            He didn’t want to feel any of this.

            A paramedic draped a thick and itchy blanket over Derrick’s shoulders and tried to wrap him in it, but Derrick just pushed the young man away.  He pulled the blanket tightly around himself, not wanting anyone else to touch him.  He was still standing on the sidewalk when he heard some commotion behind him causing him to turn and look.

            Multiple crime scene technicians were emerging from the front of the building and bringing a large gurney along with them.  Strapped down to the gurney was a large black bag in the silhouette of a person.  Even though it was zipped up and hidden from sight, the smell of death crept out from its plastic and hung in the air leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind as to what it held inside.

            Derrick’s breath caught in his throat and he felt dizzy, suddenly needing to find something sturdy to steady himself.  He grabbed the railing on the outside of the building’s steps and took a deep breath.  He couldn’t stop the images of the last hour from replaying in his mind again and again.

            Real blood isn’t the corn syrup and red dye mockingly used in films.  Real blood doesn’t have that bright red sheen or stay on the other side of a television screen so you can’t smell the coppery scent stinging your nostrils.  Only an hour ago, Derrick had rushed into Kate’s apartment and everything he saw was real.  The dark red blood pooling beneath the body was real.  The vacant stare and bludgeoned face that once use to smile was real.  The pungent odor of dying flesh, vacated bowels, and blood was real.

            Detective McCraig had been the first one through the door as he kicked it right off it’s hinges, splitting the wood.  Detective Snow had immediately followed him and Derrick knew things were going south when he saw her turn away, her face pale and sickly looking, as she leaned her hand against her partner’s shoulder for support.  Derrick tried to grab Annie right then, knowing she shouldn’t see whatever hell was awaiting them in that apartment, but she was too fast for him.  She flung past all three of them and the scream that followed stabbed at everyone’s heart.  He heard that scream every time he closed his eyes.

            Reluctantly and with fear coursing through his body, Derrick took a few more steps forward until he was next to the detectives and in full view of the crime scene before him.  The apartment he had been in hundreds of times, Kate’s apartment, was unrecognizable.  Almost every piece of furniture had been upended or knocked over.  Shattered glass from a picture frame crunched beneath his feet.  A broken mirror littered the floor a few feet away from him.  A potted plant tossed dirt across the hallway.  They were standing in the entrance to her living room and even with all the wreckage around them, the first thing everyone saw was the body in the center of the room.

            Derrick’s feet felt as if they had been glued to the floor, unable to move, as he stared wide-eyed at Annie who had flung herself onto the body and was screaming at top volume.  Her cries filled the silence from the rest of the group as everyone absorbed the scene around them.  Annie was rocking back and forth while ….

            To be continued…. I can’t give it all away 🙂 

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