Friday, November 9, 2012

Excerpt from Vesuvius

I jerked awake.  The familiar dream began to fade.  I could feel a rocking motion beneath me, and I looked down to see that I was lying in a pool of dried blood on the bow of a yacht.  I rolled over onto my back.  Directly above me was the underside of our bedroom terrace.  I could not remember arriving here.

My left hand hurt, and I realized my fist was clenched.  As I opened it, four tiny trickles of blood seeped from indentations in my palm as my husband’s wedding ring fell from my hand.  The boat rocked again, and a subtle rattling broke the early morning silence as the small, gold circle rolled across the smooth wood of the yacht’s bow.

-From the forthcoming novel, The Vesuvius Isotope


  1. Hi Kris, I just found your blog through Book Town (we became members on the same day) I just wanted to let you know that your excerpt is very compelling. I am a "first paragraph better be good or it's going back on the shelf" kinda reader and this is something I would definitely continue reading.

    I'm excited to see where it goes!

    Lisa Degerstrom

  2. Thank you for the encouragement Lisa. I'm glad this excerpt passed your "first paragraph" test. It's actually not the first paragraph of the book. Hopefully the real first paragraph will keep you reading as well...
    Cheers, Kris