Friday, September 14, 2012

Liese Sherwood Fabre: Saving Hope Excerpt Plus

Liese Sherwood-Fabre from Dallas, Texas  is back to share excerpts of her books. After earning a PhD from Indiana University, she  worked with the federal goverment and lived internationally for fifteen years in Africa, Latin America, and Russia. Since her return to the US, she has seriously pursued her writing career..  Her debut novel Saving Hope, a thriller set in Russia, is  available from Musa Publishing. Corazones, collection of literary short stories, is  available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Please take a moment to let Liese know how you liked the excerpt at the end of the post—Ruby Johnson

Book Blurb: Saving Hope

Deep in Siberia in one of the Soviet Union’s former closed cities, Alexandra Pavlova, a talented and unemployed microbiologist, struggles to save her daughter’s life. She turns to her oldest friend for help and is drawn into Russia’s underworld. His business dealings with the Iranians come to the attention of Sergei Borisov, an FSB (formerly the KGB) agent, and Alexandra finds herself joining forces with Sergei to stop the export of a deadly virus in a race to save both her daughter and the world.
She’d heard nothing, merely became aware of his presence beside her. She flinched, dropped her keys, and bolted toward the stairs. The man picked up her keys and grabbed her arm in one fluid movement.
“Don’t run off, Alexandra Alexandrieva. You won’t get very far without these,” he said in a low voice.
He straightened himself and dangled the ring from one finger in front of her face. His slight smile suggested her attempt to get away amused rather than annoyed him. “Besides, I’m not going to hurt you.”
“I thought you were someone else,” she said, glancing down at the hand still on her arm.
He let go.
“Your acquaintance Kamovski, perhaps? Or maybe Ahmed, Vladimir’s friend?”
She squinted at him, trying to make out his features in the hallway’s half-light. “Who are you?”
“So rude of me. Borisov, Sergei Andreivich, at your service,” he said, giving a short bow. “I work for the FSB.”
She swallowed hard, trying to keep her face still and hide her shock. The KGB by any name still made her stomach jerk in fear. “I’ve done nothing.” Her level voice didn’t betray her racing heart. “What interest would federal security have in me?”
“We’ve been watching you for a while.”
“You’ve mistaken me for someone else.”
“Pavlova, Alexandra Alexandrieva. Born August 16. Widow of Yuri Ivanovich Pavlov. Daughter, Nadezhda Yuriyevna Pavlova, currently spending the night with her grandparents. Shall I continue? We do have the right person. You caught our eye some time ago. As soon as you left your job at the Institute.”
“That was several years ago. Any information I have would be of no use to anyone.”
“We’re not interested in what you used to do. We already know that. We’re interested in what you’re doing now.”
“Typing letters? I’m afraid that’s rather boring.” A sound from a floor below made the man cock his head. Footsteps clicked on the tile floor and echoed in the stairwell as their owner descended the stairs. “Perhaps we should continue this discussion inside?”
“I have nothing to share with the FSB.”
“Did you know your friends Vladimir and Ahmed have been seen recently in the company of an Iranian?”
“No one has asked you about your work at the vaccine lab?”
“As you can tell, Alexandra Alexandrieva, we know a lot about you and your family. I can assure you we plan to keep our eye on you.”
“The FSB must have nothing to do these days if you’re following me around.”
“Your father died in service to his country. We want to make sure you don’t dishonor his memory.”
“I’ve done nothing to dishonor him. And I resent the implication I have or would.”
“We want to make sure you continue his memory. We’re here to make certain the Motherland he so unselfishly served remains for the future. You do care about the future, if nothing else, for your child?” His voice lifted at the end, and his gaze met hers, challenging her to deny either her love for her country or her daughter.~~~
Book Blurb for Corazones:
A collection of three award-winning literary short stories exploring the impact of love. “A Stranger in the Village,” nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize, describes how the arrival of a young woman into a Mexican mountain village changed sixteen-year-old Hector forever. “Sacrifice” offers an Aztec tale of political intrigue and love. Doña Rosa, a market-place curandera, assists the lovelorn through the heartache of infidelity.~~~
Saving Hope is available through Musa Publishing
Amazon and Barnes and Noble and wherever ebooks are sold.
Corazones is available through
Amazon and Barnes and Noble stores

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Ladson said...

Wonderful. A great example of tight writing. You've given us enough of the backstory without ten paragraphs and you established time and place through dialogue. I look forward to reading this book

Ruby Johnson said...

I bought your book after I attended your short story class and really liked it. Good tension, godd story, and you made every word count.

J. A. Bennett said...

Liese, great excerpt! Thank you for sharing another piece of this story!

SusieSheehey said...

Thanks, Liese! I agree with the tight writing comment. I'm thoroughly impressed!

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