AUTHOR’S CORNER: Killer a Short-Story by Karen J Mossman

Good morning campbellsworld visitors and book lovers everywhere.
This morning in the Author’s Corner I’ve got Karen J Mossman here to share one of her short-stories. Thanks to you Karen for taking time from your Facebook event to drop in and share a story with us.
Hello Patty and thanks so much for having me here with you. I’m very excited to share this story with your readers and hope they might pop into the event. It can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/430585174116370/

Cassidy Newbold is a clairvoyant and I have a collection of short stories featuring her exploits.
This is the first story I wrote, and it just grew from here and will continue to grow.
Killer
Hampstead Heath is beautiful in the early morning sunlight. The dew sparkles on the grass giving it a magical appeal. Where I’m standing is elevated and I can see over towards the city. People are waking or heading off for work, it’s just a normal day for them.
For a moment I look over at the trees and breathe deeply. I can feel her. Exhaling, I take another breath and my feet move in her footsteps. Briefly my eyes close as I continue forward. This is where she was, where she walked, stumbled and broke into a run. Her feet become mine as I move with her towards the trees.
My heart is thumping and my breath is jagged and the adrenaline surges through my veins. I enter a pathway surrounded by trees and know beyond a doubt this is where she was killed.
I become her as sob escapes me. I feel him following behind. Moving quickly, I stumble, my head whips around and his shadow attacks me. Crying out, I thrust my arms hoping to knock him away. Instead, we roll together on the ground. Me and a shadow from the past.
We come to a stop having hit an obstacle. A shaft of sunlight hits the trees and a beam of light illuminates his face.
Later, I sit alone in a café sipping my drink and staring out of the window. The high street is full of shoppers. They carry their bulging bags and have no idea a killer is amongst them.
He probably looks like an average man on his way to do business, to the pub for a drink, or to meet friends.
They do not know what he has done. Or the life he took for his gratification. My fingers work the fabric in my hand, a bit of cloth that came from an evidence bag.
I feel her in the core of me. Her hopes and dreams for a future she will never have. Poor girl. Poor, poor girl.
A coldness envelopes me and for a second everything goes silent. I take a sharp intake of breath – he’s here! I feel him strongly. My mind returns to the café and the surrounding people come back into focus.
“Excuse me? Is anyone using this chair?” My blood runs cold. It’s the face of the man I grappled with.
Taking a sharp intake of breath, I shake my head too stunned to speak. He moves the chair to a different table and joins an older man. They chat and I stare at his profile. His forehead juts out slightly, his hair side parted and a sharp long nose round and a slight double chin.
How can he sit there looking like a normal guy?
Pulling out my phone, I select Seb’s name and listen to it ring.
“Cassie,” he answers.
“I’ve got him,” I state.
“What? Where?”
“Right here. I’m looking at him.” I’m staring at the side of his head, unable to take my eyes from him, unable to fathom how normal he looks when he carries such a terrible secret.
“Where Cassie? Where are you?”
“The Dandelion café on-”
“Okay, I’m on my way.” The phone goes dead.
The man’s companion gets up and I hear him say. “Thanks for the coffee.” My eyes burn into the side of the killer’s head. He glances round as he raises the cup to his mouth.
My blood boils. How dare he sit there and act normally! He thinks no one knows what he has done but he is wrong. I know! I can’t help myself as I stand move over to his table sitting in the vacated seat. He looks surprised and I say nothing.
“Can I help you?” he asks sounding like a regular guy.
Seb will be annoyed as he says I’m a loose cannon and unable contain my feelings. He’s right. I shouldn’t be taking risks like this.
“I know,” I say quietly.
He stares at me and says, “I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.”
I wish I could throw the fabric at him and ask if remembers it, but because of where it came from, I can’t.
“Yes, you do. I can see it in your eyes.”
He continues to stare and I hear him breathing. “I think you’ve mistaken me for someone else.”
“No, I haven’t. I know who you are, or rather what you are.”
His Adam’s apple bobs. “And what’s that?”
I look around. “Do you want me to say it out loud?”
He leans forward and I flinch as my back presses into the chair. In a whisper, he says, “You’re crazy, I don’t know you.”
As his breath washes over me I realise she isn’t the first he’s killed.
The shock of his evil breath makes me rise to my feet. I shouldn’t have confronted him. He stands too, scraping his chair on the floor. Glancing out of the window I will Seb to hurry. The man gives me a hard stare and strides out of the door.
Damn! I rush after him and look both ways. Putting the phone to my ear, I press redial.
Seb’s voice comes through and I can hear he is on hands-free. His blues and twos echo down the phone and in the distance as he approaches.
“Can you still see him?” he asks after I explain.
“No, he’s gone. Where are you?”
“Two minutes, I’ll be two minutes. Stay there.” He says urgently and hangs up.
Stepping away from the doorway, I look up and down the high street stopping sideways to look at the reflections in the shop window.
I feel his presence.
Something sharp presses against my skin, he is right beside me.
“Keep walking,” he commands. His touch consume me. My psyche floods and I see everything he has done. How those poor girls suffered! I can’t do anything except walk with him. I know beyond a doubt he will plunge it without conscience and disappear into the crowd before I even hit the floor.
Where the hell is Seb?
He walks me into an alleyway and out of sight behind a large dustbin.
Seb! The sirens approach.
The blade is to my throat and his other hand is pulling at my skirt, pulling at my underwear.
“How did you know?” His fetid breath covers my face.
“I know everything,” I tell him as the blade breaks the skin and I panic.
“You know nothing!” he hisses.
“I know if you don’t let go, that man over there will kill you.”
He laughs, but still checks as Seb comes skidding over.
Grabbing him by the neck of his jacket he throws him to the floor. With a knee in his back, Seb cuffs him.
“Are you all right?” he asks me.
Pushing my clothes back into position and wiping the trickle of blood, Seb yells at me again, “Yes!” I retort as he talks into his radio.
People gather wondering what is going on. They shout in our direction, aiming phones. I try to keep my face hidden. Seb yells at them to stay back.
The man, the killer, is struggling on the floor trying to break loose. Seb is having trouble holding on to him. I can’t do anything to help as the guy swings round and pulls Seb with him. Sirens get louder as Seb fights to keep a hold on him.
Relief floods through me as cops spill into the alleyway. They relieve Seb of his prisoner and he strides towards me.
“You bloody fool!” He says moving my hand from my neck shaking his head. “Get that looked at. It’s just a scratch. God, Cass, what the hell were you thinking?”
“I’m sorry,” I said, feeling shaken.
The killer throws us a strange look as they cart him off. My brother and I are used to those looks.
“At least you’ve got him,” I say as we walk back up to the road.
“Have to link him with the crime yet.”
“Him attacking me will give you time to do that.”
“Don’t tell me my job,” He snaps, and I know I’m not off the hook yet although, he rarely stays mad for long.
An ambulance pulls up and I’m glad to get inside away from the curious eyes and stares. It was just a scratch and a plaster was all that was needed.
Seb drives me home and I take the tongue-lashing, as was par for the course. You see, Seb and I are twins, identical, and it’s unusual for a girl and boy to be as much alike as we are.
He is a seeker, he always finds what he’s looking for, especially when it’s me. He can zone in on where I am, so I never get lost. Seb has no psychic powers, but we work well as a team.
A book on my web site is available with all the stories for you to download for free. I’ve modified this story for the book. Here is the link:
The Adventures of Cassidy Newbold

Author site: https://karenmossman.weebly.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also has three themed short story collections and has recently joined the Electric Eclectic books, which allow her to write novelettes in different genres. So far she has four under the EE brand.

Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

“I enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter stories on my website.”

KAREN’S FOUR NOVELS

1. Joanna’s Journey
In e-book and print on Amazon. Also, on Kindle Unlimited
Full details, excerpts, and buying links: https://karenmossman.weebly.com/joannas-journey.html

Summary:

Most girls just want to find their one true love. Sisters, Joanna and Sandie are no exception.
While Joanna falls for rock singer, Niko, Sandie’s choice leaves Joanna reeling and causes a rift in their relationship.
Niko’s music always comes first and Joanna accepts being second best. She promises never to ask anything from him. But when she finds herself caught up in a violent shooting she is lost, frightened and alone.
Will Niko stand by her side or will he choose the path to stardom?
Set in the 80s with a soundtrack of music and fashion, Joanna’s Journey travels a road where sometimes love is not enough

Selected review quotes:

“ I laughed, I cried and finished the book with a smile on my face.” Amazon Customer

“A heartfelt journey that will make you laugh, cringe and cry with all it’s intricate character traits and plot turns. Karen is an excellent writer to follow.”
– Dawn Chapman, author of The Desert Sequence: Puatera Online bk 1-3

“One of those books that keeps you reading on to the end
– Amazon Customer

2. Joanna’s Destiny

In e-book and print on Amazon. Also, on Kindle Unlimited
(Standalone book – you don’t have to read the first one)
Full details, excerpts, and buying links, more – coming soon

Summary:

Struggling with the past, Joanna can’t forget the love she lost and the man who broke her heart. During the summer at a rock festival, Joanna meets him again. Niko is now an international rock star. Can they put the past behind them and rekindle the love they once had?
Mike stood by her when no one else did, but Niko still wants her. Joanna becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. Niko is the love of her life, but she cannot leave Mike as confusion and betrayal follows.
In Joanna’s Destiny, she has some fun times in France and mingles with the stars in Montreux. With a backdrop of music and fashion, emotions and friendships are tested. Her love for Niko never falters, showing that love can conquer all, but at what cost?

4. The Secret
Full details, excerpts, and buying links: https://karenmossman.weebly.com/the-secret.html

Summary:
Dear Diary
Kerry O’Brien has a hot new boyfriend! Yay!
His name is Tommy. He’s a biker and he’s gorgeous. He seems to like me too. He makes me feel good about myself and it’s been a long time since anyone has paid me that much attention. I also have a monster for a stepfather.
But I’m scared, scared Bill will find out about him and scared he will find out about Bill. Tommy’s very protective of me and if he ever found out my secret, I think he would murder Bill.
Bill started again last night. Jodie and I hid under the bed. I don’t want him to ever touch her. Secrets like mine are only whispered about. But the bruises are getting harder to cover and I know once Tommy finds out the truth, He’ll hate me and I’m afraid I might lose him.

Selected review quotes:

“I don’t think I’m going to be able to find the words to say how much I enjoyed this book.”
– Julia Blake, author of Earthsong

“The way this author wrote about one family’s life in 1970 Manchester was authentic and enjoyable.”
– Amazon customer

“What a truly great read this was, I was drawn in from the very first page.”
– Ness Miller, author of Alamir: Blood of Kaos Series

4. The Truth Will Out
Full details, excerpts, and buying links: https://karenmossman.weebly.com/the-truth-will-out.html

Summary
Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she’s terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?

Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.

Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah’s secret past be kept from Ryan?

In the end The Truth Will Out.

Selected review quotes:

“This book was full of tension and suspense.”
– Amazon Customer

“Pass me the handcuffs and clip them on to me and the delectable Ryan, a uniformed book boyfriend – Yes please!”
– Audrina Lane, author of The Heart Trilogy

“This is a great story of a woman who finds herself while in the witness protection program.”
– Amazon Customer

5. The Themed Collection
The Missing, a collection of short stories about missing people.
Behind the Music, a collection of short stories with a musical theme.
Heroes, a collection of short stories about heroes of all kinds.
Full details, excerpts, and buying links: https://karenmossman.weebly.com/the-themed-collection.html

Selected review quotes
“I enjoyed this collection of short stories, If that’s the right way to describe a book covering such a sensitive subject.”
– Amazon Customer about The Missing

“Karen J. Mossman’s themed collection of eight short stories investigate a range of heroes in a variety of settings and writing styles.”
– Stewart Bint, author of Timeshaft, about Heroes

“Really loved this, very thought provoking and so believable.”
– Amazon customer about Behind The Music

6. Just Stories
The Adventures of Cassidy Newbold. Cassie is a clairvoyant and each chapter is a short story.
This is an eBook only and available on Amazon, Google Play Books, itunes, Barnes & Nobel and Kobo.
This book is also available to download for free from the Magic of Stories website.

Magic of Stories.
A book to accompany the website and a collection of short stories and poetry fiction. Due for publication at the end of August.

6. Electric Eclectic Books, novelettes
One Christmas
Distant Time
Down by the River
A Cry in the Night
Full details, excerpts, and buying links: https://karenmossman.weebly.com/electric-eclectic.html

Selected review quotes

“A normal family at Christmas, then tragedy strikes, and the main point of the story is how the family come to terms and cope with the aftermath.”
Julia Blake – author of Lost and Found about One Christmas

“It gripped me from the first paragraph, so I knew straight away I was going to enjoy it.”
Amazon customer about Distant Time

“Sometimes good things come in small packages. This is true of Karen J. Mossman’s thriller Down by The River:”
– Elizabeth Horton-Newton, author of View from the Sixth Floor

SOCIAL MEDIA, BLOG, and CONTACT INFORMATION

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenswritingsonthewall/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarenJMoss
Email: kazzmoss@gmail.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kazz_mossman/
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/karenmossman
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/KarenJMossman
Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-J-Mossman/e/B00JJY69OO
Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/101513298666906301324
Story site: https://magicofstories.net
Book Blogger site: https://karensbookbuzz.wordpress.com

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