Tuesday, April 12, 2016

J - JUGGERNAUT

J is for JUGGERNAUT

Juggernaut: an overwhelming or unstoppable force, especially one that destroys or that demands complete self-sacrifice.


In Murder & Obsession, Detective Steven Quaid comes up against a juggernaut, an unstoppable force that demands complete self-sacrifice.




Murder & Obsession

Blurb:

Steven spoke, his anguish crystal clear with each word. “Gladys told them where to find Sarah’s body?”
Helen sighed but nodded.
“Well.” His eyes were dark, his face rigid, and his demeanor as cold as Arctic stone.
“The Bering Sea. The captain’s called the FBI.”
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Steven stared out the window, but he did not see the street, the cars, or the people passing by. He saw Sarah, her beautiful green eyes no longer held the light. Her skin had no luster―life had disappeared from her body long before they pronounced death. He imagined her floating in the unforgiving cold of the Bering Sea, sinking into the black depths, her body thrashed by the unrelenting waves―always and forever.
Steven had never experienced such strong negative, hate-filled emotions. He didn’t like it, but he’d go with it if it changed the blackness surrounding him into light again. Vengeance, retribution, simmering hatred was much easier to understand and deal with than grief. His psyche couldn’t tolerate the overwhelming sense of emptiness. The loss was too much. He’d survive on planning his revenge, after that, he wanted nothing, saw nothing except an abyss. Is this what grief is? Floating in a starless void, with only memories of Sarah and all the what if’s replaying to unfulfillable conclusions.




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55 comments:

  1. Poor Steven, what an awful thing to face. We should share our pitcher of mojitos with him *slides over another glass*.

    The AtoZ of EOS
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    1. Hi, Sam, I could use one of those too, thank! :)

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  2. Yeah, I'm with Samantha! Let's get a few pitchers of mojitos ready! Any excuse! Great idea for the A-Z Yolanda, as are all your posts. Here's to a very successful promo!

    Denise :-)

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  3. Is this what grief is? Floating in a starless void, with only memories of Sarah and all the what if’s replaying to unfulfillable conclusions.

    Haunting! Brilliantly crafted.

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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  4. The suspense is building. Is she really dead? I hope it is a case of mistake identity.

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  5. Did you know that Juggernaut is a word of Indian origin? It comes from Jagganath - which is a temple in Puri where they take out a procession once a year - a procession lead by an enormous chariot. I'm really enjoying these snippets from Murder and Obsession.

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    1. Hi, Kalpanaa, No, I didn't. Thank you for the information!

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  6. Great chapter! That word isn't used enough in fiction, if you ask me.

    Good choice for J.

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  7. Juggernaut is a great word. I wonder what its origins are? Another great excerpt! Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/j-is-for-jetty-nancy-drew-investigates.html

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    1. Kalpana, answers that above. Thanks, Ellen!

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  8. Perhaps he can channel is emotions into finding her killer.

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  9. Great excerpt again Yolanda! And I've learned a new word: Juggernaut :)

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  10. Not sure I'd ever want to come up against such a force

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  11. I just like saying that word out loud. Enjoyed reading your excerpt today!

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  12. Oh dear. This sounds terrible for Steven, but yes, you must torture your characters.

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  13. Oh dear. This sounds terrible for Steven, but yes, you must torture your characters.

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  14. Large bodies of water terrify me. I don't have a paralysing fear, I can get on a boat or fly over the water, but still my greatest fear is dying in the water. Even if that's not what happened to Sarah, this scene still chills me.

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    1. Me too, Jeffrey, I like looking at it from the shore, but wouldn't want to be on it!

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  15. I am reading your snippets and will definitely start on the book before the A to Z Blog Challenge is over. I find it sad though that Sarah died. I need to read it to see how Steven copes with this.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Hi, Pat, I hope you find the time! Thanks!

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  16. Oh, I feel for him. What a tough story to write, Yolanda... Grief is, indeed, a juggernaut. I hope he finds solace in closure.

    Thanks for the visit over at Life In Dogs yesterday! Loved your comment :)

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    1. Hi, Guilie, it definitely is! Love your posts!

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  17. What a powerful excerpt, Yolanda.

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  18. Never had a mojito, maybe I should try them. Sounds like they would be useful to cope with grief.

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    1. Me, neither, Jo, would love to try one, or two! :)

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  19. Oh man, I feel the pressure. If I say the right thing, I could be part of a story. Oh no, I think I'm that bystander that just got whacked. Alas my literary career was ever so brief. But it was so.
    Visiting from A to Z. I am so impressed with your work and blog.

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    1. Hi, Ann, no worries, no whacking done today! LOL

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  20. Yolanda, I like that you have a Steven in the story. My interest is piqued, and this is a word I use like never. Piqued, I say.

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    1. I've always liked the name Steven. Thanks for stopping by and being piqued! LOL

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  21. That is wonderfully written! An good portrayal of grief.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. Your words mean the world.

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  22. Sigh. What a situation. As a child, I imagined a juggernaut to be a missile on wheels :) Of course, I grew up eventually.

    I like the name Steven!

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    1. Hi, Vidya, you had an imagination, thank goodness you didn't lose the creativity with maturity! :)

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  23. I love the word Juggernaut! It sounds and feels formidable...
    Writer In Transit

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  25. I, too, would like a mojito or three...

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  26. "Juggernaut" is a word you don't see too often. Stephen's emotional pain is palpable

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    1. Thanks, Debbie, you don't. And I was praying I'd gotten that across.

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