Thursday’s Tasters

thurWelcome to the Thursday Tasters. Here you will find links to some awesome tasters of works written by awesome authors. Find the other tastes HERE

Here are a few more paragraphs from my current wip, THE SHED. In this scene, Arthur stops by Scott’s office.

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mpStartled, Scott searched Arthur’s face. “Are you in love with him?” That would explain the man’s attitude.

Arthur’s hearty laugh dispelled that line of thought. “Alex is adorable, but no, I’m not in love with the child.” He suddenly leaned across the desk, his attractive face lit with interest. “Are you?”

“Don’t be absurd.” Scott glanced pointedly at his watch. “Now if you’ll excuse me—”

“Who do you love?”

“I don’t see—”

“It’s a simple question. You asked me about Alex. Only fair you answer me.”

Scott let out an exasperated breath. “It’s not your concern. Now, it’s nearly eight…” His words trailed off as Arthur’s intent gaze traveled slowly over him and came to rest on his lips.

The man straightened, an impish grin sliding over his face. “I think I’ll make it my business. Most definitely.” He chuckled when Scott remained silent, then he made a slight bow, picked up his coat and left the room.

Scott watched his retreating back, slightly dazed. What did he mean? His pulse leapt at the possibilities and he touched his tingling lips, wanting kisses he probably shouldn’t expect.


As a Certified Mental Health Therapist, Scott Reid has his share of interesting experiences, though nothing compares with the time he spends with the psychic, Alex Elson. Plagued by terrifying images and dreams, Alex turns to Doctor Reid in the hopes of learning to control his visions. Instead, Scott is pulled into Alex’s world, where dreams and reality mix and nightmares are real.

Two young men, brothers, have been abducted from the lake outside of Oakton without a trace of who took them. That is, until Alex receives a silver pocket watch in the mail belonging to the elder brother, a taunt from the kidnapper for Alex to come find them. Alex’s visions turn at once into nightmares. Images flash in his mind of an abandoned well and a terrified, lonely boy slowly dying at the bottom. The shed looms close by, holding a horrifying secret, a dark place Alex’s frightened mind refuses to go.

With the help of Scott Reid, Alex endeavors to control his visions and find the brutalized victims before death claims them. But the watch is ticking away and time’s running out.


About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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9 Responses to Thursday’s Tasters

  1. Naomi Shaw says:

    I’m totally hooked with this story. Great taster! I want to know more about the dreams and the shed. And who does Arthur really love?

  2. Awesome taste- you did well with the internal of the character.

  3. love it. great use of dialogue with actions to convey the whole scene to the reader. well done taste

  4. brantwijn says:

    Love seeing some more M/M happening on this Thursday tour! And such a haunting mystery. Bravo!

  5. You have me hooked from this scene. I love to read what Scott will do.

  6. I’m hooked! Perfect descriptions. Wonderful taster!

  7. Muffy Wilson says:

    You know I love your work, Dianne, and it was such a pleasure to see your name added to the roster of participating reprobates. You never fail to please and this was sooooo believable, so palatable and absorbing. I was almost surprised when they didn’t kiss as I expected it, too….great hook ❤ xo

  8. Jake Malden says:

    Sharp dialogue, good weaving of that with internal monologue and third person narrative. A nice fresh style.

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