Saturday, January 5, 2013

Epiphany Six

The Setup
     A mystery man arrives on the scene in the opening chapter of The Presidents Club, as my second novel begins its weekly serialization at THIS LINK.

The Back-story
     All my life, I've always heard that part of the hospital where ambulances deliver their patients as the "emergency room." Recently, the jargon has changed to "E.D."  My daughter, a nurse practitioner who teaches, confirmed the name change to "emergency department."  The first time I saw "E.D." I wondered what Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis had to do with ambulance patients!

Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA
The Six Sentences

A tall slim man whose eyes missed no detail waited while an EMS crew pushed their way through the open double doors to the Kennestone Hospital emergency department.  
He adjusted his tie and took several deliberate, confident strides towards the check-in desk.
He exhibited the self-assured demeanor of a hospital administrator.
Few people in the busy emergency room noticed him.
The ones that did, thought he was a lawyer.
He was neither.

Thanks for stopping by! Rather than comments, this week it would really be appreciated if you visited Chapter One. Hopefully, the snippet above (as well as those of the last few weeks) have whetted your reading appetites sufficiently for you to do so.
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    1. Thanks JO,
      Be sure to read chapter one tomorrow and find out the identity of the mystery man.

  2. Wow, he sounds intense. Great six!

    1. Thanks, Jess!
      Be sure to visit the site for Chapter One -- you can find out who this guy is...

  3. CHIP! Dang, dude. What a hook! Seriously. That's the kind of writing that keeps a reader turning pages. Well done! (And I really want to turn the page...)

    1. Thanks, Silver.
      You reminded me. A FaceBook friend was reading my first book, "The Tourist Killer," on his computer. He sent me a comment saying that he had gotten so involved in the story, that he reached up to the monitor and tried to manually turn the page!

  4. Good stuff, Chip. You've pared it down and given it punch, and it works.