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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blog Tour Excerpt From "A Human Element" by Donna Galanti

Donna is doing a blog tour to celebrate the release of her paranormal mystery, "A Human Element". Each participating blog has an excerpt exclusive to them. Follow the tour, you'll get a range of excerpts, and each comment you leave on a blog, enters you into a tour-wide drawing. Donna will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense novel A HUMAN ELEMENT (Echelon Press). Donna has a B.A. in English and a background in marketing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and Pennwriters. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly, no ghosts.

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"What the hell was that?" Renee looked at Laura.

More cracks rang out and then screaming.

"Oh my God, someone is shooting!" Laura pulled Renee down with her under the desk.
Laura shrunk under her desk in the corner of the cubicle and tried to pull Renee closer to her. Laura had always hated cubicles and now found relief hiding in one.

"Can you get under here more?" Laura whispered and pulled the chair toward them as far as it would go.

"No, I don't think so." Renee let out a tiny sob and bit her lip.

The screams tapered off and silence remained. Laura heard crying from down the hall. Then another gun shot. Then silence again. The phone on her desk rang. Its blaring ring startled them both.

Laura gripped Renee's hand and put her fingers to her lips with her other hand.

"It's not me," a man's voice shouted out. "Someone is making me do it." The man began to sob. He moved noisily into their area. Laura forced herself to breathe slow and silent. Renee shook; tears ran down her chubby cheeks and dripped onto her silk scarf. Laura just felt numb. She had to focus on surviving.

Renee's leg twitched. "I can't stay like this much longer," she whispered. "Charley horse."

"You've got to," Laura mouthed back. Renee's twitch got bigger. Her leg shot out and hit the chair with a bang.

The man's sobbing stopped. They heard him crashing alongside cubicle walls toward them. Renee gripped Laura's hand harder. They clung to each other.

"I'm sorry. It's not me!"

He pulled out the chair.


Book Blurb (from author):
One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

By: Donna Galanti
Publisher: Echelon Books
ISBN: 9781590808764
Length: 310 pages, 1690 KB
Release Date: March 10, 2012
Buying Links: Amazon      Barnes & Noble      The Book Depository
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  1. A HUMAN ELEMENT looks like a wonderfully intense read.


  2. Bea, Jax and Liz, thanks so much for having me on today!

    1. Our pleasure! Best of luck with the tour.

  3. Marybelle, thanks for stopping by! This scene ends on quite an intense note too for poor Laura. But no spoilers here :) Good luck on the giveaway!

  4. I am reading A Human Element now and LOVING IT. About half-way through and there hasn't been a saggy middle or slow part yet.

    1. Laurie, thanks for reading A Human Element! Glad you're loving it. Hope I can do the sequel justice for you that I'm finishing now. It also starts with a bang but doesn't stop - keeps going up from there. And those saggy middles are what torment us novelists the most indeed!

  5. ooh intense excerpt..thanks so much for sharing this sounds so suspenseful!

    1. Kim, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt! Good luck with the giveaway.

  6. Sounds very exciting.

  7. Looks like it grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go!


    1. Vitajex, funny you say that as there are some other "throat ripping" scenes along the way...along with some tender moments too :)

  8. *Thank you* for sharing an excerpt! I have to say, that cover is very intriguing!


    1. Chelsea, I get so many comments on that cover. It is quite the dark and spooky. I even had a nightmare about those eyes once. Shouldn't have been editing before bed! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I was with them under the desk. My heart was racing. I hope they both survived. Great excerpt.

    1. MomJane, I cant say what happens except it ends well...and doesn't end well. I'm being cryptic on purpose! :) Hope you enjoy if you read.

  10. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com


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