I jumped back on instinct and fell into the sand. A wilted reed of grass rammed up my nose and I screamed. Sneezing bug eggs and cooties, I scrambled to my feet and chased the offending bird across the sand. Two more birds joined him in the air and attacked.
Whatever they all wanted, it was flesh colored and I wanted it too. Sebastian shoved two fingers in his lips and whistled. Fargas jogged toward me, a look of shock on his face. Yeah, yeah. I pointed to the sky.
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The birds circled in the air, stretching the thing in their beaks and flapping with vigor. A mob of birders appeared from the trees like magic. A woman in hip waders and a dirty shirt charged Fargas. I tossed shells at the birds circling overhead. Fargas toppled into the sand beside me, crushed beneath the rampaging woman. Her giant binoculars bounced off his forehead and he went limp.
He scooped a handful of rocks from the sand and pulled his arm back. A shower of feathers burst above me and a bird fell from the sky. The others squawked complaints, but headed out to sea. I ran for the grounded bird and yanked the skin from his beak. He flapped his wings and waddled in a daze across the sand. You hit that bird with a rock! She raised her fists and Sebastian spun her around, cuffing her and reciting her rights. I flipped the fleshy prize in my hands, struggling to make sense of what the birds had worked so hard to keep.
I tugged and squeezed the thing, looking past the damage done from multiple bird beaks.
Realization dawned. My tummy lurched. I dropped the thing and ran in a tiny circle, unsure which way to go for bleach and a fast hand-removal surgery.
I rubbed my palms over the seat of my pants until they hurt. Sebastian finished reading Waders her rights. A line of EMTs-turned-beachcombers surrounded Fargas. One checked his vitals. One followed the waddling bird and radioed the park ranger for assistance.
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We had two head injuries, six EMTs and no ambulance. I marched in big, knee-to-my-chest steps, trying not to think of the thing I would never forget. I covered my eyes with one hand. The one without lifelong cooties. With the other hand, I pointed to the item saved from the seagulls.
What exciting story are you working on next? I have a YA fantasy ready for submissions. My mind is never quiet. When did you first consider yourself a writer? I started thinking of myself as a writer after my first novella was published in That was the moment the light bulb came on and I realized…maybe I can really do this! Do you write full-time?
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If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write? I do a lot of writing and plotting at the pool. Life was much different then! This is the first year since I started writing 5 years ago that all three kids are in school all day, so I try to write as much as possible during school hours. I want my kids to see me working hard to chase my dream and be inspired by the effort. Which it would if I let it.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
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I think most writers are quirky and we probably all do the same things. Community commitments and punch a time clock. Women know all about how easy it is to leave the house wearing two different shoes. Imagine trying to solve a murder too. Car bombs? But what about golf cart chases, cat dates and missing eyebrows?
Cover Art by Harlequin Enterprises Limited. Murder Comes Ashore Patience Price is just settling into her new life as resident counselor on Chincoteague Island when things take a sudden turn for the worse. A collection of body parts have washed up on shore and suddenly nothing feels safe on the quaint island. Patience instinctively turns to current crush and FBI special agent Sebastian for help, but former flame Adrian is also on the case, hoping that solving the grisly crime will land him a win in the upcoming mayoral election.
About Julie: Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Learn more about Julie at :. Follow along and leave comments for a chance to win books and prizes.
Thanks for letting me be part of your blog tour, Julie. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.
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