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About the author:
Katie is currently working on her second novel.
What inspired you to write your book?
I hope you enjoy Melanie and Ryan’s adventure.
Here is a short sample from the book:
I hummed to the music as I walked back from the food shack. When I reached the bleachers, I noticed Melanie was gone. I scanned the ice to see if she had joined George and Marcy, but could not find them in the crowd of skaters. Abandoning the coffee on the bleachers, I hurried to the ice to search for them.
“You look like you’ve seen a ghost, Ryan. What’s the matter?” Marcy took my arm and pulled me to the center of the rink.
“Where is Melanie?”
Marcy looked around. “I haven’t seen her in a while.”
I checked the bleachers a second time to make sure I hadn’t missed her, then scanned the area around the ice rink. “We need to find Melanie now!”
“What’s going on?” George asked.
“Just find her.”
George hurried off to the parking lot, still wearing his skates, Marcy walked the perimeter of the rink and I backtracked to the food shack.
An image of the man in the hat entered my head, causing my heart to race. How could I have been so stupid, I thought. I sprinted around the outside of the ice calling out to Melanie. For the first time in a year, I did not care that I was bringing attention to myself.
Marcy grasped my arm when I passed her. “George just called. She’s not in the parking lot. I can’t find her either.”
“Call the police.” I pointed to the bleaches across the way. “I think someone took her.”
Fear gripped me as I continued jogging around the property in my ice skates calling my wife’s name.
An announcement interrupted the Christmas music. “Ryan Fowler please report to the restroom area.”
A security guard pointed the restrooms out to me. I moved as quickly as my skates permitted, praying Melanie was not harmed. My knees weakened when I saw a crowd of people gathered around a woman lying on the ground. A woman with long, ash-blond hair.