Hello and welcome to my stop on the Forgetting Jane blog tour! Forgetting Jane is a Dark Paranormal Thriller by CJ Warrant. Enjoy!
Amnesia and an unspeakable crime have stolen everything from Jane Doe except the haunting image of a girl in a yellow dress, which replays itself over and over in her mind.
Small town cop Elias McAvoy is haunted as well, by the crushing guilt he feels over the deaths of two women, one by his own hand. He can’t-he won’t-let Jane down too.
Together they delve deeper into Jane’s case, battling against her memory loss, and an increasingly tangled web of lies and murder that span forty years-and ties Elias and Jane together in ways they never imagined. As the mystery of the girl in the yellow dress unfold, so does Elias and Jane’s love for each other. However, when the killer reappears, intent on finishing what he started, Elias must face his demons in order to save the woman he loves or lose her forever.
Through the gaps of the vertical blinds, the high fingernail moon cast no light. Not sure if she was right, but she assumed it had to be around midnight.
The howl of the loud wind caught her off guard. The fir tree against the building knocked and scratched against the windowpane, like nails on a chalkboard. Jane shuddered. Jumpy, and cold too; the thin sheet that covered her wasn’t enough to keep her warm.
She wanted a nurse. Jane needed answers. Her right hand touched the slender bed remote. Several times, she tried to pull it closer, but the cord snagged around the metal bed rail. Finally, the damn thing loosened.
Jane’s eyes focused in and out. The pictorials on the remote blurred. She pushed all the buttons at once. Her bed shifted up, then back. The TV flashed on, then off. A chirp echoed out, from where, she had no clue. She gave up and dropped it.
Closing her eyes, Jane concentrated on the noise around her. The beeping from the EKG broke the silence, though she was comforted by the continual sound. A sudden chill blew against her skin and startled her. Jane clutched at the thin sheet as her exhaled breath turned into a veil of white. The room turned frigid.
Instant pressure from inside Jane’s head made her nauseous. Vomit rose fast—she gagged it back, but the
slimy liquid came up too quick. She turned her head to one side, and let the bile expel from her mouth and down the side of her pillow. She wiped the foulness with her sheet.
She focused on the steady ceiling. The rolling in her stomach subsided, but her temples drummed hard and the back of her head burned deep into her skull. Shifting to the right for relief didn’t help.
The honed pain suddenly stopped, but the residue of hurt lingered. Jane threw up again.
Please don’t throw up. As Jane gulped in some air while trying to regain some control of her bodily functions.
The pain in her head intensified; she couldn’t focus on anything stable. She closed her eyes for a few minutes to concentrate on pushing back the pain. When she opened her eyes, a black figure hovered over her and swung something at her head. She screamed and instinctually blocked it with her arms.
With every hit, she recoiled into a ball. Tears flooded over as the spasms in her skull intensified.
Jane screamed again. The dark figure was gone, but replaced by images of the young girl in the yellow dress bulleted her mind like the rapid fire of a machine gun. One right after another, pictures of smiles and laughter, then of a blood covered face, then silence.
Jane convulsed with each gasping breath. She had no control of her body. Terror flooded every part of her. Without thought, she yanked the IV out of her arm and tried to sit up, but the room spun faster and faster, out of control. She wanted the hell out of there.
Her legs were tangled up in the sheets. Once freed, she dangled them off the side and planted her feet on the cold floor.
Her stomach cramped tight, more vomit escaped her mouth; the bile spewed down her gown and the floor. Jane slipped off the bed and collapsed onto the linoleum like a broken doll.
CJ Warrant is an Award Winning Author for dark romantic suspense and thrillers that pulls at your heart, makes you shiver with fear, and hope for a happy ending. A lover of coffee, baking and family, but not in that order—She’s a wife, a loving mother of three and a cosmetologist by trade. Drawing her experiences from her Korean Italian heritage and growing up as an Army brat, her stories stir in dark plots with addictive flawed characters you will fall in love with.
Visit CJ on the web at www.cjwarrant.com
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