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Monday, October 22, 2012

Excerpt from The Perfect Clone by M.L. Stephens

Welcome to my stop at The Perfect Clone Tour, organized by Bookish Brunette Book Tours. I'll be posting an excerpt from the book today, which was supposed to be posted earlier in the day but I've been having internet connection problems hence the lateness of this post.

Title: The Perfect Clone
Author: M.L. Stephens
Published: September 14th 2012
Publisher: Self-published
Sticking to codes of moral conduct is no longer an option. Laura’s tried that before and failed miserably. With a second chance at life, she’s determined to make society play by her rules for a change.

Richard has secretly cultivated Laura’s talents for years, waiting for the perfect moment to pull her into his tangled web. It’s difficult enough to clone a child using DNA from an ancient shroud, but convincing Laura to help him might prove to be the bigger challenge.

With her own agenda in mind, Laura takes on the cloning project and is plunged into a world filled with secret societies, deception, murder and…apparitions? As her perception on reality shifts, Laura begins to question everything. What if Richard’s quest to create a clone to save humanity, is instead, The Perfect Clone for destruction?


The tangled hunk of metal resembled macabre art that had been brutally lodged into an oak tree rather than the automobile it had once been. Broken shards of glass sparkled against blue and red flashing police lights.

Lying on the asphalt, covered with a blue sheet, was the body of a man. How she knew that she wasn’t sure, she just knew, but wasn’t interested. Her focus was on someone else.

The EMT’s and police were too busy gaining control of the situation to notice the curious by-stander who’d slid past the barriers. Laura crept over to the paramedics as they rapidly worked to revive the female victim they’d pulled from the wreckage. Despite a deep revulsion to death, Laura was mesmerized.

Blood that once warmly circulated in the woman’s veins had brutally escaped, forming into puddles on the dark pavement.

Hues of death colored the victim’s skin; skin that had once been rosy. Dark red liquid gelled into a glue-like substance on the woman’s face. Hair that had been meticulously fashioned earlier in the evening was caked with hardened sludge. The woman’s crimson evening gown was ripped open in the front, allowing the paramedics to do their work.

Feeling strangely connected to the life-less figure, Laura knelt down. She had to get closer. She had to see the woman’s face. The EMT’s didn’t stop her.

“Clear,” The paramedic shouted to his comrades as the defibrillator came to life. The corpse’s upper body lifted against the assault of the paddles.

Curious fascination turned into raging disbelief. Recognition flooded her senses and slammed hard against her chest. She knew this woman!

What the hell? How was this possible? This was all wrong. The body of the female victim belonged to her! She couldn't be dead. Not yet—not like this. Laura screamed at her lifeless figure, trying to rouse it. The sound was frozen. She wasn’t finished with her life. She had to get back.

“Clear,” the paramedic shouted again as he pressed the paddles into her chest.

“Lady, don’t you dare die! I have a flawless record and I’ll be damned if you break it. Not tonight. Not on my watch. Breathe, damn you, breathe!”

About M.L. Stephens

I'm just an every day Mrs. Joe, except that I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!


1 comment:

  1. Romance Reader EnthusiastOctober 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    This sounds like an interesting read and will have to make sure to add this to my TBR list. Thank you for posting this at your site. Otherwise, I may have missed out on this book.


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