TUESDAY EXCERPTS: “NOT HERE”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, originally hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea and now hosted by I’d Rather Be at the Beach; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is an reviewARC from an author:  Not Here:  A Dina Ostica Novel, by Genevieve Noscovo: Would you surrender your free will to save your life?
A city in turmoil. A neighbor disappears. When her concerns are written off, Dina investigates on her own — and becomes a target, at the mercy of those in control…

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Intro:  Dina Ostica tried to scream, but her voice was trapped in her throat.  Her shoulder blades pressed against the fence.

He grabbed her upper arm, pushing her back, as he lifted the knife to her neck.

“Drop. Your. Bag.”  He shook her with each word, six-foot frame looming.

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Teaser:  Dina willed the image of Tom to fill her opponent’s frame.  This was her opportunity for vengeance. (56%).

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Synopsis:  In San Francisco, where the poor are systematically displaced by well-off yuppies, Dina Ostica is part of the problem. The damaged, determined twenty-three-year-old scrambles to make a name for herself in the burgeoning world of podcasting, with the city as her muse. She is hell-bent on professional success, thinking it will mend her broken spirit.

But when her go-to source on local history disappears without warning, she begins to uncover an uncanny pattern that hits too close to home, getting her tied up in the city’s underbelly.

What follows is a gritty tale of exploitation, betrayal, and the strength one needs to survive the whims of those in power.

Will Dina escape or fall victim to the injustice chewing up the city?

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Would you keep reading?

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