Thursday Spotlight: Doralynn Kennedy

Skullduggery Amidst the Ruins

Hello, Doralynn here, thought I’d include a quick excerpt from my character Danny’s perspective in this essay. I’ll give you the background on the real Danny. Dan Webb was one of my partner’s in the military police. We had some interesting assignments together. In a way, Danny was the love of my life. Unfortunately, I let him get away. He once told me I’d regret that. I guess he was right. I used his real name in this novel, though this character is not like the real Danny. Danny was as faithful as they come. I’m sure some lucky woman is now married to the love of my life.

Excerpt from Sleeping With Skeletons,available at The Wild Rose Press:

The farmhouse’s blackened skeleton rose like an indistinct shadow in the diminishing daylight. Even from the orchard road the air smelled of sulfur. Danny hid the car in the trees, wondering how far behind his pursuer was, then made his way toward the sprawling, burned-out structure.

An eerie silence hung over the charred remains, and apart from a few nearby animal noises and his footsteps, there were no other sounds. He stepped over the shredded remains of the red and yellow fire and crime scene tape, ignored the danger signs, and walked into what had once been an entrance hall.

One side of the house, though severely fire damaged, still stood. Beams that shouldered the ceiling now leaned precariously, some were fallen and broken, collapsed against furniture that had been warped and melted in the fire’s heat. Charred and crumbling stairs led up into even greater destruction. Most of the second floor was gone, and what remained lay below his feet or slumped against the first floor’s scorched walls.

The place was ready to collapse. If anything of significance still existed in this rubble, he needed to find it quickly. The demolition crews would arrive tomorrow to clear away the debris. He only hoped the place didn’t bury him in the meantime.

I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt. If you’d like to spend more time in the company of spies, let me recommend my debut novel, Sleeping With Skeletons.


  1. Hi Doralynn,

    I enjoyed your post today and also the excerpt from your book. It does sound really good. I think I’ll be adding it to my BTB list.

  2. Karen, you won’t be sorry. It’s an excellent readl

    Doralynn, have you ever tried to look Dan up to see what he’s doing now.


  3. Hi Doralynn,

    Loved the excerpt! I have to agree with Karen. It’s on my list too!

  4. Hi Karen, thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Wish I could sign that for you when you buy it. Doralynn

  5. Hi Deb, I can’t track him down… which worries me. I joined some of the Facebook groups for my old Army units, but he’s not in any of them. I sure hope nothing’s happened to him. Thanks for all your kind words for Skeletons. Doralynn

  6. Hi Lisa, I appreciate that. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Wish I could sign your copy as well — when you pick it up. Thanks again. Doralynn

  7. Hi Doralynn,
    I’m hooked….I ant to know what happens next…Well I will be ordering it tonite. I wish I had more to read now…
    I also understand losing someone. I have since found someone else but you always wonder what if….

  8. very interesting post and liked the excerpt.

  9. Your writing really flows, Doralynn, you give us such a great mental picture.

  10. Hi Heidi, that is so true… it seems there is always someone who makes you wonder what if. And I’m so happy to hear you’re hooked and plan to order! Thanks so much! Doralynn

  11. Hi Robyn, thank you for stopping in and reading/posting again. I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Doralynn

  12. Hi Cathy, thanks for reading. I appreciate your comment so much. Doralynn

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