The Thrill Of It All Blogfest

                                             We invite you to thrill us!

It was a spectacular canvas splashed in shades of oranges-reds-golds, as the sun disappeared behind the horizon.

The light faded and the sharp outline of the thatched-roof bungalow was reduced to an eerie silhouette. The idyllic beach view of a few hours earlier, complete with white sand and cerulean blue sea forming a picturesque background, was now replaced by shadows, barely visible in the last few moments before the light disappeared completely.

An unmistakeable scent of coconut wafted from the assorted cocktail glasses that were passed around.

Twelve committee members were represented at the gathering.

They spoke little.

Each person occupied with his own thoughts…

A distinguished gentleman sporting a walking cane claimed centre stage. "Welcome to this safari adventure."

All eyes swivelled in his direction.

"There are important decisions to be made—-"

"—and peoples' lives will be changed irrevocably," a beady-eyed man focused on the spiralling column of smoke that drifted from his fingers.

The nearby sea, as the tide rushed in, competed with the distant music of the jungle night.

"By the end of this evening, alliances will be forged—-"

Thud. The walking cane struck the floor.

"—and longstanding friendships will be tested," he stubbed the cigar in an empty glass.

The heartbeat of the jungle was raw and primitive.

It was living, breathing, pulsating; a cacophony of weird and wonderful sounds that combined to create a unique and sensual rhythm.

"All the deliberations of this evening will be undertaken with one goal in mind—-"


Heads nodded in accordance.

"—which will bind each individual to another… in a strange manner." 

They could feel the jungle rhythms. There was no escaping its power.


 The common goal hung in the atmosphere… a goal each one was committed to…

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And that's my contribution to the blogfest. This is a fictional piece. I hope you enjoyed it. You can click on the badge for further information, or to read more exciting stories. Later on, I'll hop around to check out some other thrilling stories!


  1. Carolyn Brown on June 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I love it, Michelle! I bet this ends gruesomely for everyone there! Great way to set the scene.

  2. Huntress on June 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Holy Cats! I'd turn the page in a heartbeat.

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on June 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Well now I want to know what happens next!

  4. Michael Di Gesu on June 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Excellent Michelle!

    You hit ALL the sense with this piece… I can smell the coconut and hear the sizzle as the cigar distinguishes inside the glass… Well done.

  5. Miss Tutti on June 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    As usual, very captivating! Beautiful!

  6. LD Masterson on June 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Well, during the opening description I was all ready to go. By the end, not so much.

    Nice job.

  7. Rena on June 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Very exciting. I definitely found myself pulled in. Good job.

  8. Tyrean on June 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I want to read more!!! Very thrilling, and captivating! I can smell the coconut.

  9. Murees Dupé on June 24, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Great job Michelle! Left me wanting more. 

  10. Beverly on June 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Yeah, left me wondering what's going to happen next.  Very sensory.  And I like the "thud"s throughout increasing in intensity and builder's the reader's suspense.  And like others I got the sense this was going to a very dark place… Fantastic, as always.

  11. L. Diane Wolfe on June 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I could really hear the jungle beat!

  12. Angela Brown on June 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I'm awed at this piece. I feel like I was there, hearing, smelling and sensing everything. I can't wait to see what happens next, so much anticipation!

    • Michelle Wallace on June 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Carolyn ~ The keyword is "gruesome"

      Huntress ~ Ha! I'm soooo chuffed with your response. You've made my day.

      Alex J ~ Hang in there, Cap'n. Everything in good time.

      Michael Di G ~ I'm trying to infuse more of the senses into my writing. I hope it's working.

      Miss Tutti ~ Thanks TJ.

      LD Masterson ~ I hope that's a good thing??

      Rena ~ Glad you were affected in this way…

      Tyrean ~ Ah, I'm soooo glad!

      Murees ~ I love that you're left wanting more.

      Beverly ~ You've got that right about the dark place… literally and figuratively…

      L.Diane ~ Ah! It's a primal vibe…

      Angela ~ Awed? That's great news, coming from a fabulous writer like yourself!

  13. C. Lee McKenzie on June 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Yay, Michelle! Do I see winning entry at the top?

  14. Al Diaz on June 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    You're such a teaser, Michelle. What happens next? Where are they? You'll have to continue it. 😀

  15. Elizabeth Seckman on June 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Great set up! Now I want to know what happens!

  16. Nicki Elson on June 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Really intense!  I love the visual you painted before we peek inside the house. 

  17. Suze on June 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Hmm. I think they are going on a search party of some sort. And they believe they are searching for an exotic animal but it ends up being a hybrid tribe of some sort — nearly human.


    How close am I? 🙂

  18. Carrie-Anne on June 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I like the sense of curiosity and eerieness this evokes.  Great cliffhanger to end on!

  19. Cherie Reich on June 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    What a great piece! I enjoyed the mystery of it!

  20. Mary on June 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Ooo! I felt like I stood there, pulse fluttering, palms sweating. Awesome.

  21. Annalisa Crawford on June 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Intriguing piece!

  22. Meradeth on June 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Amazing!! Definitely wish there were more to read 🙂

  23. Sherry Ellis on June 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    You have such a way with words!  I love your descriptive writing.  It utilizes all the senses!

  24. Stina Lindenblatt on June 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    B-but where's the rest??? 😀

  25. Carol Kilgore on June 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Great opening! 

    • Michelle Wallace on June 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      C.Lee ~ I don't know about that. There are sooooo many good entries.

      Al Diaz ~ Oh Al, I'm trying to write mystery/suspense… if it's working, then I'm on the right track (I only hope!) The emphasis is on the word "trying"…

      Elizabeth ~ You and countless others… LOL

      Nicki ~ I was hoping to achieve a certain level of intensity *air punches in glee*

      Suze ~ I LOVE your interpretation! I may have to re-think the entire plot… 🙂

      Carrie-Anne ~ Eerieness? I'm glad to see this word. *smiling*

      Cherie ~ I aimed for mystery/suspense elements in this piece… glad you enjoyed it.

      MPax ~ You've made my day! 🙂

      Annalisa ~ Thank you so much.

      Meradeth ~ I'll keep working on it. One step at a time. 🙂

      Sherry ~ I'm trying a multi-sensory approach in my writing. It takes practice…

      Stina ~ They say the cliffhanger approach is good. Keep your reader wanting more…? 🙂

      Carol ~ Thanks!

  26. tara tyler on June 25, 2013 at 12:09 am

    ooo! thrilling beginning of an exciting adventure!! stupendous! keep going!

  27. Emily R. King on June 25, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Now I want to eat coconut! Funny reponse, huh? I guess that means I love it!

  28. Stephen Tremp on June 25, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Something bad, which means good, is going to happen. Yeah, I would read on. Nicely done!

  29. Samantha on June 25, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Oh boy! That was so intense. I feel like the hunger games are about to begin or something 😀

  30. Sheena-kay Graham on June 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

    The suspense is palpable. Great excerpt, you want to know more.

  31. S.P.Bowers on June 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Oh, man, you lost me at coconut.  Note to self, no blogging while hungry.


  32. Misha on June 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Ooh you definitely have me curious. 😀

  33. Heather M. Gardner on June 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I love the thud of the cane! Very THRILLING!

    Thanks for participating!

  34. Jemi Fraser on June 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I like it!! You've definitely captured my interest!!

  35. Elise Fallson on June 25, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    You're so good at setting up the scene and building tension. Love this. And yes, I definitely want to know more!  (: 

  36. Sarah Allen on June 26, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I can totally feel it. Good work!!

    <a href="">Sarah Allen

    (From Sarah, With Joy)</a>

  37. Lara Lacombe on June 26, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Oooh–nice opening! 🙂

  38. Dana on June 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Intriguing! I want more!

  39. Michelle Wallace on June 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Tara Tyler ~ Thanks for hosting such a "stupendously thrilling" blog hop!  🙂 🙂

    Emily ~ Coconut clusters are tasty!

    Stephen ~ Okay, I like the way you phrased this… bad = good.

    Samantha ~ Hunger Games? Ooh, I like the way your mind works. What a comparison… 🙂

    Sheena-Kay ~ Thank you.

    Sara P ~ See my "coconut comment" above. LOL

    Misha ~ Stay curious. Curious = good. 🙂

    Heather ~ It was my pleasure to THRILL the readers. Thank you for hosting this wonderful bloghop.

    Jemi ~ Thanks Jem. 🙂

    Elise ~ All in good time. Hang in there E!

    Sarah Allen ~ Thank you so much.

    Lara ~ Thank you. 🙂

    Dana ~ I'm glad you found it intriguing!

  40. Julie Flanders on June 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Wow this is awesome! I hated to get to the end of the post, really want to read more. Great piece!

  41. Melissa Maygrove on June 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Wow! Great entry!

    And what's the deal? EVERYONE is sprucing up their blog. Nice! 😀

  42. Morgan Shamy on June 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Totally enjoyed this! Wonderful writing. Thanks for sharing, Michelle! 

  43. Crystal Collier on June 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    WHAT?!?! That's all you're going to give me? Mean writer. Mean, mean writer. *pouty face*

  44. Medeia Sharif on June 27, 2013 at 12:24 am

    So good. I wanted it to continue. 

  45. Rachel Schieffelbein on June 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Very well done! Quite thrilling. 🙂

  46. Julie on June 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Talk about being on the edge of your seat!! THRILLS galore!!! Why do I have a sudden urge for  a Mounds Bar?! 

  47. Rachel Morgan on June 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Such vivid descriptions!

  48. Michelle Wallace on June 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Julie F ~ Glad you found it awesome!

    Melissa ~ My blog was waaaay overdue for a makeover… 🙂

    Morgan ~ Thanks for the visit and kind words!

    Crystal ~ I love that pouty face… 🙂 It definitely suits you. *giggles*

    Medeia ~ Thank you Medeia!

    Rachel S ~ Glad that I could provide some thrills.

    Julie K.P. ~ Okay, now you have me baffled…. what's a Mounds Bar?

    Rachel M ~ Vivid = clear images… and I hope that's what ran through your mind.

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