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Sunday, November 27, 2016

WeWriWa: Save that Scene! (and a Blog Tour Giveaway!)


Hard pressed to trim at least 3,000 words from my W-I-P, PRINCE OF POWER (even after my first edit pass!), I’m reminded of a very important lesson learned – Never delete anything!! While editing an earlier book, I was busily tossing away unneeded scenes when I had an epiphany – Words should never be wasted! The material I was deleting could have been used as extra content, recycled into a different book or, duh, sequel. Now, with every project, I have a “Deleted Scenes” file to tuck away those gone but don’t want forgotten bits and pieces. I’m dipping into my PRINCE OF HONOR file today as I sit still in a tryptophan coma after Turkey Day Two with the family to share an excerpt with Black Friday in mind (and thankfully in the rearview) that wasn’t used in the book.

“Aren’t you carrying your princely House of Terriot gold card?” Sylvia asked, turning to him with a cat-in-tasty-cream smile and the sizzling double entendre, “Remember, you get what you pay for.” 

What was he thinking? What was he thinking with? Sylvia Terriot had been entrusted into his care by his king, his only duty getting her safely and securely to their mountain compound, not horizontal in the closest hotel room. 

As if unaware of his moral dilemma, Sylvia passed the clerk her choice of drool-worthy undergarments, a pair of slim black jeans and a stretchy red top that took no imagination at all to envision hugging her tempting curves. “I’d like to try these on.” 

Seeing the clerk’s gaze widened as it followed the chain from her cuffed wrist to his, Sylvia laughed, unconcerned, then leaned close to whisper, “Consider it like one of those bungie cord things that parents use to keep track of their children in crowds.” She winked, letting a sultry glance slide up Turow’s inseam and torso to flirt with his round-eyed stare as she added, “Only for consenting adults.” 

Forget the hotel—the dressing room would do!


How ‘bout you? Do you recycle, repurpose, reuse your words?

Tomorrow PRINCE OF HONOR is hitting the road on a Blog Tour, including a rafflecopter giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card. I might be dipping back into that Deleted Scenes file for one of my posts. Follow along. I’ve got fun interviews, blog posts and reviews share.



November 28, 2016
T's Stuff - Spotlight
Books, Dreams, Life - Spotlight


November 29, 2016
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - Spotlight
Booklover Sue - Spotlight

November 30, 2016
Supernatural Central - Spotlight
Ramblings of a Book Nerd - Spotlight

December 1, 2016
Share My Destiny - Spotlight
Houston Havens - Spotlight

December 2, 2016
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer - Interview
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too! - Spotlight

December 5, 2016
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom - Guest Blog
Ali - The Dragon Slayer - Spotlight

December 6, 2016
Sylv all about books and films - Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books - Spotlight

December 7, 2016
Books and Tales - Guest Blog
Ogitchida Kwe's Book Blog - Spotlight

December 8, 2016
I Smell Sheep - Review
Mello and June, It's a Book Thang! - Spotlight

December 9, 2016
Lisa's Loves (Books of Course) - Spotlight
The Cubicle Escapee - Spotlight

December 12, 2016
Hart's Romance Pulse - Guest Blog
Fantatical Paranormal Romantical - Review
Sapphyria's Book Reviews - Spotlight


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33 comments:

  1. Oh that bungie cord! LOL. That was such a terrific line, only for consenting adults. And it was so easy to see how easily his interest "perked up". Very good snippet.

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    1. Thanks, Chelle!! So sad not to use it cuz it was so much fun!

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    2. Smiling. That was cool and naughty, all in one. Awesome snippet, Nancy.

      I also recycle discarded poetry šŸ™ˆ

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    4. Thanks, Kim! Waste not, want not!!

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  2. Nancy, this snippet, rated X, is funny and charming. Terrific in every way.

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    1. Not X-rated . . . not yet! Thanks, Charmaine!

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  3. So sad you couldn't use this scene. It is hysterical and playful and gives such character to the heroine. Love her just for the bungie cord/consenting adult reference!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! These two have such chemistry throughout the book. This is just one example (but one of my favorites!).

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  4. Great snippet! I do love this scene! Though, I don't think they'll make it to the room. Maybe the elevator? ;)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! Wherever . . . they'd better hurry!

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  5. If she's trying to distract him from his mission, I'd say it's working quite well!

    I agree, might as well keep cut scenes, in case they might be useful.

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    1. Thanks, Caitlin! Yes, she is a distracting creature!

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  6. I have the same kind of deleted scene folder too! And oh Sylvia's saucy–– I love it! Yay for the upcoming Blog Tour. :D

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    1. Thanks, Amy. Tours . . . love 'em and am exhausted by them at the same time.

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  7. Such a shame you weren't able to use this scene. I loved it. I wonder if they were able to make the hotel room?

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    1. Thanks, Rachel!! I don't know. The scene didn't go that far.

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  8. Too bad you couldn't use this. Funny! Love her sense of humor...and quick thinking.

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  9. Whoa. Okay. I can't blame him feeling a bit intimidated.

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    1. LOL! He's a big boy. He can handle it . . . and her!

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  10. You had be chuckling on that last line. I wish you could use this scene.I liked it.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. It was part of a larger piece, but this was my favorite section!

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  11. Well that was steamy fun. Good thing you saved this scene....excellent excerpt. It has to fit somewhere, sometime!

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    1. Thanks, Jean! I'll find a place, sometime, somewhere. For now, it's got light of day and that's enough!

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  12. Stephen King talks about killing your darlings. This is certainly a darling.

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    1. That's why I kept it carefully tucked away. Thanks!!

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  13. This snippet starts off rather normally, only to see my expectations explode once you got to the chain. :-)

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  14. Nice scene. We know what he was thinking with.

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  15. Congrats on the tour, the book looks great and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  16. I would love to read this! Sounds like a great read!

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