Sunday, December 18, 2016

WeWri Wa: A Heartache Tonight . . .


With PRINCE OF HONOR available for consumption and PRINCE OF POWER in the hands of my Beta reader, you’d think I’d take a breather . . . and maybe finish my Christmas decorating. But no. The minute I close one book, scenes from the next start dancing like those annoying Sugar Plum Fairies. Sigh. I surrender to the muse and open a file for PRINCE OF FOOLS, Book 3 in my “House of Terriot” foursome.

If Turow is the silent, stalwart prince and Colin the rock of cynical pragmatism, Frederick “Rico” Terriot is the impulsive, reckless, wildcard who follows his emotions . . . which are unfortunately fixated on his brother Colin’s new mate, overlooking the tender-hearted Amber, his sensible bartender sounding board who is always there to pick up the pieces. Here’s a peek at one of my new scenes from PRINCE OF FOOLS:


Amber stepped inside, immediately turning on the welcoming glow of the kitchen overhead, illuminating an image that burned from widening eyes to the pit of her belly, and below. 


Frederick Terriot stood on her doorstep, hair plastered to his skull, raindrops hanging from his obscenely long lashes, the rain turning his white dress shirt all but transparent as it clung in graphic definition to his divinely sculpted torso. Her mouth went dry, probably from hanging open like a gawking teen-age girl, but another part of her came awake as if from a long winter slumber. 

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately, all of hers. 

“I shouldn’t,” he began, wary now and worried about her, about taking advantage of a situation she’d been trying to push on him like a frontend loader since the first day she’d seen his lovelorn features on the other side of the bar. 

“Don’t be silly,” she coaxed with a smile. “You’re drenched and more than a little drunk, so come in to dry off and get some coffee for the road.” 

“Evie—” 

“I figured this would be a late night so she’s at the sitter until morning.” She didn’t confess she’d hoped it would be a night she didn’t spend alone, and because of the friendship she used to artfully disguise a rather desperate seduction, Rico shrugged and stepped in from the cold.


In the words of the Eagles, there’s gonna be a heartache tonight!


Hope you’re all geared up for the holidays and find an enthusiastic muse in your stockings!


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45 comments:

  1. Oh my, yes! Keep the books coming!

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  3. "...about taking advantage of a situation she’d been trying to push on him like a frontend loader since the first day she’d seen his lovelorn features on the other side of the bar".

    This phrase is pure gold. Love it.

    It has the mix of a smoky gum-shoe story and sultry speak-easy. Bring it on, sugar!

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    1. Sometimes a girl has gotta make a move! Thanks, Kim!

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  4. I was gonna quote the same line Kim did, so I'll just say ditto instead! I'm already hooked like crazy, Nancy. This is awesomely written!

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    1. THANK YOU, Julie! That's a lovely holiday gift!

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  5. Dynamite! Love the intermitten song-so fun and delightful. Way to go. Happy Holidays, my friend

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    1. Thanks, Charmaine! Building my playlist early. And Happy Holidays to you, too!!

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  6. Woohoo! Well we have *got* to have more from this scene!!!

    Merry Christmas & a very happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Marcia! I'm sure you will. It'll be a looooong stretch before I'm finished. Enjoy the Season!

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  7. lol - raindrops hanging from obscenely long lashes - I have a friend (male) and he has those lashes and it's so not fair!
    Great snippet. Tweeted.

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! I know...nature is cruel!

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  8. Ooh, delish! But will she hate herself in the morning???

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    1. Thanks, Di!! We shall see (but I doubt it . . . well, maybe for tall the wrong reasons!).

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  9. Maybe Amber will get her chance to be noticed now...enjoyed the excerpt, loved the front end loader simile!

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    1. Thanks, Jean! Sometimes you just can't be subtle!

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  10. "Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly... :)

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    1. LOL! Oh, I don't think he's all that innocent . . .

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  11. I'm intrigued to know how the night will go. :) Great snippet.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Not as one might suspect. ; )

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  12. Reading about the shirt plastered to his sculpted body immediately made me think of a Pride & Prejudice ADAPTATION - called - Lost in Austen. You must look this up and see where a 21st century woman convinces Mr. Darcy to submerge himself in his pond, giving her a sexy post modern moment.

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    1. Hmmm, must reacquaint with P&P. On my holiday to do list now!

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  13. I sense that things aren't going to stay platonic. Great tease.

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  14. Great build-up for what (I hope) is to come. ;)

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  15. Oh-oh, she's playing with fire, Terriot fire...hope she doesn't get burned too badly. Great snippet and loved the tune.

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    1. Thanks, Dr. E! Working on my playlist already.

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  16. Ooh, this reminds me of that scene from the older Pride & Prejudice movie... where Mr. Darcy goes swimming in a white shirt... ;)
    He does probably need to dry off, though. Love your 'frontend loader,' simile!

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  17. Someone is going to get their heart broken tonight, I fear.

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    1. Probably the one who remembers it . . .

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  18. Oh, she's got in him in the door. That's a step closer to what she wants. Great snippet! :)

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    1. Thanks, Elaine. Enjoying the heat (especially when it's been 4-14 degrees here in MI!).

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  20. Just like a sexy Christmas package delivered right to her doorstep. I hope it doesn't come with receiver's remorse. Happy Holidays, Nancy!

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    1. I can't see her (or anyone!) returning that! And a Happy Holidays to you, too, Jenna!

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  21. Sounds like there might be trouble ahead. Hopefully it's fun trouble!

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  22. Ooo he sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing this just before the holidays! ;)

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  23. Tantalizing. I can see why she's doing a little drooling. :)

    Merry Christmas, Nancy!

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