Sunday, September 24, 2017

WeWriWa: From Split Infinitives to Split Lips

Corrections are done on PRINCE OF FOOLS (cue fireworks!) Now it’s final read through time then off to formatting. So far . . . so good! I’m going to hate to let this one go. It’s been a surprise (in a good way!) from page-one to page-end both with characters and situations, and never seemed as hard as it should have been for a third book out of four. Except for keeping track of ages and time . . . it’s always math! I’m sharing a pivotal scene that changes everything between the hero and heroine, and will finish it next week.

He pressed to his swelling jaw the cold cloth Amber had brought from the small bathroom then let her take it from him to efficiently mop away the blood as if he were her child. That’s probably how she viewed him through those really lovely dark eyes . . . large, expressive eyes fringed with a feathering of thick lashes . . . eyes that saw right through him. 

“So,” she began, making him wince as she wiped his torn lip, “what are you going to do now?” 

A shrug and a flippant, “Squander what I have left then crawl home on my belly to beg for Cale’s forgiveness.” 

“A noble plan.” 

Squinting his good eye at her sarcasm, Rico drawled, “It’s not like I have any marketable skills. 

“You sell yourself short when your name alone could open any number of doors here in New Orleans.” 

“I’m tired of riding on my name,” he growled, snatching the cloth from her and tossing it aside, “and I’m tired of being that unreliable nothing in a family of somebodies.” 

“The only one who can change that opinion is you, if you really want to.” 

He shook his head and laughed, “You don’t know me, always looking for something in me that’s not there, and why is that?”

Time for this big, not so dumb guy to grow up, you think? Especially after a practical shove from the heroine in the next excerpt . . . stay tuned.

PRINCE OF FOOLS is up from pre-order. I never get tired of sharing the cover . . .

A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid . . .

Rico . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…

Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?

“5 Captivating Stars (or Hearts)! A stunningly raw, heart racing story that held me in a trance from cover to cover! Intense and seductive paranormal romance/suspense at its best – PRINCE OF FOOLS is another Page Burning, Must Read by an author that delivers every single time!” – Cross My Heart Reviews

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Back to reading . . . as soon as I see what you’ve been up to.

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  1. Nice line! “and I’m tired of being that unreliable nothing in a family of somebodies.”

    Sounds like there is a change on the way!

  2. A powerful scene, very well written. This book is definitely on my tbr list. Good luck when you launch.

  3. Oh, the tension is building here. I wonder if it will blow up in a good or bad way.

  4. Nancy, this is exceptional although he doesn't believe himself.

    1. Thanks, Charmaine. Not yet, but that tide is turning!

  5. Well he's clearly been beaten down a few times and doesn't have a good perspective at the moment. Interesting snippet!

    1. Thanks, Jean. More than a few times, most by his own doubts.

  6. This is a great line: "I’m tired of being that unreliable nothing in a family of somebodies." It could apply to the hero of my WIP (not the book I'm currently highlighting on WeWriWa).

  7. I feel like he's met his match, and doesn't know it yet. ;)

  8. Sometimes other people see your best self. It takes a leap of faith to see it, too, though!

    Oh, math. It's my nemesis, too. ;)

    1. Do't get me started on numbers . . . this from the poor partially dyslexic one!

  9. Aw, I could feel his despair and her tenderness as she tried to get him to see that he's worth it. Great snippet!