Sunday, February 9, 2020

WeWriWa: Back to Business . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT


I’ve been pretty much absent for the past month, either sick or off with writer pals, but now it’s time for both me and my W.I.P. to get back to business. And in this scene from RISE BY MOONLIGHT, my hero Max Savoie is all about long overdue business with his past and with his pack.


Max Savoie was hardly a stranger on the docks. As Jimmy Legere’s enigmatic enforcer, he’d often stood at his boss’s back, a silent grim reaper shadow warning of dark deeds to come. Since he’d discovered his kinship to those who toiled at the dank Mississippi’s edge, his presence sparked different reactions, welcome in some, suspicion in others depending upon whether they viewed him as savior or destroyer of their kind, but none were neutral.

Though he could move like a ghost, unfelt and practically unseen, Max chose to let those of his kind sense his presence immediately. Instead of his usual Armani, he wore casual chinos and a plain tee shirt beneath the long sweep of his black raincoat to signal this was no business visit. Work stopped as his red hightops traveled the water-pooled concrete, no greeting hailing him from the suddenly still and silent group, making him feel about as welcomed as a cargo of spoiled shrimp.

Philo Tibideaux exited the foreman’s trailer Jacques LaRoche once made his home. The tall redhead purposefully didn’t welcome him with a nod, nor was there any sign of one in his inscrutable expression as he waited on the top step for Max to come to him. He let Max wait a long, rather uncomfortable minute at the foot of the stairs before finally offering a cool greeting.

“What brings you out in the light of day, Savoie?”

I’m almost finished with a second edit of RbM and from there, it’s off to BETA readers while I get all my PR efforts in order along with cover, back copy and plans to promote. I’ve seen a rough copy of my cover and WOW, it’s to die for. Can’t wait to show you the final product. Until then, it’s back to the keyboard to take care of the business of writing.


February is one of my favorite months because it’s the shortest one of winter leading into spring. Hope those of you in chilly states like mine here in Michigan are staying warm. Until next week, Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!!



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31 comments:

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    1. Those darn Alpha guys just don't know how to behave.

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  2. Great imagery! I love "as welcomed as a cargo of spoiled shrimp."

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  3. I LOVE the atmosphere in this snippet. Wow!

    I don't know how to approach reading these books, Nancy. In order, or will stand alone work???

    And... I had NO idea you live in Michigan! I would have bet my next paycheck that you live down in the delta. You write it so well, I'd think you'd have to be from there.

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    1. The early books are still around but pricy. I hope to get the rights back so I can reissue them. I suggest starting with Remembered By Moonlight so you can get the main plots and characters introduced to you as Max tries to rebuild his stolen memory. I've been to NOLA times now and two of those were extended visits. Maybe it's because my mom was raised in the South. Thanks for the great compliment!

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    2. Cool. I already have it in my Kindle library. :-)

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  4. Lot of tension there. Great snippet.
    Tweeted.

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  5. You have a way of painting the scene and drawing the reader right in. Great snippet as usual. :)

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  6. Great description and that final line brings up the tension.

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    1. It's all in where to spot those excerpts! I'm a sucker for a cliff hanger.

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  7. Beautifully atmospheric snippet, I really enjoyed it!

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  8. Great description, and I love how you use it to become part of the action.

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    1. Thanks, Ed! Nothing worse than action without movement.

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  9. Welcome back, Nancy! Let me add my kudos to your description of Max in this scene. So well-written and vivid. You are a wizard with your words! :)

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    1. If I was a wizard, I'd let my computer do the writing for me and sleep in longer. Thanks, Julie!

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  10. Wow, that was a long and uncomfortable walk indeed but I thoroughly enjoyed all the details you supplied, which built the tension for me as the reader. Can't wait to see what happens next - terrific excerpt!

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    1. Thanks, Jean! Any longer and it would be a Sergio Leone western!

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  11. I really enjoyed your imagery. I wish I could take the time to describe settings and character descriptions like you do. Made me want to read more!

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta

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  12. Love the visuals in this scene, and that final greeting is perfect!

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  13. This does not bode well. Disrespect? BTW, love the red high-tops. Glad you're back. Can't wait to read this.

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  14. Frosty reception much?
    Great description, especially the "crate of spoiled shrimps".

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