Sunday, October 4, 2020

WeWriWa: Divided We Fall . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT and a Spooktacular Event!

It’s tough being a friend . . . but it’s even worse to lose one, especially when something or someone is the catalyst forming that impossible-to-breach wedge of distance and silence. One side has to make the first move. And in today’s excerpt, that’s Philo Tibideaux who has let pride and hurt get between him and his bestie, Jacques LaRoche.  

Philo Tibideaux rarely visited Cheveux du Chien, not since he’d punched out his best friend, intent upon severing all ties forever. Though a call from Rico Terriot was the reason for his presence, tonight he wanted to see if that link was irreparably broken.

He and his baby brother had saved Jacques LaRoche when he’d been dumped in New Orleans without a name, a memory, or a friend. They’d taken him in, given him shelter and purpose, helped him rebuild his life into a good one. Until a female from the North arrived to reclaim the past they’d shared.

 At the time, Philo reacted as if betrayed, as if Jacques had assumed his Northern bodyguard persona to have Susanna Duchamps and the child they shared, turning his back on their friendship. In truth, the pain of being replaced at his side, first by Savoie’s promises, then by the lovely outsider, had forced that regrettable fracture. Whether encouraged by the passage of time or finding his own soulmate, Philo needed to make amends. If possible. 

Can time heal all wounds? Words of apology rescind statements made in anger? I guess he’ll find out next week when we find out what pushed him to make amends.

In celebration of my favorite month and holiday, RISE BY MOONLIGHT and I are participating in Bewitching Blog Tour’s Haunted Halloween Spooktacular again this year. Ring bells on the blog stops listed below to enter chances for some delicious prizes, including my offering of “By Moonlight,” the over-sized three-book collector addition containing the first three books of the series, Masked by Moonlight, Chased by Moonlight and Captured by Moonlight, personally signed for the winner. 

October 1 ➤ Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
October 2 ➤ Pine Enshrined Reviews
October 5 ➤ Roxanne’s Realm
October 6 ➤ The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
October 7 ➤ Jazzy Book Reviews
October 8 ➤ Sapphyria's Books
October 9 ➤ JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
October 12 ➤ Midnight Musings with Bertena
October 13 ➤ Simply Kelina
October 14 ➤ The Book Junkie Reads
October 15 ➤ T's Stuff
October 16 ➤ Supernatural Central
October 17 ➤ fundinmental 
October 19 ➤ Lisa’s World of Books
October 20 ➤ Fang-tastic Books
October 21 ➤ Paranormalists
October 22 ➤ I Smell Sheep
October 23 ➤ Bewitching Book Tours
October 26 ➤ Serena Synn
October 27 ➤ Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
October 28 ➤ A Bewitching Guide to Halloween
October 29 ➤ Celia Breslin
October 30 ➤ Other Worlds of Romance - Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romances

While enjoying this safe, socially distant way to Trick ‘r Treat, take a minute to sharpen the ole faculties by putting together this extra treat, a piece at a time, to soothe the jigsaw puzzle junkie in us all.

Haunted Halloween Spooktacular 2020
While still stumping for RISE, I’m back in the saddle with my new project, a romantic suspense with a U.S. Marshal hero set in Texas. Yee Hah! Now, back to binge watching Longmire and Yellowstone while breaking in my characters . . . as soon as I visit your blogs!

Happy October and Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!

Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.


  1. I'm curious to know whether they will be able to make amends. Great snippet!

  2. Saying you're sorry is especially hard for tough guys. Can't wait to see how the scene plays out.

  3. It sounds as though their rift is bone deep. Some wounds can never heal, or if they do, there's always a scar that haunts them. Super snippet!

    1. Hurt, pride, misunderstandings. Yeah, a steep hill to climb but worth the effort here.

  4. Sounds like there's a lot to make amends for, but nothing that would be a totally impossible barrier. Very intriguing though, for sure I must keep reading! Great snippet...

    1. Ands it's about time they both just got over it! Just my opinion, of course.

  5. Let's hope Jacques is in the mood for a reconciliation. If he isn't, it'll be hard or impossible to force one.

    1. You're right and he IS a force of nature. Fingers crossed . . .

  6. Swallowing pride is a difficult thing. So is being the bigger man and forgiving past wrongs.

  7. You write amazing conflicts!

    Good luck on your blog tour, Nancy! Looks like you have a busy month scheduled. :-)

  8. Making amends is never easy. Good luck on blog tour.

  9. So will they make amends or not. It really is a hard thing to do.

    1. Almost as hard as living without that person in your life - which I believe will be the tipping point here.

  10. Sounds like they fell out pretty hard. I still regret the friendships that have fallen by the wayside. These days, I'm disinclined to form anything but superficial bonds with people.
    Working With the Undead

  11. I love Cheveux du Chien as the name of (I assume) a bar!

  12. I'm adding you to my TBR. I can't wait to read this.