Sunday, January 24, 2021

WeWriWa: A Wounded Hero . . . and a $.99 S*A*L*E!

Coming home to a place you’ve never lived. That’s what it feels like to Jimmy Redbone, hero in my new project, An Untarnished Hero, because the woman he loves lives there. Though the cost to this wounded lawman for making the trip is mighty, so is his need to protect his wife from a danger he knows is coming. Hope you enjoy this new snippet . . .

Defying the bone-weariness dragging on every inch of his six-foot-one frame, Jimmy Redbone stood in the unwelcoming dust of his wife’s greeting, mesmerized by sight of her walking away from him with that prideful snap of her hips. For a whip of a thing, she packed a mighty wallop of arrogance. He’d liked that about her from the first defiant lift of her chin to the steady bore of those soul-scorching dark eyes. Hers was a beautiful spirit, impossible for even the most determined man to control . . . not her grizzly bear of a father or her fool of a husband. And he was here to make sure it wouldn’t be broken.

Slowly, he shook the travel dust from the black Stetson with a thump against his thigh and then, calling up the same iron determination that kept him upright in the saddle for eight grueling miles, turned from one source of misery to tackle the porch steps. He groaned mightily at the effort of mounting each of the four warped risers, his face popping sweat and knees trembling by the time he reached the top. A low growl from the ugly animal crouched there made him pause, but fear of collapse forced him to step around the beast and head for the door under its scrutiny. He slipped another glance toward the barn as he caught his breath, then let it out in a shaky sigh.

( . . . and the rest of the scene . . . ) 

She was right. He shouldn’t have come back, not without naming the reason for their long separation. That answer he’d hold as close to his chest as the worry pounding through it. At least, until truth needed to be told. But for now, it was time to sit down before he fell down.

While I’m hunkering down to my first round of edits for this contemporary romantic suspense, I’ve got lots of things keeping me busy, starting with a $0.99 sale until the end of January for MIDNIGHT KISS, the first book in my “Touched by Midnight” vampire romance series. If you haven’t sunk your teeth into this series yet, what more encouragement do you need? 



I’ll also be doing a giveaway as part of Abbie Roads’ FB Release Party for her new book, CAPTURING FATE. Over 100 authors will be participating, each offering a unique prize on January 29th. Stop in and leave as many comments as you like for a chance to win your choice of one of my books from several different genres! Each author is only posting once. I’m planning mine for 10:00 a.m. EST. 


I’ll be making a BIG book giveaway announcement next week. I know . . . I’m such a tease!

One thing about this isolation is I’ve been diving deep into binge watching series old and new. Bridgerton, The Expanse, Oz, Teen Wolf, and now, North and South. Yes, I’m an eclectic viewer. What have you been tuning in or turning the pages of lately? 


All masked up and nowhere to go! My COVID-19 portrait: greying hair, no makeup, in my writing bunker. Looking forward to that shortest month of the year that brings us ever closer to spring!

Happy 2021! And Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!


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34 comments:

  1. Okay, now I'm very curious as to his reasoning for staying away, and for coming back. You've definitely intrigued me!

    I've been watching Sweet Night. I really don't like horror, but the social aspect of the show keeps me watching.

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  2. He is tired beyond belief, and you describe it so well. I'm surprised he didn't hold onto the railing to haul himself up those stairs. Of course, if there isn't a rail he has no choice. Good luck with this new direction for you. Can't wait to read.

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  3. As always, your description and the details throughout are impeccable! Also, I love your mask! :)

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  4. I think I'm tired just from reading how tired he is.Great job.
    Tweeted.

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  5. You treated his exhaustion and determination really well. Also, hints of secrets.

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  6. I love how you captured his wife, it tells so much about her and their relationship.

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  7. Love his description of her. I wonder what kind of secret he has that he can't tell her?

    I've been binging on Grace and Frankie. Gentle comedy is my refuge these days.

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    1. Secrets usually bite one in the butt, but it's too early to tell. I'll have to check G and F out!

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  8. I enjoyed the snippet. I'm very curious about his secret. Good luck with the revisions. I recommend Grace and Frankie too and also Glitch.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! I'm working on 'em. And I'll have to try out those two shows!

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  9. I certainly felt his pain and his exhaustion in the snippet! As well as his admiration for the heroine...terrific excerpt.

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  10. From his internal thoughts, I'm wondering if he's not wounded/shot. He doesn't strike me as the type to be exhausted by an 8 mile ride. More and more secrets to uncover with this man. Loving this contemporary romance!

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  11. " . . . the unwelcoming dust of his wife’s greeting, mesmerized by sight of her walking away from him with that prideful snap of her hips." Wow, what a beautiful and effective description!

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  12. Great snippet with excellent descriptions. You had me aching along with him. As for me, my wife and I have been bingeing on Roseanne, not the new series, the original. Can't beat the classics.

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    1. It was so funny and cutting edge when it first came out.

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  13. You drew me right into the scene with your imagery from his inner thoughts.

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  14. You've given so much information in this snippet, but it's not bogged down. Amazing writing!

    I LOVE The Expanse. I'm not a fan of how, this season, they're only releasing one show each week. I miss the binge days each year when they dumped a entire season's worth of shows on one day. ~sigh~

    I just started watching Pandora. I like it, I think. lol I could not get into The Mandalorian. I just tried watching it again since I heard that Katee Sackhoff joined the show. I'm a fan of her acting. I liked Pedro Pascal in GOT, but he's not working for me in TM. :-)

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    1. I thought it was just me re Mandalorian. Yawn . . . I know, right re Expanse. I HATE waiting once you get spoiled by the binge.

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  15. Wonderful descriptive passage. I was drawn right into the scene.

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  16. I am hooked completely on this!!

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  17. Sounds like she's not going to give him an easy time, but the question is, does he deserve it? Great excerpt!

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