Sunday, May 2, 2021

WeWriWa: Heaven and Hell . . . TEXAS DESTINY

April showers have brought fragrant May flowers and I’m loving the scent of apple blossoms on my desk, freshly clipped from the tree out back. Breathe in and Ahhhhh! I’ve been doing lots of spring cleaning, reading through my Texas-set historical series, first pubbed back in the ‘90s, in anticipation of finishing the final book I started years ago and never completed.


Today’s WeWriWa clip is from Book 2, TEXAS DESTINY. My honorable Texas Ranger hero, Jack Bass, leads the daring rescue of a female captive living amongst the Apache. Emily Marcus is everything he’s ever desired . . . everything but free to share his future. Here’s a tease.

It was heaven and hell.

The woman in his arms was everything Jack desired – strong, brave, sweet-spirited, and beautiful. Her touch made everything inside him all hot and fluid, like the spring waters at Boquillas. She was the kind of woman a man looked for all his life, and if he was lucky enough to find her, he was smart enough to never let her go. Most of his fellow rangers were happy with the solitary life, content to roll themselves in a blanket under the stars, eat their meals out of a tin, and wash when they started scaring away game. They had no dreams beyond the moment, and most didn’t care if the future lasted fifty years or fifty minutes, but Jack wasn’t like them. He’d come from a solid family background, had seen the love between his mother and Will, between his uncle and Amanda, had held his baby brothers and sister in his arms and had known right then that he wanted children of his own. He wanted the vision Harmon had given him years ago, of looking out over land of his own, a wife and kids beside him, a table to sit at, and the satisfaction of belonging. Heaven was finding the woman to make that dream come true.

Hell was having her belong to someone else.

Now that I have the rights back to the series, I plan to self-pub them AND tie the Bass family into my just finished contemporary romantic suspense through one of the Texas Rangers assisting my hero. What a fun way to expand both those Texas-based series. I love it when a plan comes together. Especially when most of the research is already done!

May is also my birthday month, and I got one heck of a fabulous surprise from the organizer of my Nancy Gideon “By Moonlight” Goodreads Group. If you’re like me, you do a lot of your reading in bed before lights out. Now, my Read-in-Progress can await me in style in this AWESOME bedside book sleeve. See! Perfect, right?! Sandra, you are da bomb!


I’m off to visit your posts and then, weather willing, out to do some grilling. We’re celebrating my household being fully vaccinated!

Happy May, fellow Warriors!!


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18 comments:

  1. Oh, that last sentence certainly made things very complicated. Wonderful snippet!

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    1. The turn of the screw. No true love runs in a straight line.

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  2. The last sentence was a jolt. You do know how to surprise the reader.

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  3. Great set up. It gave us a deep look at who Jack is, what he wants, then takes it all away.

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    1. Have to work for it to appreciate it. He's willing and able.

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  4. You set up Jack's character admirably--and give us a conflict that seems almost insurmountable. Looking forward to more!

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    1. Jack is one of my favorite characters. So noble, loyal and conflicted.

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  5. Enjoyed the snippet and I like Jack. Happy birthday month and best wishes on doing all the good things with the series!

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  6. Wow, you summed up his dreams, desires and challenges so succinctly and perfectly!

    Happy Birthday month! Sounds like things are coming up apple blossoms in Nancy-Land :)

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  7. I really love this line: "wash when they started scaring away game."

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  8. This was a very nice excerpt. Well done.

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  9. Poor guy. It seems like he's in the wrong line of work, with the wrong people (both rescuers and rescuees), to make his heart truly happy.

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    1. All work and no play . . . he'll figure it out.

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