Sunday, June 6, 2021

#WeWriWa: A Fool’s Errand? . . . An Untarnished Hero

With the need to assure her safety more important than the injuries he’s hiding from her, Marshal Jimmy Redbone pushes the limits of his endurance to protect the woman he loves . . . no matter what the cost in today’s excerpt from my Texas-set romantic suspense. A fool’s errand or a hero’s obligation?

What damned fool thought a twilight ride in unfamiliar country would be a good idea with his perforated innards barely held together?

Oh, yeah, that damned fool was him.

About forty-five minutes into his scouting trip, the recklessness of his move was unavoidable. And nearly unbearable. The ride from their neighbor Roscoe Barrett’s had been on mostly flat surfaces, not up and over rocky hills that had him lurching in the saddle, teeth gritted to hold back curses and groans. But Jimmy knew he wouldn’t rest until he’d surveyed the perimeter for anything amiss. Not that he wouldn’t miss anything smaller than a city bus among the scrub-studded ridges and seemingly bottomless gorges. At least July had enough sense to pick his way cautiously to keep from breaking his own legs, never mind his foolish rider’s neck.

But the need to punish and protect overcame physical obstacles.

I’ve finally started my final edit, with the hope of having it completed before the end of the month so I can attend a weeklong Rest & Writing escape where I plan to start the next book in the series. I’ve already been on the patio for a brief coffee and cats moment, so now it’s down to keyboarding business, since it’s already creeping up on 90-degrees before 10:00 AM. In Michigan, that’s too hot to even think of going outside because of the humidity that comes with it. The only things that thrive out there today are my cactus gardens. They’re taunting, “Bring on the Heat!”


With the rise in temperature comes indoor binge watching. I’ve already devoured Mare of Easttown, City on a Hill, Pennyworth, A Handmaid’s Tale, The Son, and Halston, and am anxiously awaiting the return of Lupin (a fantastic French import!)and Bosch along with the premier of Loki. I’m mentally writing off sedentary time spent as a expense . . . my excuse and I’m sticking to it! What have you been binging? And more importantly, what have you been writing, fellow Warriors?


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24 comments:

  1. Jimmy is a true protector and has an engaging voice. Great snippet. Love the cactus garden. Its lovely.

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  2. He definitely wants to protect, but I fear he won't be able to if he becomes too ill from his injuries. Great snippet!

    I understand the humidity here in Southwestern Ontario. And we have a smog warning in place today. Been binge-watching old episodes of 911 and 911 Lonestar, and writing the second book in my Kaddim Brothers series.

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. 9-1-1 and Lonestar are family favorites! A backup for when everything else goes on hiatus.

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  3. How will he continue to protect if he doesn't take care of himself first. Great snippet. Good luck with your final edits.

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  4. Enjoyed the snippet, felt his pain for sure. And who hasn't done a dumb thing and regretted it later?

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  5. He's a tough guy, but will his injury be his downfall?

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    1. No, I do believe that will be his stubborn pride.

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  6. Jimmy is charmingly flawed, dedicated to the point of making not so bright decisions!

    I just watched the entire first season of Firefly Lane. I agree that binging on romance-centric shows counts as research.

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    1. Thanks, Alexis! Ooooh! Something I haven't seen. Off to hunt it down . . .

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  7. I hope Redbone is a good judge of his own capabilities. As for bingeing, I just finished The Prisoner.

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    1. As in the old series from the '60s? Where did you find that? Be still my heart!

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  8. I agree this was likely a very foolhardy journey, however it immediately tells me exactly the kind of man he is--driven to protect. Just hope he gets back with innards intact. Great snippet!

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    1. LOL! It'd be a short, non-romantic book if he doesn't!

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  9. He's very chivalrous. I hope he gets back safe.

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  10. Is this a contemporary? I thought it was Old West, so "city bus" jumped out at me. Otherwise, you did a great job showing how much he's hurting and that his injuries are more serious than the reader knows.

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  11. It sounds like things may be about to take a turn for the worse.

    Your post is included in this week's Roost Recommendations. I share the Roost Recommendations posts on Twitter with readers looking for their next read.
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    1. Thanks for the recommendation!! Darkest before dawn, you know!

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  12. Excellent snippet.

    Best of luck with the edits!

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  13. I cannot imagine Jimmy's condition--going right past discomfort to pain!

    I started watching Sweet Tooth last night. Thoroughly engrossed already! Dystopian/fantasy. I think everyone should watch episode one at least, to see all those newborn human mutants that have wild animal traits. So adorable. I want some!

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