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Saturday, November 5, 2016

#WeWriWa - #8SentenceSunday - The Case of the Bygone Brother


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday time, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Writers share an 8 to10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other writers. You can find them here.

New month, new book. The snippet this weekend is from my PI mystery, The Case of the Bygone Brother. It's a contemporary cozy that takes place in a small Lake Michigan resort town. Alex (Alexandra) O'Hara has taken over her dad's investigation agency and is struggling to keep it going. 

“Hello, gorgeous.”
I whacked my head on the display shelf. Well, what would you do if you were lying across the top of a four-drawer lateral file cabinet, and your arm—yardstick attached—was wedged between the wall and the cabinet, trying to retrieve the license renewal application that if you mangled, crushed or couldn’t get would mean the end of your business, and the ex-love-of-your-life stood in the doorway looking at your butt?
As I wiggled back and sideways across the long cabinet, I felt my skirt ride up. Of all days to wear a skirt. With my foot, I searched for the desk chair I’d climbed to get on top of the cabinet. I’d kicked off my high heels before standing on the chair, probably the only smart thing I’d done so far.
In that loose-limbed, cocky manner I once thought scary, sexy, and so cool, Nick Palzetti stood in the doorway to the spare office. He even dressed the same in a black leather jacket, black knit shirt, and jeans that molded his hips. Lordy, he could still make my mouth go dry.
“Red panties, you naughty girl.”


Alex O’Hara finally gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until an old flame arrives and a mugger roughs her up with orders to back off.

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40 comments:

  1. Oh, that's such a fun snippet! I love it! And I'd probably bang my head, too. Though, I don't need that situation to do it. I'm clumsy. LOL

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  2. Love this. That's the sort of thing that would happen to me too!

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  3. How mortifying. Hope they were new red panties.

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  4. That last line is outstanding!! lol

    Great descriptive writing, Diane. It was easy to visualize the scene. :-)

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  5. Julie Evelyn JoyceNovember 6, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Ha! Omg, Diane, what an awesome opening! Love the banter between these two already. Can hardly wait for more! :)

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  6. Lord, this scene is almost like that "naked" dream people talk about. And of course, not only is she wearing a skirt, but red panties. She really needs to think more about her clothing choices in the morning! LOL Great snippet!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna. After this, I think she will.

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  7. Hah! That's great. Love the way she thinks.

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  8. You paint the scene very clearly (and very amusingly!). Fun excerpt, definitely makes me want to read more.

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  9. This made me chuckle. One of THOSE days!

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  10. What a wonderfully awkward meeting! Trouble's coming. I can tell.

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  11. Awesome snippet, Diane. I am hooked!

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  12. Awesome snippet, Diane. I am hooked!

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  13. LOL Great snippet! I'm looking forward to reading more!

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  14. I love your descriptions. Fab snippet, looking forward to more

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  15. That's an awkward position she's wedged herself in to. Maybe she should have closed the door and locked it. A gentleman would look away, but this guy clearly isn't that polite!

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    1. LOL A real gentleman wouldn't have mentioned what he saw.

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  16. Tee hee, love her klutziness. This was a lot of fun to read!

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  17. Great imagery. I bet she's mortified, but he's sure getting a kick out of the situation. lol

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  18. Haha! Loved the snippet! It's always those days when you happen to wear a skirt...

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