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Saturday, January 14, 2017

#WeWriWa - #8Sunday: One Red Shoe


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

Did you miss me? That quote from PBS' Sherlock also applies to me. My last post was on December 10. Time and the holidays got away from m. But I'm back with a snippet from the beginning of my romantic suspense, One Red Shoe.

“Billy, don’t feed Rover any table scraps, only two cups of kibble a day, and, Andy, you’re going to put food in the barn for Archy and Mehitabel, right?” Daria didn’t wait for his response, continuing with, “Tommy, you’ll take care of—”
Jimmy straightened, saying, “For crissake, Daria, it’s a goddamn zoo around here.”
At least he wasn’t trying to delay her with talk about new tires. She reached up and patted his cheek. “Don’t swear.”
“I mean it, Daria Jean,” Jimmy said. “Don’t you dare bring home some wounded stray. I don’t care if it’s bleeding—no more.”



It Happened One Night meets Knight and Day


When elementary teacher Daria Mason left Iowa for a writers’ conference in New York City, she didn’t expect to come home with a wounded spy. Sam Jozwiak works for a shadow agency that gathers intel vital to U.S. security. From the moment he steals digital files from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist. Thus, begins a road trip that takes Sam and Daria cross country with the assassins right behind them. 



45 comments:

  1. LOL Sounds like some relatives of mine. Great snippet! Feels like I'm right there. :)

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  2. This felt like a roomful of hillbillies -- perhaps because of the name Mehitabel. And, since she's been specifically told not to bring home and strays, even if they're wounded, I'll bet she'll bring home a wounded stray. Right?

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  3. Based on the snippet and blurb, I have a feeling she'll be disobeying orders before long.

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    1. Of course. She's finally finding her wings.

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  4. I'm sorry any of you had to read that awful comment on women. I was gone all day yesterday and didn't see comments until this morning. Obviously it's gone now.

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  5. Yes, there will be conflict in this household with no one following the rules. Good snippet.

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  6. Quite the menagerie....will be interesting to see how all of this develops! Great snippet...

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    1. Thanks, Veronica. She has such a tender heart.

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  7. Once a person starts collecting strays - it never ends. I don't think she's done yet.

    Love the Sherlock message.
    Tweeted.

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    1. No, it doesn't. Glad you liked that message. Thanks for tweeting.

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  8. Sounds like its going to be an interesting story. I love the way that Daria gives everyone their tasks. Look forward to reading more.

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  9. No more strays! Lol. I want to bring them all home too.

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    1. If I lived on a farm, I'd have a lot of pets, too.

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  10. I wish I'd been more firm with that at my home. Three cats and four dogs later...

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    1. Oh, Karen. LOL You have a good heart, like Daria.

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  11. A woman in motion...I read the blurb and now I have to read the book. This looks great!

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  12. I've been with One Red Shoe since it's first incarnation - LOVE this book, Di!

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    1. Good, old Lisa C. and her writing assignment. :)

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  13. I really liked the blurb. I'm looking forward to seeing this develop.

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  14. LOL Sounds a bit like our house. And my wife is the worst for feeding dogs scraps from the table. So true to life!

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    1. My FIL was the worst for feeding the dog from the table.

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  15. Three or four animals is not a zoo... You need at least ten! ;) And no matter her intentions, I bet she'll still end up with more strays. How can you say no?

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    1. LOL, Caitlin. You know, she should have more dogs.

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  16. We take in the stray and wounded as well.

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  17. Hehe. It sounds like a zoo! Can't blame him for putting his foot down.

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  18. Love your storyline, Diane. Sounds like this is going to be a riot.

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  19. Love your storyline, Diane. Sounds like this is going to be a riot.

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  20. Bring home the bleeding wounded stray! ;) Loved this scene haha.

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  21. We have two cats left of four that hubby brought home in 2001. He was only supposed to bring home two. His excuse? "I couldn't break up the family." I totally "get" Daria.

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    1. That makes sense. I'd feel the same way.

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  22. Fun dialogue, and I like her already. I'm a collector of strays myself (no spies though).

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    1. LOL, Alexis. Daria was a lot of fun to write.

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  23. LOL! I used to live in that menagerie of pets! Great scene.

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