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Saturday, February 25, 2017

#WeWriWa - #8Sunday: The Case of the Meddling Mama


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

My snippet this week is from my upcoming release, THE CASE OF THE MEDDLING MAMA, an Alex O'Hara Novel. This book is the third in my cozy mystery series. It hasn't been edited yet. Suggestions are welcome.

The snippet is from the first chapter when Alex is trying on the bridesmaid dress for her friend's (the store owner) wedding.

When two women entered the exclusive dress shop, Ellie left to greet them while her assistant chivvied me to put on the shoes. White socks, black strappy heels, and the gorgeous emerald green bridesmaid dress—I made such a fashion statement as I stood on the platform, call Vogue.
I so didn’t want to be there, especially when I recognized one of the women. I’d been the bearer of bad news to Nora Finley last week—her Mr. Perfect turned out to be a Black Widower. He and his cohorts had the perfect plan, a plan I thwarted just in time.
“Oh, you’re here,” Nora cried out when she spotted me and tugged on her companion’s wrist, practically dragging her over. “Ginnie, this is the PI that saved my life, Alex O’Hara!”
I cringed while heat bloomed in my cheeks.
Nora looked up at me saying, “I’ve been telling Ginnie here that she absolutely must hire you to check out her boyfriend—she met him on one of those online dating sites.”

Ginnie winced, like she wanted the floor to open up and swallow her—I knew the feeling.

Rough blurb:

PI Alex O'Hara, just rescued from another kidnapping attack, needs a break to enjoy Nick's attention when his mother shows up, claiming she's left his father, and is moving in with Alex. No way is she sleeping with Nick with his mother down the hall. Her new case, a background check on a potential suitor, is exactly the direction she wants to take the agency. The teen boy they rescued from an abusive stepfather is sure his buddy is doing drugs. And Nick's job takes him away. Again. At least the background check should be a piece of cake.

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30 comments:

  1. That's a tough way to make a living! The bearer of bad news far too often. :-) Good snippet, Diane. :-)

    I don't have a post this week. Just stopping by to see what you're sharing. Have a great week!

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  2. So you're saying that white socks are a good complement to black strappy heels? I wouldn't have thought it, but then what do I know? ;-)

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  3. Poor Alex! She just can't get a break can she?

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  4. Beware those "piece of cake" cases. I'm betting it turns out to be a tough time. :)

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  5. Oh, I can definitely sense their uncomfortableness, but I think Alex may have a new job coming her way. Great snippet! :)

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  6. I'm with Ed - can't quite see white socks with black strappy shoes for a bridesmaid, but I'm sure you have a valid reason. I know little about fashion. I can understand her embarrassment, listening to someone singing her praises like that. Great snippet.

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    1. She came in wearing jeans, t-shirt, socks & sneakers--she thought her friend's store would be closed.

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  7. I can understand her embarrassment, but if it's bringing in new business it can't be all bad, can it?

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  8. I'm sure the white socks were part of the casual outfit she wore to the bridal shop, not what she'll really wear at the wedding

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  9. Green is always a beautiful color! But not sure it fits with white socks and black heels! Ha! Love this series. Really enjoyed the first one and I sure hope Alex gets that much needed time with Nick by the end of the book!

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    1. Thanks, Kara. Fate just has to interfere with Alex & Nick.

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  10. Excellent!! So excited about another installment in this fabulous series. Can't wait to read it!

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    1. You'll get it soon, Alicia. ;) BTW, she's my editor.

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  11. Just business and so delightful. Great snippet, Diane.

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  12. White socks with heels. Nice visual.

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  13. So awkward! First her in the dress and then the introduction! I'd die.

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  14. Compelling premise! I love PI stories and this poor gal has a ton of other things on her plate ;-)

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