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Saturday, December 16, 2017

#WeWriWa - Mother's in Jail? ROMANCE REKINDLED


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I'm sharing excerpts from my new release, ROMANCE REKINDLED, a romance with a little mystery. To keep within the guidelines, this snippet has been edited from the original. Please excuse the rogue commas.

The ringing of her phone that night had Abby scrambling across the covers to the nightstand where she’d plugged in her cell phone. Two-oh-one blazed from the bedside clock in three-inch high red numerals as she yanked her phone off the charger.
“Hello,” Her voice sounded groggy, so she cleared her throat, “Hello?”
“Abby, this is Rose at the police station.”
“What happened?” As she clutched the cell phone, she had no idea how she could speak with her heart yammering in her ears.
“I’m calling about your mother—she’s all right,” the dispatcher said quickly, as if to reassure her.
How can anyone be reassured when the police call you at two a.m.?
“My mother?”
“Yes. She’s been arrested.”



Abby Ten Eyck likes her life the way it is. She runs a successful business, has a well-adjusted teenage daughter, and has managed to keep men at bay since her divorce fifteen years ago. Just before Christmas, she’s hit with change. Her mother decides to sell the family home. Then she’s arrested, with an unknown man. Could this new man in her mother’s life create more upheaval? Or could his handsome son be just what Abby needs to revive her dormant feelings?

Sam Watson embraces transition from frenetic Wall Street to a small Michigan resort town. His health is worth moving close to his dad who seems over the moon in love. But it’s the daughter of his father’s girlfriend who fascinates him. Abby Ten Eyck reminds him of his driven self. He must help her slow down before she burns out. Like he did.

ROMANCE REKINDLED is available at:


36 comments:

  1. Nice quick scene with the right amount of tension. Sounds like a good novel in the works. :)

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  2. Oh I do love this beginning. Reality combined with humor works for me. Happy Holidays, my friend.

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    1. Happy Holidays to you, too, Charmaine. Glad you like this.

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  3. Haha, it was nice of the dispatcher to reassure her, but sounds like it might have been premature.

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    1. Oh, yeah. As you've seen in past snippets, Abby & her mother are often at odds.

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  4. Isn't that first reaction when anyone calls from the police station "What happened?" Love it!!

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    1. That was mine when I got such a call. Thanks, Trin.

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  5. That's the last thing I'd ever expect to hear from the police in the middle of the night. Great interest grabber, Di!

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    1. Just using a real-life experience. I got that call early one morning years ago. Son had rolled his truck into the median. Other than bruises, he was okay. His truck was not.

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  6. Well that's a heck of a call to get at 2AM! Loved the snippet, leaves us with so many questions :)

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  7. That kind of call at any time, especially at 2am.... what a place to leave us hanging!

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  8. Oh, man, what a way to be woken up in the middle of the night. You certainly have my attention!

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    1. Oh, good. :) Poor Abby. Her mother may be the death of her.

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  9. Not what one usually expects for a mother!

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    1. Isn't it usually the other way around? Abby's mother doesn't disappoint.

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  10. Ha! Definitely unexpected but I'm intrigued! Love the premise, Diane! :)

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  11. It's supposed to be the parents who get this call, not the children.

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    1. Yep. Mother never fails to startle Abby.

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  12. I just finished reading this book. What an awesome addition to your series. Loved this scene. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks so much, Patty. You are so sweet to say so.

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  13. Well, that was a call you wouldn't expect.

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    1. Nope. Not from a (formerly) straight-laced mother.

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  14. What the heck has she done to get arrested? Great scene!

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    1. That's what Abby wants to know. Thanks.

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  15. I'm trying to picture myself getting that call about my mother. Jaw-dropping. Now I have to know why she's in jail.

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