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Saturday, July 28, 2018

#WeWriWa - NUMBERS NEVER LIE: Sex Ed on the Road


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I'm sharing snippets from my new release NUMBERS NEVER LIE, a romantic suspense. After sharing such emotional snippets for the past weeks, I thought I'd lighten it up. Drew and Maggie took the group of 14-year-old girls camping again--a way to help her get back to normal after her brother's funeral. This is the conversation in Drew's car on the way home. BTW, Ellen is his daughter.

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines.

“I guess I wouldn’t mind if you did kiss Maggie . . . or someone,” Ellen tentatively broke into his thoughts, “I mean, guys have to have . . . sex . . . or they go crazy.”
Drew almost drove off the highway, “Where did you hear that?”
“That’s what Janie’s sister’s boyfriend told her when she wouldn’t do it with him.”
“El-len,” Beth leaned forward, “My sister said guys just say that to get you to do it. They don’t really go crazy, do they, Mr. Campbell? I mean you’re a guy, and you would know about stuff like that.”
Oh Christ, sex ed on the road?
“Uh, no,” he said, “They don’t.” They just think they will. “And, yes, that is a line a guy who doesn’t care about a girl will say to get her to say yes.”
“What other things do they say?” asked Gretchen, who like Madison, was leaning forward as far as the seatbelts would allow, “We should know stuff like that so we’re prepared.”


Blurb:

A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie. 

As kids, they were the fearless threesome. As adults, Jack's an accountant; Drew, a lawyer; Maggie, a teacher and camping troop leader. Returning from a weekend camping trip, Maggie receives horrifying news. She refuses to believe her brother’s fatal car crash was an accident. If the police won’t investigate, she’ll do it herself. Convincing Drew Campbell to help is her only recourse.

Drew Campbell was too busy to return his best friend’s phone call. Too busy to attend a camping meeting important to his teen daughter. Too busy to stay in touch with Jack. Logic and reason indicate Jack’s accident was just that--an accident caused by fatigue and fog. Prodded by guilt, he’ll help Maggie even if he thinks she’s wrong.

A break-in at Jack’s condo convinces Maggie she’s right. Then her home is searched. What did Jack do that puts Maggie in danger?

NUMBERS NEVER LIE is available at Amazon 




38 comments:

  1. Sweet snippet with very natural-sounding conversation. All these young ladies need to know about sex ed on the road is that it's dangerous. You might get run over.

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  2. Oh yeah, spill it, Dad! This is valuable info for all of them.

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  3. This reminds me of some of the conversations my sisters and I put my dad through while we were growing up. Excellent snippet.

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  4. LOL! Talk about awkward! Bad enough with your own kid, but with a carload? Way to go, Dad!!

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    1. I've had my share of awkward questions in the car. LOL

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  5. Gretchen is right, but driving is not the right time to be giving a sex ed talk. LOL That could be extremely distracting.

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  6. Oh my gosh, what a time for this conversation. Hang on to your hat, guy, and watch the road. You have me laughing, Diane.

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  7. Well, he ought to be a good person to ask. It's nice they feel comfortable asking him too.

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    1. Thanks, Aurora. Those girls are no dummies.

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  8. I loved that snippet. The kids asking so innocently, not realizing its uncomfortable for Drew, and Drew trying his best to answer their questions.

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  9. Haha, this is such a cute snippet!!!

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  10. Great snippet, Diane. Makes me want to read the whole thing. All the best,
    Annette

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  11. Oh dear, he's in deep water now. It's good they feel they can ask him questions of course...quite the unusual snippet!

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    1. After all the emotional snippets I've written lately, I thought a change up might be good. A little levity never hurts.

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  12. Poor Drew, I reckon he wasn't expecting to have to give sex advice to teenage girls, let's hope he doesn't get too distracted while he's driving!

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  13. OMG I remember having this conversation with my friend Donna's mother in her kitchen. All of us were held in rapt attention as she said, basically, that same things as Drew does in this scene. Kudos, Diane - so authentic.

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    1. Thanks, Betty. Yep, I had one of those conversations, too. It was all I could do to keep a straight face.

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  14. Poor Drew. He needs to catch a break. Hilarious. And so realistic.

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    1. Thanks, Margo. I appreciate you comment.

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  15. lol! What a predicament he has landed in. Oh my. Too funny! I think he's handling it well, though.

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  16. Ha, this is delightfully awkward. :D

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  17. Oh, gosh. He should definitely have this conversation with them--knowledge is power--but maybe pull over first!

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    1. Someone should. Definitely off the road.

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  18. Awkward moment but so far he's handling it okay. At least, he didn't run off the road. lol

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  19. That's exactly when kids spring those kinds of convos! Right when it's the most awkward and least convenient.

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    1. Isn't that the truth. Thanks, Shannon.

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