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Saturday, November 18, 2017

#WeWriWa JAILBIRDS Diversionary Tactics

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

I'm sharing a new project, a romance with a little mystery. It's a work in progress, so I'm open to suggestions. This snippet occurs after last week's. Still, in the first chapter. Please excuse the rogue commas.

“Why are you upset about that box?”
Mother waved the soggy tissue and stood. “Not important, time to get back to work. You can wrap the garland around the banister—you always do such a nice job.”
Before Abby could pursue the issue of tears, Mother bustled out to the kitchen. “Don’t wind that garland too tight.”
When Abby realized what her mother had done, she thunked her forehead. By focusing on the garland, she’d gotten Abby off the topic of the box in the dining room. As she wound the silk strands around the banister and rail, she wondered what could possibly be in that box to make Mother cry?

The blurb is also a work-in-progress.

From Jailbirds to Wedding Bells blurb:

Abby Ten Eyck hates change. Her mother is arrested, with an unknown man, and she’s selling the family home—Abby’s worst nightmare. For fifteen years since her divorce, she’s kept men at bay. A handsome newcomer revives her dormant feelings, until she discovers his dad is dating her mother. How much change can she take?

Sam Watson embraces the 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 who fascinates Sam. Abby Ten Eyck reminds him of his driven self. He has to help her slow down before she burns out. Like he did.

Have a great Thanksgiving. I won't post next Sunday. See you in 2 weeks.


  1. Hmm. So what is the mystery about the box?

  2. Nice deflection by Mom! But I have a feeling Abby isn’t going to let this go.

  3. Typical of a mom keeping things to herself. Lovely!

  4. I have a feeling the mother is very good at use misdirection to steer conversations away from what she doesn't want to reveal! Great snippet, subtly done.

  5. Excellent use of the season in your piece!

  6. What's in the box? What's in the box? What's in the box? I could go on, but I'll stop there. lol. Obviously, we're all dying to know!

  7. Well, her mom is just forcing her to sneak a peek, isn't she? In the blurb, is her mom really arrested? Later it says she's dating and in love, so that threw me.

  8. Everyone want to know what's in the box! I bet Abby's going to try to find out when Mom's not looking!

  9. Oh - you'll leave us in suspense for two weeks!

  10. I'm even more curious about the contents of the box, too. Great snippet! :)

  11. Hm...Most interesting about the box...

    Great excerpt!


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