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Saturday, June 23, 2018

#WeWriWa - NUMBERS NEVER LIE: Jack Leaves Nothing to Chance

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I'm sharing snippets from my wip, NUMBERS NEVER LIE, a romantic suspense. Maggie and Drew returned from the camping trip to her house. This snippet continues right after last week's, which ended with: She gave him a pointed look. “The man who was too busy to come to a meeting for his daughter.”
“You’ve made your point as tactfully as ever.” He returned her pointed look, “I thought we were discussing Jack.”
Please ignore the errant commas that kept this snippet to the required length.

Maggie regretted her remark nearly destroyed their relaxed attitude, “Jack surprised me, too, not being at work. I couldn’t believe it when he said he wanted to try out a new CD.”
“I saw your sound system in the living room—sweet.”
Relieved Drew had put his irritation aside, she pulled salad fixings out of the fridge. “That was his Christmas gift a couple of years ago. You know Jack, always the latest in technology.”
“Did he give you written directions on how to use it?”
She gave him a droll look, “What do you think?”
Drew laughed, “That’s Jack—he never leaves anything to chance.”

Here's the 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?

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  1. Jack sounds like my hubby - he'd write the instructions down. Me - I wouldn't read them.

    Also - I signed up to promote your book - chose the 14th. As to spotlight or interview etc - I chose other - send me what ever you'd like to promote your book.

    1. Thanks, Daryl. You are a sweetie. Yeah, I don't read directions unless I can't figure it out. LOL

  2. I love all the little hints about Jack you're layering in here as foreshadowing. Skillfully done! Enjoyed the snippet...

  3. I love the familiarity these two have with each other!

  4. This is some great insight into Jack’s character!

    1. Good. I love it when a plan comes together. :)

  5. Lots of good insight as to who these people are.

  6. I like the banter between them, seems like it's easy for them to slip into an old routine even if they have been distant for a while.

    1. You're right. It just seemed to fit. Thanks.

  7. Easy dialogue, very telling, you pack a lot of 'subtext' into a short snippet!

  8. Men and their toys . . . that they like to keep to themselves. Nice scene, Di. Poking and prodding away at these characters makes it interesting!

  9. Hmmm... I worry that Jack did leave something to chance, and it got him killed...

    Good snippet!

  10. A lot of tension under the surface. Great dialogue!


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