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Saturday, August 18, 2018

#WeWriWa - ROMANCE REKINDLED: The man in Mother's cell.


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Thanks to everyone who stopped by last week and left comments. Sorry it took me so long to get to everyone. This snippet is from my Christmas story, ROMANCE REKINDLED.

To orient you: After Abby got a middle-of-the-night phone call from the police, she and her teenage daughter, Bethany, race to the jail. 

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited some from the original.

“Who are you?” Abby demanded of the old man sitting in the cell next to Mother . . . and holding her mother’s hand!
Florence bounded off the cot with the agility of a much younger woman, all those classes at the Senior Center must be paying off, “Abigail Louise, what are you doing here?”
Abby fisted her hands on her hips, “What are you doing in jail—and who is that man?”
That man rose more slowly than Mother had—he looked to be about her age, or slightly older, and a little taller with a head of thick, gray hair and a weathered face that had seen a lot of sun. When he reached Mother’s side, he placed his arm around her waist. Around her waist! How dare he?
“Abigail, go home, I don’t want you here. How could you drag poor Bethany out of bed at this hour of the morning? And it’s such a nasty night with the storm coming in across the lake.”


I said in last week's comments I'd reveal why Mother is in jail. Sorry. I'm going to tease you a little longer.



Blurb:

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:

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27 comments:

  1. Uh oh! Her mother is in big trouble now. Great snippet!

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  2. I'm enjoying imagining why her mother could be in jail. Could she have done something scandalous in public with her male companion?

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  3. Surprise upon surprise! I love the way you build everything up here, in the best way...excellent excerpt. Fun to revisit this story!

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    1. Thanks, Veronica. High praise coming from you.

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  4. Diane, you rascal! Pile it on. I look forward to next week.

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  5. Well, mom seems in fine form, as does her male companion.

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  6. Loved the excerpt! Can't wait to know more about Mom and her love interest. :)

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  7. Oooh, does Mom have secrets or what? This guy has gotten quite chummy and her daughter doesn't know him? I can't wait for more!

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  8. Mother is being very motherly, but doing nothing to satisfy our - or Abby’s - curiousity!

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  9. Probably not the reaction she was expecting!

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  10. Nice excerpt. You've teased our curiosity.

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  12. Oh, what a tease! Great excerpt and her mum sounds like a bit of a character! :)

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    1. Sorry. Thanks, Lyn. Yep, her mother drives Abby crazy.

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  13. Absolutely LOVE the reversal of roles where the daughter is like 'What are you doing in jail?' and 'Who is that man with his arm around you?'
    Fabulous.

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  14. That's a little rude. Yeah, the mother is an adult who, I guess can take care of herself, but her daughter is worried. That should count for something!

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