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Saturday, September 22, 2018


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 snippets from my Christmas story, ROMANCE REKINDLED. Abby's mother and new boyfriend were arrested the night before. It's Christmas Eve morning, and they're appearing before a judge, dressed as Santa. 

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

The last line from last week was: "Case dismissed.” He (Judge) banged the gavel then stood.

“But, sir—”
Santa narrowed his eyes, “Deputy Dawson, do you understand the words case dismissed?” he banged the gavel again.
“Speak again, boy—” Santa shook the gavel at him, “—and you’ll be the one spending Christmas in jail—dismissed—get out of here—all of you.”
George and Florence stood and hugged each other, Santa left the room, and Deputy Dawg walked down the aisle with his tail between his legs, and the handcuffs on his belt jingling like the bells on Santa’s sleigh.
Outside the courthouse, the bright sun made the snow-covered trees glisten like fairy-land. Florence hugged George again, then Sam and Bethany. She looked at Abby and sighed, “This was the most fun I’ve had in years—don’t ruin it with a lecture.”
Abby thought of several things to say—none of them good, “It’s okay, Mother,” she gave her a quick hug. “Let’s go home.”


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 as an e-book at:

Amazon  ~  Amazon UK  ~  iBooks  ~  Kobo  ~  Smashwords  ~ Nook

ROMANCE REKINDLED is now available in print at: http://a.co/d/dOlyBlT


  1. A new take on Santa and Christmas. I'm enjoying your fine story, Diane.

  2. She's probably wise not to say anything. Sounds like it would fall on deaf ears. But I'm sure she'll have a lot of questions for the following morning.

  3. Love anything to do with fairyland. Great job, Diane.

  4. LOL. I chuckled, thinking what Mom's reaction would've been a few years earlier if her daughter had said the same things while exiting a courthouse.

  5. Somehow I don't think the lecture would have done any good anyway! Enjoyed the snippet...

  6. I like your no-nonsense judge/Santa. He's obviously been around the block a few more times than the poor deputy.

  7. i love that the judge is dressed as Santa! That would be a hoot to see in real life. Great snippet!

  8. This scene is so visual - loved the image of 'Deputy Dawg' with his 'tail between his legs', and that Judge sounds so down to earth and sensible - even in a Santa suit!

  9. A Happy Christmas - thanks to judge Santa!

  10. I love the image of Santa threatening to toss the Deputy in jail. It made me chuckle.

  11. Handcuffs jingling. This scene is filled with delightful sensory images, Di. Puts the HoHoHo in each line.

  12. I like your Santa Judge and can't wait for when mom/daughter get alone....


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