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Saturday, December 7, 2019

#WeWriWa THE SPY: The Oh-So-Helpful Driver

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

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I'm sharing snippets from The Spy: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 4th book in my series featuring strong women on the frontier of space. Because this is a work in progress, any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I'm continuing where I left off last week with Genna in a taxi with an inquisitive driver.

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

            “You could tour the museum next door,” The oh-so-helpful driver looked over his shoulder, making his long, curly hair—a brassy yellow—swing to the side. Orangey-tan spots ran from his forehead along the sides of his neck then disappeared inside his floral shirt, “Maybe you would like to go to the Hall of Justice when you’ve toured the museum, the artwork on the walls is worth the walk. You know, I could drop you there instead.”
When she entered the conveyance, she’d sat on the right, behind the driver, so he couldn’t see her directly—that didn’t stop him from looking over his shoulder at her. Not good that he wasn’t watching traffic, a vehicle next to them swerved to avoid a collision.
“No thanks, I’m sure the museum is worth seeing.”
“How long are you staying in Eleganza? I could tell you more places to visit, I’m available for private tours in another hour, I could show you around.”
Ri-ight, the guy wasn’t trying to be helpful, he wanted to earn himself some extra credits--Chellians never missed a chance to make more. She needed to stem this discussion.

Tentative blurb:

Rookie agent must rescue veteran before his cover is blown.

Genna Nogaro, new to the Coalition of Planets’ Intelligence Commission, is assigned to bring in an undercover operative in Hallart’s organization. More experienced agents died before getting him out. Were they killed by the intergalactic gangster or has the operative gone rogue?

Quintall d’Sernin, con man extraordinaire, infiltrated the mob and moved up to be the gangster’s right-hand man. Hallart has his tentacles throughout the Coalition—business, industry, and government. Quin’s finally worked himself into a valued position. All he needs is the key to mob structure in order for Coalition forces to take down the entire organization.

Genna will pose as a new recruit to distract Hallart long enough for Quin to find the key. If they work together, they can accomplish more. But Quin and Genna’s lives are jeopardized by a mole in the Intelligence Commission. Will their true roles be revealed before they accomplish their goal?


  1. I like the description of the Chellian--it definitely puts us on a another world!

  2. I wonder what his reasons for offering a tour are.

  3. I'm thinking he has other motivations - maybe he'll turn out to be the mole!

  4. Well he's become a pain...and dangerous, with that driving! Enjoyed the snippet, can't wait to see how she deals with the problem.

  5. Ah yes - credits - the driving force of the universe! I enjoyed the details.

  6. Cleverly written! I'm intrigued by this character and his motivations. Curious to know more!

  7. And I thought he was trying to hit on her! But he just wants an extra buck. LOL But, yeah, she'd gotta get rid of this guy if she wants to be able to accomplish her mission. Great snippet!

  8. Yes, he's definitely overly helpful. I wonder if she'll be able to shake him once she reaches her destination. Nice snippet!

  9. This driver is definitely a problem for her, but he makes me smile. :-)

  10. I know she's finding him irritating, but I'm really enjoying how very helpful he's trying to be.

  11. Just what one needs--a "helpful" taxi driver who wants to help himself to a higher fare!
    Having driven for Uber/Lyft for a miserable two weeks, I do sympathize with the driver's plight as well.
    I agree with Kate. I like the guy's style, even if he is in for the cash grab.


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