Monday Mayhem – Knee Deep

I’m knee deep in a new work in progress. Not sure if this one will end up with Margaret or Maggie, but I’m having a blast writing it.  So here are five lines from Going Deep – a story about an ex-nerd turned hunky marine biologist and the brainy, ambitious reporter who once swiped a coveted science fair ribbon out from under his nose.

They’re all grown up now, and in this scene Brooke Hastings and her friend Laney marvel over Brian Dalton’s transformation from zero to hero.

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Laney clutched her imaginary pearls, but the humor in her blue eyes shone through clear as day. “Shelbrooke Hastings, are you trying to tell me that you have absolutely no interest in spawning with Aquaman over there?”

“I prefer Batman. Maybe Superman. Hell, I’d even take Captain America, even though I’m pretty sure he’s a prig in bed.”

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Here are a few pics from last week’s retreat. I swiped these from my pals Nena Clements and Sandra Jones. 🙂

The house on Lake Hamilton
The house on Lake Hamilton
The view at sunset
The view at sunset
The fabulous Brinda Berry and me hard at it.
The fabulous Brinda Berry and me hard at it.

That’s what I’ve been up to. How about you?

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 9/29/13

This week’s selection comes from the next installment in the Hot Nights in St. Blaise series – Ogling Miss October.

Ogling Miss October_Maggie Wells

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She settled against his side, her cheek cushioned on his chest, her hand splayed over his stomach. Warm and sated, she drifted in and out of a doze. Warren, on the other hand, fell asleep with the conviction of a man with two orgasms under his belt and pillow beneath his head. Draping her leg over his, she drank in the sweet serenity of his profile.

Sighing, she closed her eyes and ran her hand low across his belly. Even in sleep, he responded to her touch. She smiled, taking in the outline of his cock pressed against the sheet draped low across his hips, impressive even in its semi-aroused state.

Warren’s body was a work of art.

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Ogling Miss October

After five years as a single dad, Warren Mueller can spout the reasons why purple is ‘so much cooler’ than pink, wield a fairly competent glue gun, and fumble his way to a decent set of pig-tails. The only thing he hasn’t figured out is how a big, clumsy farm boy like him caught the attention of an exotic beauty like Susie Chen.

A tiny Asian-American cursed with more brain that brawn, Susie has always been attracted to big, burly corn-fed men who drive pick-up trucks and spend their weekends fishing, hunting, and paddling canoes.

She likes Warren Mueller, not that she could ever have him. The protective barrier the town keeps around its young widower and his little girl that seems impenetrable…until the night of the St. Blaise Elementary Fall Festival.

If a picture says a thousand words, a single snapshot of Warren speaks volumes to Susie. He wants her as much as she wants him, and if he isn’t a big enough man to admit it, she’ll just have to show him the way.

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Monday Mayhem – Retreat to advance

What I’ve been working on: I don’t know what to say. My alter ego has taken over my life. She gets all the bragging rights.

What’s running around in the back of my mind: Shel and Josh from Containment are starting to whisper to me again (thank goodness). I’m trying to be cool and play it coy, but if they stick around I may work on them as my NaNoWriMo project.

What I’ve accomplished: The good news is I signed a contract to publish Jump Into Love with Harlequin-E! The other news (not necessarily bad) is that Maggie stole it from Margaret and made the darn thing all sexy and stuff. What can I say? Split personalities can be vicious.

What new goal I’m chasing: I’m trying to build momentum on my daily word counts in preparation for NaNoWriMo.

What I saw: Inspiration

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 9/22/13

This week’s selection comes from the next installment in the Hot Nights in St. Blaise series – Ogling Miss October.

Ogling Miss October_Maggie Wells

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“I’m too big and too clumsy.”

“I think you’re perfect,” she answered honestly.

“I’ll hurt you.”

“No, you won’t.”

“I’ll crush you—”

“Good.”

He barked a sharp laugh and shook his head, turning away enough to avoid looking directly at her as he said, “It’s been years, I’m practically a virgin.”

That not-so-little admission tripped the trigger on her smile. “Just how I like ‘em.”

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Ogling Miss October

After five years as a single dad, Warren Mueller can spout the reasons why purple is ‘so much cooler’ than pink, wield a fairly competent glue gun, and fumble his way to a decent set of pig-tails. The only thing he hasn’t figured out is how a big, clumsy farm boy like him caught the attention of an exotic beauty like Susie Chen.

A tiny Asian-American cursed with more brain that brawn, Susie has always been attracted to big, burly corn-fed men who drive pick-up trucks and spend their weekends fishing, hunting, and paddling canoes.

She likes Warren Mueller, not that she could ever have him. The protective barrier the town keeps around its young widower and his little girl that seems impenetrable…until the night of the St. Blaise Elementary Fall Festival.

If a picture says a thousand words, a single snapshot of Warren speaks volumes to Susie. He wants her as much as she wants him, and if he isn’t a big enough man to admit it, she’ll just have to show him the way.

Check out all of the Hot Nights in St. Blaise stories!

Love Letters Volume 1: Obeying Desire is free for a limited time at the Carina Press Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Download your copy today!

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Monday Mayhem – Fab five

What I’ve been working on: Lots of stuff for the day job, a little writing, and conquering the headache from hell (thank God it’s gone now).

What’s running around in the back of my mind: The story I will start while on the annual DSRA writing retreat in Hot Springs next weekend.

What I’ve accomplished: You remember that story I shared last week? It’s a hot contemporary novella called Jump Into Love and I got some awesome news about it this week. I’ll share as soon as everything is official. 🙂

What new goal I’m chasing: Finished the first pass of revisions on my WIP. Now all I have to do is write the ending!

What I saw: “A green room, a telephone, a red balloon, a picture of the cow jumping over the moon….” My future reader.

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To celebrate my pending good news, here are another five lines from Jump Into Love:

“You’re a hell of a gumshoe, Detective.”

Steely eyes warmed again as he met her gaze across the roof of the car, and a hint of a smile pulled at the corners of his mouth. “Where were you when I was looking for a date for New Year’s Eve?”

She opened the car door and shook her head. “As far away from any canasta club as I could get.”

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 9/15/13

This week’s selection comes from the next installment in the Hot Nights in St. Blaise series – Ogling Miss October.

Ogling Miss October_Maggie Wells

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“Hi, Warren.”

The soft greeting undercut the high-pitched screams of sugar-high children, filtered into his subconscious like smoke and sent a rush of heyhowdoyoudo surging straight to his groin. The husky timbre of the simple greeting echoed in the deep, dark recesses of his mind. The place where nothing sparkled with glitter. The spot Susie Chen claimed as her own the second he laid eyes on her. There, the only pink things were the pearly sheen of her skin and her soft, smiling lips after he’d kissed her senseless.

Every nerve ending in his body screamed ‘Hello, Susie!’ even if it took his tongue a half hour to untwist itself enough to say the same. Sweet and mellow, Susie Chen’s voice was pitched a little too deep to match her fragile build and exotic features, and there was something about that discordance that plucked some strings deep inside him.

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Ogling Miss October

After five years as a single dad, Warren Mueller can spout the reasons why purple is ‘so much cooler’ than pink, wield a fairly competent glue gun, and fumble his way to a decent set of pig-tails. The only thing he hasn’t figured out is how a big, clumsy farm boy like him caught the attention of an exotic beauty like Susie Chen.

A tiny Asian-American cursed with more brain that brawn, Susie has always been attracted to big, burly corn-fed men who drive pick-up trucks and spend their weekends fishing, hunting, and paddling canoes.

She likes Warren Mueller, not that she could ever have him. The protective barrier the town keeps around its young widower and his little girl that seems impenetrable…until the night of the St. Blaise Elementary Fall Festival.

If a picture says a thousand words, a single snapshot of Warren speaks volumes to Susie. He wants her as much as she wants him, and if he isn’t a big enough man to admit it, she’ll just have to show him the way.

Check out all of the Hot Nights in St. Blaise stories!

Love Letters Volume 1: Obeying Desire is free for a limited time at the Carina Press Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Download your copy today!

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Monday Mayhem – Gimme five!

I asked my pal Laurie whether she wanted 5 things or 5 lines for this week’s Monday Mayhem post. She asked for a sneak peek at something I’m working on. So, because her wish is my command, I am sharing 5 lines from a story that I currently have out on submission called Jump Into Love. Meet Lang….

A few strange women had flitted in and out of Langley Sheppard’s life in the last few months, but not one of them had a bizarre fixation on chewing gum like tonight’s winner. Squinting through the sleet-spattered windshield, he attempted to peer into the harsh glare spilling from the glass storefront of the T-N-T mini-mart, hoping to catch sight of his date. The multitude of neon signs crowding the spotless expanse lit the puddles of slush in carnival colors. The store’s owner, Max Merida, believed in the laws of plenty. Plenty of light, plenty of cheesy merchandise crammed onto narrow counters, and plenty of mark-up built into every price. Apparently,his date believed in having plenty of gum.

 

Okay, so I threw in a bonus line. I just wanted to finish the thought.

So how about you? Got any big goings on this week?

 

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 9/8/13

Today’s post comes for U is for Undone – my contribution to Love Letters Volume 5: Exposed (September 9th from Carina Press).

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“I’ve never done anything like that before.”

He shook his head as they tumbled to the mattress in a flurry of arms and legs. “Neither have I, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t hope to do it again.”

Sofia blinked slowly as he rolled them onto their sides. “My favorite movie is Rear Window.

Laughter rumbled up from deep inside him. Brushing a stray lock of hair from her face, he shook his head in bewildered dismay even as he beamed at her. “Why am I not surprised?”

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Love Letters Volume 5: Exposed

Private passion meets public display in these four hot novellas in Love Letters Volume 5: Exposed.

R Is for Reality by Ginny Glass
Sheer desperation drives Mackenzie Alexander to persuade handsome cab driver Greg Redding to audition for a role she’s been forced to cast. A role that leads to steamy encounters on and off set…

S Is for Scandalous by Emily Cale
Taking a job as a nude serving dish at a party is a departure for model Kacey James. But the public event becomes something much more private when one of the guests turns out to be a man from her past.

T Is for Tango by Christina Thacher
Adam is shocked when his office’s sexy temp, Sonia, starts changing clothes at her desk when everyone else has left for the night—until she makes it clear he’s her intended audience.

U Is for Undone by Maggie Wells
Dr. Alec McCarthy has noticed hot nurse and neighbor Sofia Morales around the hospital—but she really gets his attention when she does a striptease for him in front of her window.

For more information on the Love Letters series, click here!

Love Letters Volume 1: Obeying Desire is free for a limited time at the Carina Press Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Download your copy today!

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