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Weekend Writing Warrior – 10/11/15

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 by Maggie Wells   8 Comments | Posted in Blog

Hey, all! I’m working on LOVE AND ROCKETS (Coastal Heat #3 – October 2016). I’ll be sharing some bits from this one as I work on it.


“I gave birth to two doctors and neither of you can give me what I really want,” his mother said, heaving a wistful sigh.
Brian and Jake groaned in unison, but unaccustomed to the old refrain, Jake’s future sister-in-law stepped right into the set-up. “What’s that?” Brooke asked, her smile solicitous.
“Valium,” all three Dalton men answered in unison.
While Jake shared a grin with his dad and brother, his mom shot them the death glare. Within seconds, his father caught a staggering blow from her elbow with his ribs. Andrew Dalton might have settled for a simple Master’s degree rather than the Doctorates his sons had earned in what he liked to term their ‘pipe dream’ fields, but the man was anything but a fool. When Jake was sixteen and embarking on his first relationship that looked like it would last longer than the seven minutes of heaven he’d experienced in Molly Watkins’ coat closet, his dad had taken him aside and offered one bit of sage advice.
Don’t waste your breath arguing with a woman you love, son. You’re gonna give in to her anyway, no sense in working up a sweat.


That’s it for this week. Be sure to check out all of this weekend’s Weekend Writing Warrior posts!

Don’t miss book #1 in the Coastal Heat series, Going Deep!

Going Deep – To the heart of the story.

Making Headlines

Brooke Hastings almost won a Pulitzer Prize for her hard-hitting reportage. Now she’s sitting on the story of a lifetime and wants to prove she’s not a one-hit-wonder. But in order to get the world to take notice, she’ll need the help of the one person she loves to hate—Brian Dalton.

Brian Dalton stumbled into celebrity when he landed a show on the Earth Channel. But the hunky marine biologist never forgot the serious, studious boy who left Mobile a decade before. Now back in Alabama, he’s looking for the quiet life he always wanted and hoping for a chance with the girl he always loved. When Brooke asks him to help expose some of the lingering effects of the Gulf oil disaster, Brian jumps at the chance to help preserve the place both call home…

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8 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 10/11/15"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    October 11, 2015 at 8:47 am  

    Love, love, love this scene! The Dalton men are no match for Momma Dalton, but it’s so easy to see the bond they all share. Excellent advice from Daddy Dalton too. Great job!! 🙂

  2. Comment by Author Charmaine Gordon
    October 11, 2015 at 9:12 am  

    Love the relationships between the family. Mama rule the roost and they love it. Terrific snippet.

  3. Comment by Lynette Sofras (ManicScribbler)
    October 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm  

    I love this. You’ve painted a delightful cameo in words here. I feel I know so much about this family from these few lines. Well done.

  4. Comment by Carol
    October 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm  

    I’m delighted because I know who Brooke and Brian and Jake are! It sounds like Ma & Pa Dalton are perfectly capable of wrangling their boys. Definitely sounds like a family I want to spend more time with!

  5. Comment by Veronica Scott
    October 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm  

    Well Dad’s certainly a practical guy! They do seem to be one of those wonderful families that everyone wishes they were related to…great snippet.

  6. Comment by Caitlin Stern
    October 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm  

    You have to love a family joke. At least, I hope she’s joking!

  7. Comment by E.D. Martin
    October 11, 2015 at 9:59 pm  

    I love the family dynamics. Sounds like a great family to be a part of.

  8. Comment by Teresa Cypher
    October 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm  

    I think you’ve captured the family dynamics quite well. Good scene!

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