Maggie Wells | Margaret Ethridge

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 10/19/14

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 by Maggie Wells   9 Comments | Posted in Blog

It’s October, and to celebrate the spookiest of all months, I will be sharing 8 sentences from my first paranormal romance (written as Margaret Ethridge), Paramour. In this scene, Cam encounters her neighbor, Brad, for the first time.


A thin line of toffee-colored hair rose from the waistband of a pair of blessedly low-slung cargo shorts. Her smile returned full force as she saw his long fingers curl around a belt loop and hike the shorts higher.

“Too late,” she whispered into her beer bottle.

The smooth hair on his stomach gave way to a dusting of wiry curls on his chest. They shone with the sweat glistening at his throat, trickling over the long, sleek muscles lining his shoulders. His biceps bunched when he hoisted the grass trimmer over the fence, depositing it in the too-tall grass of her yard.

Cam took another step back, her brow puckering in confusion as the latch on the gate between the Kelly’s property and hers gave way with a loud chink. Moments later, a bright green lawn mower rolled through the gate propelled by its luscious lawn jockey.


Here’s the blurb:

Camellia Stafford has never been alone in her room. For twenty years, she’s been engaged in a fierce power struggle with her bedroom’s previous tenant, Frank DeLuca, the ghost trapped in the light fixture above her bed.

Caustic and cranky, Frank has one soft spot—Cam. Over the years, their feelings for one another have evolved from grudging friendship to an enduring love that burns white-hot until Frank puts his feelings for Cam on ice.

When she suffers the loss of her beloved father, Cam returns home to say good-bye, and confront her feelings for Frank. She finds an unexpected shoulder to lean on in neighbor, Bradley Mitchum. Cam falls hard and fast for the handsome ad man’s charming smile and passionate nature, but Brad’s easy-going exterior masks a steely backbone tempered by adversity.

Two men: one living, one dead, and both vying for her love. Now Cam must determine if her heart is strong enough to choose which dream could lead to a love that will last a lifetime.

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9 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 10/19/14"

  1. Comment by Author Charmaine Gordon
    October 19, 2014 at 7:52 am  

    You get the YUM award from me for the gorgeous description of Brad, his chest hair and so much more. Delicious eight!

  2. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    October 19, 2014 at 8:49 am  

    Guhhhhhhh. Please send the luscious lawn jockey this way, will you? My lawn may not be growin’ so much anymore, but my libido sure is. 😀 Fabulous 8!

  3. Comment by Shannyn Schroeder
    October 19, 2014 at 9:07 am  

    YUM is an understatement. I think the temp in here just rose. Can’t wait to see some real interaction. The sneaky looks are something I think we all enjoy 🙂

  4. Comment by Sarah Cass
    October 19, 2014 at 9:23 am  

    Oh yay…he can come mow my lawn any time.

    Also, love the premise of the story…very intriguing!!

  5. Comment by Eleri Stone
    October 19, 2014 at 11:31 am  

    Oh, yum. Great description:)

  6. Comment by veronicascott
    October 19, 2014 at 11:40 am  

    Enjoying the story very much – your ghost guy has serious competition from this hunky neighbor! Terrific snippet, sexy…

  7. Comment by Elsa Holland
    October 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm  

    Very delicious. What a mouthwatering description LOL

  8. Comment by catherinewinther
    October 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm  

    You write sensuous prose. I love the premise of this story and really want to read more. Great work!

  9. Comment by nicolettehugowriter
    October 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm  

    Such a great premise…..really enjoyable snippet

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