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Weekend Writing Warrior – 11/1/15

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 by Maggie Wells   7 Comments | Posted in Blog

Hey, gang! Thanks for coming by again!

I’m sorry I haven’t been around much. October was totally overwhelming, but mostly in a good way. I’ll get to that in a bit. Now, here’s another taste of LOVE AND ROCKETS (Coastal Heat #3 – October 2016).

This is the story of a rocket scientist who falls in love with a hardworking single mom and her brainy daughter. Here, his conversation with young Grace is interrupted by her mother.


“What’s going on here?”

The question sliced through the middle of their conversation like a light saber. Jake jerked upright as Grace scrambled out of her chair. He looked up to find a woman with short dark hair glaring down at him. It took a full thirty seconds for his brain to compute that the woman breaking up the party was none other than Darla Kennet, one of the regular waitresses at The Pit barbecue joint and a former St. Pat’s Academy student.

“Oh. Hey, Darla,” he said, coming to his feet like the well-brought-up man that he was, “I didn’t know you worked here too.”

“She moonlights for catering companies at night,” Grace supplied helpfully.

But the tiny woman across from him was obviously not in the mood for friendly conversation. She crossed her arms over her chest and sneered at him. “Perhaps I can get a discount for your wedding.”


That’s it for this week. I hope you’re liking the story so far. I received a couple bits of good news in the last couple of weeks. The first is…look at the gorgeous cover they gave me for FLIP THIS LOVE (Coastal Heat #2~April 2016)!!!! I think it captures Harley and Laney’s cat-and-mouse relationship perfectly.


Nothing draws a magnate like a steel magnolia…
Harley Cade is back in town—and the former bad boy is downright irresistible now that he’s donned a hard hat and set to work restoring the South’s finest homes to their former grandeur. While wealth may have gained Harley entry into high society, it’s going to take a lot more than a fat bank account to win the lovely Laney Tarrington. 
Laney isn’t open to giving the self-made magnate a second chance—no matter how much she needs him. With her family fortune gone, Laney finally has to stand on her own two feet. The last person she’d ever lean on is Harley, the man who left her behind with nothing more than memories of the passion they once shared….
With the attraction still burning hot between them, Harley isn’t above seduction—or secretly buying Laney’s bankrupted family’s estate. After all, he no longer has to prove himself to anyone, least of all the daughter of Mobile, Alabama’s most prestigious family. But will pride keep Harley from gaining the biggest prize of all—a place in Laney’s heart?

The second, I can’t share with you just yet, but hopefully next week. Let’s just say I’m super-excited about it!!!

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


7 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 11/1/15"

  1. Comment by Michelle Howard
    November 1, 2015 at 8:05 am  

    oh oh for Jake. Darla doesn’t look in the mood for play. LOL

  2. Comment by Gemma Parkes
    November 1, 2015 at 8:54 am  

    There’s certainly an undercurrent there! Well described.

  3. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    November 1, 2015 at 9:18 am  

    Congrats on all the exciting news! I’m completely hooked on this story and I can’t wait for more!

  4. Comment by Carol
    November 1, 2015 at 9:49 am  

    Hmm, I like well-brought-up men. Wonder if Darla does too? I’m hooked! Tell me more!
    And I agree, the cover’s great!

  5. Comment by Veronica Scott
    November 1, 2015 at 11:59 am  

    Enjoyed the snippet and am wondering about the angry Darla – what’s up with her?! ‘Lightsaber” is a trademarked term (good old George Lucas – I had to delete six uses of the word droid from a novella after my editor got nervous) so be careful….and having said that, love your new book cover!

  6. Comment by Caitlin Stern
    November 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm  

    Weren’t they just talking? She’s pretty angry for that! Something else has to be going on . . .

  7. Comment by Edward Hoornaert
    November 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm  

    Love this line: “sliced through the middle of their conversation like a light saber”.

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