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Weekend Writing Warrior – 11/24/13

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 by Maggie Wells   11 Comments | Posted in Blog

Here’s a little something sweet for you: 8 lines from Daring Miss December (Hot Nights in St. Blaise #12).

“I have no breasts.”

Her announcement turned him to stone. Every muscle in his body braced for impact as his mind barreled ahead like a runaway train. For one crazy, breathless minute, he dared to hope she was making a self-effacing remark about being modestly endowed, but down in his gut he knew she meant exactly what she said. Swallowing hard, he scrounged for his voice, hoping the right words might come to him by the time he located it. In the end, all he managed was a deep, raspy, “No?”

She nodded but made no move to face him. “I thought I should tell you up front. I know you lost your wife to cancer, and I wanted to be as open with you as possible in case….”

Daring Miss December_Maggie Wells


It’s never too late to learn the truth about love…if you dare.

Straight-laced hospital administrator Oliver Watkins has the heart of a rebel.

Coming of age in the free-wheeling seventies meant that Oliver’s rebellion manifested itself in always doing precisely what he was expected to do.

With his wife gone and his daughter grown, the survival of St. Blaise Regional Medical Center has become his main focus in life. That is, until the results of a routine blood test give him the nudge he needs to indulge in forbidden fruit.

Dietician Anne Silverstein has enjoyed a smorgasbord of experiences, but none shaped her life more dramatically than finding a lump in her breast at the ripe old age of twenty-six. In the years since she triumphed over death, Anne has learned to embrace life by taking each new day as it comes.

When Ollie Watkins, stumbles into her office looking for more than a few tips on lowering his cholesterol, throwing caution to the wind is a no-brainer for free-spirited Anne. But the home remedies Anne and Oliver cook up together leave them both ravenous for more. Suddenly one finds one day at a time is not enough and the other fears it’s way too much.

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11 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 11/24/13"

  1. Comment by veronicascott
    November 24, 2013 at 8:05 am  

    Wow, a hard hitting moment. Excellent excerpt….

  2. Comment by Author Charmaine Gordon
    November 24, 2013 at 8:30 am  

    Breathtaking moment. Literally. Well written and to the core. I do love your heroine.

  3. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    November 24, 2013 at 8:35 am  

    You give me chills, Maggie. Amazing writing. I honestly cannot wait to own this book. Wonderful excerpt!!

  4. Comment by Sarah Cass
    November 24, 2013 at 9:12 am  

    Such an intense moment. Well handled by you…but I wonder how he’ll handle the news.

  5. Comment by Gemma Parkes
    November 24, 2013 at 10:34 am  

    Gut wrenchingly realistic, great job.

  6. Comment by Jess Schira (@ridingnwriting)
    November 24, 2013 at 10:49 am  

    Fantastic snippet. You did a great job of handling a very sensitive and emotional moment. Kudos!

  7. Comment by burnsmillie
    November 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm  

    I love her bluntness. Such an intense eight this week!

  8. Comment by Shannyn Schroeder
    November 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm  

    Wow! I love the honesty from both of them. It’s not only realistic, but emotional. Great job!

  9. Comment by sueannbowlingauthor
    November 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm  

    Good for her.

  10. Comment by historysleuth1
    November 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm  

    I love that your intertwining this topic. Quite frankly, I never thought about how awkward that must be to get past in a new relationship. Excellent writing!
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  11. Comment by Stevie Carroll
    November 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm  

    A heart-stopping eight there.

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