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Weekend Writing Warrior – 12/13/15

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 by Maggie Wells   10 Comments | Posted in Blog

For those of you still reading along, here’s more from  LOVE AND ROCKETS (Coastal Heat #3) Coming in October 2016!


The Pit barbecue shack stood on the same quarter acre of undesirable land near the Alabama and Gulf Coast railroad tracks for over fifty years. Natives claimed the worn clapbaord building was as much a part of Mobile as the bay itself. Everyone ate at The Pit. Governors, garbage collectors, movie stars, and construction workers rubbed elbows over racks of dry-rubbed ribs and succulent pulled pork topped with slaw. Darla had never met the original pit master, Beauregard Lavelle Pickett, but Beau Jr. had appointed himself her unofficial granddad the moment she first showed up at his counter asking for a job.

Pregnant, alone, and without any appreciable skill set.

He’d long-since turned the tending of the smokehouse over to his own son, Beauregard Lavelle Pickett III—a.k.a. Bubba—but Mr. Beau still held court each noontime at a small formica-topped table in the back. And every day, Darla served him and his cronies enough sweet tea to float the USS Alabama.

Wearing squeeze bottles of Bubba’s famous sauce tucked into her apron pockets like six shooters, she cocked a hip and stared down at the septuagenarians, a sassy smile curving her lips. “If you loved me, you’d make an honest woman out of me and take me away from all this.”


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10 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 12/13/15"

  1. Comment by Nancy Gideon
    December 13, 2015 at 8:44 am  

    Great scene! Sauce bottles like six-guns! Love it! Really pulls you in. Can’t wait to read the whole thing.

  2. Comment by Stephanie Ingram
    December 13, 2015 at 8:50 am  

    Great snippet! I look forward to reading more.

  3. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    December 13, 2015 at 10:06 am  

    Hee! This is SO damn good, Maggie. The description…wow! You never cease to amaze me. Wonderful job!

  4. Comment by Jenna Jaxon
    December 13, 2015 at 10:06 am  

    Loved the descriptions of both the Pit and Darla. Excellent details! Makes me want to know more about them all.

  5. Comment by Christina Ochs
    December 13, 2015 at 11:12 am  

    “Beauregard Lavelle Pickett III—a.k.a. Bubba” Could only be a southerner, love it! Your description makes me want to look for this place next time I’m in Mobile.

  6. Comment by Carol
    December 13, 2015 at 11:57 am  

    Love her attitude! And dang, I sure want some barbecue now…Why does your descriptive writing have to be SO good?!?!

  7. Comment by Veronica Scott
    December 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm  

    Loved the excerpt, very atmospheric and cheerful. And oh the sweet tea of the South!

  8. Comment by Edward Hoornaert
    December 13, 2015 at 2:48 pm  

    Great scene setting. Even though you never described the restaurant, other than saying it has clapboard siding, I can picture it perfectly through you “people” details.

  9. Comment by Caitlin Stern
    December 14, 2015 at 12:28 am  

    I think I may have eaten at The Pit–or one of its slightly shabby but tasty food producing cousins. 🙂

    Lots of lovely phrases here. The “sweet tea to flat the U.S.S Alabama” made me smile.

  10. Comment by Jessica Hanna
    December 18, 2015 at 10:46 am  

    Aw, I love this snippet. Fantastic description in just a few sentences. Really enjoyable!

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