Weekend Writing Warrior – 12/13/15

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 Replies to “Weekend Writing Warrior – 12/13/15”

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

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

  3. “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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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