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Weekend Writing Warrior – 12/8/13

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 by Maggie Wells   10 Comments | Posted in Blog

Here are 8 sentences from my upcoming Harlequin-E release Jump Into Love:

A few strange women had flitted in and out of Langley Sheppard’s life in the last few months, but not one of them had a bizarre fixation on chewing gum like tonight’s winner. Squinting through the sleet-spattered windshield, he attempted to peer into the harsh glare spilling from the glass storefront of the T-N-T mini-mart, hoping to catch sight of his date. The multitude of neon signs crowding the spotless expanse lit the puddles of slush in carnival colors. The store’s owner, Max Merida, believed in the laws of plenty. Plenty of light, plenty of cheesy merchandise crammed onto narrow counters, and plenty of mark-up built into every price. Apparently, his date believed in having plenty of gum.

Five minutes crept past since she bailed from his car, insisting he stay put. He could only figure choosing the right flavor was a deeply personal matter.

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10 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 12/8/13"

  1. Comment by evelynjules
    December 8, 2013 at 8:09 am  

    Again, you wow me with your descriptions! Choosing the perfect gum flavour really is a deeply personal matter. 😉 Fabulous work, Maggie!

  2. Comment by ED Martin
    December 8, 2013 at 8:42 am  

    Sounds like she may have bailed from the date too. Great description!

  3. Comment by Teresa Cypher
    December 8, 2013 at 9:23 am  

    Wow! So smooth–and it paints such a vivid picture. I love his sense of sarcastic humor! Nicely done 🙂

  4. Comment by Laurie
    December 8, 2013 at 9:51 am  

    I particularly like the line about the law of plenty. Exciting things. Wow things.

  5. Comment by Nan
    December 8, 2013 at 10:39 am  

    Great descriptions, Maggie! I’m in!

  6. Comment by veronicascott
    December 8, 2013 at 11:13 am  

    I was totally carried along in the flow of the story and left wanting more. Does the date even come back??? GREAT excerpt!

  7. Comment by Gemma Parkes
    December 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm  

    Love the easy flow of this snippet, pulled me right in and left me wondering why she’s taking so long!

  8. Comment by burnsmillie
    December 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm  

    Loved the description of the neon signs and carnival slush…but where’d that girl get to? Since she’s a “winner” sounds like he won’t be too hurt if she’s taken off and left.

  9. Comment by caitlinstern
    December 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm  

    Five minutes for chewing gum in the middle of a date? I get the feeling she bailed out the back or something. That or she’s deeply, deeply weird. Maybe he should run.

  10. Comment by chellecordero
    December 9, 2013 at 2:16 am  

    A few strange women? Sounds like she either left via a back door or is inside casing the shop. Your descriptions are very vivid. Great 8.

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