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Weekend Writing Warrior – 3/16/14

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 by Maggie Wells   10 Comments | Posted in Blog

This week I am sharing 8 sentences from my upcoming Harlequin-E Contemporary release The Last First Date (formerly Jump Into Love). Fraud detective, Lang Sheppard, just confessed to being set up on a blind date arranged by his grandmother….

“So, when you’re not a fake detective you’re the primary suspect in a canasta-based prostitution ring?”

“Victim,” he corrected. “Not a suspect, I’m the victim.” His smile unfolded and he unleashed the full force of his silver gaze on her. “Don’t you feel sorry for me now?”

“Not half as sorry as I’m feeling for myself.”

He snickered. “Well, I guess I’ll just have to work harder to catch up.”

The Last First Date

On a night where everything goes wrong, one man finds his Ms. Right.

Langley Sheppard’s New Year’s Eve hits a major snag when Murphy’s Law throws the book at him.

His friends call him a serial dater, but this determined detective is the real deal–a man looking for the right woman. First date number forty-eight comes to a screeching halt when his date decides to lift a pack of gum from the local convenience store, but a spunky, snarky damsel in distress witnesses the confession and things start to look up.

Jessica Vickers has lost about everything—her job, her apartment, and even her fashion sense—but she hasn’t surrendered her attachment to premixed margaritas and taco chips or her optimism. With just a few short hours left until the clock strikes midnight, she’s looking forward to a quiet evening at home and a fresh start in a New Year. A dead car battery leaves her stranded in a convenience store parking lot with no cell phone and no jumper cables.

But things start looking up when handsome police detective Lang Sheppard offers to jump her.

Thrown together by circumstance and petty larceny, Lang and Jessica discover that on a night when everything goes wrong, all it takes is a chance at love to make everything right.

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10 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 3/16/14"

  1. Comment by Author Charmaine Gordon
    March 16, 2014 at 9:21 am  

    Short and sweet, Maggie. You packed it all in so well. Thanks.

  2. Comment by Laurie
    March 16, 2014 at 9:59 am  

    Wow, I love the blurb. Plus the 8 sentences cracked me up. This one is going to be a fun read, I can tell.

  3. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    March 16, 2014 at 10:52 am  

    You always make me smile, Maggie. Or pant. Or both. 😀 Great job!

  4. Comment by chellecordero
    March 16, 2014 at 11:47 am  

    Oh boy, this sounds like a very fun read. Just these few sentences have me cheering for him.

  5. Comment by Gemma Parkes
    March 16, 2014 at 11:54 am  

    Likable characters full of attitude!

  6. Comment by veronicascott
    March 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm  

    I love the dialog and the story’s premise, can’t wait to read the entire thing. Great snippet!

  7. Comment by Tina Christopher
    March 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm  

    Love the puns being traded. So much fun;).

  8. Comment by Teresa Cypher
    March 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm  

    Fantastic banter. It made me grin! Nicely done. 🙂

  9. Comment by burnsmillie
    March 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm  

    I love that his smile unfolded…that’s awesome! Nice job with this eight!

  10. Comment by Linda Hamonou
    March 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm  

    He sounds like an interesting character but I can understand her wondering what he wants.

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