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Weekend Writing Warrior – 3/9/14

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 by Maggie Wells   16 Comments | Posted in Blog

Hello, my friends! This week I am sharing 8 sentences from my upcoming Harlequin-E Contemporary release The Last First Date (formerly Jump Into Love).

Hugging the hideous coat even tighter, Jessica thanked God for its down-filled warmth. Tiny lacewings fluttered in her stomach, but she ignored them. This was New Year’s Eve. In just a few hours this craptastic year would be over and a bright, shiny new one would start. She just needed to make it through midnight.

Detective Delicious turned stormy gray eyes in her direction and the busted zipper on the hideous coat shot to the top of Mount WhyMe. She hadn’t realized the parka wouldn’t close until her mission was well underway. If she’d known, she would have put on a bra at the very least.

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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16 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 3/9/14"

  1. Comment by historysleuth1
    March 9, 2014 at 9:43 am  

    Oh too cute. Love the Mount WhyMe. Love your clever prose when you write Maggie.
    The Murders of Polly Frisch

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      March 9, 2014 at 10:15 am  

      Thanks so much! You made my morning!

  2. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    March 9, 2014 at 9:51 am  

    I want Detective Delcious’ stormy eyes on me now, please. Love this story so much! Can’t wait till it releases!! 🙂

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      March 9, 2014 at 10:15 am  

      This story loves you too! I might kind of like you. 🙂

  3. Comment by veronicascott
    March 9, 2014 at 10:12 am  

    Clever, clever, clever – I’m in awe of your prose. And I enjoyed that she has lacewings in her stomach, not just any old butterflies LOL. (Off to google lacewings). Great snippet!

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      March 9, 2014 at 10:14 am  

      Thank you, Veronica!

  4. Comment by Frank Fisher
    March 9, 2014 at 11:42 am  

    That’s a lot of bad things to happen to a girl on the stroke of New Year’s. Glad she got a glimpse of happiness in the end. Good 8!

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      March 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm  

      Thank you, Frank!

  5. Comment by Eleri Stone
    March 9, 2014 at 11:52 am  

    Great light tone to this. Have a feeling this New Year will be better than the last for her:)

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      March 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm  

      Fingers crossed, right? Thanks, Eleri!

  6. Comment by cahudson
    March 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm  

    I laughed out loud reading this snippet – haven’t we all had years like this! I love how her character shines through! Terrific snippet!

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      March 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm  

      I recall having more than one, as a matter of fact. Thanks so much!

  7. Comment by caitlinstern
    March 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm  

    Hah! Poor her, saddled with that coat and not even a bra. Of course, it makes me wonder why she isn’t wearing one, when she could have been.

  8. Comment by augustmacgregor
    March 10, 2014 at 4:25 am  

    Your writing has snap and pop to it, just moves it right along. I really liked the nicknames (Detective Delicious, Mount WhyMe), and the talk about things going wrong, but having to deal with them anyway. As those stormy gray eyes climb bra-less Mount WhyMe, she may indeed be thankful the zipper’s broken.

  9. Comment by Millie Burns
    March 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm  

    Loved the lacewings…so clever. And a craptastic year. Hope her New year burns bright!

  10. Comment by sadiecass
    March 16, 2014 at 8:44 am  

    This story sounds like so much fun!! Love the descriptions here.

    (still playing this week, although my link is not on the wewriwa page)

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