Weekend Writing Warrior – 6/15/14

Friends, I have great news to share! I found out that I’ve been named a finalist for Passionate Ink RWA’s 9th annual Passionate Plume contest not once, but TWICE! Both August Awakening (Hot Nights in St. Blaise #8) and Daring Miss December (Hot Nights in St. Blaise #12)

To celebrate I’m sharing 8 sentences from August Awakening!


“Hi. My name is Jenny and I am a convicted fence murderer. I plotted and planned, stalking my prey, measuring it’s, uh, timbers, and taking aim at just the right…pole thingy.”

Alex’s laser-hot eyes bore holes into her. He didn’t seem to be amused.

“Um, I…” She glanced at the other’s expectant faces and a hot rush of shame scalded her cheeks. Being ordered to alcohol awareness classes may have seemed like a joke to her, but to some of these people it mattered.


August Awakening_Maggie Wells


The only things Jennifer Clyburn admits being addicted to are Caramello bars, shoe sales, and diet cherry Cokes from the Sonic. But there is one advantage to being ordered to attend alcohol awareness classes—she gets to spend a good hour each week ogling local bad boy, Alex Stephenson.

Once the crowned prince of St. Blaise, Alex grew up spoiled rotten and cocky as hell. The world was his oyster up until the day everything spun out of control. The red Corvette he got for his eighteenth birthday was a total loss. So was the sixteen-year-old girl in his passenger seat.

Ten years later, scarred and broken, Alex is back in St. Blaise leading the local recovery meetings and hoping to spare someone the guilt and grief he’ll carry with him the rest of his life.

Jenny Clyburn seems to be the kind of good-time girl he used to love, but he’s smart enough to recognize the demons that drive her. Her smart mouth is temptation incarnate, and her docile nature a siren song. Unable to resist, Alex takes it upon himself to teach her the best ways to master her impulses and surrender to that which she can’t control.

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24 Replies to “Weekend Writing Warrior – 6/15/14”

  1. Hee! You really have to be careful of those…pole thingies. I absolutely adore this story, and I’m not the least bit surprised it’s a finalist in the Passionate Plume contest! Major congrats on both stories getting the nod! I’ll keep my fingers crossed! 🙂

  2. She’s a Sonic Slut, huh? Tsk-tsk. Sad. Sounds like it all makes a great story, though! Congrats on the well-deserved honors!

  3. Oops! Very bad idea to make fun of something that other people take deadly seriously. Seems like she’s clued in to her error, though, and maybe she can recover gracefully…

  4. In those circumstances, a joke is definitely not appropriate. Even if she doesn’t feel she belongs there. I hope for her sake, she thinks seriously about why she is there, though.

  5. Kudos on your recognition!

    Jenny is ineffectively trying to hide behind jokes and it isn’t working very well for her. She’ll learn soon enough that the folks she is speaking to have heard all the excuses before and won’t let her get away with hers. Great story premise.

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