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Weekend Writing Warrior – 7/21/13

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 by Maggie Wells   26 Comments | Posted in Blog

This week’s selection comes from the next installment in the Hot Nights in St. Blaise series – August Awakening.

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“Being afraid and living in fear are two different things.”

Her soft hand in his, he carried it to the collar of his shirt then slid her fingers under the fabric. The second her fingertips grazed the ugly raised scar on his shoulder, her lips parted. He held his breath, every nerve ending in his body screaming her name when she caressed the gnarled skin. Moths circled the porch light she’d left burning. Even the frantic fluttering of their wings wasn’t enough to stir the thick air. His toes braced against the stair riser, he exhaled a bit of his trepidation and attempted a reassuring smile.

“Afraid is a temporary thing, but fear never goes away.”


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August Awakening

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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26 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 7/21/13"

  1. Comment by Elaine Cantrell
    July 21, 2013 at 8:29 am  

    I thought this was amazing. In only a few words I got a super clear mental picture of the scene.

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 21, 2013 at 9:56 am  

      Thank you so much, Elaine! You made me smile right off the bat this morning!

  2. Comment by historysleuth1
    July 21, 2013 at 9:12 am  

    Excellent, excellent snippet Maggie! Love the visuals and the comparison between afraid and fear. An A+ 8! Your blurb below is spot on too. I get their personalities and problems and it entices me to want to see what they do about it. Just great.

    History Sleuth’s Milk Carton Murders

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 21, 2013 at 9:57 am  

      Thanks so much! I’m so happy you liked it! 🙂

  3. Comment by veronicascott
    July 21, 2013 at 9:25 am  

    Excellent excerpt, really got the feel of the scene from the description and his trusting her was just breathtaking! Can’t wait to see what happens next.

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 21, 2013 at 9:57 am  

      Thank you, Veronica! You are always so supportive and generally awesome. I appreciate you!

  4. Comment by ldsmith1818
    July 21, 2013 at 9:26 am  

    Beautifully written! So potent and it packs a punch with emotion!

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 21, 2013 at 9:57 am  

      Thank you so much!

  5. Comment by Karen Michelle Nutt
    July 21, 2013 at 9:27 am  

    Wow–is all I can say. Excellent eight! I was right there in this scene, feeling what the characters felt. “Afraid is a temporary thing, but fear never goes away.” — Great line!

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 21, 2013 at 9:58 am  

      Thanks, Karen! I’m just giddy that you all liked it!

  6. Comment by Susan Stuckey
    July 21, 2013 at 9:40 am  

    Agree with Karen – that is a great line. Interesting snippet, nice description and scene setting.

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 21, 2013 at 9:58 am  

      Thank you, Susan!

  7. Comment by Author Charmaine Gordon
    July 21, 2013 at 10:09 am  

    It’s a winner. What a beautiful scene written with delicacy and power. Super eight with thanks.

  8. Comment by Laurie
    July 21, 2013 at 10:26 am  

    I could picture everything in my head. Very well done.

  9. Comment by burnsmillie
    July 21, 2013 at 11:40 am  

    Nicely done!

  10. Comment by utecarbone
    July 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm  

    Fingertips on the scar, the moths–everything comes together to make this snippet come alive. Wonderful!

  11. Comment by danitaminnis
    July 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm  

    What a touching piece. 🙂

  12. Comment by Joanne Stewart
    July 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm  

    Oh, what a fantastic moment. Very touching. It takes a lot to share something like that with her. I could feel his trepidation. Excellent snippet!

  13. Comment by evelynjules
    July 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm  

    You are a wordsmith! Fantastic, as always, Maggie! 🙂

  14. Comment by caitlinstern
    July 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm  

    Lovely details, great dialogue, and nice tension between the couple. You’ve got a lot of good going on!
    Hope she listens to him.

  15. Comment by Ann Swann
    July 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm  

    Wonderful writing. Poetic and clear!

  16. Comment by Teresa Cypher
    July 22, 2013 at 8:08 am  

    What a beautiful snippet! The visual was so perfect. A sultry summer night. Very well done!

  17. Comment by Stevie Carroll
    July 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm  

    A great philosophy there.

  18. Comment by karen Y. bynum
    July 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm  

    Powerful! Loved the detail and the way it drew me in. Great 8!

  19. Comment by kelworthfiles
    July 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm  

    Sensual sentences! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  20. Comment by Siren Star
    July 27, 2013 at 9:38 am  

    A very sensual 8! Great job!

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