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Weekend Writing Warrior – 7/27/14

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 by Maggie Wells   14 Comments | Posted in Blog

This week I’m celebrating a new contract! I just signed to publish Going Deep with Kensington/Lyrical! Here are 8 sentences and blurb:


“You’re a member of the press—you want an interview, you need to contact my agent.”

“I want to talk to you.”

“And making that dream come true is what earns my agent her fifteen percent,” he countered.

“I meant I want to talk to you as a friend.”

“We’re friends?”

She blinked but didn’t back down. “We used to be…sort of.”

“Well, there’s a compelling argument.”


Brooke Hastings is convinced local-boy-turned-star Brian Dalton holds the key to her success. The one-time Pulitzer Prize nominee suspects her editor is trying to derail her career, but she’s sitting on the story of a lifetime and she needs to get it out there. Desperate to prove she isn’t a one-hit-wonder, she taps her old high school frenemy for leverage.

Brian stumbled into celebrity when he landed a show on the Earth Channel. The hunky marine biologist is very different from the serious, studious boy who left Mobile a decade before, but his love for the Gulf Coast has never waned. He says goodbye to Hollywood and returns to Alabama, looking for the quiet life he always wanted and hoping for a chance with the girl he always loved.

Brooke asks him to help expose some of the lingering effects of the Gulf oil disaster, and Brian jumps at the chance to get close to her.  As they join forces to help preserve the place they call home Brooke and Brain discover that together they are unstoppable.

Here’s the pic I used as inspiration for Brian:

Guy Taking Off His Wetsuit

That’s it for this week. Be sure to check out all the excerpts from my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors!


14 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 7/27/14"

  1. Comment by Author Charmaine Gordon
    July 27, 2014 at 8:02 am  

    Dynamite dialogue. I felt as if I were in the room watching kind of a tennis match with rapid fire dialogue and just at the right moment it slows down!

  2. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    July 27, 2014 at 9:13 am  

    Major congratulations on the contract, Maggie! Can’t wait to add this book of yours to my collection!! 🙂

  3. Comment by historysleuth1
    July 27, 2014 at 9:39 am  

    Great dialogue. I can feel his sarcasm clearly, and her determination. And contrast on your signing. Kensington/Lyrical… That is a big deal!

    History Sleuth – Milk Carton Murders

  4. Comment by historysleuth1
    July 27, 2014 at 9:40 am  

    Congrats I meant. Can you tell I’m on my iPad with a mind of it’s own? 🙂

  5. Comment by Gemma Parkes
    July 27, 2014 at 10:55 am  

    Difficult to see where these two are going, which is great because i’m definitely interested!

  6. Comment by Tina Christopher
    July 27, 2014 at 11:19 am  

    Congratulations! Great snippet. Loving the exchange;).

  7. Comment by Anne Lange
    July 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm  

    Congrats on the contract! And great snippet. I love the snappy dialogue. 🙂

  8. Comment by veronicascott
    July 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm  

    So wonderful about the Kensington contract – congratulations! I LOVED today’s snippet, really a great conversation and I can’t wait to read more. Excellent excerpt!

  9. Comment by bethmatthewsbooks
    July 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm  

    Ooh great dialogue. I don’t know much about these two but I’ve still got a great sense of their personalities. It’s funny too. 🙂

  10. Comment by bethmatthewsbooks
    July 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm  

    And congrats on the contract!

  11. Comment by Millie Burns
    July 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm  

    Congrats on the contract…and I’m digging this beginning. Nice.

  12. Comment by Lisa Medley
    July 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm  

    Woo Hoo! Congrats! Brooke is clearly in for a challenge but he looks like he’s worth it, ha! 😀

  13. Comment by caitlinstern
    July 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm  

    Hey, ‘sort of’ *is* a very compelling argument. Right up there with ‘maybe’ and ‘possibly.’ But you work with what you have, right?

  14. Comment by Laurie
    July 28, 2014 at 11:29 am  

    Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations to you. Makes me happy.

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