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Weekend Writing Warrior – 7/28/13

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 by Maggie Wells   12 Comments | Posted in Blog

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

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“I want you, Jenny Clyburn, even though you’re everything I don’t deserve.”

He carried her knotted fingers to his mouth and pressed a firm, damp kiss to the back of her hand. A fine webbing of blue-green veins mapped her translucent skin. “But I can’t help but think maybe we might be good for each other, too,” he said quietly. “I need to be in control to survive.” He trailed his fingertips over the curve of her jaw to the hollow of her collarbone. “You need someone to take the weight off your shoulders.” His body tensed, ready to spring the moment she gave herself over to the possibility.


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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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12 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 7/28/13"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    July 28, 2013 at 7:12 am  

    The dialogue is fab-u-lous! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of August Awakening! 🙂

  2. Comment by Elaine Cantrell
    July 28, 2013 at 7:47 am  

    Nice 8. these two sound perfect for each other.

  3. Comment by burnsmillie
    July 28, 2013 at 9:22 am  

    Is she really frail? Her hands make me think of fairly old people’s hands…thin translucent skin.

  4. Comment by Laurie
    July 28, 2013 at 9:32 am  

    Soon I will be able to read the whole thing. Nice taste of what’s to come.

  5. Comment by Maddie Taylor
    July 28, 2013 at 9:51 am  

    Words that catch my interest and make me want more…. control, surrender, master. Oh Yeah!

  6. Comment by historysleuth1
    July 28, 2013 at 10:10 am  

    I hope she gets some of what she wants out of this too! A vivid 8.
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  7. Comment by veronicascott
    July 28, 2013 at 11:16 am  

    Continues to be highly interesting, can’t wait for more. Excellent excerpt!

  8. Comment by utecarbone
    July 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm  

    I love the details in this. I can “feel” his fingers trailing down her collarbone. Great excerpt!

  9. Comment by Victoria Adams
    July 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm  

    That was a great 8. I was in the story in a heartbeat.

  10. Comment by jessschira
    July 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm  

    I love how much detail you included in this snippet. It’s a great read.

  11. Comment by Gemma Parkes
    July 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm  

    Love the expressions you use and your ‘will she won’t she’ dilemma!

  12. Comment by caitlinstern
    July 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm  

    Might as well give in… 🙂

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