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Weekend Writing Warrior – 7/7/13

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 by Maggie Wells   21 Comments | Posted in Blog

Switching gears a little today…

This bit comes from Rescue Me, a short story I wrote for the upcoming Smokin’ Hot Firemen anthology ON SALE NOW from Cleis Press.

The tag line for my story is: When a hot firefighter breaks down the wrong door, a smart woman drops her towel. 🙂


Her front door exploded.

One second it was intact, the next, shards of shrapnel from the wood frame showered the rug and pinged off the walls. Addi screeched, instinctively raising her arms to shield her face. The hulking figure of a man filled the open doorway. She had barely a moment to register the vision of a firefighter in full gear before he lunged through the door, barreling straight for her. She sucked in a sharp breath and the knot unraveled. Damp terry cloth hit the floor in a heap at her feet and his hard shoulder pressed into her stomach. He lifted her off the ground and tossed her over his back as if she were no more than a curl of ash.



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Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out all of the posts from my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors!


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

  1. Comment by ldsmith1818
    July 7, 2013 at 7:22 am  

    OMG, great snippet!!! Is this on sale already? I’ve got to buy this! I love the set up and how he just grabs her without even thinking! I can’t wait to see what happens!

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 7, 2013 at 9:51 am  

      Yes, it became available two weeks early! Whoo hoo! Thank you!

  2. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    July 7, 2013 at 8:28 am  

    I want this to happen to me. Just once. Like, today would be good. Smokin’ hot in every possible way, Maggie!

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 7, 2013 at 9:52 am  

      Amen, Evelyn. Amen.

  3. Comment by Eleri Stone
    July 7, 2013 at 8:59 am  

    Great setup! Love the ‘curl of ash’ part especially:)

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 7, 2013 at 9:52 am  

      Thanks, Eleri!

  4. Comment by historysleuth1
    July 7, 2013 at 9:43 am  

    Excellent descriptive quality to your words. I got the intensity of the scene, the quick pace, and her surprise. Well done!
    History Sleuth’s Milk Carton Murders

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 7, 2013 at 9:52 am  

      Thanks so much!

  5. Comment by Debbie
    July 7, 2013 at 10:50 am  

    Well, that would certainly break up the monotony of the day. Love it! 🙂

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm  

      Heh. Wouldn’t it? Thanks, Debbie!

  6. Comment by Laurie
    July 7, 2013 at 11:12 am  

    Smart towel. Love the descriptions and intensity of the scene.

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm  

      Indeeed. Thanks, Laurie!

  7. Comment by veronicascott
    July 7, 2013 at 11:36 am  

    OK, my entire day is now suspended until I get this onto my kindle NOW. Wow, one of the best, hottest Sunday excerpts EVER!!!

    • Comment by maggiewells68
      July 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm  

      Ha! Thank you, Veronica! I hope you enjoy it!

  8. Comment by Elaine Cantrell
    July 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm  

    Wow, great writing. It sure got my attention.

  9. Comment by Sandra Sookoo
    July 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm  

    Wonderful snippet! Great action scene.

  10. Comment by Susan Deborah Schiller
    July 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm  

    Quite dramatic! Those 8-sentences are packed with intensity!

  11. Comment by Linda Hamonou
    July 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm  

    So sudden and surprising !

  12. Comment by caitlinstern
    July 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm  

    That’s going to be awkward once he gets her outside… 😮

  13. Comment by Stevie Carroll
    July 9, 2013 at 2:57 am  

    A fun excerpt there. I’m keen to see how they both deal with the misunderstanding.

  14. Comment by Isabella Leigh
    July 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm  

    LOL I have to agree with Caitlin – this is certainly going to be quite interesting when he gets her outside…

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