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Weekend Writing Warrior – 9/20/15

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 by Maggie Wells   14 Comments | Posted in Blog

It’s release month for Going Deep! To celebrate, I’ll be sharing new excerpts from the finished product!


Like everyone else on the Gulf Coast, she’d been waiting and watching, wondering what he’d do next.

Ignoring her seafood gaffe, she switched tactics. “Your parents must be glad to have you back.”

His smile spread slowly. “You act like I’ve been gone the whole time. I did come home for Christmases, you know.”

“I just meant—”

“I spent a few weeks gathering tar balls on the beach after the spill.”

He spoke casually, but the words swirled with undercurrent. Another flash fire of embarrassment sucked the moisture from her mouth as he wrapped long fingers around his glass, sending beads of condensation scurrying.


Be sure to check out all of this weekend’s Weekend Writing Warrior posts!

Going Deep – To the heart of the story.

Making Headlines

Brooke Hastings almost won a Pulitzer Prize for her hard-hitting reportage. Now she’s sitting on the story of a lifetime and wants to prove she’s not a one-hit-wonder. But in order to get the world to take notice, she’ll need the help of the one person she loves to hate—Brian Dalton.

Brian Dalton stumbled into celebrity when he landed a show on the Earth Channel. But the hunky marine biologist never forgot the serious, studious boy who left Mobile a decade before. Now back in Alabama, he’s looking for the quiet life he always wanted and hoping for a chance with the girl he always loved. When Brooke asks him to help expose some of the lingering effects of the Gulf oil disaster, Brian jumps at the chance to help preserve the place both call home…

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14 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 9/20/15"

  1. Comment by Sue Barr
    September 20, 2015 at 8:07 am  

    Nice excerpt, Maggie. Sometimes less is more between folks who’ve known each other for years, don’t you think?
    Congratulations on the newest release. You are a writing machine.

    • Comment by Maggie Wells
      September 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm  

      Thank you, Sue. At the moment, I’m a rusty machine, but hopefully I’ll get greased up and ready to go again soon!

  2. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    September 20, 2015 at 8:21 am  

    Oh, these two kids. I heart them so hard. Loved every bit of Going Deep, Maggie! Congratulations on releasing it into the world! 🙂

    • Comment by Maggie Wells
      September 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm  

      Thank you, my darling!

  3. Comment by Carol
    September 20, 2015 at 10:03 am  

    I got my copy! Now I can dive (deeply) right into the rest of the story!

    • Comment by Maggie Wells
      September 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm  

      Yay! Thanks, love!

  4. Comment by Veronica Scott
    September 20, 2015 at 11:32 am  

    Congratulations on the release! I enjoyed the touch of the real world in the story, with the tar ball detail…excellent excerpt.

    • Comment by Maggie Wells
      September 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm  

      Thank you, Veronica! You are awesome!

  5. Comment by Eleri Stone
    September 20, 2015 at 11:43 am  

    Woot! Congrats on the release! Such interesting undercurrents in this scene:D

    • Comment by Maggie Wells
      September 20, 2015 at 1:14 pm  

      Thanks, Eleri!

  6. Comment by Author Charmaine Gordon
    September 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm  

    Delicious bit of repartee with these two. Best of luck with Going Deep, Maggie.

  7. Comment by Edward Hoornaert
    September 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm  

    Going Deep is a great title. You can read so many different things into it…though I have to admit my mind needs a scrub about now. 🙂

  8. Comment by Tamara Lush
    September 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm  

    Ooh, I love this snippet. I’m from Florida. I can picture the “beads of condensation.” Excellent job.

  9. Comment by Caitlin Stern
    September 20, 2015 at 11:10 pm  

    Hey, if she didn’t see him, it’s almost like he wasn’t there, right?

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