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Weekend Writing Warriors 2/2/14

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 by Margaret Ethridge   6 Comments | Posted in Blog

Today, I wanted to share the first few lines from the first story I ever published, Concourse Christmas. These characters grabbed me by the heart and forced me to write more of their story, which eventually became my latest release, Long Distance Love.


How can something so beautiful be such a pain in the ass?

A torrent of fat flakes tumbled past soundproof glass. Ellie Nichols squinted, staring past her own reflection into the curtain of falling snow. An ever-thickening layer of white covered the tarmac and blanketed the hulking shape of the abandoned plane at the end of the jetway.

She heaved a heavy sigh, her fingers tightening around her cell phone. The smooth plastic casing slid in her sweaty palm. Ellie dragged her gaze from the desolate scene, sneaking a quick glance out of the corner of her eye at the man seated across the crowded waiting area.

Creepy or cute?



A Christmas Eve snowstorm leaves newly single Ellie Nichols trapped in an airport terminal with only hunky FBI Agent Jack Rudolph for company.

Lucky Ellie.

For Jack, the passing of a long winterโ€™s night turns into a New Year filled with possibility. State lines and hundreds of miles separate them, but the spark that flares each time they meet cannot be denied.

Can two ambitious, career-driven people find a way to make a long distance relationship work when matters of the heart bring them up-close and personal?

Long Distance Love is one of 8 terrific novels in the Unforgettable Heroes boxed set – now only $0.99!

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6 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warriors 2/2/14"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    February 2, 2014 at 7:38 am  

    Awww, my Jack and Ellie. I love these two crazy kids and I am so glad you gave them their full story. Awesome work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Comment by kelworthfiles
    February 2, 2014 at 8:57 am  

    Hi Margaret, nice to meet you! I love the opening line of this snippet, and I’m guessing it can be taken two ways. Beautiful but a pain in the ass; both the snow and Jack? (Maybe Ellie too, in her own way? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Comment by veronicascott
    February 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm  

    I’m assuming he’s cute and things become complicated – really enjoyed the snippet, loved the description of the snowy airport! Very real…

  4. Comment by Teresa Cypher
    February 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm  

    Great descriptive writing, Margaret! It did create an excellent visual of blanketing snow. Enjoyed this snippet. Welcome to wewriwa. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Comment by burnsmillie
    February 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm  

    You’ve got me interested in knowing how she’s going to meet the cute?creepy? guy…nice job.

  6. Comment by Carol
    February 3, 2014 at 8:39 am  

    Jack and Ellie are still one of my all-time favorite couples! Thanks for reminding me how they started out! Now I want to go and reread it all over again…

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