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A collection of snippets of the books I write and, occasionally, my life and the things that inspire my writing...

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors July 15, 2018


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is with Theusand (not a slaver--an apparent rescuer) has just told her that Earth was destroyed and her husband and children are dead.    
          This week's snippet picks up directly from last week's--which ended with Theusand offering a kindness...sort of:  “I can take away this pain, this… what your people call heartache.” Her reaction continues this week:
 
“My people? My people don’t call anything…anything anymore! Your people killed them. Killed them all!” Her hands flew up to his chest and she started pounding on him. He made no attempt to stop her. When she finished pommeling him, she crumbled into more sobs. 
Once again, time lost all relevance. Where she was going no longer mattered. Her goal to get back home was all she'd been clinging to since the filthy slavers grabbed her and dragged her off into space.

  That's it for this week.  All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors July 7, 2018


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is with Theusand. He's not a slaver, and he's just told her he wants to talk to her--alone. Then he delivered devastating news to her about her family ans the planet Earth.    
          This week's snippet picks up directly from last week's--which ended with:  However he knew, it was the truth. She crumbled.. Her reaction continues this week:
 
He grabbed her and held her while she cried. She didn’t know how long. Weakness turned to exhaustion, and finally she just wanted to die. Everything  and everyone she loved was gone, and she needed to be with them.

She tried to lie down on the floor. He held her. She tried to push him away, but his hold stayed fast. Finally he spoke, his soothing voice wrapping around her like a flannel quilt. “I can take away this pain, this… what your people call heartache.”

Hmm, be careful about agreeing to let someone remove painful memories...or any memories for that matter. Or maybe he really cares about her and wants to take away her pain??? :-)
FYI about this story. Since Veronica Scott very kindly offered advice on what romance readers might and might not stand for. It isn't SFR. It is SF with R elements. There is no HEA, but it does end on a happier uptick that will (hopefully) make readers say "I was hoping that was going to happen!". There will be a sequel. And SPOILER ALERT--Jobe, the dog, will be in it. :-)
That's it for this week.  All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and
for commenting!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors July 1, 2018


Happy July! Time is flying. Seems like just yesterday we were digging out from April snows.( I thought that maybe in this sweltering heat and humidity, remembering that nice spring snow would help people feel cooler) :-)
It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is with Theusand. He's not a slaver, and he's just told her he wants to talk to her--alone...     
          This week's snippet picks up directly from last week's--which ended with heartbreaking news for Lily... That Earth has been destroyed, along with her mate (husband Ben) and her children. Her reaction:
 
It was a lie, a flat out lie. “How could you know such a thing? I don’t believe you. Your mind can’t cover that distance. There’s no way you can know something like that. No way…” Her voice trailed off into mumbling until the argument died in a sob. The look on his face… However he knew, it was the truth. She crumbled.

 That's it for this week.  All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors June 24, 2018


Happy Summer! It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is with Theusand. He's not a slaver, and he's just told her he wants to talk to her--alone...     
           I've skipped a few paras from last week. They are in the meditation room (she calls it the star room because there are small portals she can see outside through). This scene delivers heart-breaking news to her . (Teauche- Brigard is his home world)
                  She asked him where home was. He has just made a line of sight with his arm and finger.  Lily is looking at a cluster of stars--and she speaks first.
Please forgive creative punctuation used to stay within wewriwa guidelines.
“That’s Earth? When will you return me to my home, to my family?”

He lowered his arm, and his voice was soft when he answered, “Lily, that is Teauche-Brigard.”

“But, where is Earth, my home?”

He slid back his hood and made eye contact with her. While he gently squeezed her shoulders, he returned his gaze out the small window at the black velvet heavens. “Earth is gone.  Destroyed. Your family--your mate and children--are gone; your life there is over. Teauche-Brigard is your new home.”

What??! Next week we'll hear her reaction to this utterly devastating news.  All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors June 17, 2018



Happy June! It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by before 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is with Theusand. He's not a slaver, and he's just saved her again from being taken by  Dev Areen--a high-ranking slaver on board the transport ship. Now that it's over, she's realizing a new emotion...
          

Last week's snippet ended with (referring to Theusand):
She had to admit it; it was affection.
Please forgive creative punctuation used to stay within wewriwa guidelines. We continue from there:
 
And why wouldn’t she feel that for him? He was still rescuing her on a near-daily basis.  Then again, give her a gun or a damned Louisville slugger, and she’d save her own life.

At the other end of the hall, they exited through a featureless door, twin to the one they’d entered through before their stroll turned into a terror-inducing confrontation. 
While they climbed the steep, metal-grid  steps returning them to the deck above, Theusand's halting words felt weird, almost apprehensive as they popped into her mind. “Lily, we will go to the meditation room. I want to talk with you... without other ears or minds listening.”

Her legs quivered. Was it climbing stairs after months of not doing so, or was it a response to his wish to talk alone with her? Didn't matter; she had some things she wanted to talk about, too.



That ends the chapter.  All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and
for commenting!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors June 3, 2018


Happy June! It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by before 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is with Theusand. He's not a slaver-- he saved Lily, sort of.  He's Dhor'en; they communicate mind to mind. 
            The slaver, Dev Areen is demanding that Lily (he claims as his property) be returned to him. Theusand just proved that Lily can communicate via mind to mind, therefore cannot be enslaved.

Last week's snippet ended with (speaking about Dev Areen):
His evil grin returned, but this time it looked forced. He spun on his heel and then strutted away.
Please forgive creative punctuation used to stay within wewriwa guidelines. We continue from there:

 
Theusand's inner voice told her it was time to go. Thank God it was over. 
When she tried to move, her trembling legs failed her. He reached out and grasped her as she headed toward the floor then lifted her up to standing.  Leaning against him for support, she closed her eyes when his hands came up to the sides of her face.   
“Calm, Lily, he can't get through me to harm you.”  His words were infused with such... such tenderness. 
Warmth spread through her body and her shaking stopped. Gratitude suffused her, gratitude and something else. She had to admit it; it was affection.


It's the first time she's felt that for him. Here, it starts. That's it. All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and
for commenting!