Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Twist of Fate ~ Laurie White

Coffee with ColetteGood morning! Welcome to Coffee with Colette.  
Some of you might have noticed that I did not post a Sneak Peek Sunday this week. Alas, I have been busy helping my daughter move into her first house! Plus I have been completely overwhelmed with my soul-sucking day job. (For those of you who might not know, I was on disability for 10 weeks - so I had 10 weeks of work waiting for me when I returned! If you feel sorry for me, just get 10,000 of your closest friends to buy my novels so I can be a writer full time!) Hence, this week I will have to forgo all blogging here on Writings and Ramblings, although I will have a new post on Austen Authors this Friday.

Lucky for you, I have the lovely and delightful Laurie White joining me this week, with her new release Twist of Fate! She is a fellow Southerner and Sweet Cravings author, and I know once you hear about Twist of Fate, it's going to jump to the top of your TBR list!
~Colette 



Twist of Fate



Successful Dallas radio talk show host Devon Gallagher has put her traumatic past behind and is now happy in her life and career. Then come the strange phone calls, notes and gifts, including a pair of her own underwear – shredded and packed in black rose petals.

Shaken and desperate, Devon is finally driven to seek help from the one man she thought she'd never see again. Private security expert Rick Bergstrom broke her heart once years ago and Devon vowed to never forget that, but soon she finds the sexy ex-cop dominating her fantasies once more.

Rick thought he had gotten over Devon, yet as soon as he sets eyes on her his feelings come roaring back. Sweet memories haunt him. Although Rick and Devon are determined to put aside their past together, as they work to unmask the stalker they discover an even greater danger: their still-smoldering passion.

Available on Kindle from Amazon, on Nook from Barnes and Noble and all other eBook formats from Sweet Cravings Publishing.


Laurie White is the author of two romantic suspense novels from Sweet Cravings Publishing. When not studying for her veterinary technology classes, Laurie enjoys traveling, listening to music, and creating stories with strong heroines and tortured yet honorable heroes. She lives in the hills of Tennessee with her four adorable cats.

Laurie's Blog:  White on Writing 
Laurie's website: www.laurie-white.com
Follow her on Twitter:  @LWhiteAuthor


Friday, February 22, 2013

Pulse & Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge: Second Clue

The Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge is in full gear! I hope all of you are having fun searching for the hidden treasures throughout the narrative of the novel for your chance to win an iPad4 and CA$H Jackpot!

As promised, periodically during the contest period I will provide clues as to where you can find one of the pop culture allusions within the prose of Pulse and Prejudice, listed on the acknowledgments page. Last month I divulged the first clue, which was probably the most difficult: William Faulkner. That particular reference is something of an homage to my ex-husband, as he is a Faulkner scholar.  He is also a wine connoisseur; so in keeping with the "former spouse" theme, today I'll give you a hint as to the location for the reference to the film Sideways. You will find it in Volume 3, Chapter 6, just before Darcy and Elizabeth proceed up Oak Mount; and - to make it even easier for you - it is something Darcy says in response to a question posed by Elizabeth.

Happy Hunting!



The rules of the contest are simple: Find the most pop culture allusions within the text of Pulse and Prejudice, and you will win a Fourth Generation iPad with Retina Display! PLUS, if you find ALL 25 of them, you will win a CA$H BONUS from an ever-growing Jackpot! There are even prizes for runners-up!

There is no purchase necessary to enter or win, so feel free to borrow a copy from a friend or the library - although I'm sure you will want your own ;).  Just don't use a pirated copy, or you will be disqualified.

Submit your contest entry to: pulseandprejudicecontest@outlook.com by

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thursday 13: Magical Movie Moments

Welcome to my special Oscar edition of the Thursday 13!



Notorious
The 85th Academy Awards airs on ABC this Sunday, February 24th. In honour of this momentous event, I have compiled a list of thirteen of my favourite movie moments. I've done my best to avoid spoiling anything, but read (and view!) at your own risk...



13. A Few Good MenJessep: I felt that his life might be in danger once word of the letter got out. Kaffee: Grave danger? Jessep: Is there another kind?

12. Bram Stoker’s DraculaMina says, “Take me away from all this death!” and drinks Dracula’s blood to join him in eternal life.

11. Gladiator“Are you not entertained!”

10. Monty Python and the Holy GrailThe argument about the velocity of unladen European vs. African swallows.

9. Casablanca - Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money] Croupier: Your winnings, sir. Captain Renault: Oh, thank you very much.

8. Pulp Fiction – After Vincent brings an OD-ing Mia to Lance’s house, Lance is searching for a little black medical book with the instructions on how to use the adrenaline shot. Tarantino has nothing but the doorway in the frame as Lance and his wife scream at each other. ("What are you looking for?!?!”)

7. Moulin RougeSmells Like Teen Spirit

6. The Usual Suspects - U.S. Customs Agent Dave Kujan drops his coffee cup.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hump Day Hook 16


Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for February 20th, 2013! With this blog hop, each author posts one(ish) paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see and - we hope! - leave a comment.


I have something new for you today: a short excerpt from a steamy romantic suspense I am writing with the working title of Lilac Lane (I'm terrible with titles). Mason is the police detective investigating a "suspicious incident" - on Lilac Lane - reported by Alicia, who is dealing with some major trust issues....


      Mason laid a soft kiss on her mouth, tugging her bottom lip gently between his teeth. He lifted his face just enough to look at her. In time, he could teach her to trust again, at least to trust him, but it would take patience and perseverance. He thought she might be worth the effort.

    
“If you want me to stop, he told her, if you really mean it, say ‘apple.’”
     Alicia furrowed her brow and blinked before meeting his stare directly. “But I told you to stop.”
     “Yeah, but you didn’t mean it.” The color rushing into her cheeks proved him right. “I will only stop if you say ‘apple.’ Understand?”
     She responded with a single slow nod, never taking her eyes off him. When he covered her mouth with his, he ran his tongue along the seam of her lips until she opened for him. He wrapped both arms around her then, holding her tight, and she placed her hands on his shoulders. As his tongue swirled around inside her mouth, she leaned against him and released a low, moaning sigh. He allowed the kiss to continue and to deepen, in part because he wanted to prevent her from using the safety word, but primarily because he didn’t want to relinquish her delicious mouth.




So what did you think?  Honest opinions only, please!
And be sure to check out the hooks from other great authors by going to the Hump Day Hook Facebook Page.

Also....

The Dark Jane Austen Book Club has chosen Pulse and Prejudice for their February selection, and they have an interview with yours truly on their website.  I also have a special blog post on their website about the inspiration for Pulse and Prejudice. Leave a comment over there, and you could win a signed copy of Pulse and Prejudice!
The League of British Actors Valentine Giveaway ends TODAY - February 20th - so click on over there for a chance to win one of two dozen books, including All My Tomorrows and Pulse and Prejudice!

 And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS a Cash Jackpot!

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Gift From Fate ~ Layna Pimentel

Coffee with ColetteWelcome to Coffee with Colette.

Wait until you see this new release from fellow Secret Cravings author Layna Pimentel! Oh, what am I saying?  You won't want to wait! The alchemy of romance and fantasy you'll find in A Gift From Fate is going to knock your socks off!
~Colette


After colliding with a stunning vision in white, retired Staff Sergeant Brent Daniels offers to drive the beautiful stranger to a hotel for the night, but instead discovers he’s with one very lost creature. He’s bewitched by her sinful curves, her dark and mesmerizing eyes, and the pull at his soul with each minute passing. Nevertheless, he can’t shake the feeling she’s hiding something.

Melpomene, daughter of Zeus, finds her handsome rescuer resembles the man who has continuously haunted her dreams. Before long, she’s in his arms, wanting more. Knowing their days are numbered, desperation leads her to reach out for help by an unlikely ally.

Just how far will these two lovers go, and what will they sacrifice to be together?


EXCERPT

“My name is Melp—Mel Pomene.” She’d nearly given herself away. Zeus, her father, would have heard had she whispered her name. Her father. Heavens, he’d turn the mortal realm upside down if he suspected she was here. And right now, she desired nothing more than to stay a little longer. With any lucky, I’ll return before he notices.
“Well, Mel, it’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Your last name is rather unusual. I assume you’re not from these parts?”
His question silenced any thoughts drifting through her mind at that moment. A new kind of tension rose within her. She couldn’t disclose her origins or who she was. Guilt settled in her stomach for leaving her sisters behind, but she wasn’t given a choice. The Fates dropped her here, only mentioning an experience for three days…provided Zeus didn’t find out. Only the Gods knew what he’d do if he found her cavorting around without a proper escort.
“Earth to Mel? Are you all right?”
“Yes, I am. I’m just thinking of home, which is Greece. I’ve come to the United States for an adventure, it would seem.”
He chuckled before she’d finished speaking.
“What is so amusing?”
“The mere mention of seeking adventure after getting lost is rather comical, nothing else, sweetheart.” He removed his right hand from the wheel and petted her knee. The warmth of his hand stirred an unfamiliar emotion within. This was the man from her dream. Those hands had touched parts of her body no mortal would have dared, and here she sat, wishing he’d do more than pat her.
She jumped as a smack of thunder echoed through the truck. Rain pounded on the roof, making the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. The sound grated on her nerves, but she was ever so grateful to be in the vehicle with him.
He appeared agitated with each crack of lightning. She noticed his knuckles blanching against the black wheel, so strong was his grip. Melpomene glared out the windshield. Clouds darkened as if night descended upon them, only missing the stars, and trees whipped violently in the wind. Terror gripped her.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday!


Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday for February 17th! 

I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I have been by the reception All My Tomorrows has received! Last month, it was voted a Top 10 Romance Novel of 2012 in the P&E Readers' Poll, and just this week, not only did it advance to the second round in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition, but also Austenprose named me "Debut Author of 2012" for All My Tomorrows!


In this scene, Alice and Peter are engaging in a little pillow talk, but it's not going exactly as Peter had hoped....


     Alice shoved his chest but didn’t even manage to move him a millimeter. God, his chest feels good. “This is a one-night stand. I’m one of your bimbettes.”
     “What? How can you even think this is a one-night stand? And why are you always talking about my ‘bimbettes’? I don’t even know what the hell that means.”
     She shoved him again. Ugh. Better stop that. “True. I guess I am too old to be a bimbette. Just like last time, you try to get me in bed when you are leaving the next day and, coincidentally enough, both times to Toronto.”
     “For work – not to leave you. That’s who I was on the phone with earlier, trying to arrange so I could wait a few days. I wanted to go back to L.A. with you.”
     “Why would you want to do that?”
     “Why do you think? I’m in love with you, Alice.”
     Oh, brother. She rolled her eyes. “Would you get off of me, please?”
     “Not exactly the response I hoped for.”
     “You are not in love with me.”
     “Then why would I say it?”
     “To get me in bed.”
     “I am in bed with you!”
     “Because I’m trying to get you out of it!”
     He pushed himself up and off the bed and turned his back on her, and she sat up and covered herself with the sheet.
     “Do you really think I would say that just to get you to have sex with me?”
     “Men do it all the time.”
     “I don’t.”




I hope you enjoyed that little morsel, and if you're interested in reading more, click here
Be sure to check out the Sunday snippets from other amazing authors by clicking here or using the Twitter hashtag #SneakPeekSunday. (FYI: Some of the other offerings are quite steamy indeed! You may take that as a warning or an enticement...)

Also....

The Dark Jane Austen Book Club has chosen Pulse and Prejudice for their February selection, and they will have an interview with yours truly on their website tomorrow (Monday, February 18th).  I also have a special blog post on their website about the inspiration for Pulse and Prejudice. Leave a comment over there, and you could win a signed copy of Pulse and Prejudice!
On Tuesday, I introduce a new weekly feature called "Coffee with Colette," where I invite other authors to stop by for a chat.  Layna Pimentel will be my first guest (check the calendar in the upper left for future visitors), so be sure to stop by here Tuesday to hear about her newest release, A Gift from Fate.
The League of British Actors Valentine Giveaway is going on now through February 20th, so click on over there for a chance to win one of two dozen books, including All My Tomorrows and Pulse and Prejudice!
 The winner of an eBook of Pulse and Prejudice in the Valentine Vampire Bite Blog Hop is Angelica Dawson!  Congratulations!

 And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS a Cash Jackpot!

 


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hump Day Hook 15


Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for February 13th, 2013! With this blog hop, each author posts one(ish) paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see and - we hope! - leave a comment.


The Dark Jane Austen Book Club has selected Pulse and Prejudice, the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story, as their selection for February. Hence, I have chosen an excerpt from that novel for today's hook, which also references Lord Byron, to accompany the guest post I did for them this week, Darcy, Byron, and Vampires.

Yes, yes, I'm sorry; it's long, but only because it includes a poem by Lord Byron! I promise to go shorter next week, and I forgive all the other Hook-ers who are too busy writing to read this excerpt.

SPOILER ALERT!!!  In Pulse and Prejudice, eventually Elizabeth learns Mr. Darcy is, in fact, a vampire.  In this scene, she makes an attempt to tease him about it....


     “You know, I recently read a poem about you,” Elizabeth said as they walked under the moonlight. Her eyes held more humour than betrayed by her small smile.
     “A poem about me? Pray, who would have written a poem about me?”
     “Oh, none other than your friend, the illustrious Lord Byron.”
     He glimmed at her quizzically, eyebrows raised, to which she nodded with false gravity. “That will not do,” said he. “I have it on very good authority that poetry is one of the most efficient tools for driving away love.”
     “Oh, only a slight inclination; not a stout, healthy love.”
     He smiled, clearly pleased with her implication, and spoke with a note of humour. “You must not keep me in suspense. How has Lord Byron illustrated my character?”
     “I fear it was not complimentary,” she teased.
     “Of this, I cannot pretend surprise. Pray go on.”
     Elizabeth blanched and cast her eyes down, the levity leaving her face as she realized she had created a trap for herself. Noting her change in demeanour, Mr. Darcy stopped their progress and, taking her hands in his, turned her to face him, but she did not look up.
     “Elizabeth?”
     Through repeated readings, she had memorized a larger passage; but sensible to his own inner torment, she began her recitation after the reference to the tortures of inward hell. “But first, on earth as Vampire sent, Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent. Then ghastly haunt thy native place, And suck the blood of all thy race; There from thy daughter, sister, wife, At midnight drain the stream of life; Yet loathe the banquet which perforce, Must feed thy livid living corse; Thy victims ere they yet expire, Shall know the demon for their sire, As cursing thee, thou cursing them, Thy flowers are withered on the stem.
     Releasing one hand, he lifted her chin so she would look at him. Gazing into the depths of her eyes, he asked, “And this did not drive you away?”
     Inaudibly, she mouthed the word, “No.”
     He lightly brushed the back of his fingers on her cheek. “A healthy love, indeed.” He replaced her hand into the crook of his arm and walked her towards the French windows. In an accent to return their conversation to its prior lightness, he said, “I assure you, madam, your flowers are safe from me!” to which she laughed heartily.



So what did you think?
This is actually one of the first scenes I wrote for Pulse and Prejudice. (I wrote the whole thing out of order, finishing Volume I last and then revising it after my beta readers, who "couldn't remember" Pride and Prejudice, needed me to add more Austen in.)

Thanks for stopping by! Please hop on over to the other authors' sites for their hooks. Click here for a list of all this week's participants!


A few reminders....

Check back here on Thursday for a special Vampire Valentines Day post and giveaway for the Vampire Bite Blog Hop.
Thursday at 9:30 pm EST, I will be interviewed by Elaine Raco Chase for The Author's Corner on Triangle Variety Radio. Listen to the show by going to www.trianglevarietyradio.com. Scroll down and click the silver On Blog Talk Radio silver bar, and that brings you into the outer studio and a red light that says ON THE AIR.
Because The Dark Jane Austen Book Club has chosen Pulse and

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What's Love Got to Do With It?

(Originally written last month for Austen Authors; republished now in honour of Valentine's Day.)

rose heart 
"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."

These words first published 200 years ago - and just before St. Valentine's Day - perfectly express a theme found not only in literature but in our lives as well. The heart wants what the heart wants, despite any reasoning against it.

Two central motifs dominate Pride and Prejudice: love and money. For some characters, the two go hand in hand, as with Mrs. Bennet's hope that a young man of large fortune "will fall in love with one of" her daughters. Even she is not so callous as to hope for marriage without love; and once Mr. Darcy has insulted the least favourite of her children, his ten thousand a year loses its luster.

The association of the human heart to love and, indeed, all passions goes back to ancient times. Jane Austen could not have known that the embryonic heart begins beating before the brain has formed, or that a person may be declared "brain dead" whilst the heart beats still. Yet, she weaves the idea of heart over head throughout the narrative in such a way that one is left to wonder if she herself has taken a position in favour or against. Although clearly dismissive of love at first site and that "hackneyed"

Monday, February 11, 2013

Darcy, Byron, and Vampires at the Dark Jane Austen Book Club

Today I am a guest at the Dark Jane Austen Book Club discussing the inspiration for Pulse and Prejudice, their featured selection for February. Be sure to pop over there for a chance to win a signed copy...


In this, the bicentennial anniversary of what is arguably the most beloved novel of all time, I am asked with increasing frequency, what on Earth possessed me to write a vampire adaptation of Pride and Prejudice? Often this is asked of avowed Jane Austen devotees with a tone of incredulity, if not outright scorn. I would like to take this opportunity to put that question to rest:  Lord Byron made me do it.


Leave a comment on the Dark Jane Austen Book Club website 
for your chance to win a signed copy of Pulse and Prejudice.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday!


Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday for February 10th!  Yes, the "official" Six Sentence Sunday may be gone, but now we have a new way to share little snippets every week.

Today I present an excerpt from Pulse and Prejudice, my paranormal adaptation of Jane Austen's classic, which tells the story of Mr. Darcy - vampire.

In this scene, Mr. Darcy is in conversation with his valet Rivens, discussing the plausibility of pursuing a relationship with Miss Elizabeth Bennet even though he is immortal....


     “She will die before I will.”
     “She will die before you regardless.”
     Darcy paced his chambers in Rosings hours after Lady Catherine’s carriage had conveyed Elizabeth and the others back to the parsonage, each minute spent second-guessing himself and pondering how decisions made years ago might affect all his days to come.
     Darcy stopped and turned to his valet. “And your wife? When you lost her?”
     Rivens’s posture stiffened even more than usual before he answered. “Devastating, sir.” He met Darcy’s gaze. “I thought I would die, but of course I did not.”
     “Do you wish you had not put yourself through that pain?”
     “Despite the anguish of loss, I have no regrets. We shared thirty years together, watched our family grow.”
     Rivens’s words heartened Darcy to consider the feasibility of a future with Elizabeth—had he gone mad? Could it be possible?



I hope you enjoyed that little tidbit. Did you notice anything about the first non-dialogue paragraph, which begins, "Darcy paced..."? I include multiple references to measures of time juxtaposed against his immortality-driven angst.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sour Grapes: But I did it first!

Much ado is being made about the acquisition by Random House and Focus Features for Longbourn, a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice from the servants' point of view, à la Downton Abbey. All I can say is, Bloody hell!  I wrote such a scene for Austen Authors as part of our P&P200 celebrations, and more than a dozen people told me I should expand it into a full novel. Now someone beat me to it - PLUS they are making it into a movie! (Novel, indeed! Hundreds of readers have said Pulse and Prejudice should be on the big screen, and this comes along and makes it look so easy!)

Because that other novel has yet to be published, today I present the scene I wrote. If nothing else, perhaps it will whet your appetite for is yet to come...


Mrs. Hill rushed up the path from Meryton to Longbourn, anxious to bring Cook the ducks and spices required for the elaborate dinner Mrs. Bennet had planned for Mr. Bingley that afternoon. If only Mrs. Phillips had not detained her, begging that she pass the message to her sister that Miss Bennet’s engagement had indeed hushed the gossip surrounding the elopement of Miss Lydia – er – Mrs. Wickham. Honestly! Has the woman not sense enough not to speak of such matters to the housekeeper? Even one who has been with the family four and twenty years. But Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Bennet both readily relied on the assistance of the servants to bring them news.

Mrs. Hill’s thoughts were thus occupied when she noticed the approach of two young people. Assuming they to be Miss Bennet and her Mr. Bingley, she took a deep breath and adopted a smile to greet them; but within a few steps, the couple halted, and she realized it was not Mr. Bingley but his friend Mr. Darcy – and in close conversation with Miss Elizabeth!

Her polite smile faded as she stopped walking. They had not yet noticed her, quite seriously engaged and – Good gracious! – Mr. Darcy had taken Miss Elizabeth’s hands in his! A genuine grin now spread across Mrs. Hill’s face as she quietly slipped off the path into the sparsely wooded grove.

Mrs. Hill scurried towards Lucas Lodge then back on the path to Longbourn and entered the Bennet house through the kitchen where the cook and a housemaid were at work on the meal preparations.

“Thank heavens, Mrs. Hill!” cried Cook. “You are finally come. I hope you have my mace. It seems we are to have another guest at table today.”

“Mr. Darcy?” Mrs. Hill responded with a sly smile.

“Aye, which means we must have mutton and veal.” Cook stopped chopping the onion before her. “How d’you know?”

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hump Day Hook 14: Pulse & Prejudice - Post Proposal

Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for February 6th, 2013! With this blog hop, each author posts one(ish) paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see and - we hope! - leave a comment...

The Dark Jane Austen Book Club has selected Pulse and Prejudice, the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story, as their selection for February. Hence, I have chosen an excerpt from that novel for today's hook in case anyone might be interested in joining them in their reading!

This scene (2 paragraphs - sorry!) occurs immediately after Elizabeth has rejected Mr. Darcy's first proposal, and we see his reaction after storming out of the parsonage....


Click for more information and excerpts for Pulse and PrejudiceAgain, Darcy started towards the gate and then halted. He could go back and make her marry him, make her love him. He dismissed the idea in a moment. He did not want her to accept him unless of her own volition. He could, however, erase this entire sordid episode from her memory. No, neither would that do, as she would still harbour such resentment towards him. According to her calculation, his faults were heavy indeed! Even if he were never to see her again, he could not bear to think that she was alive in the world and thinking ill of him. If not defend himself, he must at least explain himself to her.
     Darcy looked back towards the house and, seeing her through the window, squinted at the sight for confirmation. He felt a tug of tenderness as he realized that Elizabeth held her head in her hands, weeping. All caritas evaporated, though, as he recalled her bitter accusations—“Your arrogance, your deceit, your selfish disdain of the feelings of others!” He scoffed and spat out, “Teach not thy lips such scorn, for they were made for kissing, lady, not for such contempt.” He turned away in fury and strode out through the gate and onward towards Rosings.


Thanks for stopping by! Hop on over to the other authors' sites for their hooks. Click here for a list of all this week's participants! 

PLEASE NOTE:  Beginning today is The League of British Artists Valentine Book Giveaway! Stop by there and leave a comment to win a copy of Pulse and Prejudice or All My Tomorrows or another of the two dozen books being given away!

And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS Cash Jackpot!


About Pulse and Prejudice
 In this thrilling and sensual adaptation of the classic love story, Elizabeth Bennet and the citizens of Hertfordshire know Fitzwilliam Darcy to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man, but they never suspect the dark secret of his true nature.  He is not a man at all – but a vampire.  Learn more....

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday!


Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday for February 3rd!  Yes, the "official" Six Sentence Sunday may be gone, but now we have a new way to share!

For its inaugural week,  I thought I would do something different and highlight a new feature here on Writings and Ramblings. The "In Short" section lists a few stories of varied genres for your reading pleasure.


The following is an excerpt from "Quality Time" and is based on actual events...


I pressed my foot harder against the accelerator. What time was it? The car clock mocked me by blinking 12:00 incessantly. Why hadn’t I worn a watch? Why didn’t I own a watch? My heart lodged in my throat, pounding: Guilt. Guilt. Guilt. I could envision their bodies, frail and bending in the wind, cold and shivering. How could I have been so cruel? I jerked the steering wheel to the right, screeched to a stop, and jumped from the car.


You can read this short story (and others) in its 
entirety by clicking on the link under "In Short."

Be sure to check out the Sunday snippets from other amazing authors by clicking here or using the Twitter hashtag #SneakPeekSunday. (FYI: Some of the other offerings are quite steamy indeed! You may take that as a warning or an enticement...)

 

 And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS a Cash Jackpot!