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Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday #4

February24

Last week, I posted a first scene snippet from my current work in progress/revision, The Music Is You. Carrie Halligan’s worst fears are realized when her former lover, symphony conductor Liam Reilly, suddenly appears in the small Michigan town where she’s raising her son as a single mom. Liam’s surprised to see her too, and in this later scene, he’s in his hotel room, trying to wrap his mind around the events in the bar earlier.  Here’s another snippet from that book, this time from Liam’s POV.

What he’d recognized was the way she played—leaning into the piano, her slender fingers dancing lightly across the keyboard, emotion caressing each and every note. Only one person in the world played with such passion and effortless grace. Caroline Halligan. Apparently she’d taken a stage name—Beth Davis—but there was no doubt in his mind it was his Carrie at that piano.

He’d sent the request up with the bartender on a whim, then sat stunned by her dismay when she read it. Her eyes had widened in panic as she gazed out into the audience. Then she bolted—not quite the reaction he’d hoped for—or expected.

Even more bewildering was his own reaction to seeing her again—she stole his breath away, exactly as she had the very first time he saw her in Montreal.

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37 Comments to

“Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday #4”

  1. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 10:24 am Shannyn Schroeder Says:

    I LOVE getting his POV here. It definitely sets the stage for interesting conflict. She panics, but he was hoping for what? I also like that he didn’t recognize her by her beauty, but by how she played. It says a lot.


  2. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 10:42 am Nan Says:

    Thanks for coming by, Shannyn. They’ve got a lot of stuff to work through, but he’s my dream guy–arty and sensitive and sexy. How can we lose really? 😉


  3. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 11:15 am Skye Says:

    Oh man, I REALLY want to read this book!


  4. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 11:31 am Nan Says:

    Thanks, Skye! So glad you came by! You will get to read this book–very soon, I hope!


  5. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 11:20 am Jennifer Gravely Says:

    Love the emotion! Great job. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 11:32 am Nan Says:

    Thank you Jennifer. I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to comment.


  7. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 12:06 pm Robena Grant Says:

    Lovely, Nan. I’m looking forward to reading the book. So get it published. ASAP! : )


  8. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:11 pm Nan Says:

    Hey Roben! Thanks for coming by! I’m trying, baby–I am trying! 😉


  9. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 12:31 pm Kate Warren Says:

    That’s fantastic! Liam’s POV is a real treat to read.


  10. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:11 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Kate! So glad you came by!


  11. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 12:40 pm Sue Says:

    The music is you about musician and conductors – interesting choice. I am “assuming” you are a musician or love music. Love to watch conductors –


  12. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:10 pm Nan Says:

    I confess I had a crush on a conductor who was married to a friend of my mom’s when I was a teenager. I’m not a musician, but I love classical music and the whole idea of orchestras. Thanks for stopping by, Sue!


  13. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 1:10 pm Teresa Cypher Says:

    Nice change on the POV. Wow! I’m intrigued. Why did she bolt?? Whatever happened in the past is something I want to read about. Great tension building.

    You paint a beautiful visual. “…her slender fingers dancing lightly across the keyboard, emotion caressing each and every note.”

    Lovely!


  14. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:03 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Teresa! I’m glad his image of her came through. 😉


  15. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 1:19 pm Veronica Scott Says:

    This story has such different elements in it, with the musicality – loving it! Today’s excerpt was again excellent!


  16. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:02 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you, Veronica. Hope it continues to interest you. 😉


  17. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 1:45 pm Jess Schira Says:

    I found your first paragraph beautiful, it pulled me in. Based on the last sentence, I’m predicting fireworks.


  18. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:01 pm Nan Says:

    Hi Jess, thanks for stopping by. Yup, fireworks… 😉


  19. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 4:24 pm elaine cantrell Says:

    Emotional excerpt. I enjoyed it.


  20. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:00 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Elaine! Glad you enjoyed it!


  21. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:04 pm Natalie Taylor Says:

    I’m a big fan of playing/listening to the piano. This really set the scene for me. So many questions… Why did she run off? Did she not want to be tracked down? Great work!


  22. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:14 pm Nan Says:

    So glad you stopped by, Natalie! Glad it intrigues you–questions will be answered. Thanks! 😉


  23. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:19 pm Virginia Kelly Says:

    Love the “emotion caressing each and every note.” I had to go back and read the first post from this story. Lovely, too. You must be a musician. Sounds like a great story.


  24. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you for stopping by, Virginia! Very glad you were intrigued enough to go back and read last week’s snippet. Warms my heart.


  25. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 5:37 pm Claire Gillian Says:

    Methinks the lady doth protest too much! That should trigger his chase instinct for sure.


  26. Avatar February 24th, 2013 at 7:24 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Claire! So glad you stopped by! Yes, he’s gonna chase… 😉


  27. Avatar February 25th, 2013 at 12:55 am Cindy Amrhein ( @historysleuth1 ) Says:

    The tension mounting between this week and last is awesome! Well done.


  28. Avatar February 25th, 2013 at 8:32 am Nan Says:

    Thanks, Cindy! Glad you stopped by!


  29. Avatar February 25th, 2013 at 5:21 am Paula Martin Says:

    You’ve drawn me in with this snippet. I love his thoughts, and the questions they’ve raised in my mind.


  30. Avatar February 25th, 2013 at 8:32 am Nan Says:

    So happy you came by, Paula! More to come!


  31. Avatar February 25th, 2013 at 8:43 am Liz Flaherty Says:

    Love this!


  32. Avatar February 25th, 2013 at 3:30 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Liz!! 😉


  33. Avatar March 1st, 2013 at 10:21 pm Carol Duff Says:

    Her slender fingers dancing over the keys was as beautiful as the classic requested. But I didn’t expect her to bolt. I thought that playing the classic would give her time to think. Now I want to know why she bolted? What were her feelings? And why did the relationship break up? He was surprised to find her, too. What was he doing there? And how much time will they share in that place?


  34. Avatar March 1st, 2013 at 10:21 pm Carol Duff Says:

    And was this destiny?


  35. Avatar March 3rd, 2013 at 9:54 am Nan Says:

    Isn’t everything pretty much destiny, Carol? Thanks for coming by!


  36. Avatar March 5th, 2013 at 10:26 pm Skye Says:

    Hey Nan! I nominated you for a blog award. Check out “A Blog Award!” on my site. This is the first time I’ve participated in one of these. 🙂


  37. Avatar March 6th, 2013 at 10:27 am Nan Says:

    Looks like fun, Skye–I’m in! Thanks!


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