Nan Reinhardt, Author

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Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday #7

March16

wewriwa_square_3The first two weeks of 8-Sentence Sunday, I gave you snippets from my completed novel, Like Fine Wine—the story of Julie Miles, a widow who’s come to Chicago to try to regroup after losing her husband of over thirty years. Just for fun, I’m returning to that story this week. After all, I need to keep you intrigued with two different novels that are both releasing this year. Here we go…

In the last snippet, Will Brody, the hot guy across the hall, stopped by to check on Julie. He’s attractive and kind and funny, and Julie can’t seem to help responding to him. She’s shocked to realize that her libido didn’t die with her husband after all. But Will misinterprets her confusion, thinking she’s having a bad moment of grief. She doesn’t disabuse him…

With a little sympathetic cluck, he tugged me into his arms. “Julie, it’s okay…it’s okay. I know this must be hard.”

He’d completely misread me, but my arms slid around his waist anyway. I pressed myself against his chest, inhaling the scent of him—clean, crisp, woodsy. Dear God, I’d forgotten how it good it felt to be in a strong man’s arms. How delicious to have a man’s hands smoothing over my back, a man’s body warm and hard next to mine. He stroked my hair, murmuring little comforts. Shamelessly, I basked in his embrace.

This book is the first time I’d tried writing in first person and I really thought it was fun! I even tried it in third, just to see how it would work, but somehow, Julie’s story just came out in first. More of both Like Fine Wine and The Music Is You as the weeks progress. Thanks for stopping by and please don’t miss the other Weekend Writing Warriors.   Head on over and check out the work of dozens of other writers. You’ll be so glad you did!

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34 Comments to

“Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday #7”

  1. Avatar March 16th, 2013 at 10:42 pm Carol Duff Says:

    Sometimes something you didn’t expect can turn wonderful as it seems to have happened in this moment. It seems something that she hadn’t even thought about for some time had just happened in a wonderful way.


  2. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:03 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Carol! So glad you stopped by.


  3. Avatar March 16th, 2013 at 11:54 pm Debbie Says:

    I’m hoping these two get together! She deserves a little happiness. Good one. 🙂


  4. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:03 pm Nan Says:

    Hi, Debbie–well, it’s a romance novel, so… 😉


  5. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 2:38 am Nancy Bristow Says:

    It works, Nan. I felt like I was in Julie’s skin.


  6. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:04 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you, Nancy! So glad you came by! Great to hear from you!


  7. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 9:20 am Elaine Cantrell Says:

    It takes awhile, but most people do eventually get over the death of a spouse. It sounds as her time to heal has arrived.


  8. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:05 pm Nan Says:

    Hi Elaine, it’s been a tough year for her, she’s ready to move on, but it won’t be easy. Thanks for coming by.


  9. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 10:36 am Joanne Stewart Says:

    A sexy, sensitive guy wraps his arms around you? Can’t say as I blame her! 😉


  10. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:05 pm Nan Says:

    I’d find it hard to resist too, Joanne! Thanks!


  11. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 10:39 am Summer Ross Says:

    I think characters pick first or third. LOl I wrote my leading lady in third and when I tried to write her in first it came out awful. LOl Thanks for sharing.


  12. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:06 pm Nan Says:

    I think you’re right, Summer. All my other books are in third, but Julie just spoke to me in first, so that’s how I wrote her. Thank you for coming by!


  13. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 10:42 am Anne Lange Says:

    Yeah, I’d snuggle up and take the moment too. Nicely done.


  14. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:06 pm Nan Says:

    Hi Anne! He’s hard to resist, isn’t he? So glad you came by!


  15. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 11:01 am Veronica Scott Says:

    Definitely an excellent excerpt, loved your description of how good it all felt!


  16. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:07 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Veronica! Happy you stopped by!


  17. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 11:16 am Shannyn Schroeder Says:

    Wow – I love that she takes advantage of what he’s offering even though he has no idea what she’s thinking. You make her grief real in how much she misses being held. Great 8!


  18. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:08 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you, Shannyn–I’m glad you felt her grief because it’s huge part of what drives her right now and of her arc through the book. Glad you came by!


  19. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 12:43 pm Gemma Parkes Says:

    Beautiful, l love the way you’ve captured the way she is feeling, and who hasn’t felt exactly like that at some time or another?


  20. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:08 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you, Gemma! You’re right, of course, who hasn’t? Glad you came by!


  21. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:36 pm Jenny Says:

    This was beautiful. Her reaction to him, and her surprise at that reaction, was just perfect. I’m hoping they end up together. And I think this works well in first person – I honestly don’t know that it would read as well in third.


  22. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 1:37 pm Nan Says:

    Hi Jenny! Well, it is a romance novel…but it’s long road, so stick around, okay? Thanks!!


  23. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 3:48 pm Kate Warren Says:

    I don’t blame her a bit. He seems like a nice guy.


  24. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 6:52 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks for coming by, Kate–he is a nice guy.


  25. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 4:03 pm Siobhan Muir Says:

    Nicely done, Nan. I’m right there with her through the whole scene. Love how she takes her comforts where she can. 🙂


  26. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 6:52 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Siobhan! We all have to do that, don’t we?


  27. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 5:19 pm Vivien Dean Says:

    It’s hard to argue when a character insists on 1st person. I like her a lot. Thanks for sharing!


  28. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 6:53 pm Nan Says:

    Very true, Vivien. Thanks for stopping by!


  29. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 7:21 pm Linda Morris Says:

    I admit I don’t usually enjoy first-person as well as third, but it really works here. I like the wry humor. Oh, is he going to be in for a surprise when he realizes she’s not just grieving anymore.


  30. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 9:12 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Linda. Oh, they’re both in for a surprise… 😉


  31. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 7:48 pm Cindy Amrhein ( @historysleuth1 ) Says:

    Well done! A little comfort amidst the sorrow. That was a very romantic snippet.


  32. Avatar March 17th, 2013 at 9:13 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Cindy! So glad you came by!


  33. Avatar March 18th, 2013 at 9:59 am Teresa Cypher Says:

    Wonderful, Nan. Your description of what she thought and felt (physically) are so well written. And I like it in first! 🙂


  34. Avatar March 21st, 2013 at 11:18 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Teresa! So glad you stopped by!


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