Nan Reinhardt, Author

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8-Sentence Sunday


wewriwa_square_2It’s good to be back! I decided to just pull a random 8-sentence scene from Book 3 of the Women of Willow Bay this week, so here goes. Set-up is that 45-year-old freelance editor Sophie Russo is moving permanently to her summer home in Willow Bay, Michigan. Her dear grandfather has died and left her two cottages, so she’s settling into one and renting the other to her friend and colleague, Ben Dugan. At 51, Ben is newly divorced and pretty gun-shy about women.  Sophie and Ben have worked together for 10 years, but they’ve never met in person, so this scene is from the first face-to-face “meet-cute” as he arrives to begin his summer in Michigan.

He let go of his duffel to reach out to her with one arm. “Sophie?”

He’s going to hug me? No, no, don’t be an idiot. He wants to shake my hand.

Sophie nodded, took another couple of steps forward hand extended, and with a very unladylike, “Oof!” promptly stumbled over the duffel and landed in Ben’s arms. He tossed the sack of food on the counter as he caught her and held her so close she could feel his heart hammering under the soft cotton of his light blue shirt.

What must he think of her?

“Oh Ben, I’m such a putz, sorry,” she struggled, pushing against his chest with both hands as he tried to maneuver them around the suitcase.

This book still needs a title…hmmmm…

SATWM.final_small OMFTT.final_smallOn another note, The first two books in the Women of Willow Bay series are on sale this week exclusively at Amazon. Get either Once More From the Top or Sex and the Widow Miles for just $2.99 now through Valentines Day. Happy Hearts, Mes Amies!

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16 Comments to

“8-Sentence Sunday”

  1. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 10:07 am Marcia Says:

    Oh no! I couldn’t help laughing but she must be pretty embarrassed. Ben’s probably embarrassed for her. I bet they get over this pretty quick though.

  2. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 2:52 pm Nan Says:

    You’re right…mostly, they do. Thanks for coming by, Marcia!!

  3. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 11:37 am Charmaine Gordon Says:

    Nicely done, Nan and a delicious way to begin a story. What happens next?

  4. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 2:50 pm Nan Says:

    Hey Charmaine, thanks for coming by…you’ll see next week. I think I’ll stay in this scene a little while.

  5. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 12:45 pm Millie Burns Says:

    Oh poor thing, she’s all kerfuffled! This little scene made me smile, nicely done!

  6. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 2:49 pm Nan Says:

    Thank, Millie! Glad you got a smile out of it–it worked! Hugs!

  7. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 12:45 pm Candace Johnson Says:

    I don’t recall ever before reading only eight lines of a WIP and deciding I had to read the entire book! Now hurry and finish it, Nan, so I can! (And I’m excited to begin Books I and II!)

  8. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 2:49 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you, Candace! So glad you enjoyed it and I’m busy, busy writing to the end. I’ll be excited to hear what you think of Books 1 and 2!

  9. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 5:20 pm Teresa Cypher Says:

    I love her inner voice! And holy cow–it’s slapstick funny! I like it, Nan! I can hardly wait to read this one…and it doesn’t even have a name yet…

    I’m so happy to see you back here! 🙂

  10. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 8:41 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you, Teresa–so glad to be back!! I’m not great at humor, but since she was so nervous about finally meeting him in person, it was the only way to go. 😉

  11. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 6:06 pm Skye Says:

    Cute! First time they’ve met in the 10 years they’ve worked together? This should be interesting!

  12. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 8:40 pm Nan Says:

    Yup, Skye, first face-to-face meeting, which isn’t at all unusual for a freelance editor and her clients. I have clients that I’ve never even spoken to on the phone, let alone met in person. It’s all about the Internet, babes. Thanks for coming by!!

  13. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 6:45 pm Veronica Scott Says:

    Interesting story concept! Enjoyed the excerpt (expected her to call herself a klutz)…..will be interesting to see how it all develops.

  14. Avatar February 9th, 2014 at 8:38 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks for coming by, Veronica!!

  15. Avatar February 10th, 2014 at 12:48 am Sue Ann Bowling Says:

    Fun snippet.

  16. Avatar February 10th, 2014 at 12:07 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Sue Ann! Glad you stopped by!