Nan Reinhardt, Author

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8-Sentence Sunday


weekend_writing_warriorsveteransbadge_4It’s snippet time! Last week, in The Summer of Second Chances, we peeked in on Julie trying to convince Sophie to just go for it, seduce Ben, and enjoy a hot summer romance. It’s a couple of nights later and Sophie has decided to give seduction a try. Dressed in a skimpy pink tank top and a white denim miniskirt, she encounters Ben as he’s relaxing on the patio after a long day of writing. Mustering the few vamp skills she has in her arsenal, she goes to work, inviting him to share her supper of salad, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit…and of course, wine. With a little creative punctuation, the scene opens in Ben’s POV where suddenly his mousy little editor has turned into a very sexy lady, something he was not at all prepared for. Uncertain about what’s happening, he decides to play it out and see what she’s up to, but he may be getting way more than he bargained for when he accepts her invitation:

Oh, God, she has wine, and is that brie?

He peered over her shoulder as she carried the tray out to the table on the patio and set out plates, napkins, and silverware.

Does she know I’ve eaten nothing but cold cereal and popcorn for two weeks?

Brie was one of his favorites, and the fruit would be perfect. He sniffed the open wine bottle—apricots and some other crisp cool essence—it might be tasty.

Oh hell, I don’t even like wine… she’s killing me here.

He sat down in one of the cushioned teak chairs, peeking at Sophie’s cleavage as she leaned over to light the citronella candles on the table.

She’s setting a stage here… at least I think she’s setting a stage.

She’s trying to entice me—with the delicious food and wine and this spectacular place and… and the tank top… she’s trying to seduce me… isn’t she?

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18 Comments to

“8-Sentence Sunday”

  1. Avatar March 1st, 2014 at 6:01 pm Skye Says:

    LOL! Poor Ben! Actually, my BFF had a similar situation in which his now-wife seduced him and he spent most of the evening wondering if the sexy dress and the amazing food for a picnic on her living room floor meant something! I’m really looking forward to this whole scene.

  2. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 10:24 am Nan Says:

    Hey, Skye baby! So glad you stopped by! Yeah, Ben so wasn’t ready for this… 😉

  3. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 am Marcia Says:

    LOL – he comes across as kind of a naive guy; he likes her but never thought about her in a sexy way before. I’m thinking maybe he hasn’t had a lot of relationships. I like this guy!

  4. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 10:26 am Nan Says:

    He’s just a guy…although he is kinda naive because he’s been in a marriage with a gold digger who took him for a ride. I like him too, Marcia! Thanks for stopping by!!

  5. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 10:33 am Charmaine Gordon Says:

    How adorable is this! Guy’s are so, uh, what can I say. They sure don’t think like us. Thanks, Nan, for a delicious eight.

  6. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 10:55 am Nan Says:

    Hey Charmaine! Thanks for coming by. No, they don’t think like us…he’s gobsmacked because she’s been ignoring him pretty much and now suddenly, here she is!

  7. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 10:59 am Sarah Cass Says:

    Well look at her!! Sounds like she could easily succeed. Here’s to hoping she does!!

  8. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 2:39 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks for coming by Sarah!

  9. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm Millie Burns Says:

    Ah ha ha! This made me smile. Loved seeing him puzzling her actions out. Oh no, she has brie…ha ha ha. Truly a fun eight.

  10. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 2:40 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you, Millie. Yeah, he’s a little pole-axed, but I promise you, he gets over it. So glad you stopped by!

  11. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 1:34 pm Teresa Cypher Says:

    LOL! I was afraid the boy was going to fall in love with the food and not even notice her! Too funny. I like being inside his head, Nan. Great job–moving the plot forward and making the reader smile!

  12. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 2:40 pm Nan Says:

    Just picked all my favorites, Teresa–someone could totally seduce me with food! Thanks for coming by!!

  13. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 2:01 pm Sue Ann Bowling Says:

    Love his take on the food–and on her.

  14. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 2:40 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Sue Ann!

  15. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 2:41 pm Sandra Nachlinger Says:

    I love this scene! Poor Ben just wants to get it right, doesn’t he? I have a feeling he’s going to find out what Julie has in mind … REAL soon.

  16. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 7:30 pm Nan Says:

    Yup, Jules was a great coach…Sophie’s turning out to be a good student! Thanks for stopping by Sandra!

  17. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 3:18 pm Susan Stuckey Says:

    Lovely snippet – consider in the last paragraph if it would work better to use entice first and seduce last? Just a thought. Nicely done 🙂

  18. Avatar March 2nd, 2014 at 7:31 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Susan. I switched them up and you’re absolutely right! Much more effective! Great suggestion!