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8-Sentence Sunday


wewriwa_square_2It’s Sunday and that means we have a new 8-Sentence snippet. Picking up from last week’s eight taken from the third book in the Women of Willow Bay series, we’re still with Captain McGuire as he fights icy cold, bad weather, and a guilty conscience in 1933:

“Temperature’s dropping fast, Captain, First Officer Brent Woods came onto the bridge, his shoulders hunched against the wind that buffeted the ship, and handed McGuire a thick mug. “The men are grousing about the possibility of snow.”

“Yeah, I know,” McGuire accepted the coffee, grateful for its warmth, and jerked his head toward the window. “Those clouds don’t look too promising, do they?” He moved away from the wheel to turn on the ship-to-shore radio, but got nothing but static. Todaro had spent a fortune outfitting this boat with the best communications equipment available, but the damn thing didn’t work half the time.

“Go down and tell Cook to make something hot and filling for dinner, and have him open that bottle of whiskey he’s got hidden for the men who aren’t in the engine room. You might take some coffee below—maybe it’ll help keep them warmer.”

Stay tuned–I’ll be going back and forth between Books 3 and 4 in the series since I’m working on them alternately as the muse moves me. Comments are welcome and encouraged. 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!

I want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who took advantage of my special promotion last week and grabbed a free copy of Once More From the Top—the first book in the Women of Willow Bay series. I had an amazing number of downloads that kept me in the Top 100 Free Books in the Kindle Store and put me at #1 in Women’s Fiction Romance for a time. How great to know there are so many new readers out there discovering the Women of Willow Bay. In case you didn’t see it on Facebook or Twitter, there’s a little extra something for the folks who wanted more of Carrie and Liam’s story. Check out their epilogue here, and then be sure to catch Julie’s story, Sex and the Widow Miles. Merci, Mes Amies for all your support!

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14 Comments to

“8-Sentence Sunday”

  1. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 10:41 am Marcia Says:

    You just *know* the weather’s gonna get worse, and now I’m anxious to find out what happens! Good job building suspense here. I’m almost as jittery as the men.

  2. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 11:51 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Marcia!

  3. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 10:48 am veronicascott Says:

    Excellent descriptions – I feel the chill myself after reading the excerpt. Great 8!

  4. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 11:51 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Veronica!

  5. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 11:38 am Sara Barnard Books Says:

    Nan, what a TERRIFIC excerpt!! Where can I find these books? As a military wife and history enthusiast, this sounds like something I need in my library.

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  6. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 11:50 pm Nan Says:

    Sara, my Women of Willow Bay books are available at Amazon. This book is the third in the series and is in progress. Thanks for coming by!

  7. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 12:06 pm Gemma Parkes Says:

    Lots of atmosphere in this snippet Nan, I love the way he makes decisions so efficiently!

  8. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 11:49 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Gemma! So glad you came by!

  9. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 12:46 pm Millie Burns Says:

    Sounds like it’s a bummer night to be a sailor! Opening the whiskey might be a good idea alright.

  10. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 11:49 pm Nan Says:

    Yeah, it’s a rough night. Thanks, Millie!

  11. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 2:36 pm Skye Says:

    I didn’t take advantage of the free book because I bought them a few days after they came out!

    To anyone who hasn’t acquired or read them: the first two books are awesome! Amazing! Just right.

  12. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 11:49 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Skye! You’re the best, baby!!

  13. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 6:56 pm Sue Ann Bowling Says:

    At least he’s thinking about the crew.

  14. Avatar November 24th, 2013 at 11:51 pm Nan Says:

    He’s a nice guy…mostly. Thanks, Sue Ann.