Nan Reinhardt, Author

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Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday #3


I’m stepping away from Like Fine Wine for a week to give you a tiny taste of another book  I’m doing revision work on, The Music Is You. I think I might go back and forth between them for a few weeks because LFW’s main character, Julianne Miles was a secondary character in Music, which is her best friend Carrie’s story. Carrie Halligan is a single mom, raising a teenaged son on the shores of Lake Michigan in a small town near Traverse City. Her world gets turned upside down when her son’s father, sexy symphony conductor Liam Reilly, suddenly appears on the scene after almost sixteen years. Carrie once believed she was going to be a concert pianist like her mother, but life took a different turn, but now, for fun, she plays requests at bar every other Saturday night.  This snippet is is from the first scene:

Haydn’s Concerto in C Major.

She gazed at the paper, uncomprehending as her heart pounded in her ears, shutting out the chatter in the bar.

Dear God in heaven. Who requested this?

Her fingers shook and the words on the paper blurred. Only one person would ask her to play that particular piece, and there was no way on Earth he was in this bar. She closed her eyes, releasing a long, shuddering breath before glancing as casually as she could at the crowd.

Is he here? Is it possible?

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28 Comments to

“Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday #3”

  1. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 9:02 am Gemma Parkes Says:

    Tense and exciting snippet!

  2. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:35 am Nan Says:

    Thanks, Gemma! This book is my heart–glad you’re intrigued!

  3. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 9:40 am Teresa Cypher Says:

    This snippet is wonderful! Nice, deep POV, getting inside her head and bring the reader with you.

    I definitely want to read more 🙂

  4. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:36 am Nan Says:

    Thank you, Teresa! Gotta tell you–this WWW thing is so much fun! Really enjoying feedback and reading other people’s snippets. I need to start leaving comments though–I’m kinda shy about that. No more! Time to get courageous!

  5. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 10:22 am Shannyn Schroeder Says:

    Hi Nan, I love the setup. The fact that she knows only one person would request that (especially in a bar) is enough to send shivers down my spine.

  6. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:37 am Nan Says:

    Thank you, Shannyn! I’ve been reading your snippets for ages–I will get braver and comment, okay? Shivers? Wow–that’s wondrous!

  7. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:24 am Veronica Scott Says:

    I love the whole musical setting, very different. The excerpt was powerful, her emotions wrenching…terrific snippet!

  8. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:37 am Nan Says:

    Thank you for coming by, Veronica! I appreciate the feedback. I’m headed to yours right now!

  9. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:52 am C. Amrhein (@HistorySleuth1) Says:

    I like this! It has that Casablanca, “Here’s lookin’ at you kid,” feel.

  10. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 12:04 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks so much, Sleuth! What a cool analogy!

  11. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 12:13 pm Linda Morris Says:

    Very dramatic way of reintroducing him to her life–onstage, where she has to keep it together. Nice snippet!

  12. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 12:15 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks for coming by, Linda! Appreciate your words–this 8-sentence snippet thing is harder than I thought. Gotta pick exactly the words that will entice and intrigue… 😉

  13. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 12:14 pm Liz Flaherty Says:

    Love this, but of course you know that.

  14. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 12:16 pm Nan Says:

    Liz! Thanks for coming by! I do know that, but it’s a very different opening now and I hope, better. Can’t wait to see you when you get back from FL and we can talk!

  15. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 1:05 pm Jim Cangany Says:

    I’m hooked, Nan. The “why did somebody come back” stories are always really interesting. And I love the names you give your charachters. Cheers!

  16. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 2:20 pm Nan Says:

    So glad you stopped by, Jim! Yeah, I love reunions, too but they’re a tough plot, I think. However, Liam and Carrie have been in my head for so many years, it was time to let them out! Cheers back!

  17. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 2:03 pm Monica Enderle Pierce Says:

    It’s nice to see the bar setting used differently. This is unique and intriguing.

  18. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 2:18 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Monica! When you’re bringing two people back together after 16 years, you gotta get creative, don’t you? So glad you stopped by!

  19. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 3:42 pm Kate Warren Says:

    I’m betting he is there, which means it is possible. Another possibility: there’s a classical music fan in the bar. There has to be more than one Haydn enthusiast who likes his “Concerto in C Major.” Of course if it is Liam I “C Major” complications ahead. Bad musicians’ puns: they’re in my blood. 😉

  20. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 4:02 pm Nan Says:

    Kate, hello! I love puns! Yes, I know they’re considered the lowest form of humor, but they take great creativity, so I’m a fan! Thanks for coming by!

  21. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 9:07 pm Carol Duff Says:

    I love the musical selection. If it is him, he must have done a lot of searching to find her. I sense that this is a different setting from her early experience. It must have meant a lot to him to find her. Right now, I feel it is him, for how many people would have the courage to select classical in a bar?

  22. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:04 pm Nan Says:

    Hello, Carol! Thanks for stopping by! Actually, he wasn’t looking for her…not reallly… 😉

  23. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:17 pm Teresa Cypher Says:

    Nan, we’re glad you’re part of 8sunday! And I’m glad you got courageous about comments. I came to thank you for some excellent feedback you left for me. 🙂

  24. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:58 pm Nan Says:

    Hey, Teresa! You’re welcome! I hope I wasn’t too presumptuous…

  25. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:19 pm AJ Bradley Says:

    Wow, AWESOME set up, so much tension already. I look forward to more!

  26. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:59 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, AJ! So glad you liked it–tension is a good thing when we’re setting up a reunion, so I’m glad you felt it.

  27. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 11:38 pm Robena Grant Says:

    Oh yeah, he’s there! He is so totally there, and he’s going to screw with her world as she knows it…bring it on! : )

  28. Avatar February 18th, 2013 at 12:00 am Nan Says:

    Hey, Roben–yup, he’s there and he is going to mess with her little corner of the universe…glad you stopped by, baby! I’m just starting Blue Dolphin and I’m already hooked!