Sand and Sin – Weekend Writing Warriors – February 6

Welcome to my post for Weekend Writing Warriors  #wewriwa where authors share 8-10 sentences of their work.

I’m continuing with an excerpt from my newest release, Sand and Sin. Injured in Afghanistan just before his team is to return home,  Navy SEAL, Jax Taylor takes leave after being released from the hospital and catches a military hop to Virginia Beach to see a buddy. When Jax arrives, TJ is night training and recommends a local SEAL bar called the Trident. We pick up when Jax arrives and spies a lovely, green-eyed bartender. She welcomes him by saying she’s only seen one other man stride into her place with a more pissed-off expression. He retorts with,“Your ex?”

Mr. Dark Blues matched Peri’s sarcasm and the small scar on his chin kept him from appearing too pretty. “Insightful, let me guess…vodka tonic.”

He narrowed his gaze.

“Martini?” she asked smiling and tossed her hair over her shoulder. “You’re too GQ for domestic, Heineken?”

He tightened his jaw.

The pretty boy comment appeared to have struck a nerve, so she asked, “Whiskey on the rocks?”

Raising a brow, he lifted his chin with swagger.

She slid a cocktail napkin on the bar in front of him and said, “You gotta be a Jack man.”

He grinned, revealing near perfect teeth.

Some creative speech tags that I don’t normally use and joined some sentences to get a good portion of the scene done in ten.

Sand & Sin_Cover427x640Please check out the amazing writers at Weekend Writing Warriors.

I also hope you’ll take a chance on Sand and Sin.  Available at all major e-book retailers. amazonkindle, Apple, Google, Kobo, Nook

A reader’s honest review is the best thank you an author can receive.


Romance Writers Weekly – Celebrity and Character Crushes

RWW bannerThis week on Romance Writers Weekly, Kathryn Renard is asking about celebrity crushes. Do authors have them and what makes the person crush worthy. And if we’ve ever crushed on a character we’vedream dancer written.  Hope you’ve visited Leslie Hachtel who proceeded me on the hop. She has a new release just out, The Dream Dancer. Love the cover!

Celebrity crushing has been ongoing in my life since the age of seven, starting with Commander Chekov of the USS Enterprise. Stop counting how many years ago that was!

Cataloging through my list of crushes from movies/TV, pop stars, to gods of Rock is surreal. Stories in my head with my favorite characters began as a kid to check boredom, worry, and sometimes loneliness. A coping mechanism that still works today through words on a page.

I’ll admit that a crush on Maximus from Gladiator brought my first novel to life. Beginning as fan fiction, the story turned an epic historical where a Roman Centurion falls for his Tribune’s daughter who happens to be a healer and becomes a surgeon in her father’s legion. The reason I fell for Maximus was that he lived and died by a code. For me, loyalty is at the top of list for character traits. The ability to kick ass is a close second.

As far as crushes on my own characters, Ray Andrews, the hero in my firefighter novel, Hot as Blazes is the largest crush thus far. However, he is literally smoke. I didn’t take him from an actual person, only a sum of parts.

He’s built like an NFL tight end with a handsome mug, but shies from the attention his looks foster. He comes off as a player to the heroine because he’s never been serious with women. He only wants her, but until now a promise kept him from revealing his feelings. He’s a man of few words and speaks through actions.

Now that you know I’m a head case, on to Kathryn Renard who wanted to know our dark secrets.  Yep, I’m heading there now. Maybe she’s a closet Justin Bieber fan! LOL!




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