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Weekend Writing Warriors – Sand and Sin

Happy New Year! Welcome to Weekend Warriors, a weekend post where authors share 8-10 sentences of their work.

Well, another has year rolled out the door.  I’m well into the  back nine as a golfer might say. Don’t feel the chill of winter yet but the leaves are starting to fall. Wish the pounds would! Comfort reigns over vanity.  Simplicity brings the most enjoyment, family, friends and writing.

In celebration of the new year and my newest release, I’m offering ten sentences from my brand new release, Sand and Sin.  I did post some from it a year of so ago, so it may seem familiar to veteran readers. Navy SEAL, Jax Taylor is all about the mission until a sassy bartender knocks him off course.

Through shimmering waves of heat, Jax Taylor sighted his target through the second story window shielded by ratty, threadbare curtains. He shifted on his makeshift snipe stand, an overturned crib he’d found in the bombed-out mud-brick apartment complex. If he bit the big one today, his uncle and brothers in arms would probably be his only mourners. The latter would throw an epic party.

After hours on watch, remnants of the crosshairs burned into his retina from the scope of his M14. On loan to the army for the last few weeks, he counted down the days to when his team’s deployment ended. He could already taste a cool one on the beach. The chilly Pacific would offer a perfect respite from the heat of this stinking hellhole where the only water in quantity soaked his desert camos as sweat. AK-47 in hand, an insurgent finally scaled the low wall and sprinted across the street for a building occupied by US troops.

Game on, bastard.

Sand & Sin_Cover427x640Check our the rest of the warriors at Weekend Writing Warriors. I also hope you’ll check out Sand and Sin.  Available at all major e-book retailers. amazonkindle, Apple, Google, Kobo, Nook


Picking A Novel Setting

RomanceWeeklyThis week’s Romance Weekly questions are from Brenda Margriet – How do you choose the setting for your book? Does where you live inspire you? This can apply even to books set in paranormal worlds – what do you use from “real life”?  If you arrived her via Gemma Brocato, hope you’ll continue the Romance Weekly hop.

OBX Winter Sunset
OBX Winter Sunset

Living along the coast of Virginia, and always around the water, plus a lifetime of vacationing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, has inspired me in many ways. The local beaches have become part to of my brand. That doesn’t mean my characters don’t travel to other parts of the area,  country and world.

I’ve also applied local settings to paranormal works. In my novella, White Doe, I used an Outer Banks legend and tweaked it into a modern day shifter theme.

Courtesy of Wiki Commons
Courtesy of Wiki Commons

Closer to home, Norfolk Naval Operations Base and Oceana Naval Air Station provide a basis for military stories. Fentress airfield, where Navy pilots practice touch and goes, is practically in my back yard. Yes, I love jet noise. Living in a military-minded community feeds my patriotism. Last year I wrote a SEAL romance, Trident Valorwhich won the erotic category in Chesapeake Romance Writers, Finish the Damn Book Contest 🙂 This year I’ve decided to include my love of dogs by writing a military K9 novel.

Football is another passion I put the page after our area had a short-lived semi-pro team. I’m hoping to self-pub Game On! later this year. For the last several months I’ve posted snippets of it on my website for Weekend Writing Warriors 8 Sentence Sunday blog hop.

Next week I’ll be posting 8 sentences from a Valentine story entitled, Cupid in Camo. On Monday, I’ll post the compete short story in my newsletter so be sure to sign up!

Now on to the lovely Xio Axelrod, author ofCalum The Calum. Let’s how she picks settings for her books.