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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors: Purple Heart

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors.  My excerpt today comes from Purple Heart which is published by The Wild Rose Press.  In this excerpt my heroine Jenna is thinking about how she had to raise her daughter alone after her husband died.

For about the millionth time, Jenna vowed to be a good mother to Jo. Ethan couldn’t help her raise their child, but she’d do a bang up job for him. Angrily, she swiped hot tears from her cheek. She knew better than to think about the past. No power on earth could bring Ethan back to her.

The image of Mike Hightower broke into her thoughts. Having him around had underscored how lonely she sometimes felt. What woman didn’t want to feel loved and cherished and have a man to help her raise her family?
 
Purple Heart is available at http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=88_119&products_id=404 and most other retail outlets.

43 comments:

Jenna said...

Her sadness comes across so vividly, and the longing for a return to a normal life. Sweet snippet!

Catherine Cavendish said...

This is so emotion- packed. Lovely!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you Jenna and Catherine. Purple Heart is probably one of my most emotional works.

Antonia van Zandt said...

Beautifully expressed.

Antonia van Zandt said...

Beautifully expressed.

Joanne Stewart said...

Agreed. Beautiful emotion in this.

S. J. Maylee said...

So sad. She deserves to be loved and cherished. Love the emotion you pulled out in just 8.

Owllady said...

aw, I can't help but feel bad for Jenna. That kind of anger is hard to get over. Nice choice of sentences!

Jennifer Gravely said...

Beautiful and touching story.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Lovely emotional snippet!

charmainegordon author said...

Right from a woman's heart, beautifully written, Elaine

Clare Davidson said...

Very realistic emotions. As a mother, I could really connect with her sadness and frustration.

gemma parkes said...

I hope she allows those positive feeling to win over the sadness lying deep. Great insight.

sue said...

an emotional snippet, and a hard road ahead

Veronica Scott said...

Powerful and I'm happy there's another man for her to think about, for the future. Excellent excerpt!

Rosalind Nazilli said...

Beautifully writing. Her loss is so vivid..

Debbie Doglady said...

I can feel her sadness and anger. Poor Jenna! Great excerpt.

karen Y. bynum said...

Definitely felt her sadness and heard her voice in this snippet. Great 8!

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Reminds us of the costs of war.

Sarah W said...

I can feel the loneliness in this snippet. Very well done!

Kate Warren said...

What woman indeed? Her pain and conflicting feelings come through so clearly in this! Well done, Elaine!

Ann Swann said...

I could feel the sadness in her thoughts. Great, emotional snippet!

Dana Renelt said...

This is a lovely snippet, Elaine.

Siobhan Muir said...

Very poignant snippet, Elaine. Nicely done. :)

Teresa Cypher said...

This is wonderful, Elaine. Anyone who has gone through even a brief period of facing parenthood alone, will feel this grab at their heart.

Nicolas Sparks has nothing on you.

Nice snippet. :-)

Mandy Earles said...

I can't really relate to her as I don't have kids myself, but nevertheless, I do understand the pain of losing a loved one. I understand how she's want to fill that void. I can see how lonely it would be to raise your child alone. You've done a wonderful job at expressing her distress.

Kylie Scott said...

The connection to her child is lovely. Lots of rich emotion.

Claire Gillian said...

Aww, poor thing. I feel her overwhelming sense of responsibility.

Nan said...

Great emotion, Elaine...I can't imagine losing my love and raising children on my own--you've captured the emotion well in this snippet.

Brenda Ashworth Barry said...

Whoa, this is right up my alley of interest. I'd love to read this book. Is he really dead? and can't wait to find out more about this other guy. Glad I found you. :-) Great job!

Natalie Taylor said...

A wonderful snippet! The emotion is deep and I felt it come through your words. Very touching. I'll be following to read more.

Marie Hall said...

Very nice!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Brenda, he really is dead. Pancreatic cancer.

Elaine Cantrell said...

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Eleri Stone said...

Incredibly sad. Feel instantly sympathetic toward her.

Botanist said...

What an awful situation. This comes across so powerfully.

History Sleuth said...

Very emotional and real. Excellent snippet!

Sarah Ballance said...

My heart really goes out to her. Beautiful writing!

Red Wing citizen said...

It is not easy to raise a child alone and she realizes that from the start. I think she also sees that someone available may not be the answer either. You cannot just plug in any substitute for a real loss. I will wait to see what happens here.

The Original Drama Mama said...

She sounds like a strong woman who is not going to let hardships getter the better of her, I'm cheering for her!

Paula Martin said...

An emotional six, but is she ready to fall in love with someone else?

A. J. Bradley said...

This is an amazing excerpt! I totally feel her pain and fear but I'm not oppressed by it because of her great attitude. Amazing you did all this in only 8 sentences!

ED Martin said...

Her loss comes across so strongly here!