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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors

Welcome to Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors, your chance to sample the work of a talented group of authors. My excerpt today is from Return Engagement. In this excerpt, my hero questions my heroine about his competition, a lawyer by the name of Alex Crawford. If you've been her before, you know that Richard and Elizabeth met by accident on the beach ten years after his father broke them up.



Her voice trailed off, and she fell silent. Alex was a wonderful man so why had she let Richard upset her so much? She hadn’t seen him in ten years; they couldn’t just pick up where they left off. True, she had never been able to forget him, but she had moved on with her life because she had to. So apparently had he. 
“I know lots of lawyer jokes,” said Richard, his voice serious and earnest in spite of the gleam in his eyes. “Would you like to hear one?”

19 comments:

Teresa Cypher said...

Good snippet, Elaine. I think it might be some of your most fluid writing, yet.

The premise is intriguing, and these two characters are very likeable right from the getgo.

Nicely done!

P.T.Wyant said...

Alex may be a wonderful man, but somehow I don't think she's in love with him. Great snippet.

dmorgana said...

Nice snippet. I get a kind of sad feeling from it though. Like she was hoping for something more...

Love the cover for the book, too!

Iris Blobel said...

Great snippet, Elaine. I kind of wonder whether or not they're getting back together.

Sarah W said...

Richard has chutzpah all right! :)

Then again, as wonderful as Alex is, maybe somethings missing?

Great eight, Elaine! :)

Joanne Stewart said...

Aww. Love his reaction. Like he's asking because he's thinking the same things she is. That would be a hard situation. Great excerpt.

Gem Sivad said...

Who's more determined? Her to forget him or him to make her remember. Great stuff!

Siobhan Muir said...

Sounds like he's going to have to work a little bit to get to a new level of connection. Good snippet, Elaine. :)

Cecilia Corona said...

Great snippet. Could love be in the air again for these two?

Charmaine Gordon said...

When in doubt, tell a joke and it better be a good one. Fascinating start, Elaine.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Great snippet. Love the characters already.

Amalie Cantor said...

I get the distinct feeling that none of these characters are really completely happy with their relationships with one another. "Alex is a great man" does not equal "Alex is a great partner." And whether she still holds a real flame for Richard or not might be irrelevant. People change. I doubt either of them are the people they were when they were together.

Very likable characters overall, but I am skeptical that any of these relationships would work out long term. Lucky for me, that's exactly the kind of book/relationship I like to read about. Those improbable ones, whether they do make it or not.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Veronica Scott said...

Enjoyed the excerpt, this conversation seems so full of possibilities for them. Great 8!

Elyzabeth M. VaLey said...

The conversation seemed to have a layer of sadness at the bottom... I'm curious to read more. Great snippet, Elaine!

JTsuruoka said...

You've done a wonderful job of evoking confusion and of a character wrestling with a ghost from her past.
Nice work!

Carrie-Anne said...

This is such a poignant, bittersweet scene.

Neva said...

Nice, great writing!

Jess Schira said...

It seems that there's quite a bit of unresolved emotions floating through this snippet. Great 8, Elaine!

Linda said...

Oh my, when she feels like "was a wonderful man", think can't be good for that wonderful man.
And why do I think that layer joke on the other side is a bad idea?