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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors


Welcome to Saturday Sample. We'll continue with out excerpts from Flood. I hope you're enjoying them because I really enjoyed writing the book. Flood was reviewed by RomCon Reviews. They gave it 5 stars, and in part they said,  It's the kind of story that stays with you because of the intensity of the circumstances and you remember the characters. You can read the rest of the review here .


Blurb:
Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.


Last Week:
he squatted down until she was on eye level with the dog. Holding out her hand, she stared at Peaches’ feet. Eye to eye contact might make the dog feel threatened. 

Peaches tensed, but when Aria made no other move, she took a tentative stop forward, then another. Her nose bumped Aria’s hand. 

Aria gave the dog time to inspect her before she stood. “Let’s go home, girl. You’re gonna like Saint Francis.” 

This week: I've skipped the last couple of paragraphs at the animal shelter and started Chapter 1 where we finally meet Caleb. (By the way, St. Francis is the name of Aria's vet practice.)

Caleb Hawkins fingered the dog-eared card in his pocket as the bus ate up the miles between Pine City and Fairfield. He should have bought a ticket to Greenville, the little town about twenty miles outside of Pine City where his grandmother lived. She might or might not have been glad to see him, but it was the logical place to go. 

Instead, he had spent his prison traveling money going to Fairfield, the place where Peaches lived with a lady vet. It had somehow seemed important to know that things had gone well for the dog who had been as broken and injured as he had. He also wanted to thank the woman who had saved his good friend. 

Beyond that, he didn’t have any specific plans other than finding a job. Maybe he’d go back to Pine City and work at the animal shelter there. He’d rather not unless he had to, though. In that place, he would still feel like a prisoner instead of a free man. It would be better to start over in a new place with no ties to his past. 


14 comments:

ARHuelsenbeck said...

I have a feeling Caleb will soon be glad he decided to check in on Peaches.

Aurora Springer said...

Obviously his heart is in the right place!

P.T.Wyant said...

I love his loyalty to Peaches.

Nancy Gideon said...

Nice bit of inner dialog to get to know him . . . and really like him.

Unknown said...


He seems to have a good heart, as shown by his use of the prison travel money to go check on Peaches.

Siobhan Muir said...

He has valid reasons for each choice. Good snippet, Elaine. :)

Veronica Scott said...

I like it! I have warm feelings towards Caleb - great snippet.

Unknown said...

That's such a wonderful insight into his character, that he checks on the dog instead of putting himself first. Somehow, I think he'll find a job when he finds Peaches!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I like Caleb. Love his loyalty. Enjoyed the snippet.

Diane Burton said...

I'm going to like Caleb, even if he's an ex-con. I'll bet there's something wrong with the fact that he was in prison. Nice snippet.

Ed Hoornaert said...

I have a good feeling about Caleb and also about his chances of getting a job at St. Francis.

Hywela Lyn said...

It's nice to meet Caleb and he seems such a good hearted man - going to check on Peaches when he could have used his prison money to go to Grenville - and I like that he wanted to thank the woman for saving Peaches, even though he didn't know her.

(by the way I just bought 'The Enchanted' for myself as a birthday treat! :)

Linda said...

I think Caleb will also like Saint Francis. I guess sometimes dogs can be more important than people.

Teresa Cypher said...

Oh--that was definitely an intriguing snippet, Elaine! It left me with so many questions! :-)