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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors: Purple Heart

 This week I'm starting a few excerpts from my Wild Rose Press release, Purple Heart. Purple Heart is available at


Jenna West has no idea what she might have done to her new tenant Mike Hightower. He's surly and hateful every single time they meet, and he looks at her as though he despises her.
He does despise her. She's from the Middle East, and people like her killed his friend Ramirez when the army sent them to Iraq.

Will the power of love work its magic to soften Mike's bitter hatred, or will he ignore his growing attraction for his pretty landlady?


The dark Iraqi streets looked deserted, but they heard movement all around them. Captain Perry motioned Mike forward. “Sergeant Hightower, take a couple of guys with you and cover the side exit.”

Mike nodded. He gestured toward Ramirez and Mason, and they silently followed him around the side of the building where they took their positions behind an old burnt-out wreck. Mike had just finished adjusting his night vision goggles when an explosion erupted behind them. The reverberations from it hadn’t died away before another shell detonated in front of them.

The bright flash of light temporarily blinded Mike. “Fall back!” he heard Perry scream from somewhere on his right.

Mike staggered, tripped, and fell. 


Jessica E. Subject said...

Not good to fall when under attack. Intense!

Sue Barr said...

What will the fallout be for these guys after the attack? Good snippet.

Daryl Devoré said...

Explosion in front with night vision goggles on - not a good thing.

Aurora Springer said...

It's going to be difficult for her to break through his prejudice and probable PTSD.

Shari Elder said...

Well done. I have a sense of being there. Enjoyed the snippet.

Kate Hill said...

An intense excerpt!

Veronica Scott said...

I remember this one...excellent snippet today!

Jenna said...

Very intense scene. I could feel the tension. Great snippet!

Ed Hoornaert said...

One of the things war does best is teach hatred.