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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors


Welcome to Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors. Today I'm sharing  excerpts from Return Engagement, my first book about the Lovinggood family. I've already shared some of the first part so I'll be doing a little jumping around. First a blurb, then that excerpt. Oh, and on Sunday when you finish here go to for more excerpts from a talented group of authors.


Elizabeth Lane is one lucky woman. She has it all-money, fame, a satisfying career and a devoted fiancé. Her humble beginnings are all but obscured, but she isn't the kind of woman Senator Henry Lovinggood wants for his son, Richard. Senator Lovinggood plans to make Richard the President of the United States; he'll need a woman from a wealthy, powerful family by his side. Ten years ago the senator broke Richard and Elizabeth up, but this time it won't be so easy, for Elizabeth wants to know what might have been. This time she'll fight back, a struggle which ultimately leads to kidnapping and attempted murder and alienates her from the man of her dreams.

Last Weeks Excerpt:

“I’m sure she does, but she came anyway, honey. Maybe she thought she could help you and Richard patch things up.” 

“I doubt it.” Elizabeth scowled ferociously. “She probably wants to fuss at me because I’m not living with him.” 

“You’ve had weeks to think about it,” Mrs. Lane pointed out. “Have you decided to get a divorce?”

Elizabeth’s shoulders drooped. “No, I haven’t made up my mind about anything.”

Hastily, she changed the subject. She didn’t want to even think about Richard, much less talk about him. “I’m starving, Mother,” she hinted.

Mrs. Lane rolled her eyes. “I knew you wouldn’t talk to me. In that one respect you do resemble your father. He had an absolute genius for dodging unpleasant confrontations, but in this case ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Your husband isn’t the kind of man you can dismiss and pass off to your lawyers. No, Richard’ll demand a face-to-face meeting, and if things don’t go his way I shudder to think what he might do.”

Elizabeth scrambled out of bed. “I have to go to the bathroom. ”

This week's excerpt:

The doorbell rang just as she joined her mother in the kitchen. She looked out the window and saw a blue delivery van sitting in the driveway. “Who’s that?” she asked. Her heart had picked up a little speed. Ever since the kidnapping, unexpected happenings made her nervous.

“I’ll go see,” Mrs. Lane said. She returned with a huge bouquet of roses.

Elizabeth fumbled for the card which had accompanied the flowers. “They’re probably from Alex. He knows how I love roses, but I’m surprised he’d send red. He knows I like yellow ones better.”

She read the card and wished she hadn’t. She should simply have ignored it. “They’re from Richard, right?” Mrs. Lane asked.

“Yes, how did you know?”

“Look at the envelope. Only one person would have sent the roses to Elizabeth Lovinggood instead of Elizabeth Lane.” 

Elizabeth passed the card to her mother as her stomach knotted. The vague, ill-defined anxiety she had lived with for the last six weeks threatened to choke her. She had wondered how long Richard would leave her alone, and now she knew. She only prayed he wouldn’t arrive in person a few minutes from now.

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Nancy Gideon said...

Sounds like she's right to worry. Stick to your guns, girl!

Jenna said...

Sounds like he's making his play, all right. She won't get rid of him now, whether she wants to or not. Great snippet! Tweeted.

Jessica E. Subject said...

It sounds like she's going to have to face him sooner rather than later. I hope she's prepared! Nice snippet!

Kate Hill said...

Even though he's still interested, this is going to be complicated!

Veronica Scott said...

Does seem ominous or at the very least increases the tension for her. Great snippet!