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Saturday, September 25, 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:

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.

This week's excerpt:

Mrs. Lane opened the card and read aloud:

Elizabeth, In the language of flowers, red roses stand for love. I do love you. Are you ready to see me yet? Richard. ”

“That’s a good question,” Mrs. Lane avowed. “Are you ready to see him? Wouldn’t it be better to get it over with? You have to do it sometime.”

Elizabeth stirred restlessly. “I don’t know. In one way I want to see him so bad I can taste it, but when I think about him, I break out in a cold sweat. Just seeing his name on the card makes my heart race.” She gave an unhappy little laugh. “I wish I knew what the trouble is.”

“Does seeing him trigger flashbacks?”

“It did when I was in the hospital, but since I got home I’m fine. Of course, I haven’t seen Richard since I got home either . ”

Mrs. Lane passed Elizabeth’s card back to her. “If I were you, I’d get ready for a meeting. I think his patience is almost gone. I’ve been expecting him to make a move for some time now. I’m sure the roses mean he’s ready to claim his wife.”

“Yeah, you’re probably right,” Elizabeth sighed. “Patience has never been one of Richard’s virtues. It surprises me that he stayed away as long as he did.”


  1. I'm sure there are many reasons for her heart to race when she thinks of him, both good and bad from the sounds of it. I'm very curious to know how their interaction will go.

  2. Really a fraught situation all the way around. Great snippet!

  3. I'm curious to know how their interaction will go. Does his heart race too? Great snippet.

  4. Money, power, and love are such a volatile mixture! Good snippet(s) --last week's and this week's. :-)

  5. It's always dreadful to have interfering families. His father sounds dreadful. Personally, it would get my hackles up if a man assumed that I was going to change my last name when I got married (I wouldn't) but that's me.

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