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Saturday, October 2, 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:

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.”

This week's excerpt:

As they lingered at the breakfast table reading the morning paper, Elizabeth heard the clock strike ten. She glanced out the window and saw another van stopping in front of the house. “Are you expecting company, Mother?” Rationally, she knew she had no reason to worry. She doubted Richard would drive a delivery van when he came to see her, but her palms had started to sweat anyway.

Mrs. Lane wiped her mouth with her napkin and got up from the table. “No, I’m not expecting anyone. I’ll see who it is.”

She returned in a few moments with three large Mylar balloons. “Look at this,” she exclaimed.

Elizabeth laughed at the perky, colorful balloons. She took the ribbon attached to the red one and turned it around to read, U are 2 sweet 2 B 4gotten. “What does the purple one say?” she asked.

Mrs. Lane giggled. “It says RL loves EL forever.” She turned the shocking pink balloon around so she could read it. “Well, it’s simple, but it sums up his feelings pretty well.”

Elizabeth looked and read, Be Mine. Yeah, that summed it up, all right. She opened the card that accompanied the balloons.

I think of you all the time. Are you thinking of me? Love, Richard.

The balloons tickled Mrs. Lane. “You’ll have to admit he knows how to get your attention, Elizabeth.”

In spite of her fears, Elizabeth grinned. “He always did.”

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Teresa Cypher said...

Whew! I'd be nervous, too. His dad is some piece of work. Great snippet! I really thought that second van was going to be the kidnapper!

No post for me this week. :-)

Veronica Scott said...

He's certainly not giving up! Enjoyed the snippet...