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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 8

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet follows directly after last week’s, which ended with Clara asking Garrett if he knew how to handle her. We’re in his point of view and the punctuation is just a little creative because I wanted to give you the full exchange.

“He smiled and knew it carried an edge, “Would you like me to prove it?”

She studied him, leaving him hanging on the edge of the abyss.

“Give me the tour and I will let you know.”

Challenge curled through him-he gave her a light bow, but continued to hold her gaze captive. “Please step into my cargo hold.”

Her smile lit up her face-her beauty was not conventional, but in that moment it took away his breath. “Said the spider to the fly.”

Garrett smiled, “Will you step into my web?”

She turned around and threw him a glance over her shoulder, “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”

What works, what doesn’t? I’m not sure about the last two lines.

Garrett’s comment about the cargo hold links back to Clara’s request for a tour that covers the areas passengers don’t usually get to see, including the cargo hold.

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 7

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet follows directly after last week’s. Clara and Garrett had a more or less wordless exchange last week-maybe even faced off a little;). We’re in his point of view and the punctuation is just a little creative…

“Garrett turned to Jens. “I believe you have other passengers to look after; I’ll take care of Miss Riesenbeck and anything she may require.”

Relief flashed in the young man’s eyes. He bowed to both of them and practically ran away.

“I don’t know if I should be insulted at the speed of his departure or pat his cheek.”

Garrett laughed. “Neither-I just think you were too much woman for him. He didn’t know how to handle you.”

She raised her eyebrows at him. “And you do?”

What works, what doesn’t?

Toronto has been just a tad nippy this last month (we’ve been hovering around -30C (-22F)), so I’m very excited it’s the first day of March. Spring is-hopefully-not too far off, because this is how I’m feeling right now:

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Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 6

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes a little after my last one. Clara approached Jens, the young stewart she made blush in the first snippet. Garrett, my hero overheard part of the conversation and stepped closer. After some back and forth where she plays a bit of a role for Jens she shows him a hint of her true self. We’re in his point of view.

“Intelligence filled her grey eyes. Her lips, up until now curved in a slight smile, firmed and straightened.

He raised his right eyebrow.

She narrowed her gaze, but didn’t say anything. Instead she studied him from the tips of his boots to the top of his head and every inch in between. Heat spread through his body, unexpected and not completely welcome.

Then she raised her brow and mirrored his stance.

He couldn’t help himself and smiled-it had been a very, very long time since a woman had intrigued him after just exchanging two sentences. “

What works, what doesn’t?

Last week I was in Germany visiting my mum so I had to miss you guys. I’m looking forward to catching up with your fabulous stories again. I’m playing with a couple of ideas for two new series, very different from anything I’ve done so far. One is contemporary and the other is paranormal romance. I’m very much in the beginning stages and need to see if either or both develop into more.

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 5

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes a little after last week’s. Clara explored some of the dirigible, but could not access all the areas she needed to explore. After chatting with the other passengers she approaches Jens, the young stewart she made blush in the first snippet. My hero overhears part of the conversation and steps closer. We’re in his point of view.

“Garrett Dewhurst studied the vision before him. She was tall and willowy, her streamlined figure on display in a sleek dress and short jacket that framed her breasts like a present. For a second her grey eyes flashed and then took on a more neutral look.

The hairs on the back his neck rose and his instincts tingled.

Their eyes locked.

Fierce intelligence filled her expression.

He crossed his arms over his chest. “Stuff in what?” he repeated his question.”

What works, what doesn’t? His question is in response to something Clara said a couple of paragraphs before.

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 4

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes a little after last week’s. Clara has explored some of the dirigible and joined the rest of the passengers in the lounge. Someone new just entered said lounge:

“Captain Nolan had arrived. He strode up to the first group of passengers sitting around a small table and introduced himself.

This was one of the most difficult parts of her role as an undercover agent for His Excellency, the Prime Minister. Part of her, a dark and ruthless part she had to keep under tight control, just wanted to kill the traitor. He was about to endanger hundreds if not thousands of innocent people.

But there was no guarantee that his death would be the end of it.

She followed him with her eyes as he worked his way around the room, being all captain-y and in charge.

And the smuggler and seller of bombs so small and sophisticated, yet so powerful they could not be allowed to change hands – hands that were probably unfriendly towards the Empire.”

What works, what doesn’t?

I was nearly ready to write “The End” and then I realized a couple of things which mean I’m now probably another 10-15k away from “The End”. Not quite sure how I feel about that…

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 3

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. The day job blew up all over me so I haven’t had the time to work on my revisions adding to my general levels of frustration. *exhales and finds her happy place* It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes shortly after last week’s when Clara made the young steward blush.

“Clara took pity on him; she nodded her thanks and followed the Otto. The automaton was anchored into the floor on a track and rolled ahead of her. The anchor made sense as it meant the machine would remain stable during turbulences or altitude drops.

It also meant it could only follow predetermined routes.

Out of the corner of her eyes Clara catalogued the tracks, mapping them in her head against the intel she’d received before the mission.

Within a few minutes they stood outside a non-descript door. She had the expected corner cabin giving her only one neighbour-and that cabin would miraculously stay unoccupied.

It were the details that counted.”

What works, what doesn’t?

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 1

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I’m sharing the opening of my current work in progress FPWL. The first draft is mostly done, but I made some changes in the second half of the book, which means I now have to go back and ensure continuity. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. It’s still pretty raw, so please be gentle;).

“Clara Redbeck, currently travelling under the name Clara Riesenbeck—it always made it easier to stick close to the truth—paused at the bottom of the ramp and studied the Bismarck. The dirigible was one of the modern multi-level models and would take her all the way from Tilsit, on the east coast of Prussia, to London. Or as far as she had to go before she could disembark.

Clara had a plan and this plan involved showing the knobs at work that she was more than capable of fulfilling this mission. Alone and without being dependent on untrustworthy partners. Untrustworthy male partners. It would be a very, very long time until she trusted a man again.

She swiped her ticket barcode through the automated steward’s facade and the barricade opened. With a smile to the camera she picked up her hand luggage and walked up the ramp.”

What works, what doesn’t? Is the second paragraph too much?

Toronto is in a deep freeze at the moment, the windchill putting us at around -21C (-5.8F). Just a wee bit nippy. Any trip into the outside world has to be planned in minute detail to ensure you spend as little time as possible out of the warmth. Wherever you are I hope you’re staying nice and warm;).

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Dirigibles Are Forever Snippet 9

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This is the final snippet from my sexy steampunk novella Dirigibles Are Forever. I’ll need to leave some secrets for you to explore (and it’s January, so a Christmas novella is a little out of date;).

Last week we learned that Jack had a very good reason for being at the London Royal Port Authority. I’m moving a bit forward to one of my favourite snippets. Holly and Jack have finished with the busy traffic and the sky is empty due to the bad weather. They get a little closer. Holly may have mentioned that she’s feeling a certain hunger and that there are numerous ways to sat said hunger. Jack speaks first and we’re in Holly’s point of view.

“Give me an example.” His voice had also roughened.

Could she do it? Even if she wanted more than tonight—which she’d promised herself she did not—he’d had ample opportunity to show he was on the same page.

He hadn’t.

This was for her.

She licked her lower lip. “One night,” she whispered. “No rules, no boundaries. Only what we can do for each other.”

I hope you had a fabulous start to the New Year! May 2015 be an amazing and fabulous year for all of us;).

I’m so close to finishing FPWL, so close I can actually see the end…or at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m not looking at the outline and all the details I still need to wrap up…;).

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Dirigibles Are Forever blurb. You can read a sample chapter if you follow the link.

Working as an Aether Traffic Controller saved Holly Acklin after the death of her husband, but now she wants more—including a night of uninhibited passion with Jack Smith, whose very presence has kept her body tingling for months.

Special Agent Jack Smith kept his identity a secret when he came to the London Royal Port Authority with one assignment, one he cannot fail. It holds him back from following his attraction to Holly. But on the eve he must complete the mission, Holly asks for one night with no rules or boundaries, and his control snaps.

When London experiences an unexpectedly white Christmas, all dirigible traffic is grounded, leaving Holly and Jack free to act upon their stormy passions. Holly finds her determination to stay emotion-free crumbling unaware Jack is experiencing the same need. Each lover wishes for more, but fears it can’t be. Instead they focus their desires in mind-blowing passion.

But when Holly discovers that Jack isn’t who he claimed to be, everything is thrown into turmoil. Can she trust the man she thought she knew?

Dirigibles Are Forever On Sale

Looking for a scorching hot read to celebrate the New Year? Look no further! Dirigibles Are Forever, a USA Today HEA Blog Must-Read Romance, is on sale for only $2.71 on the Loose Id website until Sunday January 4, 2015. It’s the perfect opportunity to check it out;).

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Working as an Aether Traffic Controller saved Holly Acklin after the death of her husband, but now she wants more—including a night of uninhibited passion with Jack Smith, whose very presence has kept her body tingling for months.

Special Agent Jack Smith kept his identity a secret when he came to the London Royal Port Authority with one assignment, one he cannot fail. It holds him back from following his attraction to Holly. But on the eve he must complete the mission, Holly asks for one night with no rules or boundaries, and his control snaps.

When London experiences an unexpectedly white Christmas, all dirigible traffic is grounded, leaving Holly and Jack free to act upon their stormy passions. Holly finds her determination to stay emotion-free crumbling unaware Jack is experiencing the same need. Each lover wishes for more, but fears it can’t be. Instead they focus their desires in mind-blowing passion.

But when Holly discovers that Jack isn’t who he claimed to be, everything is thrown into turmoil. Can she trust the man she thought she knew?

Whatever your plans have a wonderful and amazing start to the New Year. May it be filled with laughter and delight!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Dirigibles Are Forever Snippet 8

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing with my sexy steampunk Christmas novella Dirigibles Are Forever (currently on sale at $2.71). I’ll have one last snippet next week and then I’ll move on to something new. Maybe FPWL, the companion novel, or something completely different.

Last week we discovered how Jack felt about Holly and her plans to leave. This week we’ll learn a little bit about why he is at the London Royal Port Authority in the first place. I had to get a tiny bit creative with the punctuation to give you the full paragraph.

“His gaze narrowed; his muscles tensed in readiness-there you are. “Bismarck, this is Tower Two. Bismarck, this is Tower Two.”

I hear y…Tower Two. Plea…give us unseren Kurs.” The heavy Prussian accent echoed through their connection.

Jack understood enough German to know the Bismarck had asked for their course, but he saw no reason to be helpful—or polite—to an enemy of the Empire. “I am sorry, Bismarck, please repeat.” And there was no way in hell he would allow them to unload their cargo tonight. Not until he had time to pay the Bismarck a visit.”

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I’ve dug down deep and have been pretty much glued to my laptop for the last three days. I’m quite impressed with myself for pounding out around 16k since Tuesday (and the Saturday night is still young. I’m hoping to make it to 18k, which probably means staying up until 2am again;), especially as FPWL has made me actively run away from my computer. I have no idea yet how much is actually usable, but at least I have something to edit;).

I just wish I’d had a little bit time to read…

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Dirigibles Are Forever blurb. You can read a sample chapter if you follow the link.

Working as an Aether Traffic Controller saved Holly Acklin after the death of her husband, but now she wants more—including a night of uninhibited passion with Jack Smith, whose very presence has kept her body tingling for months.

Special Agent Jack Smith kept his identity a secret when he came to the London Royal Port Authority with one assignment, one he cannot fail. It holds him back from following his attraction to Holly. But on the eve he must complete the mission, Holly asks for one night with no rules or boundaries, and his control snaps.

When London experiences an unexpectedly white Christmas, all dirigible traffic is grounded, leaving Holly and Jack free to act upon their stormy passions. Holly finds her determination to stay emotion-free crumbling unaware Jack is experiencing the same need. Each lover wishes for more, but fears it can’t be. Instead they focus their desires in mind-blowing passion.

But when Holly discovers that Jack isn’t who he claimed to be, everything is thrown into turmoil. Can she trust the man she thought she knew?