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Weekend Writing Warriors-New WIP Snippet 1

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 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.


After an insane amount of work and travelling I’ve finally reached a point where I can join the Warriors again! I missed you guys and can’t wait to read about what you’ve been up to.

My happy news is that FPWL, my steampunk companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever, has been picked up by Loose Id. I’m neck-deep in my first round of edits. I’m looking forward to sharing the finished story with the world. Because of the long break I’ve decided to share a brand new project with you. It doesn’t have a title yet and no blurb. I also have no idea if it’ll ever see the light of day. It’s something completely different for me. So far I’m enjoying the writing.

“Jace Deegan looked up from the fan belt he was installing as he heard a car drive into his forecourt. Beside him Reacher wagged his tail and jumped to his feet. A top of the line luxury SUV, about as exciting as an extended golf tournament, pulled up. The driver’s long black hair made him think soccer mom with misaligned tires due to hitting speed bumps too fast. He waved Reacher to wait and walked out onto the forecourt.

She came to a stop and climbed out.

His back straightened as soon as she came fully into view. He stopped rubbing his greasy hands and tension mirroring hers invaded his body. She slammed her door so sharply he flinched and had to remind himself he was no longer in Afghanistan and that in this area of Chicago gun shots were the exception and not the norm.

She marched toward him, frustration rolling off her in waves.”

What works, what doesn’t? Is the opening compelling enough for you to continue reading?

The snippet is pretty raw. I’m trying Candace Haven’s Fast Draft technique, which means no editing until the book is done. We’ll see how long I can keep it up;).

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!




Sneak Peek Sunday-17th March 2013

Here is my Sneak Peek Sunday. Click here to check out all the other great excerpts.

This is a snippet from “Dirigibles Are Forever”, a steampunk story I finished a little while ago.

Jack stole across the hangar, keeping the bodies of the dirigibles between himself and the drone. Finally he found the ideal space at the back propeller of his own dirigible, the Highwayman, which had a circular open space before it. The drone slowly rolled through the space, sensors alert.

He lined up his shot, his arm movement hidden behind the propeller. The gun popped and the bolt whistled across. It hit exactly where Jack had aimed for, the center of its clockwork mechanism. The bolt silenced the alarm and froze the machine in place, but didn’t shut it down, which would have set off a secondary alarm.

He shoved the pistol back into his pocket and strode forward. His machinations had paid off. The Bismarck was parked beside his Highwayman. Jack tilted his head so his face remained hidden and pulled his tools out of his pocket.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!