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Six Sentence Sunday


Welcome! Once again it’s that time. I’m talking about Six Sentence Sunday! Whether it’s your first time on the ranch or you’re a repeat offender, I love that you’re here. Follow the link in the title or click on the logo to read many more bits and pieces from other talented writers. Wait…not before you see what Kyley and Nick are up to this week!

This six is still from Back To The Way We Were (BTTWWW) and Nick has caught his breath after last week’s snippet. They’ve talked, he left, but was called out again. What can she say? The woman fishes for relaxation. 🙂 If you noticed that this feisty heroine has a new name this week, you’d be right. Logistics deemed it necessary. You wouldn’t believe me if I told ya, but one day I might explain why Haley is now Kyley…besides because I like this name better for this particular heroine. Now grab a cuppa and a pastry and join these two as they get comfortable, or maybe I should say uncomfortable, with each other.

“Did you hear me?”

“The whole lake heard you.” Nick’s strutted to the porch of the cabin she rented across the dirt road from the water.

Reaching the road side, she glared at his back. His broad, incredibly attractive back…and his rear, encased in tight blue denim, the muscles flexing with each step of his worn boots. Had Nick always been so tall and broad? She didn’t think so. 

Thanks for coming by and I’ll ‘see’ you next week! Who knows what tidbit I’ll find to amuse myself, and hopefully you, with then. 🙂 Before you go, I hope you’ll take a moment to let me know what you thought of this six. I’m off to read some of the other great sixes around cyber-world. Maybe I’ll see you out visiting too.


I’ve gone gold because some friends were going blind trying to read on my spring green. I didn’t want that, so I thought this is just as ‘Springy’ and might be easier to read against. If not, please send me an email in my ‘Say Hey’ page, or just say it in the comments here.

Six Sentence Sunday


It’s Six Sentence Sunday where I join tons of other writers, whose links you will find by clicking on the logo above or on the site name, to thrill, tantalize and tickle your fancy with a tiny sample of something we’re working on, or that’s already published. I decided to go with a few lines from Back to the Way We Were, my short cowboy story.

I hope you enjoy a blip from this reunion story. This is when the main characters first meet again. At this point Haley has said exactly one word to Nick, before he’s even seen her face, hidden under a floppy hat. This is his reaction to that word, a voice he’s never forgotten–good or bad–over the years apart.

Husky and soft, her voice dug into his head and dragged across his memories like sand paper over raw skin. Suddenly he knew the color of her hair, the shape of her body. He knew the exact shade of green of her eyes. If he didn’t say her name, refused to acknowledge who she was, would he be able to wake from the dream in which he suddenly found himself? Hell no. That would be too simple, and nothing about Kyley Carter was ever easy.

I look forward to sharing more of this story next week!


Contest: HELP! I need an opening scene!


I’m in a rambling mood this morning, trying to transfer the mood to my WIP. Not happening so far, but the muse is tugging at me. You may know, or remember me blogging, about my cowboy story I began last September. It was prompted by an ALL CALL from Wild Rose Press for novellas to go into a new series, Honky Tonk Hearts–the first two of these releases this month! I read the word cowboy and my ears perked up, my muse’s ears perked. Why? Because at that time it had been more than a year since I’d been able to enjoy the smooth sex appeal and charm of a cowboy!

My last was Healing Whispers, Tanner Royal. How many remember him and Tobi Star? I got a request for the partial by an editor at Harlequin SE… What happened with that, you ask? Absolutely nothing. After nearly two years I’m still waiting to hear back on that submission. 😦 Email? Oh, I have…twice. No response is forthcoming so far, not even nearly a year after my second email. Try again? Maybe, or maybe I’ll just submit HW elsewhere. I like the sound of that. True, it wouldn’t be Harlequin, but does that really matter as long as a quality publisher prints my book? I don’t think so.

What does this peek into the dismal past have to do with my ramblings today? I’ll tell ya.

I was trying to sleep last night and as it happens, too often, my characters came to stretch out beside me. Pillow hogs, I tell ya’ll! So there we lay, Nick on my left, Haley on the right…she insisted to lie next to my hubby, not that I blame her. I’m trying to sleep, they want to gab. Typical.

Hero doesn’t think he’s cut out to be a sheriff and heroine doesn’t like how they meet up again after eight years. WTH???

He has to be in law enforcement and there’s already a built in Marshal in the series. That leaves the position of sheriff in Jasper, Tx open for Nick James. He finally concedes. Now he’s agreeing with Haley that how they meet for the first time needs to be more…monumental…memorable. And I agree. Damnit.

So rather than writing their new meeting, I’m writing this blog post. I have a very good reason for this though. It’s helping me. Yep. Blogging is helping me be creative and productive. See, I don’t have a clue how these two should meet now and I’m hoping I’ll have an epiphany as I blog about it. 🙂

Nope. Nothing coming to me so far. I am hoping to get this story finished by April’s end. Maybe ya’ll would like to chime in?

How would you like to see a hero and heroine, high school sweethearts, meet again after years apart, and a split that was less than mutual? Keep in mind that, though not a comedy writer, I do try to add a certain amount of light, tasteful humor in my books, so pretty much any scenario, even the outrageous, will be considered! And Haley is something of a sasspot.

I won’t be sitting here waiting for inspiration, or the winning entry, to strike. I’ll be moving forward from where I left off. 

I’ll announce the winner at the end of April and post the new beginning, along with the winner’s name, in the “Excerpts” section of my website (hover your cursor over The Corral tab) sometime in the future, once I incorporate it into the book. I’m thinking *when* BTTWWW is published I’ll give a free copy to the winner of this blog! 

So leave your suggestions in the comments, tell your friends&family/facebook/tweet/email the contest to help spread the word from now to April 30th and let’s have some fun!