Sunday, July 16, 2017

WeWriWa: Draft One . . . and Done!


Ahhhhhhhhh! That feeling when you write that last sentence, sit back and go “Damn, that’s good!” The euphoria lasts about as long as it takes to realize you’ve got edits and the trimming of 10K words ahead of you. But for the moment, it’s pure heaven.

As I’m sharing this clip from one of the final chapters of PRINCE OF FOOLS, the third book in my “House of Terriot” shapeshifter foursome, I’ve already started my first complete read through and . . . so far, so good. I think I’ve cut about 20 words! A long way to go . . . but the journey is the best part of reaching the destination.


“What’s wrong?” 

Rico kissed her to postpone his answer, pouring all the emotion dammed up in his chest into the tender union of lips and tongues and breaths. Perfect. She was perfect, fitting him, completing him in every possible way, fulfilling every dream and desire he’d ever imagined, bringing out in him every strong, brave and noble instinct that had been percolating since the first time he’d seen mother and child together and recognized the family he’d longed for all his life. This moment was flawless, the one he’d hold fiercely to sustain him in the days and nights to come. 

They cuddled on the cold, celestially drenched patio, stars in their eyes as the strange new entwining of their souls relaxed and released them. Rico nudged into Amber’s palm as she stroked his cheek, turning his face from the dark sky toward his own personal heaven. The intensity of her gaze allowed for no escaping her demand. 

“Rico, talk to me.” 

“My brothers and I are going back to New Orleans tonight . . . alone.”


I’ve got critique group company all weekend, but I’ll sneak away to visit everyone’s snippets before heading back to the work office tomorrow after three looooong weekends and a partial vacay (working in the home office, of course!). Looking forward to some good reads! Then it’s knuckle down to plan promos and set a release date time.

Happy writing!!


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15 comments:

  1. What a beautifully written snippet, his emotions jumped out at me. I can't believe he's leaving and I wonder how she'll react to the news. Good luck with the edits! I just finished with mine and I'm now working on that dreaded synopsis and blurb so I can submit. Lol

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  2. Congratulations on The End. As your reward, you can start all over again on your next book. (Ain't it great to be a writer?)

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  3. What can I say? So much emotion in such few words. This book will be another winner.

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  4. Everything seemed so perfect for them until that last line. Great snippet! :)

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  5. Lovely, Nancy. You've written a sweet snippet.

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  6. Julie Evelyn JoyceJuly 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Congrats on finishing your first draft, Nancy! Every time I read your writing, I'm blown away by the incredible detail and the depth of your characters' emotions. Well done!!

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  7. I enjoyed the perfectness of the moment, all the while knowing there MUST be something coming to spoil it. Excellent excerpt!

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  8. He's pretty clever, but she seems to know him well. Great snippet!

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  9. You've described a perfect moment. Love it.

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  10. What a great feeling. You sounded like Joan Wilder at the beginning of Romancing the Stone. Love the snippet. That last line is a killer.

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  11. Oh, no. All those feelings, and they're going to be separated? Tragic.

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  12. Well, this was just about perfect. I feel all swoony now.

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  13. Love the snippet. What a glorious feeling to reach "the end."

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  14. Congrats on wrapping up another one, Nancy! Can't wait to read it and see what you've put them through on the road to hea. I've always liked Amber and thought she deserved a good story...and man! Let's see if Rico is that man!!

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