Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday 11/17/13 #WeWriWa Snippet from Snowflakes & Beeswax


Hi! After nearly a month away, I'm back with a snippet for the Weekend Writing Warriors (WeWriWa) and Sunday Snippet blog hop. The snippet I'm posting comes from my Georgian era romance novella, Snowflakes & Beeswax. I hope you like it!

Oliver nearly stabbed her.

Madelyn was buried under so much hay only her face and a few patches of her red cloak exposed. It was too late to stop the downward movement of the fork. At the last moment he changed the angle of the pitchfork thrust and sent the tines deep in to the stack well away from Madelyn’s skin. He swallowed and shoved his shaking hands into his pocket. Damning images flashed through his mind. If his reflexes were slower, if she was covered with more hay, if he hadn’t looked she’d be severely injured right now. He sucked in a deep breath and focused on the immediate problem.     


I originally wrote Snowflakes & Beeswax for an anthology. After it was rejected, I cleaned it up and decided to self-publish. This kisses-only novella is about 21,000 words long. Both the paperback and ebook versions are currently available from Amazon.


29 comments:

  1. Wekcome back...love the photo on your page and the snippet...those if l had done this disaster would have happened get me every time. l was right there w/your hero.
    Nancy Goldberg Levine

    ReplyDelete
  2. And l just ordered the story
    ngl

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, that's so sweet. I do hope you enjoy it! Thanks!

      Delete
  3. First line is a real grabber.
    Easy to identify with his emotions of a near catastrophe.
    Kudos!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Chip! I loved the snippet you posted this week!

      Delete
  4. very catchy - got me curious to read more!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh scary! I really get a sense of his fright here. Nice job with this, Jess. Glad to see you back. Hope you make a million bucks on that book :-D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :D Wouldn't that be nice. I'm glad you enjoyed the snippet Marcia.

      Delete
  6. Tense moment, beautifully described!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Pitchfork accidents--a very real occurrence in the world of farmers and ranchers. I still have a scar on the bottom of my foot--and memories of my first tetanus shot ever...

    Wonderful snippet, Jess, beautifully written. Action and emotions. I just bought it from Amazon. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've got a couple of similar scars myself, though rakes tend to be what get me. Thanks for the purchase, you're such a sweetie :) I hope you enjoy it!

      Delete
  8. Dramatic, my adrenaline is pumping now for sure. Excellent excerpt!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I just want to know...what the hell is she doing buried in the hay????

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yikes! Loads of tension here, nicely done!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nice snippet - curious as to whose POV...both appear (my Nineteen Hundred head hops before I know about head hopping lol )

    ReplyDelete
  12. Yikes! That was a close call! Nice description throughout. Welcome back, btw! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Holy mackerel, that was a close call. I'm intrigued to know why she's in the hay.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I don't see head hopping here; we don't even know if she's conscious. I'll find out soon; the Kindle's now on my iPad.

    ReplyDelete
  15. wow talk about a great actions sequence here! It sucked me right in! This story sounds great! I will have to check it out. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a close call! Thank goodness for quick reflexes!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh, no! Why is she there? Is something wrong, is she asleep, or was she waiting for him?

    Excuse me, I need to go visit Amazon and find out! :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. What a terrific opening line, really grabs the reader in and the rest of your prose keeps the tension going.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wow, the first line made me think that he wanted to stab her.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh my! That was a close call. Nice tension and emotion here. Loved that opening line. :)

    ReplyDelete