Friday, February 17, 2017

What Are We Writing by Margaret Daley

What Are We Writing by Margaret Daley

Author: Barbara Phinney
Title: Rancher to the Rescue
Hero and Heroine: Clare and Noah
Line:  Love Inspired Historical
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  Noah felt a chill race through him. Noble? Honest? He was neither, and neither virtue had prompted his proposal. Thinking of Elizabeth, and of her humiliation, the humiliation he’d caused her, he recalled again how he’d agreed never to reveal the details of the circumstances into which he’d dumped her. He had agreed to let Elizabeth tell the world that she had ended the relationship. He was never to tell anyone what really happened.
Due date:  Feb 2017
Word count goal today: just editing now
Something cool learned recently from research:  People used wood ashes to clean pots and pans. Eek!

Author: Mary Alford
Title: Alex Booth's Story - Book Four of the Scorpions  
Hero and Heroine: Rachel and Alex
Line:  Love Inspired Suspense
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  The still of the Wyoming night was broken by the noise of a vehicle’s engine. Right away, Rachel Simons knew something was wrong. Coupled with the map Liam left behind before he went to meet his asset, and a chill sped up her spine. Something had happened to Liam. She was almost certain of it. 
Due date:  No date yet
Word count goal today: 2,000
Something cool learned recently from research: I'm learning about the dangers of Sarin gas.

Author: Jolene Navarro
Title: De Zavala Ranch #2
Hero and Heroine: Santiago De Zavala & Emmeline (Squirrel) 
Line:  LIH
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: She pushed back the mud. Her heart pounded. The boot was attached to a leg. Her gaze darted up. Covered in a blanket made of leaves, branches and slugged, the leg was part of a full grown man. Heart pounding, she scrambled to her feet and cleared the debris from the unconscious man. She prayed he was unconscious and not dead.
 Due date: I putting together the first rounds of proposals
Word count goal today: 500
Something cool learned recently from research:  The word pincushion has been used in that form for over 500 hundred years. Looking up the origin of words to make sure they are accurate for a historical is always interesting - some words or much newer than I would have guessed and others much older.

Author: Rhonda Gibson
Title: Tentative title: The Widow and The Rancher
Hero and Heroine: Clint Shepherd & Laura Lee
Line: LIH  
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Laura swallowed hard. Her eyes narrowed and her heart pounded in her chest. She whispered to herself. “What is that?”
Due date:  Unscheduled
Word count goal today: 1,000
Something cool learned recently from research: I am researching the town I plan on basing my fictional town on and discovered it had 3 sawmills. 3! I'd never heard of a town having that many, especially since it is a small town.

Author: Louise M. Gouge
Working Title: Cowboy Dreams
Hero and Heroine: Adam Starling and Georgia Eberly
Line: LIH
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
“Lord, sometimes the weight of it all is so heavy, I feel like I’ve been ground into grit.” Twenty-one-year-old Adam Starling pulled a weed sprouting up on Ma’s month-old grave, then pressed the dirt back into place and moved two feet over to do the same for Pa’s older final resting place. “I know You have a plan, so I’m choosing to trust You. I only ask that You let me stay alive and well so I can raise the young’uns and they won’t have to go to an orphanage.”
Due date:  No due date. This is the proposal stage.
Word count goal today: 1000 - 1200
Something cool learned recently from research:  The town of Monte Vista, Colorado, upon which my setting is based, had its first electrical plant installed in 1889, just in time for me to include it in my story!

Author: Terri Reed
Title: Classified K-9 Unit Christmas Novella
Hero and Heroine: FBI agent Tim Ramsey and baker Vickie Petrov
Line: Love Inspired Suspense
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Frodo kept his intent gaze on the floor, using his primary alert of sitting at attention. The dog’s way of letting Tim know he smelled something of interest in the ash-covered area at the back corner of the store. The same area the firefighters suspected was the point of origin. Frodo and Tim’s job was to root out the cause. Tim trusted Frodo’s keen sense of smell with his life. The dog’s ability to detect odors and differentiate them with accuracy was what made Frodo and other canines so valuable in law enforcement.  Due date: Feb 28
Word count goal today: book is done, I’m polishing now
Something cool learned recently from research: 
Accelerant detection canines are trained to sniff out minute traces of accelerants and ignitable liquids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) that may have been used to start a fire. Each dog works and lives with their handler, a law enforcement officer or firefighter trained to investigate fire scenes. 

Author: Jean C. Gordon
Title: A Match Made in Williamstown
Hero and Heroine: Libby Schuyler and Jack Parker
Line:  An indie anthology The Matchmakers with two author friends
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
“Kickboxing was such a better idea than dinner,” Libby said as she folded her workout clothes into her gym bag Monday evening.
Due date:  March 17.
Word count goal today: 0 (I'm on the Florida RWA Fun in the Sun Conference Cruise)
Something cool learned recently from research:  The colorful tops of the chrome kitchen tables that were very popular in the 1950s were usually Formica laminate.


Pamela Tracy said...

So many good books about to be born or born and being bathed LOL

Debby Giusti said...

Great excerpts, Ladies!

Jean, I want to know more about your cruise!!!

Christine Johnson said...

Lots of great projects underway! Congrats, ladies.