11/9/14 WEWRIWA

Baby, it’s cold outside but are we worried? Not a bit. I’m delighted with sales rising for my latest book, Help Wanted. Readers want to move right into River’s Edge where the motto is Kindness to Strangers. Just like the good old days where neighbors took care of friends in need and children played outside without fear.

Today I continue with Sally Atwood returning to the cable company thinking she’d knock Jerald Adams socks off with the Grace Trumbull interview with the sad Saluki and give her the promised job.

Excerpt in eight:

The same receptionist checked the appointment book and with a sour look meant to pierce a heart, glowered at Sally; “You don’t have an appointment.”
Using her new authoritarian voice, Sally said, “Mr. Adams requested that I come in as soon as possible since I have fulfilled his assignment to obtain the in-depth interview with Ms. Grace Trumbull; I have it right here.”
“Oh. Just a minute. ” Out and in, she returned, a smug look on her face to say, “Mr. Adams said he’s not interested in such an interview and thanks you for your time.”
The words from the movie Dirty Dancing popped into Sally’s mind, “Nobody puts baby in the corner.”

Sally Atwood stormed through the door, eyes blazing.
The large imposing man sat, feet crossed at the ankles up on his desk, puffing on a cigar, king of a small kingdom, eyes widened at Sally’s unexpected intrusion.
“In good faith, I followed your assignment with a promise for a job and after I fulfilled my part I find I’ve wasted Grace Trumbull’s time and she’s an important member of River’s Edge Counsel.”  Sally spun on her heels and left Jerald Adam’s office.

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Steve and Sally Atwood have some big adjustments to make when they move to River’s Edge. Steve has lost his career in the corporate world and finds work painting houses. Sally flings off her apron and pursues her lifelong dream to be a reporter in the small town with a big heart, where the motto is ‘Kindness to Strangers’. Afraid he is losing Sally to a more exciting world, Steve panics, but despite Sally’s lecherous new boss, together they rediscover all the love of their thirty-five years together and the excitement that brings.






56 thoughts on “11/9/14 WEWRIWA

  1. Well I certainty didn’t see that coming. The nerve of that SOB. Your writing really got me riled up, lol, talk about tweeking the emotions. Great snippet.

  2. This right here is an excellent example of show don’t tell, “The large imposing man sat, feet crossed at the ankles up on his desk, puffing on a cigar, king of a small kingdom, eyes widened at Sally’s unexpected intrusion.”
    I have the perfect picture painted that this guy is an arrogant SOB without your using the words arrogant SOB. 🙂 great writing Charmaine!
    (Nothing for me this week)

    • So pleased with your comment. Help Wanted is a fun story filled with humor and angst and oh the wonder of the Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause when the therapy dogs visit the wounded veteran’s recovering at the hospital. Thanks, Teresa.

    • Hi Evelyn. We do love our strong women. If you have a chance, please get a copy of Help Wanted. Sales fluctuate. Just when I thought it was headed to the BIG list, my dear story has lost momentum. When I cry HELP WANTED I mean it.

  3. what an absolute jerk! Sally worked hard on her assignment and here he was acting as he didn’t ask her to do it? ugh I’m so mad on her behalf. I’m glad she told him off to his face!! next up, tripping that horrid assistant of his. love love this snippet!!! xoxo

  4. Girl friend, you’re on the war path. Thanks for the passion invested in my eight. This flower girl appreciates your comment. I’m reading Lauren’s book and next-you and Neva. Please do the same for me with Help Wanted. We all need a boost.

  5. That guy is an ass and I’m glad Sally stormed in there. Wasting her time and Grace’s is beyond rude and that receptionist is just as bad. I get the feeling Mr. Adams hasn’t seen the last of Sally.

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