Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors August 31

Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly blog hop where participants post up to eight sentences of their writing. You can find out more about it by clicking on the image below.
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Shayla, codename "Shark", has rendezvoused in the forest with members of a terrorist cell. The group has discovered that she's injured, and things are turning ugly.

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Shayla studied Tiger's stance, and assessed the speed with which she'd drawn her weapon. I could take her, I think, but... "I'd be happy to prove my ability to you, but this mission requires stealth. If I need to fight, it will be because I've already failed."

Cobra pursed his lips, then nodded. He gestured to the side of the clearing. "We travel by boat. The river network extends right up to the edge of Horliath."


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22 comments:

  1. I remember thinking how perfect this line was when I read the book, Ian. "If I need to fight, it will be because I've already failed." There's no argument, no way to disagree with her after she said that. :-)

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  2. She's got some quick wits, that helps. Love Shayla!

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  3. Shayla is my new hero. Another great eight.

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  4. Teresa, it may be a killer argument, but (as you know) it turns out not to be entirely accurate :)

    Millie, in Shayla's world, slow wits would be fatal!

    Alexis, thanks, I enjoyed writing her.

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  5. Great snippet. I like the conflict in dialogue. Well done.
    Juneta at Writer's Gambit

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  6. Smart girl! I bet she needs to be in her line of work.

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  7. love Shayla's point. Your book is on my Kindle, can't wait to finish my current read so I can get to yours!

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  8. Interesting conversation. I can't wait to find out how it goes once they arrive.

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  9. Juneta, my first stab at a novel was too much sweetness and light, so I went out of my way to bring conflict into this one.

    Elaine, you bet she does!

    Sue Ann, that's the point :)

    Cara, glad you agree.

    E.E., thanks, I hope you enjoy it.

    Kimberlee, I love coming up with good names.

    Karen, oh, it goes with a bang :)

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  10. OK, good I'm glad she was able to be persuasive (not that I doubted her for a moment - you've really got me hooked on this main character!). Wonderful excerpt, ready for further adventures!

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  11. Promises to be an action read. I have just started Weekend Writing Warriors so look forward to getting to your your story and characters more in the coming weeks.

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  12. Well written. I really like your voice.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/08/weekend-writing-warriors-83114.html

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  13. Might as well give her a little rope... see what happens. You don't want to take on a shark without good reason.

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  14. Wow, talk about a cool drink of water. Love how she weighs her options. Great 8.

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  15. Veronica, Shayla has to pull out her powers of persuasion more than once in this story!

    Elsa, welcome to WWW, and thanks for visiting.

    Joyce, thanks!

    Caitlin, I'm sure Shayla would love to play a bit, but in this instance time is pressing...

    Tina, as we are in Shayla's head, I wanted to show her analysis along the way.

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  16. Terrific scene. You put me right in there with her clever mind and then. . .off to war.

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  17. Charmaine, off to war indeed - you nailed it :)

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  18. This is certainly a quotable quote, "If I need to fight, it will be because I've already failed." Shayla is a badass if I ever saw one. I only hope her bravado isn't all she has to bring to the table.

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  19. Shell, believe me she has the moves to go with the talk :)

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