Tuesday: What I’m Working On – Not!

Writer's MindI’m not sure if today’s blog is a Tuesday Treat or a Tuesday Tease… Have I mentioned that Iffy is a b…witch? She’s trying to hurry me through COWGIRL’S SWEETHEART, totally ignoring FAERIE FREE (or FEUD), and longing to revisit both the Wolves and Sade and the gang.

Those of you who follow my Author’s Page on Facebook know that I participate in a flash fiction writing exercise prompted by Siobhan Muir on her blog. Called Thursday Threads, she offers up a writing prompt, participants slap down 250 words using the prompt somewhere in the exercise and post it. She has a guest judge, just for fun. I’ve won a couple of times and place as an honorable mention often. More than a few of those prompts have ended up in my stories.

So, do you think Iffy would help me out and gear those words toward the current WIP? Oh hell no! raised eyebrow gif The past few weeks, she’s been pushing me toward Wolves and Penumbra. So…here’s the current plan because my personal publishing schedule is whacked. Once I get FAERIE FREE (June 1st deadline) and COWGIRL’S SWEETHEART (April 21st proposal and July 17th final deadlines) submitted, I have plans for one more Wolf novella–BLUE MOON, which is Antoine’s and DJ’s story. DJ is the Deputy US Marshal who’s appeared in some books, and Antoine is Izzy “feral” uncle. I’ll follow that with the crossover novella with the working title of MOON SHOT, which introduces the guys of the Hard Target series. My NATO SpecOps team has a few secrets of their own and I think fans of the Wolves will like them. Anyway, that’s the plan. In the meantime, I thought I’d toss a tease out here for those of you who want a Wolf fix. This scene may or may not make it into BLUE MOON–and I’ve edited it so it’s a bit more than 250 words now. 😉

****

DJ threaded frustrated fingers through her short hair. Her boss’ order had sounded so simple sitting in his Las Vegas office.

Go get the man.

Only the man was a freaking ghost. After the debacle in New Orleans, she was lucky to still have her badge. Deputy US Marshal. She was a manhunter, right? Right. Her job was to track and arrest fugitives from the law.

Go get the man. So much easier said than done. Especially after crashing her car and stumbling around lost in the bayous for hours. Something growled nearby. She froze. Did alligators growl?

Crouched in the cypress knees, Antoine filled his lungs with the woman’s scent. He’d followed her as she wandered lost. Her scent seemed familiar so he trailed her, keeping a cautious eye on her activities. This was his bayou. He didn’t like strangers, especially when they were so close to his pack.

Another scent intruded. Sweat, sour and full of testosterone. She was being hunted by someone else. The thought pissed him off. Royally. She was his woman.

He stilled. His woman? Snarling, his wolf ranged just beneath his skin. Yes, his wolf agreed. She belonged to them. Antoine would kill any man who touched her. His prey tensed, wary, sensing she was being hunted. He sniffed the air. Three intruders—but human. In a boat. He smiled. Laissez les bons temps rouler.

Slipping into the water, he submerged, coming up behind the boat like a wily ol’ gator. Surging up, he grabbed a man, hauled him into the water, and broke his neck. The others quickly followed.

DJ stood frozen on the bank, all sense of self-preservation deserting her as she watched the scene unfold out on the water. A few moments later, ripples appeared, and then a head. A man rose from the turgid water and stalked toward her.

“You should be more careful.”

She’d hit system overload. Her eyes rolled back in her head but he caught her before she hit mud.

“I will take care of you, chère.”

Oh, hell. She was caught in a real-life “Deliverance.”
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runningscissorsOkay, I’m off to work. On cowgirls and cowboys, not Wolves. Not today. Iffy will just have to go play with herself. 😉

So what are y’all playing with today?

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Tuesday: What I’m Working On – Not!

  1. Liza says:

    FAERIE FREE…does that mean I get to see my man?

    Excited for all your projects. I love visiting with the wolves and Sade and crew. Can’t wait to meet the cowboys and cowgirls too.

    • Silver James says:

      I’m not sure if Rory will make an appearance or not. FREE (or FEUD – not sure of the title yet) is Abhean’s story and will be included in a Christmas anthology from Wild Rose. It’s only 30K words so cameo’s are still up in the air. It would be really nice if the world would go away and I could just write. I might get caught up. 😆

  2. More wolves–*nods head up and down a lot* I felt sorry for DJ she had no idea what she got into, love the tease!!! Especially the last line*insert dueling banjos music*
    The Spec Ops guys has my interest peaked!!
    I’m planning once I get settled in the new place,I have a back den room that will be my writing cove, I will start pushing forward on blog and new ink/projects.
    SAY Howdy to the cowgirls— it- a Texas thing…lol
    Have a great day Silver =)

    • Silver James says:

      I’ll definitely tell the girls howdy. And the guys, too! 😉 Yeah, the SpecOps guys sort of morphed from a straight military group to something…more. 😉 You’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully, I can get my butt in gear and it won’t take me forever to get them written. And yeah, DJ is definitely a fish out of water. *snerk*

      How awesome that you’ll get your own writing cave! I’m so excited for you. 😀

  3. Janet says:

    OK – I don’t know what happened, but my blog reader totally forgot to give me heads-up on your post yesterday. So, I’m late with that – congrats on the ‘acceptance’ (I had no doubt, Silver).

    Wow, you’re a busy lady. I don’t know how you keep it all straight, especially since I know you don’t like to work with an outline and you don’t write in a linear fashion. My head would explode if I had all that on my plate AND a muse like IFFY (got a giggle over the line “Iffy can go play with herself” – yes, I am that immature 😉

    Great snippet – could see the whole thing play out in my head!!

    • Silver James says:

      Having to write front to middle to back–at least for the synopsis is driving me nuts, Janet! Using Scrivener makes my organic “puzzler” style of writing easier. I keep “note cards” of scenes/events and I can look at a bulletin board screen then move the cards around to get them in the right order. I always know where the story starts and have a good sense of where it’s going to end. I just really like for the characters to figure out what happens along the way. 😆

      All I have to add about Iffy is, “Bless her heart…” Those of us from the South all know what that means. 🙄

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