December 13 Update #SampleSunday

It’s the first of the month, so there’s a new Hot Flash on the Hot Flashes page.

It’s also Sample Sunday. I’ve paused in working on my NaNoWriMo Romance because I got my 50,000 challenge words and I’m waiting to get a copy of Scrivener to organize it, but here’s another sample of it.

In this scene, Feisty has been dognapped.

by Marian Allen

barkNanoWaddy said, “Poor li’l guy. He must be scared to pieces.” Grimly, he said, “They’d better not hurt him, that’s all I have to say.”

Jo said, “They won’t hurt him. Surely.”

Mavis said, “You think criminals give a rat’s ass if a dog is cute? Dream on.”

While Mavis recovered her balance from Jo’s having poked her, Parma said, “Of course they won’t hurt him. They want a ransom, don’t they? They wouldn’t dare hurt him.”

Del clung to that hope, but said, “They say on television and in the movies that kidnappers usually k-kill their victims, even if the ransom is paid.”

“That’s for people.”

“What’s the difference? The penalty for killing people is worse than the penalty for killing animals.”

“But animals can’t testify against them in court.”

“Duh,” said Mavis. “But she has a point.”

“So you think I should just wait?”

Waddy pushed back from the table and stood, pacing the width of the small room.

“I should never have brought him here and left him. What was I thinking? I know what I was thinking: I thought he would be safe here.”

“He was safe here,” Del snapped. “You probably left the gate open.”

Waddy looked as stunned as if Del had struck him. “Maybe I did.”

“No,” Del said. “You didn’t. You didn’t. I should have had a lock on it. I didn’t expect anybody to come into the back yard and steal my dog. In America’s heartland?”

Mavis snorted. “For somebody who makes a living off small towns, you don’t know much about them, do you? Don’t you ever read Miss Marple? I could tell you stories that would curl your hair.”

He didn’t doubt it. What surprised him was Jo and Parma nodding in agreement.


Don’t worry. I plan for the dog to be unharmed. It’s a light romantic comedy, after all.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Two people close to one another face a shocking loss.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “December 13 Update #SampleSunday

  1. Mary Montague Sikes

    December 1, 2013 at 5:08pm

    Marian, congratulations on getting 50,000 words. That is quite an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marian Allen

      December 1, 2013 at 5:50pm

      Thanks for visiting, Monti! Now, if I can just clean it up and finish it…. It was a blast to write, so far. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. lol

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  2. Perry Block (

    December 2, 2013 at 4:38am

    A WRITING PROMPT FOR ME: Two people close to one another face a shocking loss.
    Me and Matt Lauer. Our Hair.

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      Marian Allen

      December 2, 2013 at 8:58am

      My bald uncle used to say, “Grass don’t grow on a busy street.”

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