Weekend Writing Warriors: Ah, Jealousy

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m posting an excerpt from my contemporary romance A Midsummer Night’s Fling about a pair of ex-lovers who are forced to work together when they’re cast as Titania and Oberon in a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this snippet our lovers are still fighting their attraction. Both have been flirting with other people, and neither one is too happy about it. Ah, jealousy…

Nicola glowered at the bar and said, “Huh.”

“What?” Max asked.

“I . . . I didn’t know my date had a thing for Judith.” I thought he had a thing for me. “Is it her breasts–she has great breasts.” I do not have great breasts, Nicola thought and sighed.

Max grinned, and the expression was oddly so much less irritating than it had been for the past few days. In fact, she was feeling distinctly warm, like a radiator ticking towards hot.

I’ll be posting more from this scene next week so stay tuned! :)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING is currently available in these locations with more retailers and formats coming soon:

Amazon * Paperback * ARe

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here. You can also add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads.


The Story:

After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again.

Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame.

But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max.

As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.

Hope you enjoyed the snippet above, and don’t forget to check out all the other 8 sentence excerpts this week.


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  1. Love the premise and the 8. The comparison to a radiator just had me grinning and imagining I hear that ticking.

  2. Great metaphor and sounds like they’ve got some sparks :)

    • Oh yes they definitely spark off each other! lol

  3. Consider ‘At the bar, Nicole glowered.’
    Super snippet.

    • They’re not in the bar, they’re outside it. (Which is clearer when the first part of the scene is attached.)

      Thanks for reading. :)

  4. Great snippet! Even out of context, I can start to see their relationship and the conflict here. Like the radiator analogy and tension :)

  5. burnsmillie

    Oh that green-eyed monster. I’m sure her ta-ta’s are just fine.

  6. Great premise and fab description. I know a lot about Nicola just from those few lines. Well done.


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