Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample

Eagle picture from Images in Ice
Welcome to my blog! I am so excited about my new release, The Christmas Phoenix, available now at Astraea Press! You can click on the book cover at the right for ordering information. But to give you a taste of the story, the scene below is the second meeting for my two main characters—Jess, an overworked mom, and Jake, a world-weary ice sculptor:

The huge, glass-covered building had to be the hotel. That was the only convention-sized building on the block. He pulled into the circular drive, where a shivering doorman directed him around to the service drive. Jake pulled around and found the correct entrance, and parked. He took out a sturdy collapsible cart and carefully loaded his sculpture onto it.
Now, he had to find the "Wolverine Room" and get this eagle to the Audubon Society Banquet before it started to melt. He entered the building and followed the signs to the banquet rooms.
His cart suddenly jerked to the right and he reached out a hand to keep his sculpture from falling off.
A red-haired sprite lay in a heap on the left side of his cart. White linen napkins covered the floor all around her.  She looked vaguely familiar.
"Are you okay?"
The sprite picked herself up, not making eye contact with him. "Yeah, I'm fine. I need to look where I'm going." She started picking up her napkins. I'll need to re-wash these and fold them again. Looking at his cart, she perked up. "Wow, this is fabulous! I hope I didn't break it."
Oh, drat. He'd been so worried about the sprite he'd nearly forgotten. A quick inspection revealed a feather broken off from one of the eagle's wings, but it was barely noticeable. "No harm done. I'd help you with those napkins, but I need to get this delivered. Which room is the Wolverine Room?"
"Huh? Oh, it's the next room down the hall on your right. The manager, Max, should be in there. He can help you."
Wheeling the cart toward the banquet room, Jake realized the sprite had the same husky voice as the snowplow operator. He turned around to get another look at her. She presented an enticing view as she bent over to pick up her napkins.
No, it couldn't be the same person.

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  1. Great sample pick! Just in time for the holidays :)

  2. Oh yes it could :-) Lovely atmosphere in this sample. Best wishes with your new release.

  3. Okay, now I gotta know, who is the sprite? So well done, Patty, as usual. Great writing.

  4. I like the detail - I knew it was cold when the doorman was shivering. Ha ha, I love it when the hero and heroine bump into each other! Lovely sample Patricia! I want to read more. :-)

  5. I got to get this book now. Bye, off to Amazon.