Happy New Year, my friends! So excited to be back here with you. I hope sharing snippets again will help motivate me to work on/finish the fourth book in my Make Me a Match series, Season of Love! I haven’t yet written a blurb for this story, but here’s a little taste of the opening scene…
Matt Tully’s heavy work boots thunked across the wooden floor of Newtonville Hall. He grunted as he lugged a Scotch pine into the main room, and growled as he jammed the massive tree into the stand he’d built. Even bundled in netting, the thing was a beast to maneuver, but he’d known this was the right tree the moment he’d spotted it on his family’s farm that morning. Of course, none of their pre-cut trees would do. He’d gone off into the woods, on the hunt for an evergreen that would command attention.
When you spent your whole life working on a tree farm, you recognized the Rolls-Royce of Christmas trees when you saw it.
Pulling a Swiss Army knife from his back pocket, Matt cut the netting and let the branches drop. He might have stood a second longer to admire his handiwork, but he still needed to decorate the damn thing, set up the tables and chairs, stock the bar, and add some more ambience to the place. Christ, he hated the word ‘ambience.’ It was right up there with ‘aesthetic’ for him. Words that sounded snobby and pretentious when spoken aloud. Hell, add in ‘pretentious,’ too.
***End of WWW post, but here’s a bit more!***
Scanning the bare interior, he frowned. How was he ever gonna pull this off? It’d be a miracle if he finished before the guests started to arrive. He’d never thrown someone a party before. Wasn’t really the cake and balloons type. But this wasn’t a birthday, a banquet, or an anniversary . . .
It was a going away party for the woman he loved.
Because apparently you were supposed to celebrate saying goodbye to someone? The whole notion perplexed him, but he also knew this might be his only chance to tell her–or at least show her–how he really felt.
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Well, it’s been a frigid weekend here in the nation’s capital, and we’re expecting a dumping of snow tonight, so I will go hibernate. I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy week ahead, and I’ll see you next Sunday! 🙂
What a fabulous scene, Julie! You great realistic pictures of what he’s thinking, feeling, doing and it’s like being there. I can practically smell the tree. Can’t WAIT to read more. Get busy writing!
😀 –> my face! Thank you so much, Nancy! You have no idea how motivating your comment is!
Oh my gosh!! I am so hooked already! His personality is so clearly described, and then the situation he’s in… I want to know what happens! Fabulous snippet!
Yayyyy! 😀 I’m so happy to hear that, Jessica! Thank you, thank you for your support and enthusiasm!
He sounds like a real “Bah! Humbug!” kind of person, and here he is having to throw a party! Delicious contradiction 🙂
Haha, you’ve got him pegged! Thanks, Ian! 😀
Haha I like this guy! Rolls Royce of Christmas trees 🙂
😀 Thank you, Danii! Glad you liked that line!!
I love this beginning! Are you aiming for a holiday season release?
Welcome back, Jules! It’s so good to see you.
We’re getting a big snowdump tonight, too. We’ve had a couple of inches total since November. Anyway, it sure is pretty coming down. See you next week.
Yes indeed! I plan to release this story in October!
Thank you, my dear friend! It’s great to be back. 🙂
Stay safe and warm! xo
Welcome back, Julie. I’m hoping the same thing for finishing my book. Excellent description of him and his emotions. Your snippet raises all kinds of questions. 🙂
Thank you, Diane! Good luck to us both, then! 🙂
I can picture that tree! Great excerpt!
😀 Glad to hear it! Thanks, Kate!
This is the perfect beginning scene! Unexpected too, to have the man throwing the party. Speaks volumes about him from the get-go. Can’t wait for more of this. Tweeted.
Aww, thank you so much, Jenna! I’m excited to share more next week. 🙂 So happy people are enjoying it!
Welcome back, loved the snippet, could practically smell the tree LOL. Full of excellent details and I feel so sorry for him already…well done.
Thanks, Veronica! It’s great to be back! I think the tree stole the scene lol. 😀