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Janice Seagraves
May 30th, 2010, 03:03 PM
:toot: The Final edits are finally done and I can at long last post an except::orange:

Excerpt Windswept Shores:

If she had to spend one more day on this godforsaken island, she'd go stark raving mad. The thought spurred Megan into rolling a large log with one foot then the other, until it was near the bonfire. "God, this thing is heavy." With a grunt, she lifted one end until it teetered upright then gave it a shove. It landed in the fire, embers swirling in the air.

Breathing hard, she flicked a glance at the teal-colored sea. She'd thought a vacation to the Bahamas would be the perfect getaway, would be a solution to the problems she and Jonathan had faced. She'd been wrong—dead wrong. Tears of grief filled her eyes. The never-ending crash of the waves on the beach and the cries of the seagulls seemed to mock her with the reminder she was utterly alone.

She'd felt like a tiny speck of sand last night when a violent storm had swept across the island. It had made a mess of her meager campsite, which had taken all morning to fix, and had demolished her seaweed SOS sign. She'll have to recreate her SOS. Sighing, Megan trudged toward a pile of kelp. As she got closer, she saw a figure wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt. Her stomach lurched.

Oh, God, it’s another body washed up from the plane wreck. That would be number twelve. As always, she couldn't help but wonder if the next one would be Jonathan. He hadn’t been wearing jeans on the plane, so she knew she’d been spared seeing his corpse this time. Thank God. She approached the body with dread. Tightening her resolve, she knelt. Suddenly the "dead body" coughed and rolled over. With a scream, Megan jumped back. She clutched her chest and pressed a shaking hand to her mouth.

He’s alive!

Biting her lip, she stared down at the still-breathing man. His drenched t-shirt molded against his broad shoulders and well developed upper body. Short, golden brown hair stuck out in all directions.

Megan, get control of yourself. Don’t wet your pants the first time you finally see a living person. She got on her knees, plucked the seaweed from him and wiped the sand from his face. His day-old whiskers scratched her palm. Reddened skin stretched across both cheekbones and over the bridge of his nose. Her thumb caressed his parched full bottom lip.

She patted the side of his face. “Hey, are you okay?” That’s a dumb question. He isn’t okay.

“Hmm?” Gray eyes fluttered open. He stared at her a long moment, frowning slightly. “G’day.”

“Hello there.” She hated the sound of her voice. It sounded rusty, unused.

Abruptly he rolled away from her to heave onto the sand, making a loud, ugly retching noise.
He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand, then looked at her. “Sorry, mate, I swallowed too much sea.” His gaze went over her shoulder in the direction of the bonfire which crackled and popped not far from them. “Mite big for a barbie.”

Sitting back on her heels with her hands folded in her lap, Megan followed his gaze, then back to him. “My signal fire.”

“Signal for what?”

“Help.”

His accent intrigued her. Was he English or Australian?

“G’darn,” he looked around, “where the bloody hell am I?”

“Don’t know. There’s no one here to ask.” Megan shrugged helplessly.

CharmedGirl
May 31st, 2010, 12:49 AM
He'd definitely have to be Australian with his last line. LOL

Janice Seagraves
May 31st, 2010, 07:20 PM
He'd definitely have to be Australian with his last line. LOL

Yup, he is.

Here's the rest of that scene:

His accent intrigued her. Was he English or Australian?

“G’darn,” he looked around, “where the bloody hell am I?”

“Don’t know. There’s no one here to ask.” Megan shrugged helplessly, but couldn’t contain her curiosity. “Are you from England?”

“Naw,” he rubbed his eyes, “I hail from Sydney, but my port of call these days is Fort Lauderdale.” He blinked up at her. “You?”

Ah, he’s an Aussie. “I’m Megan Lorry, from Anaheim, California,” she said, barely loud enough to be heard above the sounds of the surf and the roar from the fire. “Are you a survivor of Air Bahamas flight 227, too?”

“G’day, Megz,” he answered, struggling to sit-up. “Sorry, I’m not from your plane.”

Megan slipped an arm around him lifting his back off the sand. Turning his head to her hair, he took in a couple of short breaths. Megan pulled back staring at him. “What the—did you just sniff me?”

“Ya smell too good not to.” He grinned, causing his cheeks to dimple. “Name’s Seth Dawson.” Leaning back on one arm, he stretched out his hand to her. She clasped it as if it was just a friendly greeting between strangers back home.

“Me mate’s fishing boat hit a reef during the big squall last night. That’s when I took a tumble ‘T’ over ‘A’ overboard.” He took a deep breath, let it out slow, then glanced up and down the beach. “Somehow I made it here ‘out the back of Burke.’”

“Oh dear, that’s terrible,” she sympathized. Does he mean the middle of nowhere?

“Blimey, I’m weak as a babe.” Seth managed to get to his knees, before stopping to pant. He licked cracked lips. “Megz, do you have any water on ya?”

“Yes, back at my camp. Don’t move. I’ll be right back.” Meg hurried off down the beach.

He called after her, “Where the bloody hell would I be going, eh?”
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Janice Seagraves
May 31st, 2010, 08:31 PM
:toot:My book, Windswept Shores, is now live! (http://pinkpetalbooks.com/Windswept-Shores-Janice-Seagraves.html):orange:

LelaniBlack
June 1st, 2010, 12:06 PM
ohhh!! Great excerpt. And I love the Australian accents, too.

Janice Seagraves
June 1st, 2010, 07:13 PM
ohhh!! Great excerpt. And I love the Australian accents, too.

Me too. :yes: And Seth is a hot sexy man.

Janice~

Janice Seagraves
June 1st, 2010, 07:16 PM
ohhh!! Great excerpt. And I love the Australian accents, too.

Hi Leani,

I hope you love the book too.:wub: Seth is funny, flirty and sexy.

Janice~

Shelley Munro
June 2nd, 2010, 05:35 AM
He'd definitely have to be Australian with his last line. LOL

LOL - he definitely would. I think that line has gone down in history.

I enjoyed the excerpt, Janice.

Shelley

Janice Seagraves
June 2nd, 2010, 04:50 PM
LOL - he definitely would. I think that line has gone down in history.

I enjoyed the excerpt, Janice.

Shelley

Thank you, Shelley.

My book's launch day is tomorrow and I will have post a contest later today.:orange:

Janice~

CharmedGirl
June 2nd, 2010, 04:54 PM
I love the rest of the scene Janice.

As for the contest, I'll be sure to come back and enter it. I really want to know what happens next.

Janice Seagraves
June 2nd, 2010, 05:35 PM
I love the rest of the scene Janice.

As for the contest, I'll be sure to come back and enter it. I really want to know what happens next.

Great! I'll be happy to have you for the contest.

I'll be back later.

Janice~