Scene-Snippet Sunday-Mother’s Day Edition (and Weekly Winners)           


Happy Mother’s Day, everyone, whether you’re a mother (including a fur-mother) or not. It seemed appropriate today for a flashback scene snippet for my favorite scene involving a mother. There aren’t a lot of mothers in my novels—at least not living ones.

Let’s have a trivia quiz to see what you know about my book mothers (answers at the end of the post).

–Which book’s heroine was a mother who’d lost her child?

–How did Randa, DJ, Will, Kell, Shane, and Celestine lose their mothers?

–Which heroine’s mother is a junkie? Whose mother owns an alligator farm?

–What was the occupation of Glory Cummings’ mother?

–How did Vervain, Quince Randolph’s mother, die?

–Which hero’s mother doesn’t know he’s alive?

–Which hero and heroine (different books) are not on great terms with their moms?

Now for a throwback excerpt from River Road, where Alex has begged DJ to go with him to his mom Norma’s birthday dinner in Picayune, Mississippi. DJ agrees, unaware until then that Alex has been fending off his mother’s nosy queries into his personal life by telling her he was dating DJ…for three years. 

Norma Warin’s picture should be in the encyclopedia under the listing for Iron Maiden, or so I deduced. From Alex and Jake, I’d heard wild stories that I hoped had been exaggerated. Norma escorted by security from a Little League game for threatening to tell the umpire’s wife where he’d been the previous Saturday night (it involved a poker game and a stripper). Norma frightening noisy neighborhood kids with a single well-placed look from her living room window. Norma reducing her husband and four grown sons to utter subjection with a steely glare and a compression of lips.

I pondered Norma as Alex drove the Mercedes onto the I-10 ramp, headed north….

 “Is it too late to back out? We could do something fun, like go to a shooting range. You could teach me all about the different kinds of guns.” Alex frowned until he looked over, saw my face, and recognized desperation setting in.

“Mom has called three times this week to make sure you’re coming,” he said.

“Great. She’ll be expecting someone taller.” And prettier, with better social skills and a domestic bone or two.

“She probably thinks you’re pregnant since I’m finally bringing you home to meet the family.”

Oh my God. I closed my eyes and tried to regulate my breathing. Alex laughed and turned the radio back up. The sound of banjos was not comforting.

They finally arrive….

He jerked me closer to him and put an arm around my waist. From a distance it probably looked affectionate, but he held me in a vise grip. I wasn’t going anywhere he didn’t go, and he was heading toward the front door, from which a formidable woman with a helmet of dark hair had just emerged with a big smile on her face.

“Well, bless your heart, you must be Drusilla.” I swear to God Norma Warin sounded just like Shirley McClaine’s character in Steel Magnolias. “We’ve just been dying to meet you, honey.”

She gave Alex a quick kiss, then grabbed my arm and pulled me away from him and into the house. “Aren’t you just the cutest thing? I didn’t realize you were such a little bitty girl. Come on in the kitchen with the rest of the ladies.” I threw a helpless look over my shoulder at Alex and Jake, who stood side by side in the doorway, laughing. Maybe my misery could bring them closer. 

Ha! I always liked that scene. And I imagine it sounded something like this. I have heard each and every one of these sayings, said in exactly this way. These accents are legit for Alabama and Mississippi (where Norma lives). I might have said quite a few of them myself but I will not admit which ones.


Now…did you win a book this week?  If you see your name, please email your relevant info to or use the contact tab at the top of this page. Snail-mail unless otherwise noted. You can always substitute any one of my books for any prize.

JEN M won a $5 Amazon gift card for acknowledging that reading is a creative act!

MIKI and ERIN F both won a copy of Kim Harrison’s THE DRAFTER.

PATTI won a digital copy of Kim Harrison’s SIDESWIPED. Let me know if you prefer Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, this one’s not available in print.)

LIL won last week’s Reader’s Choice and selected the new book from Gini Koch. Let me know if you’d still like that one (and print or digital), or if you’d like to substitute another book up to US$15.

Thanks for reading! Come back tomorrow for a new Reader’s Choice giveaway!

Oh, wait…trivia answers!

–Which book’s heroine was a mother who’d lost her child?

Gillian from Lovely, Dark, and Deep lost her 3-year-old son in an auto accident.

–How did Randa (Penton), DJ (Sentinels), Will (Penton), Kell (Storm Force), Shane (Lovely, Dark, and Deep), and Celestine (Wild Man’s Curse) lose their mothers?

Randa’s mother died of cancer; DJ’s mother died of an aneurysm; Will’s mother died when his father tried to turn her vampire and she didn’t survive the transition; Kell’s mother died in an auto accident; Shane and Celestine’s mothers both abandoned them as children.

–Which heroine’s mother is a junkie? Whose mother owns an alligator farm?

Samantha, from Deadly, Calm, and Cold; Gillian, from Lovely, Dark, and Deep.

–What is the occupation of Glory Cummings’ mother?

She is an attorney.

–How did Vervain, Quince Randolph’s mother, die?

She was murdered by the undead Axe Murderer of New Orleans, protecting DJ and Rand.

–Which hero’s mother doesn’t know he’s alive?

Brody, from Deadly, Calm, and Cold. (I think. LOL)

–Which hero and heroines (different books) are not on great terms with their moms?

Gentry, from Wild Man’s Curse; Robin, from Allegiance/Storm Force; and Glory, from Absolution.

Anybody get them all right? (Looking at you, Roger.) Did I get any wrong (entirely possible)?

5 thoughts on “Scene-Snippet Sunday-Mother’s Day Edition (and Weekly Winners)           

  1. Thanks for the throwback, that I remembered. Sh%t Southern Women Say is hilarious. Trivia, not so good, I only got 50% right. Congrats to the book winners. Happy Mothers day to all.

  2. ^^ THANK YOU!! so happy to discover the new Kim harrison book!
    now the trivia….*shame on me* i need to go back re reading everything it seems with so few good answers^^;; ( but then since Roger didn’t get all good i’m relieved as well)

  3. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Suzanne. I hope you had a nice one. Apologies for TMI in yesterday’s post. I should never mix wine with the internet 🙂

  4. THANK YOU!!! I love your spotlights and giveaways 🙂 Hope everyone enjoyed Mother’s Day!