Scene Snippet Sunday, Black Diamond Edition, and Weekly Winners

Holy heat lamps, Batman. It is miserable out there. And up here on the second floor where my writing office is located (as opposed to the day job office). It’s supposed to top 100F today.

COOL NEWS! The Amazon Editors named WILD MAN’S CURSE one of the 20 top romance books of 2016 (“so far”) in its midyear rankings!


This weekend, I’m up to my neck in book proofs for the sequel, BLACK DIAMOND, which are due back to my editor on Monday. So it seems appropriate to run a snippet here….

Since readers of WILD MAN’S CURSE seem particularly fond of senior game warden Paul Billiott, here’s one of my favorite scenes with Paul from BLACK DIAMOND. It’s from Jena’s POV, as she rides with Paul in his truck.

Since Paul wasn’t a big conversationalist—he was the anti-Mac, in other words, and today had been the longest she’d ever heard him speak in consecutive sentences—Jena watched the scenery for a while. Then she decided to study the inside of Paul’s truck to see what she could learn about him.

Technically, it was exactly like hers and Gentry’s. It had a black exterior with a blue light bar across the top and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division logo on the doors.

It was tech heavy on the front dash, just like theirs, with LDWF, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police Troop C radios, a laptop, a GPS unit, and a weather unit.

In her truck and in Gentry’s, the cords and wires were a colorful tangle of plastic and metal, usually with extra plugs dangling around like vines. Paul’s cords were all black, and he had them woven in pairs and tucked underneath the dash, where they neatly disappeared.

She leaned over to see how he’d achieved such a thing, and noticed identical zip ties holding them in place.

“Sinclair, I hate to ask, but what are you doing?”

He sounded more bemused than annoyed, so she said, “I’m psychoanalyzing you based on the interior of your truck.”

He almost ran off the road. “Why?”

“Your scintillating conversation was putting me to sleep.”

His dark brows knit together but he seemed to have no answer to that.

She turned around in her seat, as much as the seat belt allowed, and continued her study. Paul had a 12-gauge shotgun and a .223 carbine mounted right behind the driver’s seat, same as in her own truck. The mounts had hidden release buttons so the agents could get the guns out one-handed and quickly.

But where her truck had a catch-all supply of stuff, from paper towels to zip ties to evidence bags to fast-food wrappers thrown in the back, Paul’s backseat was empty but for a zippered storage container normal people used for shoes. Each space held different things, all neatly arranged. Jena spotted evidence bags in one. Zip ties in another. Notebooks. Citation books. Paperwork. A spare uniform hung over one window, with a dry-cleaner’s tag dangling from the shirt’s top button.

Good Lord. She turned back around.

“What did you learn?” Paul finally asked.

“You’re an obsessive-compulsive neat freak,” she said. “Accent on freak.”

Heh. Like Paul cares.

Okay, were you a winner this week on the blog? If so, please contact me at or at the contact tab above, with the relevant info. Insert usual stuff about me being behind schedule. Ha. Note that Dena Garson (our nervous mom with the driving child) will be selecting winners at the end of her blog tour.

ROGER won the $5 Amazon GC for ‘fessing up to his bucket list. (Another trip to NOLA!)

ACHAROL won a copy of Robin D. Owens’ LOST HEART–your choice of digital or print. Let me know which you prefer, and either your email for digital or snail-mail address for print.

SUE SATTLER won this week’s Reader’s Choice and chose Rachel Dunne’s SHADOW OF THE GODS (which I agree sounds pretty awesome). Since it is Reader’s Choice, you can have either digital or print of that book, of if you prefer any other book up to $15US, just send me the Amazon or B&N link for it.

That’s it for this week. Come back tomorrow for a new Reader’s Choice and we’ll do it all over again!

6 thoughts on “Scene Snippet Sunday, Black Diamond Edition, and Weekly Winners

  1. Thanks for the snippet, always fun reads. Glad Amazon recognized Wild Man’s Curse. It’s romance??? LOL. Thanks for the gift card, Amazon and I have this thing for .99 cent books lately, so it equals five new books.

  2. Congrats on the top 20! I noticed that, as well, Another author I follow is going hybrid and mentioned the importance of Amazon. On your behind the scenes posts, can you elaborate on just how important Amazon or other sites are to you? Drink lots of ice water & stay cool!

  3. oh i’m loving Paul even more now^^ Courage on the edits i’m with you in thoughts!
    congrats to all winners and

    CONGRATS top 20 is something ( and hopefully your editor/publisher will eb happy with that!)and so deserving ( for teh whole year!)

  4. Congrats on making Amazon’s 20 top romance books! Great snippet. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love the snippet. Great way to reflect a character’s personality by psychoanalyzing their truck. I’m afraid of what people would say about my vehicle! Congrats on Amazon listing!