Saturday, February 11, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Moonshell Beach preview #1


Thanks to all who helped make On Lavender Lane hit #9 on the New York Times bestseller list and stay on the printed list for 4 wks!

Moving on after two hectic weeks away from Six Sunday, here are this week's six sentences from the opening of Moonshell Beach, Shelter Bay #4, out July 3rd:

Belying the song lyrics about it never raining in California, a dark gray sky was weeping onto the black Suburban’s windshield as Marine captain J. T. Douchett drove through rain-slicked streets to carry out his mission. A mission he’d been catapulted into a year ago. A mission without weapons, which, given that every Marine was a rifleman, was not one he’d prepared for at Officer Candidates School, at the War College, or even during years of combat.

The rain was appropriate, he thought wearily, as he pulled into the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant. As tough as this assignment was, it always seemed a lot worse when a benevolent sun was shining and birds were singing.

But the first thing J.T. had learned at OCS was that every Marine was part of a larger picture, and the tradition of “Leave no Marine behind” was a sacred promise that went beyond the battlefield. . .


That's it for this week! One person who comments will receive an autographed copy of one of my Shelter Bay books: The Homecoming, One Summer, or On Lavender Lane. (Winner's choice.) The winner will be announced Monday here, on my Facebook page, and Twitter.

28 comments:

Jessica Subject said...

Such an intriguing six to introduce this new novel. You set the atmosphere so vividly. Excellent! :)

Kallypso Masters said...

Finally back to reading Six Sunday blogs after my month off and I came to see what you had for me as one of my first stops!

OMG--do we ever love Marines. This one is going to be #1 on the NYT list, I'm sure! And that was a great Six to tease us into waiting for the July release.

(On a personal note, my sister came home after three weeks in the hospital and is doing really well. Not getting back to work as soon as she wants to, but we're just happy the major tumors are gone. Next up, chemo again. Thanks for your prayers and thoughts for her.)

Kally

Graylin Fox said...

You took me right there.. I'm intrigued.

Sarah Ballance said...

Visual, intriguing scene. Wonderful six!

Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Lovely way to introduce them. I want to know more about him since he had such dark issues in preview I read at the end of the last book.

Veronica Scott said...

Anything to do with the USMC will be at the top of my list. Very engrossing and intriguing six. As always, a terrific snippet!

Stacia Kelly said...

I love authors who have such a way with description that it truly pulls you into the scene. Wonderful job!

Vivien Dean said...

Yay, new Shelter Bay this summer! Looking forward to the teases we'll get. :)

Gayle said...

Great six!

DeAnna Felthauser said...

I just love books about military men so you had me at Marines! ;-)

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Jessica! There's something about a rainy day in Southern California I've always found evocative. Actually, I like rainy days everywhere. Which is probably why Ireland is one of my favorite places to visit and I live in the PNW. LOL

Hey Kally! Good to see you back! I love Marines, too. I donate every month to the Marine Graduation Foundation, to help ensure that no new Marine ever stands alone. Of course, I love all military heroes, but I can't write SEALS all the time. :) I'm so happy to hear about your sister! Do you think she'd like some books to read while she's resting at home? Email me at joann@joannross.com and we can talk about it.

JoAnn Ross said...
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JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Graylin and Sarah!

Thanks Carrie Ann! The first few sixes will be from that excerpt. And yes, he's not so much suffering from PTSD, but just a bone deep sadness from that last mission. Which, btw, broke my heart as I was researching it. I can't imagine such a duty. But thank heavens there are people willing to do it.

Hey Veronica -- Thanks! I do love my Marines! In fact, we just put the Marine Graduation Foundation in our wills. Not that we plan them to inherit anytime soon, but it is one of the groups we contribute to every month.

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Stacia! Years of writing category taught me the importance of setting the scene right away. :)

Vivien -- I'm looking forward to sharing! It's going through and selecting, trying to show characters, but not give away too much of the plot.

Thanks Gayle and DeAnna!

Mary said...

Can't wait for the next book in the Shelter Bay series. Can't wait for the next six sentences of Moonshell Beach. Also love the cover for the book!

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Mary! Isn't it a lovely cover? I sent the artist, who lives in AZ, a photography book of Oregon Coast scenes so he could get a feel for the location and I think he's been doing a fabulous job of capturing Shelter Bay! He's also given me the watercolor paintings, which are framed on my piano room wall.

Alix said...

Wonderful introduction. I was there too. Great writing.

Kate Meader said...

Wow, you sure pack a heck of a lot into those six sentences. I really felt like I was there (and now I feel I have much to learn about making every word count). Lovely six!

Shari said...

Moonshell Beach sounds just as promising as your other Shelter Bay books. Love the cover

Ginger Simpson said...

Love, love your analogy about the dark gray sky weeping. Can't wait to read more.

Vickie P said...

Looking forward to your next book!

Jessica K said...

It's obvious here why your novels are so successful! Great six.

Layna Pimentel said...

Ack! The release is so far away!!

Fabulous intro to the latest addition of the Shelter Bay series, Jo Ann!

Sadie Hart said...

You had me at Marines, too! Love this opening, and now my interest is piqued. I wonder what this mission is, but I definitely see his point. I always hate going to do something I'd rather not, when the sun is shining and it's a glorious day. I'd much rather have it be dark and dreary to fit my mood. :-p Hope his mission doesn't turn out as bad as he thinks.

Sharon Cullen said...

Loved this line --> As tough as this assignment was, it always seemed a lot worse when a benevolent sun was shining and birds were singing.

Cindy Carroll said...

Very intriguing six! I'm hooked and want to know more. Great description.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

So glad to learn of a new Shelter Bay... great intro...

Quilt Lady said...

Oh wow love the six they make me want to read this book right now. Love you books anyway.