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.