Saturday, February 18, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Moonshell Beach preview #2

Again, this Six Sentence Sunday excerpt is from MOONSHELL BEACH, Shelter Bay #4, which will be out July 3rd. Last week, we left Marine Captain J.T. Douchett beneath a weeping sky in Southern California, carrying out a mission he never would have asked for.

He and his passenger, a staff sergeant who, despite years of marching cadences, still had the slightly bowed legs of a man who’d grown up riding horses in Abilene, retrieved their garment bags from the backseat. They entered the restaurant, walking past the tables to the men’s room, where they changed from their civilian clothes into high-necked, dark blue jackets, dark blue pants with a bloodred stripe down the side of the legs, and shoes spit-polished to a mirror gloss.

Although he could feel every eye in the place on them, J.T. put on a focused but distant stare and glanced neither left nor right as he walked straight back to the Suburban. Neither man spoke. There was no need. They’d been through this before and it never got any easier, so why talk about it?


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27 comments:

Veronica Scott said...

We're building up to something...you know the USMC is always #1 with me - enjoying this book in snippets(is it July yet? LOL)!

Kathleen O said...

Oh JoAnn, you are sure leading us to some moments that might make us grab a box full of Kleenex, weather it be sad or glad tiding..
Can't wait for July to get here...

Sharon S said...

Hi JoAnn,
Love this series and I cannot wait to read J.T.'s story!

As a fan, I am very grateful that we get two Shelter Bay books this year!

Hugs,
Sharon

Kate Meader said...

Great descriptions and character details here, especially that last line about the futility of discussing what they're doing. Lovely six! And no need to enter me in the drawing this week - I was a winner last time!

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

It is just amazing... in 6 sentences..

Siobhan Muir / Meg Palevich said...

Powerful six, JoAnn. I can feel the sorrow and pain these men feel just in those few words. Nicely done. :)

Quilt Lady said...

Love these snippets, your books sound wonderful will have to put them on my TB list. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

Vivien Dean said...

Excellent, excellent descriptions. Great job!

cholub1968 said...

This series sounds great! I assume it should be read in order.
Cindy H.

Amy said...

Such vivid description. And I so feel for him and what I figure he's about to do. As always, great six!
Amy Durham

JenniferK said...

This series is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

Anonymous said...

I love the way you portray our heroes as, well.. HEROIC!! Thank you. And please keep it up.

SusannahC said...

I'm almost finished reading On Lavender Lane, and I'm loving it. Can't wait for Moonshell Beach!

Shari said...

Love six sunday, can't wait for Moonshell Beach.

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Veronica! It's hard not to love a Marine. And J.T. turned out to be one of my favorite heroes. He's very different from Lucas, in On Lavender Lane.

Kathleen -- Warning. . . grab the Kleenex for next week. Or the next. Haven't figured out which I'm going to use.

Hey Sharon -- I'm delighted you're enjoying the series. I love J.T. and hope readers will, too!

Kate, thanks. I'm off to check my email for your address now!

Thanks so much girlygirlhoosier52! (Wow, that's a mouthful, lol)

Hey Siobhan -- Thanks. As I told Kathleen, it gets worse. But natch, J.T. will get his happy ending. That's a guarantee. :)

Quilt Lady, Thank YOU for commenting!

Thanks Vivien!

Thanks Cholub1968! It probably helps to read them in order because the other characters do show up, but I wrote them to stand alone. And I tried not to give away any teasers. Since they're contemporary romances readers already know the hero and heroine are going to end up together. :)

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Amy! I really enjoyed your six sentences today, too. I just came from your blog.

Thanks, Jennifer. I'm delighted you're enjoying my Shelter Bay series! That means a lot to me, especially since it took several months to convince my publishers to let me go back from romantic suspense to more family-centric stories. T

JoAnn Ross said...

Anonymous -- It's easy to portray them as heroes. Because they are. Each and every man and woman who serves. I have to admit that this J.T.'s job was the most difficult emotionally to research. I cried a lot while writing it. But I also made certain it's not that dark a book. Not as light as On Lavender Lane, but not nearly as dark as it must be in real life.

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks Susannah C! I'm not saying this to get you to read the book, because you already are, but I had the most fun writing the ending of On Lavender Lane of probably any book I've written in years. I so adore Lucas.

Who is, btw, probably the closest to my own Sweetie of any of my High Risk or Shelter Bay guys. Including how he decided he was going to win me back after our 2 yr divorce years and years ago.

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks, Shari! I can't wait for it to come out!

Ruthie said...

Oh, the dread of knowing what's coming. Love the bowed legs, and the shined shoes, too -- great details.

Sue B B said...

Just can't wait!!!! So looking forward to this book!!!!

Alyse said...

I'm really looking forward to getting to know J.T. Your details are fantastic!

Judy F said...

I am so eager to read the next book.

Sadie Hart said...

Oh, no. I get the aching feeling from this snippet that it's not going to be a good mission. Beautiful six.

Alix Cameron said...

Wonderful six!

Sharon Cullen said...

Love that last line!

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