Six Sentence Sunday – 4/22/12

Today is #sixsunday where writers share six sentences from their work. I’ll share a snippet from my time-travel romance WIP titled MUST LOVE BREECHES, which is now out in query land! (You can see the other entries here.)

I am currently looking for Beta readers. If you’re interested, let me know. I’ve stopped querying to see how this batch takes and so this new round of Beta reading will be to help me tighten up what problems will have come to light.

Here’s my pitch/logline: When a thoroughly modern girl finds herself stranded in 1834 London, she must find a way home while navigating the pitfalls of London society, resisting her attraction to a hunky lord, and ultimately having to decide when her true home lies. 

Y’all have been so patient as you read through snippets of her meeting Charles Babbage, scenes with Ada, etc., that I thought I’d bring us back to a scene with His Hunkiness. This is the midpoint of the novel, right after she’s caught him sneaking around in a room at a ball. Oh, and she’s on top of him on the floor because she’d been surprised by him and tackled him to the floor before she realized who it was (this is in his POV):

What the devil had prompted her to seek him out in this way? Had she really managed to pull him to the ground? Rather irritated with himself, Phineas glared at his supposed intended and became acutely aware of their position; specifically and suggestively their position in relation to each other.

Their labored breathing comingled, sending shivers through his body. If he had been tempted by her close proximity during previous encounters, this eclipsed those. His heart beat faster as her heat and scent settled over him.

As always I welcome constructive feedback. Thank you!

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65 Responses to Six Sentence Sunday – 4/22/12

  1. Kate April 22, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I have nothing constructive to say. I loved it! :)

  2. Stephanie April 22, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    LOVE this part: “[He] became acutely aware of their position; specifically and suggestively their position in relation to each other.”

    It’s such a masculine way of thinking about a situation — you nailed the voice. :)

  3. Jessica Subject April 22, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Wonderful show of the tension between them. :)

  4. Donna Cummings April 22, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    This was great — I love how he can’t believe she knocked him to the ground, but his bruised feelings don’t get in the way of other feelings. :)

  5. Skye Warren April 22, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    He sounds a little hot… probably someone should help him out with that :)

    • Jalisa Blackman (@J_M_Blackman) April 22, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      LOL! Loved this.

    • Angela Quarles April 22, 2012 at 8:36 am #

      😉 Yeppers… I think I’m going to continue with this scene for the next couple of Sundays :)

      • ashlynmacnamara April 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

        Oh good, because I want to see what’s next. Lovely tension.

  6. Jalisa Blackman (@J_M_Blackman) April 22, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    I love this snippet and I’ve been enjoying the full read, Angela. You’ve got a great voice and it’s so consistent. Very well written and enjoyable to read. Give me one more week and I’ll have it back to you.

    • Angela Quarles April 22, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      Oh, wow, this just made my week Jalisa! So glad you’re enjoying it :)

    • Sarah W April 22, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      Lisa is a great beta, Angela! :)

  7. indylinda April 22, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    I love the “scent settled over him.” Unique non-cliched description. Good six!

  8. Tonya Burrows April 22, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Nice sexual tension here. Now I’m really curious to see how she reacts to him.

  9. K.E. Saxon April 22, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Oh, man! Did I know his name was Phineas before?? Because, I didn’t remember that, and it instantly brought to mind Amanda Quick (whom I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) and her heroes. Thoroughly enjoying this story. Great six!

  10. Natalie G. Owens April 22, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    A proper lord…but so hot! Love this excerpt and love the story line. Wish I had the time to beta read for you. I want to read this story bad. I’ll definitely get the book when it’s out.

  11. Zee Monodee April 22, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Very good one! She’s his intended? Now you’re got me hooked :)

  12. Paula Martin April 22, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Wonderful. They’re in a very interesting ‘position’ now!

  13. Mae Clair April 22, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Your sixes are always so wonderful and leave me wanting more. And there’s nothing hotter than a very proper gentleman who oozes magnatisim. Fantastic six!

  14. Monica Enderle Pierce April 22, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Terrific voice, Angela. His astonishment, his irritation with himself, and his rather inappropriate (for the period) growing lust came through masterfully!

  15. Cara Bristol April 22, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Ooh! I love the building awareness, the attraction. Nicely done.

  16. Cate Masters April 22, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Love that she surprised him in more ways than one! I can’t wait to read on.

  17. Kate Meader (@KittyMeader) April 22, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    My favorite is his irritation at being tackled to the ground by a slip of a thing (okay, I’m assuming that he thinks she’s a slip of a thing). Nice insert of humor into a sexually-tense scene!

  18. Melynda Price April 22, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Fantastic chemistry here! I can just imagine the two of them together :)

  19. Silver James April 22, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    I love his “voice”. It’s so true as a male and to the time period. Well done! (Oh, and hot. Very. Very. Hot!)

  20. Sarah W April 22, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I love this part — man has some things to learn about women . . . But they’re fun things! :)

  21. Ursula Grey April 22, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Impressive six, Angela ~ Love your voice and this six!

  22. veronicascott April 22, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Very nicely done, enjoyed his “voice”, can’t wait to see what happens to them NEXT! Terrific excerpt!

  23. Melinda Dozier April 22, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Excellent voice! I love that Phineas is feeling the sexual tension in the last few sentences. Great job!

  24. Elin Gregory April 22, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Oh poor guy. They must have been perpetually frustrated then, having to behave all the time. :) Grand job.

  25. Sue April 22, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    specifically and suggestively … your writing is wonderful — nothing to be critiqued in this snippet

  26. Gem April 22, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Love the snippet. He’s so true to the time period and the restrictions of his station in life. Great six!

  27. Sandra Sookoo April 22, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Loved your scene. Wonder if he’ll be up to no good before too long? :-)

  28. Joanne Stewart April 22, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Ohh, very sexy. I love his reaction. Great six!

  29. Wildcat's Wife April 22, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Temptation prevails!

  30. Karyn Good April 22, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Wonderful six! Great internal conflict with your emotion, thought, reaction sequence. I love that’s he irritated but tempted.

  31. deecarney April 22, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Niiiiice! Love that moment of realization!

  32. Carrie-Anne April 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Very suggestive, intense six! It seems like something more than just labored breathing could be about to happen.

  33. sueannbowlingauthor April 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Hmm.. did she tackle him from the front? Just trying to visualize how she broungt mim dowh in a suggestive posture with her on top unless he was backing away when she tackled him. Can’t help being a physicist, and mass does come into these things.

    • Angela Quarles April 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      he grabbed her from behind, she threw her drink in his face, and when he jerked, she buckled her knees as if off-balance. She then used his forward momentum to allow his weight to bring them forward toward the ground, with her landing on top of him, her back to his front. After she figures out who it is, she turns around and starts asking him questions… This is all prior to the above snippet. She knows Hop Gar style Kung Fu.

      The trick in Kung fu is to use the weight of your opponent against them.

  34. Cherie Marks April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Haha! Yep, I’d say things are well and truly heating up now. Great six!

  35. Lorraine Paton April 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    LOL. Yep, I can see how that would be rather surprising for him. Sounds like things are heating up. :) Great six.

  36. Author Charmaine Gordon April 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Proper Lord. Hmm. Like a proper Secret Service Man? Don’t think so. Love your writing style and wit. Excellent six. Thanks.

  37. Karen Michelle Nutt April 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    The attraction, the tension and the description of her heat and scent settling over him– perfect! Great six to draw a reader in.

  38. A.S. Fenichel April 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Nice six, Angela. I’m intrigued by the fact that she tackled him. Makes me want to know more about her.

  39. Teresa Cypher April 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Love this six! His POV–fighting to be objective, analytical of the moment…yet their animal passion! Great six :-)

  40. Lila Shaw April 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Well, he’s just going to have to kiss her then, isn’t he? Love this story. I come back every week (either as me or as Claire) to read more. Wish I had time to beta for you, because I’d volunteer, but right now, I just don’t, alas.

  41. Jess Schira April 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Excellent six. I love the combination of sexual tension with action. Fantastic six.

  42. S. J. Maylee April 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh, yes she did :) What a fun unexpected moment for these two! I’m very much looking forward to next week!!

  43. L.J. Kentowski April 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Ooooo… the heat is ON!!! Can’t wait to see what he’ll do about this position! Or what she’ll do, for that matter. Love his voice!

  44. Jane Wakely April 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Can’t wait to read what happens next! Great six! :)


  45. Ryan April 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Great reaction to finding himself in a somewhat awkward but, er, interesting position. Nice work, Angela!

  46. Timothy S. Villa April 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Very impressive writing. Having not read your other entries and not knowing anything about, well, anything, did not seem to matter. In your six you got across a character I really knew nothing about (I read the six before the set-up/back story part). Well done and well written.

  47. Kylie Scott April 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Lovely! Ace description from him, Angela. I really like this 6!

  48. Elaine Cantrell April 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Great tension!

  49. Lea April 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Wonderful tension–I like how he comes across. Great six!

  50. siobhanmuir April 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Well, that definitely got his attention. Fun six, Angela. :)

  51. Tina Vaughn April 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Great Six, Angela! : ) I can feel the tension. I can’t wait to read more.

  52. sarahballance April 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    This is positively seething with sexual tension. I LOVE it!

  53. Sandra Bunino (@SandraBunino) April 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    I love the tension between these two characters. Super six!

  54. Ginger Simpson April 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    How cute….she’s tackled him to the floor. Great description. I wish I had time to be a beta reader. The books sounds awesome and I love time-travel.

  55. Corinne Davies April 23, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Wonderful tension here and I love the way he was starting to notice her. Can’t wait for next week.

  56. pippajay April 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Awww, he’s got it baaaaad! :)

  57. Chantel Rhondeau April 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Sorry I’m late getting to this, but I really love the chemistry between them in this snippet. Actually, I loved the chemistry between them throughout! Great job!

  58. epbeaumont April 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    This has a kind of distanced, ‘well, yeah, this is awkward’ feeling to it. Yes. Most improper.

    It continues to intrigue… well, I’m a sucker for time travel.

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