Six Sentence Sunday – 7/1/12

Today is #sixsunday where writers share six sentences from their work. Today I’m sharing sentences of my new novel, STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY. I finished the rough draft only last month ago, so this is pretty rough. It’ll probably get revised a ton, but this will give you a rough idea.

This is a steampunk romance set in 1890 Mobile, Alabama, and a loose sequel to MUST LOVE BREECHES. Last week we saw her fantasize about the destruction of her boss’ office by her monkey Loki. Afterwards, she is in her backyard reliving and embellishing on that day dream, when a hot air balloon invades her dream, piloted by a black-haired, blue-eyed man. (See this post that wasn’t part of SixSunday for an excerpt) The balloon is real, and she chastises herself for using such a description for his eyes as “blue blue” and tries to come up with the right description while she watches him try to land. Last week he asked if she was of any use. I’m skipping the part where she admonishes him that he’s doing splendidly, all he needs to do is land. She continues to watch him:

He wore no coat! How scandalous. Adele grinned. She watched the muscles bunch and flex under his shirtsleeves.

He had on a light gray waistcoat, its top button undone. His cravat was all to pieces, flapping around his neck–No–Sailing away now in the light breeze.

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41 Responses to Six Sentence Sunday – 7/1/12

  1. Heather Boyd July 1, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Lovely six. Great description.

  2. Donna Cummings July 1, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more of him — especially once he lands that balloon! I love your description of his cravat. :)

  3. Lisa Fox July 1, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    He sounds scandalously hot without that coat on.

  4. L.J. Kentowski July 1, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Love watching those muscles bunch and flex! He’s sounds wonderful! Great 6!

  5. wendysrusso July 1, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    I loved the detail about the cravat. It gives the scene a lot of movement. :)

  6. S. J. Maylee July 1, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    scandalous and cute–>–No–Sailing away now in the light breeze. this line made me smile, thank you

  7. Linda Morris (@LMorrisWriter) July 1, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Nice description–it helps us visualize the scene perfectly!

  8. Sadie Hart July 1, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Oh, love the visual of him. Can’t wait to see more of the two of them!

  9. Joyce Scarbrough July 1, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Great six! I will take your askew cravat any day over a certain grey tie featured on a book that shall not be named! 😉

  10. Mae Clair July 1, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Yum! He definitely sounds hunky. Can’t wait to see more of this one (him and the book, LOL). :)

  11. A.S. Fenichel July 1, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    You really packed a lot of information in a very short six. Great job!

  12. J.M. Blackman July 1, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    I wish I had something constructive to say, but all I have is praise. Adele’s a great character to read. I love her reactions and your portrayal of her world. Always happy stopping by here. :)

  13. Owllady/Marcia July 1, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    What fun, Angela. I get a kick out of Adele’s reactions. It sure will be interesting to see what happens when he lands.

    • Angela Quarles July 1, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Thanks! This whole chapter is actually up in the CC queue this week :) It’s rough though!

  14. K.E. Saxon July 1, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    He certainly sounds like hero material to me, LOL! Great six, Angela! =D

  15. Carrie-Anne July 1, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Sounds like she’s getting a delicious eyeful!

  16. veronicascott July 1, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I think he needs her, to help keep track of his cravats and a whole lot more LOL! Really enjoying these characters, great six.

  17. Kate July 1, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    I love how she corrects her own thoughts. Great six! By the way…how’s Loki reacting to this balloon adventure? I miss the little guy.

  18. Jenna Jaxon July 1, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Love her deep POV. You can see him perfectly through her eyes. Great job!

  19. Sue July 1, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    one can tell so much about him, the balloon, the no coat, an independent man and we all love them lol

  20. Kate Meader (@KittyMeader) July 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    What an entrance! Like others, I love the cravat description – very nice.

  21. Lila Shaw July 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Terrific description and voice in this.

  22. Jessica Subject July 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I love looking at muscles. LOL Nice six! :)

  23. sueannbowlingauthor July 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Interesting about how what’s scandalous changes with time and culture.

  24. sueannbowlingauthor July 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    By the way–I love the cravat, but in a balloon, he’ll be moving with that light breeze, and won’t feel it. Neither will his cravat.

  25. Silver James July 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    It may be rough, but you’re right on track. Bunching, unknotting, and fluttering, oh my!

  26. siobhanmuir July 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I liked the last line, it really brings the whole scene into focus. Good six, Angela. :)

  27. Monica Enderle Pierce July 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    What could possibly be better than a scandalous, blue-eyed man dropping-ish from the sky? One with a little bit of attitude, of course. I love how you make history your own, Angela. And I wanna meet this man. 😀

  28. Frank Fisher July 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Good last line Angela, and his physical descriptions attract him to the readers. Nice job!

  29. Cara Bristol July 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Love your imagery.

  30. jamieayres July 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Great six! I’ll have another:)

  31. Jess Schira July 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Great job with the clothing. I’ve always been a sucker for the outfits from that era. Can’t wait to read more, both of these characters are fascinating.

  32. Cera duBois July 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Great six!

  33. Patricia Preston July 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Mobile, Alabama! Love the Southern setting. I would have expected London.

  34. Jennifer M Eaton July 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    This is great. I could envision it. If you’d like to tighten it… to really grab the reader and draw them in… remove the very subtle “tell”. It’s not for every writer, but it can really help suck the reader in your story.

    He wore no coat! How scandalous. His muscles bunched and flexed under his shirtsleeves. Adele grinned.

    On this one… if you can find a way to say this without “he had on a” it would be stronger too…

    He had on a light gray waistcoat, its top button undone. His cravat was all to pieces, flapping around his neck–No–Sailing away now in the light breeze.

    That change would be a touch harder, though.

    Lke I said… great as is, but remove that subtle tell to really pack a punch.

    Good stuff! Good luck with it!

  35. Kylie Scott July 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Love it! What gorgeous detail. Your heroine sounds delightful. Hero sounds awful nice and a little undone too.

  36. Monica T. Rodriguez July 2, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    You manage to reveal a lot of both characters with these few lines. Adele’s reaction to something considered scandalous is telling. At first I questioned whether a woman of the time would allow herself to look at a man’s physique so pointedly, but she just showed she approves of scandal, so that works.

    To continue what Jennifer suggested, perhaps you can change the second paragraph to “The top button of his light gray waistcoat was undone.” Feels a little wordy, but maybe you can work with it.

    And now I’m wondering why am I not doing Six Sentence Sunday???

  37. Ryan Derham July 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Like the description of the balloon approach and the detail here.

  38. Elin Gregory July 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Shirtsleeves and an open neck – he sounds a real bounder! 😀

  39. Lorraine Paton July 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Love it! Your six made me smile! :)

    Hey – I just saw your name in RWR! Congratulations!

    • Angela Quarles July 7, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      Thank you Lorraine! That was exciting for me, my first appearance!

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