Sunday, 3 February 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors

Welcome to all, whether you’ve found me via Weekend WritingWarriors (#WeWriWa) or the Six Sentence group on Facebook. Sunday wouldn’t feel like Sunday without the six sentences – or, in my case, now eight sentences, as I signed up for WeWriWa.
I’m continuing my excerpts from ‘Dream of Paris’ which is due for release later this month.
Anna and Matt accompany a group of senior students (from the school where they both teach) to a weekend conference in Paris. On the last night, they stroll along the pathway by the River Seine, stopping when they reach the southern façade of Notre Dame Cathedral and Matt kisses Anna for the first time, a long sensual kiss…
Her heart beat like a tom-tom as he stared at her with what seemed to be a mixture of desire and contrition. After a few seconds, he shook his head. “You shouldn’t have let me do that.”
“Let’s go for a drink.”
They didn’t talk as they climbed the stone steps back to the road, but his hand gripped hers tightly. Her mind reeled and she was unable to latch onto any coherent strand of thought. Everything seemed completely surreal.
'Dream of Paris' blurb: Anna Richards has a dream of going to live and study in Paris, but when Matthew Carlton comes into her life, her dream changes direction. Attraction sparks between them, but Matt’s behaviour is strangely inconsistent. Anna is shocked when she discovers the reason and is sure there is no future for them. Can Paris work its magic and make her dream come true?

'Dream of Paris' will be released later this  month.

Check here for more excerpts from the 'Weekend Writng Warriors'


  1. Yep, she's a goner. Great snippet, Paula!

  2. Great work, Paula! I think Dream of Paris will be the perfect story for my summer vacation. :)

  3. She shouldn't have let him kiss her? In Paris? I want his explanation, please!

  4. I agree with Sarah, I really want to know why she shouldn't have let him kiss her! I love the description of her confusion–I'd be confused by his behaviour, too!

  5. Yum... love those kisses.

    Glad to have found you on the FB Six page!


  6. Now I want to know his secret. Nothing like a good secret.

  7. Love the "mixture of desire and contrition" and I'm so curious why he shouldn't have kissed her. Sounds like an interesting book and the Paris setting is magnifique.

  8. Jess - yes, you're right - she's crazy about him!

    Thanks, Dana - Paris is perfect anytime!

    Sarah W - ah, there's a reason for that! :-)

    Clare - as the blurb says, his behaviour is strangely inconsistent - but I'm not telling you why ;-)

    Thanks for visiting, Sophie!

    Elaine, my lips are sealed - you'll have to read the book!

    Debbie - he has his reasons! Glad you like the Paris setting.

    Dani-Lyn - I'm happy to know you're intrigued!

  9. Sweet and confusing. Are they young? Good six!

  10. Oh the temptation, something tells me it will catch them again, right? Pretty please, lol. :)

  11. I just love how the premise and each example has this "sweeping" sense of romance. And Paris?? What could be better?! Lovely excerpt!

  12. nice sense of regret and despair here. fab six xx

  13. I want to know why he thinks she should have have let him do that. Great snippet, Paula. :)

  14. I'm thinking Matt knows he's now in over his head. Can't wait for this to come out!

  15. Great snippet! That must have been some kiss. Sounds like they're both shaken.

  16. Sigh. This is my kind of romance!

  17. Nice details--like going up to the road.

  18. I'm dying to know the secrets of this story! It's so beautiful. You've done an excellent job of building these moments!

  19. I would say that Paris is definitely working its magic! Was that a kiss she'd just had?

  20. The Parisian setting is wonderful and it sounds like the kiss was I can't wait to find out why he's going hot and cold and what the issues are! Terrific excerpt!

  21. But how could she resist? Good tension!

  22. Thanks Charmaine. They're no especially young, mid-twenties and early thirties

    S.J. - oh yes, definitely :-)

    Yes, indeed, Amy - Paris is the City of Love!

    JoAnne, they're both unsure of everything right now.

    Siobhan - he has his reasons!

    You're right, Gem ;-)

    She's been waiting for it for a long time, Joanne,

    Thanks, Karysa :-)

  23. I know Paris well, Sue, and I've climbed those steps back up to the road!

    Thanks, Sarah - Anna is going to get a shock soon.

    Susan - a kiss by the Seine - can't get much more romantic than that!

    Veronica - there have been a lot of ups and downs before this, and still more to come!

    Many thanks, Laura :-)

  24. Paris is such a great setting for a love story; I don't think there's an unromantic spot in the whole city. Great 8!

  25. You've totally got me tickled! I wanna know more now :)

  26. I suspect that resounding crash was her falling for him :)

  27. Oh my goodness, this reminds me of my first real kiss. Not in quite so romantic a setting, but you captured those "first time' feelings really well. I'll have to pop back to see where this goes.

  28. Sounds like a good kiss to me. Nicely done, Paula.

  29. Thanks, Anne :-)

    ED - so glad you agree with my about Paris being a magical, romantic city!

    Thanks, Zee - more next week!

    Elin - yes, indeed, she's fallen with a resounding crash!

    Thanks, Marcia - first 'real' kisses are always special, aren't they?

    Thanks, Kate :-)