Weekend Writing Warriors for March 20


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This is my snippet for Weekend Writing Warriors (www.wewriwa.com) where writers share 8 – 10 lines of their work, for others to see and comment. Please follow and comment about others on the list.

I am again taking a snippet from my book, Songbird.  Gaston, Pascale’s mother’s brutal lover and killer has tracked her down to the nightclub in London, where Pascale has been singing.  Harry manages to get her out of the back entrance, while Jake delays Gaston and his two henchmen inside.  The following is written from the POV of Pascale, who is terrified of the evil Gaston.

When I saw that face again I wanted to scream, but nothing came out of my mouth. I froze; and if Harry had not been there to pull me away I would be there still. It was as if every muscle and joint in my body were locked, making me into a stone statue.

I was vaguely aware of being dragged by the hand out of the back door of the club and into Harry’s car. Louis was on the other side of me, pushing me forward and urging me to climb inside. I got into the back and felt Louis’s strong arm around my body and heard his soothing voice in my ear; although I have no idea what he was saying. All I could see in my head was Gaston’s cruel face, mocking me and beating me, like he used to do. He would never let me be free, I was sure of that now. He would torment me forever.

SONGBIRD is published by Blushing Books and is available on Amazon US here and on Amazon UK here



SONGBIRD is the story of a French singer, whose mesmerising voice and looks attracts Harry like no other woman has before. But she has scars from her past. It is also the story of Harry’s best friend, Jake, who owns the night club where Harry and Pascale first meet.

Songbird has gained some excellent reviews on Amazon, with 22 reviews averaging 4.9 stars out of 5.

“Songbird is a richly woven thriller, filled with twists and interesting characters.”

“This story kept me captivated and on the edge of my seat as the life of Pascale unfolds.”

“Riveting and entirely enjoyable, Song Bird was a book I had trouble putting down.”

Why not take a look for yourself?

If you are anything like me, this blog can be confusing. If you want to read and comment on an individual blog, you need to click on the title of the particular blog. If you wish to scan down through previous blogs, you should click on my name (below the picture) and you will then get a rolling sequence of blogs. Of course, you are probably much brighter than me, and have worked this out for yourself. If so, please scroll back and read some of my previous posts. Comments are always welcome, whether favourable or not.



24 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors for March 20

    1. Your comments this week and last, Ed, make me wonder if you have been receiving my replies. As I explained last week, Gaston was the man with whom her mother lived in Paris, when Pascale was a child. He badly treated Pascale’s mother, and in an attempt to escape him and get her daughter away from him, her mother was murdered by Gaston. For several more years he continued to terrify Pascale, beating and raping her, until Louis, the pianist, helped her to escape, a year before this story begins. This enraged Gaston, who is determined to track her down, which he has now done.
      It is difficult in short snippets to convey the gist of what has happened in the past, as well as what is currently happening, but I hope this short explanation has helped. To be sure that you receive this, I will also send it via the contact details on your website.


      1. If anyone else has not been receiving my replies to their comments, I would be grateful if you would let me know so that I can rectify the matter. Computer technology is not my strongest forte.


    1. Thanks for your comment Cara. Yes, her backstory (which is mostly implied, and only appears in the book when Pascale tells Harry about her past) is crucial to understanding her personality.

      Thanks also about your comment re ticking the notify box. I thought that might be the case.


      1. Thank you, Charmaine. Because my book is an erotic romance, and very few writers on WWW write for that genre, I do not want to put anything on my blog that would offend anyone, so I have to pick my snippets carefully. I am glad that you understand her situation from the pieces I have chosen.


  1. Wow – that was powerful. Sad for her. It’s a perfect reaction – we always say it’s fight or flight – but actually it’s fight – flight or freeze.


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    1. Thanks for the comment Daryl. Although I am not an expert on the subject, I understand that abuse as a child can have long-reaching effects through a person’s life. I did not want to dwell on that aspect and make it into a ‘misery’ book, but I included just enough to explain her personality as an adult.


    1. (Not everyone is set up to receive comments/replies to their comments on someone else’s blog BTW. So they may not have been receiving your more detailed answers, Rachel. And some people opt out of being notified if a comment is made about *their* comment on your blog. Just FYI. But I certainly found it helpful to read your notes of back story explanation!)

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      1. Thanks for the explanation, Veronica. I can see that this is a problem if you are trying to explain the backstory via such means, as I did, meaning that not everyone is in receipt of this information.


    1. Thank you Kim. I’m glad that my thoughts are coming over on the page. Songbird is basically a love story between Pascale and Harry, which was the reason I did not want to delve into too much detail about her past, but just enough to give Harry the desire to ‘rescue’ her from her past.

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