Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Hourglass - Excerpt 2 and Giveaway!

Excerpt from Chapter 2:
Somehow her goal of indifference toward this man had gone into hiding. Determined to fix the added damage she’d just done, she straightened her shoulders, softened her tone, and smiled. “Double-fisted drinker, huh?”

He cut his eyes in her direction and evaluated her with suspicion. “One’s for Autumn.”
Brenda chortled out loud as a Shirley Temple-drink wisecrack jumped from her brain to the tip of her tongue. About to open her mouth, she halted the comment when CJ narrowed his gaze.
“Listen.” Brenda’s tone became more affable. “We’ll have to work together pretty soon. I’m thinking we should clear the air.”
“Really? Well, I’d say you’re itching for a fight.”
For a brief second, she pondered the notion that he might be right. Had CJ’s earlier grumpiness offered an excuse to funnel untapped anger over Jack’s abrupt departure? Anger she’d kept bottled inside for the past year? “No. Just conversation.” She used as much sincerity as she could muster.
He surveyed her, then shook his head. “My Aussie grandmother used to call me a larrikin when I acted like you.”
“What’s a larrikin?”
“Depends on how it’s used.” He cast a scorn-laden glance in her direction.
The bartender placed two cognacs in front of CJ, who pulled a twenty from his pocket and handed it to him.
“You didn’t answer my question.”
The bartender returned with his change.
“Look it up.” CJ pocketed the bills, then lifted the drinks. His mouth curved into an I-got-the-last-word-this-time smirk and he walked away.

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Debby said...

I would like to know what one is.
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SharonStruth said...

Lol...I got a chuckle over your question, Debby :-)

Here, I'll give you the excerpt from the book in a later chapter where Brenda and CJ are working together and his comment resurfaces.
Hope this answers it :-)

Brenda flashed the welcoming smile he’d seen in her Web site photo, making it difficult to be annoyed at her slight manipulation. “You know how we little larrikins can misbehave.” Her eyebrows arched in a good-natured manner.

He chuckled. “I’d forgotten about that.”

“Well I sure didn’t. If I remember correctly, the definition is a nonconformist or mischievous person. However, in Australia, where your grandmother came from, it’s slang for a hoodlum. Care to tell me which one you meant when you called me that at the conference?”

“I’d rather let you decide.”

“Chicken.” She shook her head. “Trust me. Your use wasn’t used as a term of endearment.”

“No, I suppose it wasn’t.” He was shocked that she had bothered to research the answer. “I wouldn’t call you one today.”

“We’re not finished yet.” Her warm tone held humor.

gigi said...

Loved the blurb! Please count me in. Thanks!!!


SharonStruth said...

Thanks, Gigi! Appreciate the post and you're counted in :-)

Catherine Lee said...

Is that our word for the day? Larrikin? I can make it work! LOL.
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SharonStruth said...

Catherine, yes! It should be the word of the day. I know a few larrikins :-)
Thanks for stopping by. Got you in the raffle!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for adding the excerpt with the meaning of larrikins. Liked the sharp banter between the characters.

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SharonStruth said...

Thanks Jbst (lol, sorry didn't know what else to call you :-) ). Glad you liked the sharp banter. These two characters seem to keep each other on their toes! Thanks for stopping by. Got your name in the raffle.

Urb said...

My name is Brends, so I guess I know what a larrikin is! ??
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Cornelia said...

Liked the excerpt.Count me in please,thank you.

Penumbra said...

Count me in please :)