Six Sentence Sunday

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This is from my upcoming contemporary Western suspense, Gambling On A Secret, releasing January 7, 2013 from Lyrical Press.

This is from Dylan’s first POV scene from Chapter 1…

Set up: Dylan Quinn is easily considered the town drunk, but he has PTSD. He was wounded in Afghanistan when his Special Forces Delta Team, which he commanded, was ambushed in a super secret operation to support the famous SEAL Team Six in their definitive operation.  Here, he has returned to his sister’s home, where he’s been living for the past year, after his interview for ranch manager for the mysterious heiress, Charli Monroe.

Where would he go if Tracy followed through with her threat and tossed his ass out like yesterday’s trash? He didn’t want a job. He didn’t know what he wanted, but everything that mattered had died with his wife’s Dear John letter and his men in Kandahar a year ago.

He’d long ago stopped feeling the burn of bourbon he poured down his throat. What had possessed him to show up at this interview and not blow it off like all the others Tracy set up?

An image of Miss Charlotte Monroe popped into his mind as he lowered the bottle from his lips.

When Charli bets everything on a secret, will she find the deck stacked against her?

Former runaway-turned-heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.

Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.

When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?

To find more posts with snippets of Gambling On A Secert, click here.


  1. soniawrite says:

    great six makes me want to read more. i’d love it if you could comment on mines.

  2. Jess Schira says:

    Sonia’s right, This six already has me pulling for Dylan and wanting to read more. Excellent six!

    1. Thank you for stopping by…

  3. Jasmine says:

    I want to read more! It’ll have to go on my TBR list in January 🙂

  4. Great six, Sara. I think we know why he didn’t blow off this interview. Can’t wait to read the book.

    1. LOL… Thank you. I can’t wait until this book comes out…

  5. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Great inner monologue. I already feel for the guy. Nice six!

    1. Thanks. Dylan is my favorite hero.

  6. Paula Martin says:

    A great, intense six that lets us right into Dylan’s mind.

    1. Thanks for stopping by….

  7. jerridrennen says:

    Powerful emotion, Sara!

    1. This story is full of it. Thanks.

  8. Great six! Pulled me right in and made me want to know more about Dylan. It gave me a sense of his state of mind. Hmm… I have a good guess why he didn’t blow off the interview. Hopefully, she will be the one to give him purpose again, pull him in from that sea of misery.

    1. I’m glad you liked it, Karen. Yes, Dylan is living in a sea of misery.

  9. Brenda says:

    Seriously, wow! Such strong emotions. Excellent six!

  10. Great six! Love the cover!

    1. Thanks, Lisa, for stopping by…

  11. Wonderful six…can’t wait to see what’s coming next week!!!

    1. Me either…LOL. Thanks for dropping by…

  12. Mary Roya says:

    PTSD can hurt so many good men. My wish is that all that have it recovery quickly. The six lines made me want to read more too. What a tease you are….tee hee.

    1. Mary, you are so right. I’ve seen good men nearly destroyed by it. And isn’t that the whole point of SSS….

  13. Oooh, love his justification to himself. Sounds like a good book!

  14. Linda Morris (@LMorrisWriter) says:

    Sounds like a great set-up. I love a tortured hero with issues to resolve, particularly a wounded warrior. Great six!

    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by…

  15. Very emotional 6! Excellent, Sara! Looove the cover!! 😀

    1. Thanks for coming by… I know… I LOVE it too!

  16. Carrie Crain says:

    Gripping. I wanted to continue reading. I love a good western love story… lassoes & chaps… Really enjoyable six! I started following you.

    1. Thanks, Carrie! I love westerns.

  17. Mae Clair says:

    Wonderful six, Sara. I love a damaged character who will find redemption around the corner. Sounds like a rewarding read!

    1. Thanks, Mae. I love the tortured character too. And this book has more than one…

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