Favorite Bits From Other Writers

Now and then I jot down passages I especially like. Sometimes it’s a life-lesson sort of thing and sometimes it’s a description that catches me. Today I’m going to share some bits of description I admire.

From Joanna Bourne’s The Forbidden Rose:  “The child folded her giggle up inside herself and enjoyed it there.”

From J. D. Robb’s Survivor in Death: “…rage spitting into his throat, the burn scorching the rim of his heart.”

From Jonathan Kellerman’s Silent Partner: “…fade like breath on a razor mirror.”

From Louise Penny’s A Fatal Grace: “wearing a sweater made of either cashmere or kittens.”

From Dean Koontz’s Forever Odd:  “… faint thrum of wings as bats fished the air for moths.”

From Sue Monk Kidd’s The Mermaid Chair: “… the egrets lifting out of the marsh carrying the light on their backs.”

From Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People”:  “She looked at nice young men as if she could smell their stupidity.”

From Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, quoting Fred Hoyle:  “…a stunning improbability – like a whirlwind spinning through a junkyard and leaving behind a fully assembled jumbo jet.”

Aren’t these wonderful?

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About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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