When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as...
Land of the Noonday Sun.
Land of the Noonday Sun.
Last week, Cassandra had been left standing on the sidewalk, wondering what she should do about the predicament she was in with this handsome stranger. Well, maybe they might get along…maybe.
The evening was beautiful she had to admit. The sun, having just set behind the trees, cast streaks of orange and red across the nighttime sky. The surrounding wood, previously quiet only moments earlier, suddenly filled with chirping. Millions of insects of some sort belted out an unfamiliar melody. She was familiar with crickets and frogs after sunset in Florida, but this was neither.
She must have looked confused, because he smiled and motioned his hand to the surrounding trees. “Cicadas, the chirping you’re hearing. They emerge between May and September. Interesting fact, the insects lay dormant for seventeen years before surfacing to mate, only to die afterward—tragic.” He grinned seductively.
She couldn’t resist smiling, but ignored his flirting. “Really…I’ve never heard of them.”
“There are many things I can teach you, Cassandra,” he drawled, serious again.
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Ah, romance ala cicada! That's different, and I like it. Interesting six.ReplyDelete
LOL, Kate! I'm not into bugs mind you. But something about the North Carolina woods in the spring and summer at nightfall. It's like a composition for lovers. Oooh...gives me chills just thinking about it. The lake they are kayaking on, Lake Nantahala, is on my page. It is simply breathtaking. Thanks for commenting! ;)Delete
Love the sexual undertone in his last comment. Nice six.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Christine. Subtle innuendos, I love them!Delete
Intriguing sentences. Love the last line!ReplyDelete
Me too...Does that sound wrong? LOL! I swear it doesn't, because I feel as if the characters take on their own persona and whisper their words in my dreams. When they allow me to sleep, that is. ;)Delete
Thank you, Karyn.
And I'm sure all the lessons won't be about cicadas LOL! I like how you work in the surroundings to enhance the scene, terrific snippet as always!ReplyDelete
Ummm no, they won't... I can't wait until the first-kiss scene. Of course, I can't shorten that to a SSS snippet, the reason it gets its own post. LOL!Delete
I'm planning 1st week of May, by the way.
Thank you, Veronica.
ooh, can't wait to see what lessons he has in mind ;) And I love you adding in cicadas!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Angela!Delete
Hmm...sounds like a tempting offer she should take him up on :)ReplyDelete
I do write romantic-suspense, so it is never that easy. LOL! Thanks, Melynda. Hope your new release has been fun.Delete
I bet he could teach her things! LOL. I love how you've incorporated the setting into their dialogue, it really grounds me in the scene.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lorraine! I love the scene...and it was just the beginning of the night. LOL!Delete
I thought "belted out" was a pretty strong term until I read that they're talking about cicadas... and suddenly, it's totally appropriate.ReplyDelete
I also love the thought of a drawl. Mmmm.
Thank you! I do love them southern men. And you are correct; crickets and frogs are so much softer in their serenading, cicadas demand an audience. LOL!Delete
Nice! I can totally relate to this setting, makes me want to lie down in a hammock and read the rest of the story!ReplyDelete
Awww...thank you, Ann. And I hope you will soon. Did you get a copy of "She Belongs to Me" the other day? If so, you'll want to read first. And all my male protags are southern gentleman and hotties. Also, I love the beauty and laidback setting of North Carolina, such a lovely backdrop for my stories.Delete
Great writing, you put me there.ReplyDelete
Love it! Thank you for sharing with me via Twitter!ReplyDelete
Cicadas always remind me of camping or hiking through the woods, and several special vacations I've shared with my husband. I had to incorporate them in the story I wrote. Here's a small excerpt from my book, A Symphony of Cicadas. The main character has just found herself in the afterlife, and is now surrounded by the energy of the forest:
"I could sense a sudden release in pressure as my voice shattered whatever was separating me from the rest of the forest. I was joined by a thousand cicadas, casting their deafening mating call in the trees as they, too, screamed for someone they loved. A flurry of birds broke out of the trees, creating a dark cloud in the sky. With each gust of wind, the cloud of birds above the forest rippled and shifted in shape, soaring and dipping through the sky in an ebony wave. I watched as the mass swirled above me. It was like a ghostly presence, the haunting movements of the birds growing and shrinking, becoming small before expanding to a large fog. The cloud above the forest grew darker and darker, pulsing in a hypnotic beat as if part of a dance. The hum of the cicadas around me mirrored the movements, keeping time with an urgency that ebbed and flowed."
Beautiful!!! Love it! I'm an avid hiker, camper, kayaker, pretty much anything outdoors, so I love incorporating the beauty into my novels. I'm glad to hear you do as well. I'll have to add your book to my lonnngggg TBR list. :)ReplyDelete