Sunday, February 03, 2013

#sixsunday From OnceUponASecondChance, the Muslim #1NS. A bit more into Leila's mindset...

Hey beautiful people!

It seems like the sun is coming back out again after a week of cyclonic weather (again!). I've had it up to here with the humidity and rain; wouldn't say no to some scorching sunshine right now. For things to return to 'normal' this summer.

And speaking of normal, many of us feared Sunday would no longer be the same, after the official demise of Six Sentence Sunday last week. But thankfully, a group of SSS refugees have gotten together on Facebook and we are upholding our addiction and giving you readers more sneak peeks of our stories, as we've been used to doing so far!

My contribution this week comes once again from my upcoming 1NightStand, which releases... on February 5 (yay! This Tuesday!!!) from Decadent Publishing. This one also kicks off my (insane-looking... *feels soooo good to say this, lol*) release sked for 2013, with no less than 6 books in the queue. 4 from Decadent, 2 indie with my bestie.

Anyhow, back to this week's six! Remember, Leila has landed in Mauritius against her will, when the man who saved her from an abusive marriage left her in the care of his stepmother and left.
Throughout her life, this poor girl has never felt like she belonged...

Here's another glimpse into her psyche.


'...
Ma chérie?” Carole raised a dainty porcelain cup in her direction.
Tea, the solution to all woes—the British thought so, and on their former colony of Mauritius, even French-origin natives needed their three o’clock fix.
Leila sighed and dumped her tote on a sofa before she stepped out onto the wide terrace facing the clear blue waters of the Grand Baie lagoon. In what was dubbed the Côte d’Azur of the island, on the northwest coastal tip, she didn’t stand out with her fair skin and flaxen hair. She passed for a tourist or even a member of the white descendants of French rulers who’d stayed despite the British seizing power over two centuries earlier; she shouldn’t feel like the odd one out here, too, like the pale foreigner she’d been in the UAE, but she did.

...'


No official SSS list this week, but some people taking part are Karysa Faire, Gem Sivad, Taryn Kincaid, Debra Soles, Heather Boyd, Chip Etier, Ryan Derham, Dani-Lyn Alexander, Sarah Ballance, Karen Michelle Nutt, & JoAnne Kenrick. There might/will be others, but these are the links I have till now when I'm posting this excerpt. You can find them all at this link on the FB group.

Check the comments' list on the post here later - you might get links to others who are posting and then troll off from there. *grin*

Hope you're having a lovely weekend, peeps!

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

27 comments:

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Nice six. I have to agree with the British: Tea, the solution to all woes. lol

Karysa Faire said...

Great six. Poor thing, feeling like a stranger no matter where she is. Hopefully a fab one-night stand will cure that! ;-)

Jess Schira said...

I always turn to tea when I need ... well just about anything, must be my British ancestry shining through. You've done a great job capturing her sense of displacement and discomfort in this snippet. Good luck with your release, I am really looking forward to reading the entire thing.

Dani-Lyn Alexander said...

I have to agree, a nice hot cup of tea is the answer to all of life's woes. Great six!

Heather Boyd said...

Poor girl. Does not sound like fun.

JoAnne Kenrick said...

ROFLMAO! Too right, tea is the solution to all woes! hehe nice one, Zee! Love your six this week xx

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Karen! Lol, before going decaf, I'd have said coffee is the solution to all woes, but I'm finding tea's "properties" to be more soothing now :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Karysa. LOL, lots planned for this one night stand. There will be a lot of twists and turns before the HEA, though :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Jess! Lol, just 2 more days to wait till this one releases :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Dani-Lyn!

Zee Monodee said...

She's had it hard indeed, Heather.

Zee Monodee said...

JoAnne, lol. Must be something about displaced Britons and tea, innit? Thanks for the lovely words :)

Paula Martin said...

I'm British - but I don't really like tea LOL!
I really like the way you brought the island's past history into this, Zee.

Gem Sivad said...

Tea or not, your "clear blue waters..." are calling to me. Lovely imagery especially nice considering my challenging weather--snow storm!

The Belle in Blue said...

Great way to seamlessly integrate details about the setting. Really paints a picture! Great eight!

~Joyce Scarbrough

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Fair skin and flaxen hair? How, genetically?

Laura Kaye said...

Great descriptions and inner conflict!

Anastasia Vitsky said...

Tea IS the solution to everything!

What lovely, delicate description. Beautiful. I will be back.

Joanne Stewart said...

Nice Six. I'm not British, but I do love an afternoon cup of tea! Sounds like she might be in good hands. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Paula! You must be the first Briton I've met who doesn't like tea :)
And thanks for the nice words. xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Snow storm? Ack, Gem - stay safe! I should've posted a pic of Grand Baie so you'd see what I meant by this description :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Joyce!

Zee Monodee said...

Sue Ann, yup, genetically. Her mother was Irish :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Laura!!

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Anastasia. You should meet Neha, one of my heroines (in the upcoming Winds Of Change, coming in November with Decadent). There's a whole scene with the hero and her about tea being the solution to bring about world peace. :)
And thank you for the lovely words!

Zee Monodee said...

Joanne, she is in good hands, yes. Lol, another tea convert, eh? :)

Sarah Ballance said...

You did a great job of setting the scene here, Zee!

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