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Friday, July 22, 2011

Romantic Friday Writer__A Magical Homecoming

Romantic Friday Writers is a blog fest every Friday. Many thanks to L'Aussie and Francine Howarth for creating this fun event. Click on the icon at the end of my post to check out other great writers participating today or join the blog fest. A winner is awarded the recognition of being this week's featured author.

Today's challenge is to show 'Coming Home' in 400 words or less. My favorite coming home scene I've written is from my upcoming fantasy romance series, Enchanted Bookstore Legends.  In this excerpt, Lyra, a thirty-something divorced college professor, arrives outside her deceased aunt's Lake Huron cottage before Christmas. Now without any family, this is a painful moment for Lyra. Also in the scene is her boyfriend, Cullen, who is an indie bookstore owner doubling as a wizard...or a wizard doubling as a bookstore owner (depending on which of two worlds he is in).

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            Steering around the corner, she expected Jean’s cottage to be a dark, dreary reminder of her grief. She held her breath, afraid of what emotions would wash over her during this first time back since the funeral.
Her mouth dropped open. White lights draped the bushes and wrapped the trees under blankets of sparkling ice crystals. Downstairs windows glowed with soft, yellow light. The place looked warm and inviting. Cullen had a key to keep watch on the place, but didn’t know when he could return from his work in Dragonspeir—apparently not quite the truth.
She parked in the drive and cautiously stepped out to stretch her legs. Ice covered only the lights and not the pavement or the neighbors’ houses. Lovely magical crystals. The cottage appeared ready for winter with the front porch swing raised up to the ceiling and screens taken down. She grinned. He’d worked hard to welcome her. Goosebumps rose along her skin from the cold breeze. She grabbed her overnight duffel, locked the car, and stiffly walked to the door. After a quick knock, she stepped inside. 
            From the foyer, the rich smell of beef and vegetables roasting in thyme greeted her. “Hello!” she called out with a smile in her voice.
            “You’re here!” Cullen responded from the kitchen. He raced out to meet her and swept her up into a hug. “You’re here at last! You feel cold. Come in.” He led her into the family room where flames crackled in the fireplace.
            Lyra wrapped her arms around his neck. He’d let his hair grow past his shoulders. Her fingers played in the light brown waves. “What a wonderful welcome.”
            “No…a wonderful welcome home.” He pressed his lips to hers.
            “This is home, with you and memories of my family.” She buried her head against his shoulder, enjoying the warmth of his wool sweater and strong arms surrounding her. “I thought I’d come back to a gloomy, cold house. Thank you.”
            “I wanted to see you smile.” He lifted her chin. “That’s the smile!”

WC = 341
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. She is the author of the novel, TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE, the first in a trilogy. Part two, TORTUGA TREASURE is contracted for release in January, 2012. Look for her first of an epic fantasy romance series, SEEKING A SCRIBE: ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGEND ONE, to be available late autumn.


L'Aussie said...

Hi Marsha! Welcome aboard RFWers. It is great to read your stories. I love this piece - it's my favourite type of writing, generous use of the senses. You've captured the spirit of the week's theme magically.


Paula Martin said...

Enjoyed this, how good for her to find Cullen already there to welcome her instead of the empty cottage she'd expected.

Marsha A. Moore said...

@Denise -- Glad to be aboard! I enjoy sensory details in what I write and read, so I can really be there.

@Paula -- It was a comfort for her, kind of a sweet scene. Thanks for visiting!

Andy said... lovely, Marsha.
Cullen did well. Showed his loving side by going all out to give her a surprise welcome home. Props to him...guess the wizardry helped him put it all!

I echo Denise with the vivid use of the senses.

Marsha A. Moore said...

@Andy -- Cullen definitely needs his magic. He tries at times without, and it's quite comical for Lyra. Thank you, much!

Beverly Diehl said...

I want a wizard boyfriend! That sounds beautiful, warm, and truly kind, as well as a lovely surprise. [clapping with delight]

Marsha A. Moore said...

Beverly, a wizard boyfriend does sometimes sound wonderful, probably why I dreamed him up. But, he's not without fault. He can read her mind, and she doesn't really like that. Thanks for stopping in!

Donna Hole said...

That was beautiful. Such a happy couple. I sense lots of good times to offset the heartache of her loss.


Francine Howarth said...


Lovely descriptive piece, and use of the senses enhanced the atmosphere. I could smell that roast beef! My kind of story. ;)


Kiru Taye said...

Beautifully captivating... You transported me over there. It left me yearning for yuletide.
A magical home coming. :o))

J.L. Campbell said...

You've done a good job putting the reader in scene. The theme was nicely captured too.

Miss C said...

Congrats on winning! A lovely home coming.

Marsha A. Moore said...

Thanks much, Miss C!

Francine Howarth said...


You might like to check out our Featured Writer page at RFW.

Congratulations! You're it!!!

Please display the RFW banner, so that visitors to your blog know how you came by it. ;)


Margo Benson said...

I love this - it's so full of joy! I felt the chill and smelled the food, too, lovely writing.

Heaven said...

A lovely homecoming indeed ~

Congrats and nice to meet you~

Andy said...

Congratulations on being the Featured Writer of the Week, Marsha!
A lovely entry indeed.

Marsha A. Moore said...

Thank you for your warm thoughts-- Francine, Margo, Heaven, and Andy!

I'll post my award right away!

Ruth Madison said...

Such warmth! This is a great homecoming

Marsha A. Moore said...

Thanks much, Ruth!