Shana Galen
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One of my favorite things about being a writer is when I come up with a sentence or two that really captures the essence of a character, the book’s tone, the conflict, or the setting. I may hate every other line in a chapter, but thank goodness for that one fabulous paragraph that keeps me going. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from my most recent release, The Pirate Takes a Bride. Tell me your favorite and win a copy of the book (digital or print).

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By the way, you can read the first three chapters of the book by clicking here.

Chapter One

“Stop calling me sweetheart.”

“You prefer another sobriquet? Because I can think of a few that fit you far better than sweetheart.”

“And I can think of several choice names for you. Starting with—”

He put a finger over her lips silencing her. “Save them for later.” He winked. “When we’re alone.”

Chapter Two

“Nick!” She seethed his name. “Don’t just stand there. We’re being attacked by”—she glanced at the men—“highwaymen.”

“Pirates,” Nick drawled. “Well, privateers, actually.”

“Pirates?” She frowned, unwilling to believe it.

A tall whale-sized man who looked as though he could lift a cannon with one hand stepped closer. He grinned, showing several gaps where teeth should have been. “Argh.”

Chapter Three

Nick lifted a coil of rigging line Mr. Fellowes must have left lying on the desk behind her. He dangled the rope in front of her. “Give me your hands.”

“You wouldn’t dare.” She took a step back but was out of room to retreat.

He grinned. “Then why are you trying to escape?”

“Nick, you can’t. You won’t. I know you won’t.”

“Sweetheart.” He unfurled the rope, letting it fall with a hiss and a thud. “I don’t think you know me as well as you think.”

Chapter Four

“There was a time you welcomed my embrace,” he said.

She sat, grateful to shift positions and glared down at him. “That was before I knew the real you. That was when I was under your spell.”

“Spell?” His brows rose. “Are you insinuating I used some sort of magic to make you want me? I assure you my natural charm and charisma are all I need.”

She could not bear to listen to his arrogant remarks any longer. “Pardon me if I must escape your oozing charm for a moment.”

Chapter Five

Nick knew that was unfounded optimism. “My luck is shot to hell, Mr. Chante, but I have one or two tricks up my sleeve. We run first, hope the wind changes or that dark cloud up ahead turns out to be the squall we predicted.”

“Yes, Cap’n.”

 “Throw everything nonessential overboard. Lighten ship as much as you can. But prepare for a fight. If it comes to a battle, we hit her and run.”

“Begging your pardon, Cap’n, but once she’s broadside, we’re done for.”

“Exactly, Mr. Chante. So we force her to sail past us.”

Chante gave him a look rife with warning. Nick held up a hand. “It’s risky, I know. But it could work. We wait until she’s close, so close we’re looking up her skirts, and then we ease the sheets and let her go by.”

So what’s your favorite? The romantic sparring, the shipboard lingo, or something else? Winner announced Sunday (hopefully, I’m traveling!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


58 thoughts on “My Favorite Lines and a Giveaway

  1. Laurie G says:

    Romantic sparring: “And I can think of several choice names for you. Starting with—”

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      That’s one if my favorite lines, Laurie!

  2. vickie dailey says:

    like liked the excerpt from chapter 4 – i like the oozing charm. every set of chara cters needs to have great charisma together -

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I agree, Vickie. Hopefully, these two have it :-)

  3. Kate S says:

    Always charming…. but I did like the Chapter 4 …. I’m a sucker for sailing…

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I included that because it took some work. The sailing parts are tough for me. Thanks, Kate.

  4. The romantic sparring. You’re a master.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Kristan, that is an uber-compliment coming from a master like you!

  5. Susan Gorman says:

    The romantic sparring!
    Love the “oozing charm”!!!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Something about that use of ooze makes it seem less than complimentary. Thanks Sue!

  6. Karen H says:

    Loved this post….and what a tease….favorite lines from several chapters! I’m dying here waiting to get my copy! And when I get it, it won’t help because I’ll be reading the first 3 books in the series before I can read this one! ….sigh…. reminds me of an old saying: The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I know how you feel, Karen. I have a towering TBR pile.

  7. GourmondeGirl says:

    “Allow me to introduce myself.” Nick bowed with a flourish. “The Captain of the Robin Hood at your service.”
    Although this line is from the beginning of the book it sets Nick’s character up as a gentleman, a person of moral aptitude and integrity.
    Loved this whole chapter as it setsvthe main characters up as friends, lovers and an “old married couple” all in one scene.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thank you! That’s what I was going for :-)

  8. Juanita Decuir says:

    All my favorites are underlined with pencil and/or ear marked…hard to do with e-books and audio…but, I always have a smile on my face when reading a passage and I put the book down and say, ‘BRAVA!’

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I always wish books I love would never end. Thank you for stopping by, Juanita.

  9. As a romance reader, I love the romantic sparring. But I have to admit the sailing strategy is a hook, too, because I love a clever man.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, Helen. I did so much research on that sailing stuff that I’m so glad when readers enjoy it.

  10. Sue G. says:

    This one from Chapter 3 : “Sweetheart.” He unfurled the rope, letting it fall with a hiss and a thud. “I don’t think you know me as well as you think.”

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      That certainly makes you wonder what comes next, doesn’t it, Sue :-)

      1. Sue G. says:

        Yes, it does! ;)

  11. Michelle Waddoups says:

    I want to pepper him with more holes than a convict’s alibi and turn his hull into toothpicks.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I had to re-read it because I forgot I wrote that. Glad you liked it!

  12. girlfromwva says:

    love the romantic sparring lines! gets the chemistry flowing.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, and thanks for stopping by!

  13. sheryl says:

    I really liked the one from chapter 3, makes me wonder if he really ties her up! Thanks for the chance

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      You’ll have to read it, Cheryl. But I keep my promises when I set something like that up ;-)

  14. eap says:

    sparring with a hint of sexual tension

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, eap! And thanks for stopping by.

  15. Patty McKenna Van Hulle says:

    I loved your intro of the Pirate crew, right after the wedding. I love how Ashley fought with a fire poker! And Mr. Chante “Argh!” was perfect! I love all your books. They are hilarious, have unique characters and original storylines. I already have this book, so I don’t need it. Please continue to write and dazzle me so more! Give Princess Galen a high five from me!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      High five given! Thanks for stopping by, Patty.

  16. catslady says:

    I have to go with chapter 3 – the anticipation of what is to come!!!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, catslady!

  17. Quilt Lady says:

    My favorite line of all times would have to be from Gone With the Wind and it is. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I love that movie and that line!

  18. LSUReader says:

    I love the “Argh” from that accommodating pirate in Chapter 2. But Chapter 4′s “oozing charm” is just priceless. Gotta love that romantic sparring. Thanks for a fun post.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      He does keep saying “argh” throughout. :-)

  19. Lesia Chambliss says:

    “Pardon me if I must escape your oozing charm for a moment.” Love that line….lol!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Me, too, Lesia! Thanks :-)

  20. Shana, they’re all fabulous, but I LOVE Chapter 2. “Argh!”

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      That was actually Gayle’s suggestion!

  21. Carrie Tillman says:

    They are all wonderful. I love the “Argh” from Chapter 2 and “oozing charm” from Chapter 4.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thank you, Carrie!

  22. bn100 says:

    chapter 4

  23. Yet Peng says:

    The one from Chapter 5!! The way guys’ brains are hardwired. Sighh, it’s the same everywhere. Haha, would love to have a copy of the book! Congrats on your latest release by the way! :))

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thank you! I might have run into a few guys like this in my time. At least Nick is redeemed (somewhat).

  24. Chelsea B. says:

    She could not bear to listen to his arrogant remarks any longer. “Pardon me if I must escape your oozing charm for a moment.” <– LOVE a feisty heroine who doesn't give in so easily to the hero! :-)

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      So do I. Feisty is fabulous!

  25. JoannaM says:

    Romantic sparring gets me every time. There is nothing better when two brilliant minds go at it because they refuse to let go…of other things ;) beautifully put by the way.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thank you! Thanks for stopping by :-)

  26. Alyn says:

    Mine would have to be #3. That moment when you question how well you know the other person.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Exactly. And the moment when you realize your husband is a pirate. Hate that!

  27. Linda says:

    She could not bear to listen to his arrogant remarks any longer. “Pardon me if I must escape your oozing charm for a moment.”

    Love her sarcasm!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      She is a bit sarcastic. Thanks, Linda!

  28. Gretchen H says:

    Romantic sparring, definitely. I love when the sparks fly!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I agree, Gretchen! Thanks for stopping by.

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