Friday Snippet for the Premier of Jezebel James

I’ve been behind on writing because Client T has a release coming up at the end of this week, and I’m in a pre-release crunch for them. Ditto for Client Y. And on top of that, I’ve been gearing up for the premier of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new half-hour comedy, The Return of Jezebel James, by posting each day to my The Return of Jezebel James fan site.

After the premier tonight, I’ll probably have more unsympathetic comments about critics. I’m also hoping for more anecdotes I can use in an e-newsletter article I’m writing about negative (and positive) reviews. (It’s partially written, but I need to finish it and clean it up.)

UPDATE: Here’s my own review of The Return of Jezebel James, which I truly enjoyed. And yes, I do have some more unsympathetic comments about critics.

Here’s a snippet from the next chapter of Abe’s Turn. (BTW, check out the book cover.) This connects with the previous snippet in which Clyde advises Mira caution in her feelings about Ike.


At the sound of the doorbell, Clyde glanced at the clock.

“Oh no,” she said.

“What’s the matter,” Mira asked.

“I just didn’t realize what time it was. It’s getting late.” Her whole face felt tight.

“I’m sorry,” Mira said.

Clyde relaxed her expression. “Don’t apologize,” she said sweetly. “You did nothing wrong.”

The doorbell sounded again. After a moment’s pause, Mira said, “Maybe you should get that.”

“Right,” Clyde said. She strode to and opened the front door.

Michael entered. “Oh,” he said noticing Mira sitting in the living room. “I didn’t realize you were here.”

“Yeah,” Clyde said. “We were just chatting about Ike.” Mira glared at her. She immediately regretted what she’d said.

Michael rolled his eyes and sang, “He’s baaaack.”

Mira shook her head. “Okay, whatever. I have to get back to work.” She grabbed her coat, and Clyde saw her out the door.

“I’m sorry, Mira. You know he’s only that way because–”

“Because I refuse to be one of his bimbos.”

“That’s not fair,” Clyde said.

Mira spoke sharply. “Clydene, when it comes to relationships, Michael lives a life Aristippus would have envied.”

Clyde didn’t know what she meant by that.

Mira closed her eyes a moment. “In other words, he’s a hedonist.”


“Don’t you ever wonder why he’s still a bachelor, at his age?”

“You’re the same age as him,” Clyde reminded her.

“Okay, but at least I’m trying to do something about it.”

Suddenly, Clyde saw it in her friends eyes. “You are in love.”

Mira didn’t answer right away. “Maybe, but…”

“Just find out how he feels,” Clyde reiterated.

Mira nodded.

“Are you mad at me?” Clyde asked.

Mira sighed. “No. And thanks for the advice.”

Other Friday Snippets

The way Friday Snippets works is that fiction authors can leave a link to their own snippet on others’ blog posts that are part of the meme. Many of the participating writers are using one of Mister Linky’s Autolink Widgets to streamline this process. See “Friday Snippets” at Holly Lisle’s blog for more information.