Here is the first page of one of my still unfinished romance, A Search for Forgiveness. This is a long, sweet contemporary romance set in a small (made-up) town in Texas with quirky best friends and cowboys.
Her temper would get the better of her, if she wasn’t careful. Cass needed to get her anger under control before she did something really crazy. Like strangle that lawyer. Dragging in a cleansing breath, she peaked out the window of the diner, seeing nothing but the shadowy reflection of an unhappy, upset woman.
“Maybe you should talk to the owner of the building.” Her friend settled the hot coffee pot on the edge of the table before sliding her model-thin body into the booth. “Getting upset isn’t going to solve anything.”
Cass shook her head, refusing to look toward the waitress. Right now she wished her other, more distrusting friend were here. She needed Maddie Thomas’s hot-headedness a bit more than Tina Ferguson’s comforting attitude. She wanted to stay angry.
“Why would he change our deal? He promised me I could lease the building from him month to month. And now his lawyer,” she said, pointing to the offensive letter near the salt and pepper shakers, “is saying I need to pay him six month’s worth of rent upfront. I just don’t understand why.”
“You need to calm down.”
“I don’t want to calm down.” She glared hard at her friend now. “I want to be mad. I want to yell and scream. Don’t tell me to calm down. You’re not the one looking at a major expense due before the end of the month.”
“Stop it, Cassandra Rogers,” Tina said, glaring at her. “I didn’t do anything to deserve your anger.”
Her friend was right, yet she still wanted to punch something. Someone.
“Maybe you just misunderstood the letter.” Tina slid her closed hand across the smooth table, stopping an inch from the envelope. “I’ve known Mr. Martinson all my life, and he’s always been true to his word. Maybe you should talk to him instead of his lawyer.”
The conflict wasn’t strong enough in this story, so I had to do some major rewriting. I’m at the back-up scene now, and can see the end. Only got about two and a half chapters left to go. Hopefully I’ll have this finished by the beginning of May.