By Hook or By Crook Releases! Contemporary Romance Snippet

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Welcome, Weekend Writing Warriors! Today I’m celebrating the release of my contemporary romance, By Hook or By Crook, in all e-formats and print. This is one of my favorite tidbits. The hero, Ivy, is a spoiled heiress and art historian. She’s discussing a valuable sketch by the German engraver Albrecht Dürer with the hero, Joe, who is an ex-cop, and Ramirez, who is a crook. She’s just explained that the sketch is priceless, but Joe and Ramirez ain’t buying it:

At Ramirez’s doubtful look, she said, “Well, priceless to a true lover of art, that is. Nothing in the art world is truly without a price.”
Her eyes roamed fondly over the admittedly odd looking rhino.
“Um, had Dürer ever actually seen a rhino?” Joe asked.
“Well, no,” Ivy admitted. “He most likely drew it from a description.”
“Must have been a shitty description,” Joe said.

rhino

That’s Dürer’s sketch. Realism wasn’t his strong suit, I guess. To buy or read a longer excerpt of By Hook or By Crook, go here.

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About Linda Morris

Linda Morris is a multipublished writer of contemporary and historical romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, and a joke or two thrown in. When she's not writing, working, or mommying, she's doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn't eat. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's "Ashes in the Wind" that her mom bought for her at a garage sale years ago was her "gateway drug" into the world of romance novels. Her all-time favorite romance writers include Laura Kinsale, Patricia Gaffney, Elizabeth Delancey, and Marjorie Ferrell. Current favorites include Julie Anne Long, Erin McCarthy, and Shannon McKenna.
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17 Responses to By Hook or By Crook Releases! Contemporary Romance Snippet

  1. Nan says:

    Fun scene! Heading to Amazon now to get By Hook or By Crook!

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  2. Gemma Parkes says:

    Ah the armoured animal! Fun snippet.

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  3. Oh, what fun last line! Such a great snippet.

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  4. Karla Doyle says:

    Very cute. Love the last line!

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  5. Great snippet! Love Joe already!

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  6. ajnuest says:

    Great chemistry in this snippet. I love it! And I love that picture of the rhino. I think it’s outstanding. Does that make me a true lover of art? LOL

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  7. That last line is hysterical.

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  8. willablair says:

    Terrific byplay between them. Good job!

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  9. FCEtier says:

    Actually, I like the rhino — and the description of it! LOL

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  10. I’m with the others, I quite like the rhino, he has character! Oh, the *snippet* LOL – enjoyed it very much obviously!!!

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  11. Linda Morris says:

    LOL, everybody loves the rhino! I like him too, I admit. My sympathies are with Ivy here, even though he’s perhaps not the most realistic rendering I’ve ever seen. Durer’s work is amazing–so far ahead of its time.

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  12. Oh, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Great snippet!

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  13. Sarah W says:

    I think it’s a perfectly lovely Rhinocerdillo. 🙂 And I love her explanation of the value of art–the men may not get it, but they know what they don’t like!

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  14. Vivien Dean says:

    Great sense of humor in this. Well done!

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  15. Karysa Faire says:

    I don’t know–I think it looks pretty close to the real thing. 🙂

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  16. Valley Brown says:

    Actually, Durer could make wonderful drawings from life. He did a tiny patch of earth with grass that is incredible. Imagine if he could have drawn a rhino from life! Anyway, I can so empathize with the comments the two guys make! Great snippet!

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  17. LOL That picture is something else. As is the conversation about it. LOVE that last line.

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