WeWriWa—Trouble in paradise

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Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This week, I’m sharing the beginning of The Twelfth Time: Lyuba and Ivan on the Rocks, the sequel to my first Russian historical, which released on Thursday. It opens six months after the end of the first book.

Lyuba and Ivan may now finally be married, and expecting their second blood child together (plus Lyuba’s firstborn child Tatyana, who has no idea Ivan isn’t her blood father), but the happy ending they fought so hard for is now set on a disastrous course all over again.

Any other man would come rushing home early from work to be with his wife on their first anniversary, particularly if he’d waited fifteen and a half years to marry the love of his life. And when his first wedding anniversary also happens to be the first anniversary of his children’s baptism and chrismation, he’d consider it doubly-important to race home from work. But Ivan Ivanovich Konev has never exactly been like most men, or even most people.

Full well knowing he’s probably about to get an earful, he opens the door to their tenement on the top floor of the building.

His heavily pregnant wife, Lyubov Ilyinichna Koneva, glares at him in the dark and crosses her arms. “Do you know today is September sixth? Has the significance of that date slipped your mind?”

“Of course I remember, golubka. How could I forget such a special day?”

Lyuba’s patronymic was Leontiyevna until near the end of the first book, when she changed it to Ilyinichna in honor of her stepfather Ilya. She wanted to change it after her mother’s remarriage, but decided to kill two birds with one stone and wait till she married Ivan and became a Koneva. She took care of both name changes at once.

I now have a page with links to my author pages and books. It also has information about planned future releases, the next one of which is my super-long third Russian historical. Since it’s excessively long even by my standards, I’ll probably end up releasing it as one book in two volumes.

10 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Trouble in paradise

    • It’s 11:00 at night, and Ivan’s boss is a notorious exploiter and Russian Uncle Tom. This is just the beginning of a pattern of coming home close to midnight and putting loyalty to his boss above his family.

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  1. He seems used to talking his way around everything, which can be an endearing . . . or annoying trait. Which is it going to be here, I wonder?

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  2. I was hoping he had a surprise up his sleeve for her but from your comment above, seems like he’s got his priorities a bit askew so…interesting excerpt. Your stories are so very real life, with the good and the not so good.

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  3. Congratulations on your release, Carrie-Anne! And I totally sympathize with Lyuba! He should have come home and celebrated this very special day with her. I can almost see her blood boiling. Great snippet!

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