#WIPpet Wednesday - Tabula Rasa (Exit Intercepted) #amwriting #lgbtqia

WIPpet numbers for 19th July, 2017:

19 - 7  = 12 short paragraphs
from Tabula Rasa

WIPpet Context:
A first snippet from Tabula Rasa (Gray Fisher #2), which so far consists of around three chapters. I started with the cover, and I have very little idea of where the story is going at this stage.

This novel follows on from The WAG and The Scoundrel, featuring two former undercover police officers, Gray Fisher and Rob Simpson-Stone. Their investigations relate to white-collar crimes (fraud, embezzlement, etc.), and there are also romantic relationship story arcs (not between Gray and Rob).

This snippet is the start of what is currently chapter one, but that may change.

* * * * *
Leathers over slacks and shirt, helmet in hand, Rob was at the door and ready to leave when his phone buzzed against his chest.

Leave it, answer it, leave it… If it was important, whoever it was would call back.

It stopped. Rob turned the catch and opened the front door a couple of inches at most before it started up again. With a grunt, he pushed the door shut and partially unzipped his jacket. There was a time when he could’ve ignored a ringing phone—the number onscreen was unfamiliar to both him and his address book, cold caller, more than likely—but he wasn’t prepared to take the chance.


“Hello, Shaz?”

“Sorry, mate, you’ve got the wrong number.”

“Nah. I don’t think so.”

“There’s no-one here by… Ah, hold up. Jock?”

“Yeah. Alright?”

“Bloody hell. It’s been a while. How did you get this number?”

“Rang your landline. Your missus gave me your mobile.”

“Fair enough.” It wasn’t like Zoë to give out his number without checking with him first, but he’d worry about that later.
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Thanks for reading
Deb x


  1. Love the quick dialogue here.

    1. Thanks - and I didn't even do it on purpose, although it does fit with their background. :)

  2. Yeah, I second the comment about the dialog.

    Ah, more of Rob...yes, please. :) I would add, "Please don't tell Josh," but I have a feeling at this point that Josh knows exactly how many people I swoon over (and finds it...entertaining, maybe? in his own special way).

    1. LOL! Josh is pretty much in agreement with you so far. I really need to give Rob a talking draft. These thinking, frowning types are a bugger to write. (Still laughing at 'entertaining...in his own special way' :D )

    2. Wait, does that mean Josh agrees with me that Rob is swoon-worthy, or that he already knew about how often I sigh over all his friends and finds it amusing? LOL.

      Yeah, I'm having the "these people aren't talking!" problem with my current WIP. Neither is the talky type, which is sort of a pain. But they're fun to read, so I suppose we'll make do, right?

    3. Both! :D He says you have excellent tastes.

      Yeah - that's the important thing - that they're fun to read (no matter our struggles). Guess we just have to battle on with these silent types (although after Jesse, my expectations may be skewed).

    4. ROFL! Josh is still my #1, though, so it's all good. :)

      I got pretty spoiled with Cat. I may have to ask if he'll help me get the others to start talking.

    5. Oh, that's a good idea - I'll have to see who I can bring in to help me with Rob.

  3. Oh....I sense a story brewing here... the past coming into the present for Rob. More, please!

    1. :) Yeah - just not quite sure why the past has caught up with Rob yet. These characters are keeping it close to their chests.

  4. Very interesting dialogue. Intrigued to see where this goes.

  5. Love this one :) I am curious about who Jock is and what has happened between him and Rob in the past!
    That is a nice cover by the way!


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