Wednesday Words: Guest Angela Smith has some beauties

I’m happy to welcome Angela Smith to share some of her favorite words with us today. She’s also got a new release out this week.

Punctuate. What is it about this word that makes it one of my favorite words? I love the way it sounds, the way it flows, and the way it fits with practically any sentence. Punctuate incites feeling, not only because it can denote a question, an ending (as in a sentence) or a hyper sensitive feeling with an exclamation point, but it can also detail a pause in a sentence, a feeling, a remark. Punctuate can also offer description, as in trees punctuating a creek or even gravy punctuating mashed potatoes (or maybe that’s just because I’m hungry).  Punctuate sounds pretty when spoken and can mean meaning things. The root word, punctum comes from Latin and means point and dot.  If you think about it, punctuate can make many points while dotting many sentences.

My next favorite word would be ricochet. Don’t ask me why. It’s pretty. Say it aloud and tell me what you think. Ricochet is one of those words that, when spoken, doesn’t sound quite English. And maybe that’s because the word comes from French etymology. When I hear the term ricochet, I usually picture a bullet, but it can give action to so many things. Spoken words can ricochet back to you! Ice can ricochet from a roof! Paper thrown at a basket can hit an object and ricochet. It’s a pretty word and, used appropriately, can create emotive responses and actions in a sentence or story. It’s a word not used often enough, in my opinion.

My third and final favorite word is foist.  Another pretty word when spoken and one not often heard or spoken. My ears perk up when I hear it. It just has a nice one-syllable cadence, although the earliest form might not have been used in a nice sense. First known to be spoken in about the 1540s, according to my research, and from Dutch etymology, foist meant “to take in hand” and the earliest form was used in Dutch to cheat at dice by taking a loaded dice in the palm and introducing it into play, according to Online Etymology Dictionary. But now? A romance writer can use the term foist for many terms!

Whether spoken or written, words are beautiful and hold power that many weapons never will.


Hollywood fashion consultant Naomi Fisher is happy to use her obsessive-compulsive planning to assist with her cousin’s wedding, but her history with the sexy and sullen Chayton Chambers, the groom’s brother, terrifies her. When the groom is kidnapped at his own wedding, Chayton and Naomi rush to find an important relic to satisfy the ransom before her cousin becomes a widow before a bride. Naomi trades garters for guns as survival, and love becomes a deadly game impossible to resist.

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About the Author:

During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read Brer Rabbit to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before actually learning to read. She’s always enjoyed stories about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed her love of suspense. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys creating, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.

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