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Weekend Writing Warriors – “Why You Little!”

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Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors Click on the link for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors. Hard to believe we’re into the iconic last weekend of summer. Alas, it’s my last weekend in Canada. Bags packed, passport, plane ticket in hand.
I’m continuing with my YA WIP entitled, Love Conquers (I can’t believe I came up wiith a title so fast). Full blurb can be found here.

Last week, the story kicked off with Melissa reminiscing about her late mother. This week, she discovers that her little sister has snuck into her room. POV is entirely in Melissa’s. Please note that this is a first draft and the snippet is formatted to meet the ten sentence rule.

      A snort fills the air from below, followed by familiar laughter exhaling through the nose.
     I suddenly notice my door is open just enough for someone to peek inside, which shouldn’t be because I always shut every night before going to bed.
     Sitting up, my eyes furrow at the door. “What the hell?”
     My body freezes as I hear a chuckle, my eyes following it downward. Someone’s in my room! Someone five-foot-something with my banana blond hair, aquamarine eyes and a small mole on her chin.
     “Ashle-”
     My younger sister, Ashley, springs from the side of my bed like a Jack-in-the-Box, squeals, and pounces on me as I let out a shriek. My heart goes into a storm of pounding, a struggle ensues as I try to wrestle my sixteen-year-old, soon-to-be dead sister off me.

Ashley has a habit of pranking her sister. And Melissa not being a morning person won’t be pleased. Thoughts and feedback are most welcome.

I’m spending my last weekend in North America volunteering at a local ribfest (a festival dedicated to ribs). I’ve done it the last two years and absolutely love it. I will continue to share snippets once I arrive in Poland. Depending on how my arrival goes, I plan to participate next weekend. I might be physically far away but I’m with you all in spirit!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors – “Love You, Mom.”

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Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors Click on the link for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors. Thanks for including me in your Sunday reading! In just a couple of weeks, I leave to start my new life teaching English in Poland!
I’m sharing a snippet from an untitled Young Adult WIP, which is formerly Due For Love. Same characters, just a different plot thanks to the advice of an author friend. This snippet takes place at the very beginning of the story, with the heroine, Melissa, waking up talking about the most precious thing to her. Please note that this is a first draft and the snippet is formatted to meet the ten sentence rule.

     I open my eyes, turn over in my bed and stare at a five-by-seven picture on my nightstand of my mother holding me in her arms when I was a year old. My dad used to take us to this park every Sunday, back in the good old days when we were living in my nation’s capital before life brought us to Cincinnati. During the warmer months, he and my mom would bring a blanket and a picnic basket and set up shop on the grass with the backdrop of the Potomac and the Washington skyline. One day, he decided to take a photo of her and I while we were sitting on a blanket.
     Dad says it’s the best photo of us and she’s never smiled so much in any other picture of her.
      It’s the only picture I have of her, and it’s the first thing I see every morning when I wake up no matter where in the world I am, and I never get out of bed without looking it. Her bright youthful smile and the way she caressed me, gives me the strength to face whatever crap life wants to throw at me that day.
     I trail a finger along the glass that protects the picture from dust. “Love you, Mom,” I whisper just I do every morning for the past thirteen years since her life was taken away from me by that drunk driver. I’ll continue the tradition every morning in my new dorm at UCLA when I move there in a few months.

Not a lot of action, but we learn quite a bit about Melissa in ten sentences. For the full blurb about the novel, click here.

Thoughts and feedback are most welcome as they will help with the revision stages. I will share more next week.

Sorry I’ve been away most of the summer. Busy getting ready for the big move, but it’s been a grand summer. I plan to keep participating once I’m across the Atlantic, so don’t fret! Enjoy your Sunday!

Question for my author friends: can anyone recommend some good online writing groups? Ones that help with perfecting writing craft/promotion, cover designs, etc. Feel free to include your recommendations in your comments? And thanks!

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Weekend Writing Warriors – “Come ‘ere and say that!” #8Sunday

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Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors and happy post-Cinco de Mayo! Click on the link for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors. Thanks for including me in your Sunday reading!

Continuing with another snippet from Due For Love, we pick up from last week’s edition. Melissa was attempting to water the plants in her dad’s garden when the patio deck suddenly burns her feet (it’s plus ninety outside). Her ex-boyfriend, who has a part-time job taking care of Melissa’s next-door neighbor’s house, laughs at her misfortune. The snippet has been formatted to meet the ten sentence rule.

Warning: snippet contains coarse language; reader discretion advised

Mocking laughter sails through the air behind me as I pour an entire can’s worth of water all around my feet in order to cool this damn deck down, before collapsing onto the patio couch.

“Melissa, yo-you’re too much,” Chris teases in between guffawing. After three years together, I can recognize that sometimes-squeaky voice instantly, and if he’d knew what was good for him, he’d shut the fuck up before I rip his damn throat out!

        I snap my head over my shoulder, wincing as I caress the bottoms of feet, to find Chris with his arms wrapped over the fence. “The hell you laughin’ at?!”

       “You…the star of your new show,” he quips with a cheeky smile.

       “What fuckin’ show?”

      “Melissa on a Hot Tin Deck!”

      Ignoring the burns, I jump to my feet and lock eyes with the boy that killed three years of love with five cruel words. “Come ‘ere and say that to my face, ya little shit!”

Well Chris should be more sensitive – and run for his life! Your thoughts and feedback are much appreciated! And many thanks to everyone for congratulating me on my new job!

I’m off to Madrid on Wednesday, which means I will be away from W.W.W. for a bit. I’ll be visiting friends in Spain, Portugal, Poland and Germany over three weeks, and I will finally get to meet my friend, Elyzabeth M. Valey!

Hopefully, spring is being good to you wherever you are! See you again soon!

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