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Weekend Writing Warriors/#8Sunday -Little Thief!


Welcome to the 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link for full rules on how to participate, along with who’s participating today!

Well life got in the way last week, hence my lack of presence. I’m happy to be sharing another snippet from Room For Three. In this excerpt, we find Joey at her college on the first day of the fall semester. She runs into her little sister, Sarah, who is wearing Joey’s shoes without her permission. Joey’s not happy.

The snippet has been modified to fit the 10-sentence limit:

I study Sarah’s first-day-of-college apparel, admiring her green Hurricane t-shirt and baggy jeans. My eyes grow wide when I see what’s on her feet.

“Are you wearing my flip-flops?”

She lowers her chin, glances at her feet before her eyes meet me. “Don’t they look cute on me?” she says simply.

“Take ‘em off, right now,” I say sharply, causing a couple of guys to glance at us as they walk past me.

Sarah’s mouth spreads into a thin-lipped smile as she lowers a brow. “You don’t, like, expect your little sister to walk around campus barefoot, do you?”

A mild rage begins to simmer in my belly.


What a little thief Sarah is! This is the very first of many troublesome acts she burdens on Joey. It’s part of the plot of the story, in which Joey must overcome. I will share one more excerpt from this story (hopefully life’s happenings won’t get in the way).

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Weekend Writing Warriors/#8Sunday – Room For Three


Welcome to the wonderful world of Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link to see the full rules for participation, as well as the list of participating authors. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Paris. What happened on Friday was truly horrendous.

Today I’m offering an excerpt from my new WIP, Room For Three, which is a NA contemporary/romance novel. It takes place in present-day Miami, Florida.

My MC, Joey, is mopping the kitchen floor of her new condo. Her Irish boyfriend, Mike, is watching her and makes a cheeky comment. This snippet has been modified to fit the 8-10 sentence rule, and this is Joey’s POV.

          I mop up the last section of dust off the hardwood floor. As I push my hair away from my eyes, I see Mike leaning against the fridge with his arms folded, watching me with a big grin. Only it’s a playful grin – the one he wears when he wants to tease me.

           “What?” I ask with a chuckle.
            His eyes travel down to my feet. “Aye, Molly and Maggie are gettin’ big every day, think you need ta give all them crisps you eat a rest.”
             A soft laugh escapes my throat. Molly and Maggie are what he calls my feet, though I’m not sure which one is which. When he first discovered my love for foot rubs he decided to give them names, but I’ve never asked him why Maggie and Molly. 
            With a playful sneer, I waggle a finger at him, and say in a baby-like voice, “Don’t listen to him girls, he doesn’t mean it.”

Mike definitely has ways with words. In case you’re wondering why I’ve chosen a boy’s name for a girl, her full name is Joanne. I’d love to know your thoughts, as I’ve just started working on this.

Blurb: Joey Porter has a lot to look forward to. It’s her senior year of college, and she’s got her boyfriend, whom she met during her study abroad semester in Spain, living with her. Nothing could be better, except now her younger sister, Sara, is attending the same college as her as a freshman. And thanks to a glitch with her dorm, Joey has to take her into her new home. Things begin to take a turn for the worst, and suddenly Joey discovers that this house isn’t big enough for her, her sister and her boyfriend. Someone’s got to go, but who?

I will be in New Mexico next week for Thanksgiving, so regrettably, I won’t be participating in next week’s W.W.W. So with that in mind have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving everyone!

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Surviving Finals

life on campus

Probably the most stressful time for college students: finals week. Everywhere on campus you’ll find pockets of students cramming for final exams, while forgoing much-needed sleep. This is especially hard on graduating seniors, whose graduation often depends on acing those exams. You’ve just survived those final projects and presentations, now you have final exams to deal with. Oh no!

With the belief in yourself, as well as a little help from your friends and family, you will make it through this crucial stage of your college career.

  1. Pick the right study place – your bed in your dorm room is a no-no in this situation. Beds are for sleeping, not for studying. The library and student centers will likely be crowded during finals, so you might want to use these options sparingly. Try a diner or a coffee shop off campus. They’ll be less crowded, and being around regular people will help you get some temporary relief from the campus grind.
  2. Get proper nourishment – my school counselor from way back once told me, “Gallons of coffee are not the way to survive finals.” I’d like to echo that statement. Also ease up on those energy drinks and sodas. They’ll only leave you restless. Stock up on a supply of green tea, milk and fruit juices. Also, try and eat Greek yogurt, fruit and vegetables. Your body and mind will thank you.
  3. Get plenty of rest – seriously! Especially the night before an exam. You’ll retain what you have studied more with at least 8 hours of sleep. Finals week is stressful enough, which takes a beating on your immune system. Lack of sleep adds to this beating, and you don’t want to be sick at the start of summer vacation do you?
  4. Study over a period of time – I’ve never been a fan of all-nighters. In truth, they don’t do you any good and you are likely to forget most of what you study. It is better to study for an hour, then take a break. Try and do this during the course of a day, rather than staying up all night studying. You will retain the content more efficiently.
  5. Study group – It has been said that studying with others aids in getting through exam week. But don’t just study with any person from your classes. Choose ones you know are reliable and really want to succeed. Ones that simply want to earn credit are best avoided. You can recognize these characters easily. I’ve been on my own in this department, as my classmates are difficult to schedule study groups. Hopefully you will have better luck than I have.

So happy studying and may God be with you in this looming week.

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