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Weekend Writing Warriors/#8Sunday: Stephanie Fights Back!

It’s the 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link to visit the homepage. Hard to believe we’re almost into August (sigh!).

Here’s another excerpt from My Gift where Stephanie manages to turn the tables on her drunk boyfriend, who’s beating her on the ground. It has been formatted to meet the 10 sentence limit:

          As I continue to shield my stomach with my arms, I know I have to save myself somehow, get off this floor and away from him fast. Adam cranks his foot back with his face burning crimson. With every inch of my body between the breasts and hips is throbbing, it can’t possibly take another hit. I manage to grab his foot just as it’s barreling towards its target, throw it into the air and knock him off balance. He cries out as he falls back, before hitting the ground with his back, making a satisfying thud. “Why you…little-”

        I manage to get to my feet, groan from the pain, and grab an empty beer bottle from the coffee table.

        Adam’s eyes widen as I crank it back, and then smash it over his head. Shrapnels of glass scatter around the living room as he collapses on the carpet. He groans and writhes on the ground while grabbing his head, as I clutch my stomach and pant in shock. 

 

Kudos Stephanie! But now what? This is where the story lifts off like a rocket heading out into space. Your comments are always welcome. I’m sorry if last week’s snippet was too sudden. Thanks to some helpful feedback, I’m going to change the story’s beginning.

On a personal note, thanks to all for your thoughtful words. I still have not made my decision, but I’m getting very close to doing so. I’m heading to a Toronto FC game today (soccer for those not familiar with the team), which might clear out the cobwebs.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

Frank

 

 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors/#8Sunday – My Gift

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the 8-10 sentence blog hop where you sample excerpts of great stories. Sorry I was absent last weekend. I have an important decision to make in the next week or so – one that will alter the course of my life – so I’ve been preoccupied with that of late. Despite this, I’ve decided to participate today, so thanks for visiting!

I’m sharing a snippet from My Gift, which is a YA contemporary WIP that I recently started. It actually is the opening sentences from the story, where my MC, Stephanie, is being attacked by her abusive boyfriend, and this is her POV:

“You stupid bitch,” Adam slurs as he rams his foot into my ribs.

Pain shoots into my stomach with more intensity than the previous blows. All I can do is cry out in agony while uselessly trying to block my boyfriend’s foot.

“A-adam, ple-please stop! I-I’m sorry!”

“Shut up,” he kicks me, sending a storm of pain into my hands that block my stomach.

His eyes are filled with drunken rage, and it’s clear he won’t let me up.

“You were with that fuggin’ guy,” he bellows, “weren’t ya!”

 

Whatever he was drinking before I walked in the door makes his voice sound less violent, but it offers no respite from the blows he’s delivering to my body.

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The Blurb: All it took was a stroke of luck for Stephanie Deigel to free herself from the clutches of abusive boyfriend, Adam, and make her miraculous escape. In doing so, she meets Ben. A goodhearted Christian who generously takes her into his home when she has nowhere else to go. It’s the perfect opportunity to rebuild her life that’s been reduced to ruins. A quaint home in a peaceful town, miles from the monster who promised to always take care of her, and under Ben’s generous hospitality. But Stephanie quickly learns that rebuilding is tough, especially as she dropped out of college and has limited funds in her bank account. On top of that, Ben’s feisty teenage daughter doesn’t appreciate the new guest in the house. Stephanie knows she can’t stay where she is forever. She also knows it’s only a matter of time before Adam finally catches up to her. Will she be able to put her life back together before time runs out?

Not sure if this is the right way to open the story. Again, I just started it. Feedback is always appreciated. I will be out and about today, so I probably won’t get to reading everyone’s snippets until the evening.

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Why I Like Contemporary Novels

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There are so many genres of books to choose from; horror, fantasy, sci-fi, the list goes on. And it seems that the post-apocalyptic/futuristic ones are in the ‘In-crowd’ as we say today. While every genre is great, my favorite has to be the contemporary type. One might think I like them simply because I write contemporary new adult fiction. While that is true, it isn’t the only reason. I don’t know why, but I have always felt a certain connection to contemporary novels. Now I’m not trying to convince everyone to instantaneously stop reading all other genres and read contemporary ones. I’m simply stating why I like them.

So after careful thought, I like contemporary/modern genres for the following reasons:

  1. I can instantly relate to the characters and their worlds.
  2. they focus on real-life issues that affect us all.
  3. I can get into the stories quickly and often stay there throughout the read.
  4. It is much easier for me to visualize the story, because it is important to me that I can see the characters and the settings clearly.
  5. Because they are set in the modern-day, it makes me think that the stories can likely happen even if they are fiction.
  6. The characters must overcome a conflict and I often learn something from the characters’ actions.
  7. These stories help me escape my daily grind.

 

So even if contemporaries are not your thing, try reading just one at some point. Perhaps, you will end up liking them for the same reasons I do. But again, I’m not trying to change your mind about your reading tastes.

 

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