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Weekend Writing Warriors – Sibling Revenge!


Hello and Dzien dobry! as they say in here in Poland! Thanks for visiting my blog. The weekly blog hop is hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link for participating guidelines and the official list of Writing Warriors.

I present an excerpt from Love Conquers, my YA WIP. This snippet picks up several lines from the previous one. Having been summoned to the kitchen by her dad, Melissa walks and lets her sister have it for sneaking into her room and teasing her. It’s what she did in the last snippet I shared. Creative punctuation has been used to fit the 10-sentence limit, and is in Melissa’s POV:

Ashley and my dad turn to me as I enter the kitchen. Ashley is perched on the kitchen island, swinging her legs, and thumbs working away on her smartphone. 

I slam a balled fist into her arm as I pass her as she flashes me a smug-filled smile.

“Ow, what the fuck was that for?!”

“Melissa, what on earth has gotten into you?” Dad demands, jerking his coffee mug.

“She snuck into my room while I was sleepin’ scared the shit outta me,” I protest, pointing to the cause of my morning misery. “That’s the third time this week! Tell her to stop!”

His eyes shoot over to my little sister. “Ashley, did you tease your sister, again?”

Typical sibling rivalry! For those of you who’ve been in Dad’s situation, you can appreciate and understand! Your thoughts and feedback are most welcome! I’m visiting a mutual friend in Warsaw today, so I won’t be able to respond to comments until later.

On a personal note, I have been settling into my new life in Poland. It’s been a learning curve adjusting to a new culture, language as well as the new job! I have to admit it has been very stressful and challenging, but overall I am enjoying being abroad and glad I took this plunge. I’ve always wanted to teach abroad, and now I’m doing it!

Have a good weekend! Do widzenia!


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Weekend Writing Warriors/#8Sunday – Dad Attacks!

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the 8-10 sentence blog hop where you sample excerpts of great stories. I’m enjoying my vacation back home in southern Ontario, though it has been a hot week here!

My excerpt today comes from Never Let Go. The last snippet left off where Melissa and her father got into an argument. In this scene, things heat up for the worst. We are in Melissa’a POV and her dad speaks first:

“We’re staying here, Melissa, rebel all you wish, but it will not change a thing…remember that.”

“And I’m going to UCLA, Dad…remember that!”

He sipped his tea as his eyes met me with total coolness. “Well I’m sure your foolish post-secondary pursuit will add to the collection of mistakes you have accumulated this year.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” Mom challenged him.

“Puh-leeze Vanessa, the car accident, Chris, the party in which I had to come to her rescue…all because our immature firstborn would not heed the sage advice of her father.”

Hundreds of words formed on my tongue, each one eager to leap out of my mouth and sting Dad.

My mother and sister glowered at Dad as he locked eyes with me and slurped his tea.“You know now that I think of it, I begin to wonder if your immaturity is the real reason your so-called boyfriend resorted to infidelity.”


Well Dad’s gone too far, and Melissa won’t stand for it. Find out in the next snippet what she does. Comments are most welcome and appreciated. Have a great weekend!



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My Guest Today: Author and Donut Enthusiast Rachel Barnard



Today I have the honor and privilege of hosting my good author friend, Rachel Barnard, for a second time. She has asked me to post about her recently released YA novel, “Donuts in an Empty Field” as well as random tidbits about her.

Rachel also asked me to reveal my favorite donut, since she’s a donut aficionado.

My favorite donut: vanilla dip (a vanilla glazed donut coated with sprinkles)

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Pitch: A young adult novel about two best friends, the local food challenge, and a mysterious bucket list. The more main character Vanessa fails the food challenge, the more she takes it out on the boy she blames for her father’s death because letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge. 

Short summary: Available June 3rd, 2016 (aka National Donut Day).

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s son from a burning building. Nessa blames the boy, but her best friend Nichole thinks it’s time to let go of the past. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge will bust her out of her shell. A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.

Full summary:

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa Smith hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s wife and son from a burning building. Nessa has always blamed the boy, Ben, for her loss, and her thoughts are consumed with ways to make him as miserable as she is.

Nichole Adams knows Nessa can never heal until she learns to let go of her hatred, but bringing back her best friend is proving more difficult than she could’ve imagined. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge is just the thing to bust her out of her shell.

A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.

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Simple Questions for Rachel:


  • Name of your car and what make, model it is: Kaito is a 1997 racing green colored Mazda Miata
  • When is your birthday: January 22nd
  • Nicknames: I don’t have a nickname, most people just call me Rachel
  • Favorite childhood toy: My stuffed teddy bear named Baba
  • Favorite pizza toppings: Sausage, Onion, and Pineapple
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite drink: Panda from St. James
  • Favorite dessert: Straw-Bella donuts from Daddy’s Donuts
  • Favorite city: Kirkland
  • Favorite vacation spot: I don’t have one (yet)
  • Favorite activity (other than writing): Dancing
  • Favorite sports team: Seahawks
  • Favorite modern movie: Wedding Singer & Princess Bride
  • Favorite season: Fall
  • Favorite TV show: Dollhouse
  • Favorite food: Donuts
  • Favorite song: Crystal Castles
  • Favorite actor: Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Favorite ice cream flavor: chocolate and cheesecake mixed together
  • Favorite movie line: “INCONCEIVABLE” – Princess Bride
  • Favorite Halloween costume: Mugatu from Zoolander
  • Favorite Disney character: Dumbo
  • Morning or night person: Morning (but not too early)
  • Wine or beer: Wine
  • Tea or coffee: Tea
  • Go to Starbucks order: Tall child-temperature latte
  • Do you believe in love at first sight: No
  • What’s your hidden talent: I can spread my toes really wide and move my pinkie toe independently of the other toes
  • If we snuck a peek in your purse right now, what would we find: Nothing because I hardly ever use a purse
  • If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? A dramedy
  • What’s the one thing, you can’t live without: Chapstick
  • As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up: A figure skater
  • As a child, what pet did you want to own: A pig
  • Most hated chore on the household chore list: Making the bed and folding the laundry
  • Can you fake any accents: Yes, to some degree a British, Indian, Southern, and New York accent
  • What would you do if you didn’t have to work: Read, write, dance, take classes to learn cool things (like cheese making), have coffee with friends, volunteer…
  • If you could have picked your own name, what would it be: Vanessa
  • You win a million dollars, but you have to give half to a charity. Which charity do you pick, and what do you do with the rest of the money: I would give the charity money to Puget Sound Goat Rescue. I would invest some of the other money and spend some of it on a house
  • What is something you have that is of sentimental value: My childhood teddy bear Baba
  • What was the first car you drove: A Silver Honda Civic Coupe
  • What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without: Electricity
  • Do you like your handwriting? No
  • What will you do to celebrate your next birthday? Have a party and invite all my friends!
  • Play in the sand, or play in the water? Both
  • Pet peeves: People who don’t use their turn signal when switching lanes, drying off in a humid bathroom, and not being able to reach the fan cord
  • Country I’m most likely to visit next: Spain
  • If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be? Food, duh!



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