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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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Weekend Writing Warriors – Melissa’s Dilemma #8Sunday

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Thanks for visiting me on this gorgeous Sunday! The weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the links for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors. First time to Weekend Writing Warriors? Not sure which blogs to visit? May I suggest you visit Amy Braun, Jessica E. Subject, Veronica Scott and Caitlin Stern.

I continue with my YA novel, Due for Love (tentative title for now). We are at the start of a new chapter, where Melissa is pacing through every room at her house while looking for a job. The stress of trying to earn some much-needed extra cash has her restlessly pacing around her house, when she suddenly remembers a chore she needs to do. The snippet is in first-person and has been formatted to fit the 10 sentence rule:

       I’ve toured every room in the house including the bedrooms of Ashley and Dad, risking verbal beatings from both whilebrowsing through job postings and Facebook. My heart is racing like one of those Japanese bullet trains as I pace around the kitchen, and I’m now regretting that fifth cup of coffee at breakfast. On top of that, my eyes are stinging from an overdose of blue light, increasing the already likelihood of needing glasses by the time I’m 25.

       After putting my tablet on sleep mode, I suck in a breath as my eyes meet a message to me from my dad on the dry erase board by the fridgereminding me to water all the plants today.

        “Aw shit,” I pound the countertop, causing Dasher to jump and scat out of the kitchen. “How the fuck did I forget?”

        It’s my turn to water the plants, and because Dad checks to make sure Ashley and I have done our chores, I’ll be grounded if I don’t.
  
         I’m greeted by the sun’s UV rays stinging my skin as I come through the door frame into my backyard with a full watering can. Intense heat quickly seeps through the bottoms of my feet the moment I step onto the deck. “Aaahh, ow, ow,” I hop around, enduring a blistering hot foot.

Ouch! Guess she should’ve put one some shoes! Luckily, it will be be a very brief hot foot. I’ll continue with this scene next week where someone from Melissa’s past will appear. In case you are wondering, Melissa needs to earn extra money as she is moving to California for college, but her father refuses to help her move her stuff so she needs to find another way. FYI, Dasher is Melissa’s cat.

Well, I have some exciting news for you all! I have accepted a new job teaching English in Poland. I’ll be living in a small city 40 miles from Warsaw. The job starts in September and I’m very excited as I have been dreaming of teaching English abroad for many years! Don’t worry, as I will continue to share snippets from across the Atlantic. Since I’ve had a rough year in Ottawa, I feel that this opportunity has come as a blessing! Though I will miss living in the capital of my country.

Happy Sunday everyone!

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Ashley’s New Boyfriend

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Happy Easter! The weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the links for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors.

Guess who’s back? I’m so glad to be participating after my longest absence ever! I’m offering an excerpt from my new WIP, Do for Love (formerly Cruel Summer), which is a coming-of-age YA contemporary that takes place in Cincinnati.

In this snippet, Melissa and Ashley are eating breakfast when their dad asks to meet Ashley’s new boyfriend, Logan.

This is Melissa’s POV and creative punctuation has been used to meet the sentence limit:

Ashley looks at Dad with surprise as he goes on about how Logan’s parents are likely curious to meet her. The funny thing is, she hasn’t mentioned one word about them yet.

The pink in her cheeks vanishes instantly, replaced by milky paleness. She tucks her legs under her, sitting cross-legged in the chair and blinking rapidly at Dad, while twirling her hair with one finger. A piece of black fabric from her slippers falls off the bottom of her right foot and tumbles to the floor, as she rubs her toes.

I’m not sure why she’s nervous about Dad wanting to meet Logan, especially since she’s been dating him for almost two weeks. Dad insisted on meeting Chris after only a week. If he knew about the pics of her and Logan making out on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, he’d surely have wanted to meet him sooner.

“This is your first boyfriend, honeycake,” Dad says soothingly, “I simply want to meet the special boy in my little princess’s life.”

Since when is she his little princess? I’m the eldest, why can’t I be his princess?

 

Blurb: When her younger sister starts dating a young man with a dark side, life turns upside down for Melissa. She’ll need the help from the last person she would go to – her ex-boyfriend.

Well I think Melissa is entitled to being the little princess. FYI, Chris is Melissa’s ex, who will play an important role in the story. Thoughts and feedback are much appreciated!

I’m so sorry I’ve been away for all this time! The new life, which I embarked on last September, has not been as kind to me as I was hoping, and as a result kept me from participating and writing in general. However, I will soon embark on a new chapter, one of which I have been dreaming about for many years. Details of that will come at a time of my choosing. I hope you are all well! Life has not been the same without the magic of W.W.W.

Thanks for visiting me today, and I look forward to reading your lovely snippets!

Frank

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