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Resurrection – From NaNoWriMo Raw unedited Sneak Peek 2

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I’ve edited through my NaNoWriMo work today. I figured after a month of talking and posting writing goals, I may as well share another snippet of it!  Granted this is raw, unedited work, but none the less here you go:

Adrenaline pulsed hard through my veins. Each moment that past, my blood boiled even hotter. As Officer Asshat droned on lecturing me about how women should be treated; I kept my temper in check, for her. Nothing pissed me off more than the unjustifiable accusation of being a womanizing bastard. I might be a tried and true dickhead at times, but disrespect a woman or abuse her, never going to happen. My eyes stared down the overweight sheriff, never once providing him with any reasons for an arrest, but simply letting him know he did not hold the upper hand here. Especially when he made presumptions leading him down the wrong path. Occasionally my watchful eyes search over Asshats shoulder beyond the parked squad car in hopes of catching a glimpse of Jenna.

NaNoWriMo – Raw, Unedited, Sneak Peek!

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From Resurrection: 

 

Cocking my head from side to side, I began critiquing my new body. I dismissed the noises rattling around softly behind me. An uncomfortable feeling soon brought me back to the here and now. I immediately begin glancing around shifting my focus higher in the mirror. My eyes widening, as they meet with those of the afternoon shift janitor. He’s fumbling around, gathering his supplies nervously exiting the small shower stall with his small cart of cleaning goods. Swiftly pulling my towel back together, my face a fine shade of tomato red, the recollection of seeing the little yellow caution signs at the entrance to the locker room, it registers in my baby brain that he’s been here the whole time.

The locker room was empty because the signs say cleaning crew. This little oversight mortifies me. The young man watched me explore myself from top to bottom. He observed me as I guided my hands across my breasts and down my stomach. I trailed them over my hips and down my ass. I’m almost positive a nice little handy in his enclosure just happened. I’m embarrassed, feeling like I’m part of the walk of shame gang. Without a second thought, I immediately decide upon foregoing the shower today. I squeeze my towel tighter. My mind now madly flooded with irrational thoughts, I hustle back into the locker area for proper clothing and a clean escape from this new hell and humiliation.

Resurrection – Shh WIP Sneak Peek

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Resurrection is my WIP for NaNoWriMo. Jenna and Chase are shaping up nicely. I figured a little teaser pleaser for a Sunday morning might be nice.

***disclosure: This is pre-editor perusal, proceed with extreme caution.***

Synopsis

Her life was a true fairy tale. She’d always set her goals high: the hot man, the power career, the great kids. She had it all. When the defining moment and diagnosis came through, she felt her world swirl around the edges of the black hole of despair. Could she recover, and even more so, did she want to?

He married his happily-ever-after. She made him smile, laugh, and believe life really was a dream come true. He worked hard, played hard, and doted hard on his family. And when his world crumbled, he found it hard to carry on. Now he’s in recovery mode. Will he be able to push past the pain and misery, or is this the end?

Excerpt

 Somewhere within the stark reality of the moment, Doctor Trihn cursed that dirty word, and the raw truth of the diagnosis. My logical brain understood my job. My job as a wife. My duty. The responsibility clearly defined in our vows, spoke in our vows, expressed in front of God and everyone we loved. The declarations binding us together for eternity. I vowed to Marshall my undying support through sickness and health, until death do us part. Apparently my words appeared superficial at this moment, unheeded and meaningless. I stood still, paralyzed, the one held and supported by the man just handed his death sentence. Me, the weak link in our never-ending circle of commitment.

NaNoWriMo – WIP

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National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, is under way. Day five and I’m surprising myself daily by keeping up. I’m amazed since this is crunch time before finals. My students have essays coming due in about a week which will really impact my time frames for writing. However, “C’est la vie” and we’ll just roll with the punches!

I thought I’d give you a little synopsis of this new piece. I’m still working on Blake and Sam, however Jenna and Chase are shaping up nicely.

 

Welcome to Resurrection:

Her life was a true fairy tale. She’d always set her goals high: the hot man, the power career, the great kids. She had it all. When the defining moment and diagnosis came through, she felt her world swirl around the edges of the black hole of despair. Could she recover, and even more so, did she want to?

He married his happily-ever-after. She made him smile, laugh, and believe life really was a dream come true. He worked hard, played hard, and doted hard on his family. And when his world crumbled, he found it hard to carry on. Now he’s in recovery mode. Will he be able to push past the pain and misery, or is this the end?

 

The premise for Resurrection came from some real life situations. I’m blessed to have known my inspirations, and they continue to lift me up through their strength each and every day.

Sneak Peek – Shh Blake and Sam are shaping up!

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The more edits come through, the more excited I am about introducing Blake and Sam!

“Miss Sawyer, business propositions are only a small piece of what my game plan entails. My preferences include developing a mutual game layout, progressing around the bases, executing enough sweet spots to leave one begging for more, and stealing the heart of the one player I cannot seem to sign.”

 

A little double entendre at work here— I wrote this part over a year ago and it is interesting going back and reading something again. Funny it was during last years baseball playoffs, Hmmm!

Sneak Peek – Shh another little glimpse!

Another little tiny snippet from the WIP! #amediting

He scans the grounds as he walks. I pause, watching his graceful body move methodically along his determined path. His movements are swift, clean, and driven by powerful muscles. His clothes have salt stains from the sweat of his workout. He glances back at the double doors and catches me giving him the once over. A smile stretches from ear to ear when he realizes I’m rubbernecking. He approaches the door and, like a gentleman, opens it for me.

Sneak Peek… Shh still editing

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Sneak Peek while editing… just a short blurb

Unfortunately, my less than stealthy entrance attracts the eyes of all the bodies in the classroom. Male eyes. This was not my intention. Of course, my appearance now attracts the wrong idea, as the majority of this class is all male athletes with one thing flashing in their eyes. I am wishing I had sweats and a t-shirt on, like most college students, rather than the leggy shorts. I guess my ‘dress up a little to get the professor’s attention’ tactic has backfired. Slinking slowly into the closest available seat, I pull out my iPad and begin scribbling notes without looking up.

Inspiration for Book One: Title Still in Progress!

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Enough teasers! After living a little over four decades there are multiple life experiences which played loudly in my head and the characters began to shout out at me. I love the Ivy School appearance and several of those schools exist on the West Coast. After several visits to Northern California several years ago I fell in love with many aspects of one particular university. The buildings spoke of the depth and history which naturally began to lay the foundational setting of book one. Some of my own college antics, or those which turned into urban legend, began to form the basis for several of the characters in the work. Some of the beta readers who have known me for multiple decades emailed me about some of the innocents. We have had few good laughs since theses betas were shoulder to shoulder with me during some of the inspired ideas. Hopefully things fall together for a release later this year. If not then maybe a 2017 kick off. I am continuing to write the tale with book two, and am pleased with the progress. Please exercise a little patience, and hang tight, while I work out all the kinks.