This afternoon, The Write Stuff welcomes Marjorie Mallon, who is sharing an excerpt from her book, The Curse of Time. I know you’ll enjoy reading this one.
This afternoon, it is my pleasure to welcome Marjorie Mallon to The Write Stuff. Marjorie is sharing an excerpt from her book, The Curse of Time, and I know you guys are going to enjoy it. Thanks for taking part in #ExcerptWeek, Marjorie, and welcome to the group.
On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.
Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.
Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles…
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#ExcerptWeek’s next contributor is Balroop Singh, with a lovely poem from her book, Emerging from Shadows. I know you’ll enjoy this one!
This afternoon, I’d like to welcome Balroop Singh to The Write Stuff. Balroop is sharing an excerpt from her book, Emerging from Shadows, and I know you are going to enjoy it, and will share it far and wide. Welcome, Balroop!
THE SECRET OF BEING ALIVE
Torrential thoughts stir the ghosts of past
Throttling pain feeds on grisly graves
Pushing past away, I continue to thrive
In the rhythm of throbbing life
Life that seems scrupulously seamless
Having sustained stormy waves
Craves for calm waters and sunshine
Nurturing the hope… clouds would subside
Swaying droplets of indifferent love
Stand sprinkled all around
The charade of connection continues
Evoking detest, dissent and disenchantment
Sharp shards of shattered emotions
Pierce as I try to gather those sensations
Wilderness walks with me
Yet a dim, discrete light beckons…
Rise from those dumps of depression!
Bury those personal regrets deep…
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#ExcerptWeek continues, and Deborah Jay has a wonderful one today, plus a FREE offer. Don’t miss out on The Spy and the Lady!
THE FIVE KINGDOMS epic fantasy series (think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings) has a new entry!
THE SPY AND THE LADY is now available.
Ex-spy, Rustam Chalice, never could resist a lady in peril, and this one’s up to her pretty eyelashes.
Getting into the outlaws’ camp isn’t so tricky, but how come the rogues don’t seem that motivated by promise of a rich ransom? And why does the lady not appear enthusiastic about escaping?
“Unhand the lady, you ruffians!”
Was that pompous enough? Exiled spy, Rustam Chalice, slipped into the role of arrogant nobleman with the ease of donning a cloak. When he’d ridden into the forest…
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This morning’s #ExcerptWeek share comes from Judith Barrow, and is from her latest book, A Hundred Tiny Threads. I know you’ll love it!
This morning, I’d like to welcome Judith Barrow, who is sharing an excerpt from her latest book, A Hundred Tiny Threads, which is now available for pre-order. I know you’ll enjoy this one, and will remember to share hither and yon, as you can. Thanks so much, and thanks, Judith, for taking part in #ExcerptWeek. Welcome!
Gritty family saga set in Lancashire in the 1900s and Ireland at the time of the Black and Tans.
Winifred is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother. When her friend Honora – an Irish girl, with the freedom to do as she pleases – drags Winifred along to a suffragette rally, she realises that there is more to life than the shop and her parents’ humdrum lives of work and grumbling.
Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood echoes…
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#ExcerptWeek continues, and even I’m getting into the act. Here’s a scene from the draft of my current work in progress, The Emissary. Enjoy!
The Archangel Michael (apparently) Throwing Lucifer Out of Heaven
Doing something different, here. Decided to share a rough draft of a scene from my current WIP, The Emissary. I have no cover to show you, and no Buy Links for this, of course, so I’ll share the links for the other three books in the Riverbend series.
To set this excerpt up, you need to know that in Finding Hunter, a trucker named Gabe Angelino brought Hunter Painter home to Willow, after a six-month-long disappearance he nearly didn’t survive. Willow has always thought Gabe Angelino was a real angel. She’s wrong on that, but not TOO wrong. I don’t want to give away too much, but the following scene between Jake (Gabe’s real name) and Azrael, a very old, very powerful angel, demonstrates the kind of thing that can happen when you aren’t careful about saying no to…
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Check out this wonderful excerpt from The Call of the Woof, by Kassandra Lamb. A wonderful concept (the Marcia Banks series) and a super addition to #ExcerptWeek)
by Kassandra Lamb
I’m playing catch-up this week after traveling last week, so I need to go back and read everyone else’s excerpts. The few I’ve read so far were really great.
Here’s mine from my newest release, Book 3 in the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, about a woman who trains service dogs (Buddy is her mentor dog) for combat veterans with PTSD and other “invisible injuries.” In this book, the veteran, Jake Black suffers from traumatic brain injury. He and his wife have been accused of robbery because the culprits were seen leaving the scene of the crime on motorcycles that look like the Blacks’ bikes.
First the synopsis and then an excerpt from Chapter Three, when the police come to search the house and garage.
Army veteran Jake Black has a new lease on life, thanks to service dog Felix and his trainer, Marcia Banks…
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An excerpt this morning from Words We Carry by D. G. Kaye. Very powerful stuff here. Hope you enjoy reading it!
Thanks for your generous invitation to share an excerpt of our books here on your blog Marcia. This excerpt is from my nonfiction-self-help book, Words We Carry – Essays of Obsession and Self-Esteem.
“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”
What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?
D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a raw…
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Check out this excerpt from Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni, by Mary Smith. Mary’s travels make for truly fascinating reading! You’ll enjoy it, I’m sure.
This memoir takes the reader on a journey through Afghanistan, meeting the women with whom Mary Smith worked and provides a remarkable insight into their lives. Share in the day-to-day lives of women like Sharifa and Marzia: the dramas, the tears and the laughter.
As well as the opportunity to get to know the women, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni allows the reader through some of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes in the world And if you want to know why the chickens were drunk and the macaroni burnt – you’ll have to buy the book!
Excerpt: this is from chapter seven when the trainee health volunteers request a family planning lesson.
Before we started on lessons about healthy pregnancies and deliveries, the students requested a class on family planning. It was the contraceptive pill they most wanted to hear about.
‘Is it true,’ asked Kulsom, ‘that if…
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Another great share for #ExcerptWeek: An excerpt from Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind, by Darlene Foster. Check out this great children’s book!
Here is an excerpt from the sixth book in the Amanda Travels series, Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind soon to be released.
Amanda stood in front of a door the map showed as the Santos Display Room.
“What’s in here?”
Along with Caleb and a couple of other students, she entered the dimly lit room containing glass cabinets filled with pictures and statues of various saints. A sign explained how the families in Spanish America always kept a shrine to a saint in their homes. The shrine often held Milagros, tiny silver shapes attached to statues of the saints. There were legs for people who couldn’t walk, eyes for those who had bad eyesight and animal figures to wish a farmer a productive year with his flock. Amanda was fascinated as she peered carefully through the glass at the small objects stuck on the figures.
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#ExcerptWeek continues with D. Avery’s clever and thoughtful poem, When Comes the Time, from her book Chicken Shift. Check it out!
Poet D. Avery is sharing two of her poems with us this week, and I’ve decided to start with this one, from her collection, Chicken Shift. Poem #2 will be along later in the week. I know you will all enjoy this one, and will share it far and wide!
When comes the time, a road’s the place
The destiny some hens embrace
Chickens rise and leave the nest
To make their dreams manifest.
Their sojourn can’t end unless it begins
So they head out to look within
Pilgrims of regenerate faith
These chickens cross, they go with grace
They cross a road, they pass that test
Continue on their illimitable quest
Till comes the time when they stop, content
They know themselves and where they went.
D. Avery (196?-20??) has long been a compulsive poet. Despite a very important day job…
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Another wonderful excerpt, this time from Free, A Novella by Felicia Denise. Hope you enjoy it!
Our next guest on #ExcerptWeek is Felicia Denise, who has asked me to share this excerpt with you. Welcome, Felicia, and thanks for taking part. I know everyone will enjoy reading this, and then sharing t far and wide!
Lenore “Lennie” Porter’s life had not gone as she planned.
The marriage she put her heart and soul into failed.
The man she sacrificed so much for abandoned her.
But Lennie refused to be broken. She pushed on, running a successful business and raising her three sons alone.
Through health scares and severe family dysfunction and trauma which forever changed their lives, the Porter family clung to each other to keep from sinking into the darkness.
With her marriage over long ago and her adult sons living their own lives, Lenore Porter decides to sell the cold fortress she worked so hard to make a warm, loving home.
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Got a sweet tooth? Possibly for chocolate? Check out this very sweet romance by Brenda Scruggs. Yum.
I would like to thank Marcia for this excerpt week. I look forward to seeing all the great talent and interesting books that will be posted.
Chocolate has a reputation of healing a broken-heart. Swirl through the pages of this sweet romance of two unlikely people, one a chocolate heir and the other not fond of chocolate, to see if chocolate holds true to its reputation.
Charles Riviera an heir to a chocolate empire was perfectly content as Director of Marketing over Riviera Chocolate until, he literally bumps into Charlene Callaway. Would she melt his heart like heat melts chocolate?
Charlene Callaway finds herself far from home after finding her fiancé with another woman on their wedding day. The move had its challenges especially when she goes to work for a Chocolate Company and her new handsome boss.
When Charlene is abducted, her only thoughts were of Charles, The Chocolatier.
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Staci has joined us for #ExcerptWeek, sharing a sexy scene sure to make you want more. (Of the book, I mean!) Check out her Medici Protectorate excerpt.
I’m honored to have been asked to participate in Excerpt Week. Marcia, thank you for arranging this and letting me hop into the schedule.
I’m finishing up my Medici Protectorate series. Book 3 is with the publisher and will release soon. Book 4 is partially written, and then I have to say goodbye to this beloved series. Instead of providing you with lengthy excerpts from the novels, I’m going to give you a teaser from each of the three completed ones and a printed excerpt from the fourth.
And finally, from my WIP, a never-before published excerpt…
She opened the door and glanced at the water. Coz treaded in the deep end, but mercifully, he faced the windows, his back to the door.
Good luck or consideration? She wasn’t sure, but she was grateful…
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Super fun children’s story and yummy recipes, all in one book. What could be better? #ExcerptWeek
Silly Willy goes to Cape Town is a light hearted and humorous story about going on holiday with two small, and very different boys. The story is told through the eyes of Cautious Craig, an eight year old boy, and includes hilarious accounts of his views on life with his naughty younger brother. The story is for children aged 7 to 12 years old.
The book includes recipes and instructions on how to make five fun children’s party cakes as well as instructions on how to make the various illustrations, made out of fondant, in the book.
When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and wilful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal…
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Another great post from #ExcerptWeek! Check out this spooky story, and don’t forget the author’s bio. It’s very cool!
THE SIREN AND OTHER STRANGE TALES is a collection of six short stories spanning the twentieth century and each one has a spooky twist.
Extract From ‘The Siren’ a story set in England in 1903
“Haldane stooped to pick up a handful of the wet muddy sand that sucked at his boots with…
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It’s ExcerptWeek on The Write Stuff, and I’ll be sharing everyone’s posts here, too. Enjoy!
Immerse yourself in a magical world where fairies and werewolves exist alongside each other and an ordinary, foul-mouth 22-year old college student named Haven Evergreen is destined to rule.
Fans of fantasy and paranormal will be captivated by this thrilling and spellbinding new series by Rebekkah Ford.
*This excerpt is the tail end of the first chapter from Legends of Deceit*
Our ranch style house was nestled in the center of a grove of trees at the end of the street, away from the other houses due to my father purchasing two lots on either side. We liked our privacy, and my father loved his workshop on the south side of the house. I was glad to be home, looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. I noticed all the lights were off, including the one on the porch. Mom always left it on when I was out after dark…
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Figured I’d let you Bookin’ It folks know about this sale, too. If you have time to share, that would be great! Thanks!
After offering up That Darkest Place for a holiday sale, I decided to go all in! I’m putting all the rest of my books on sale, too, for a mere $.99 each. Yep. You can get all three Wake-Robin Ridge books and the first two Riverbend books for $.99 each. If you’ve been waiting to check out either of these series, now’s your chance. Three days only, though: July 4, 5, and 6. (Unless they go live later today, of course.) So, knock yourself out, folks! And spend part of your holiday getting to know the things that go bump in the night on Wake-Robin Ridge, or the eccentric characters who make up the sleepy little Florida town of Riverbend. (And don’t forget to let others know, too. I mean, really . . . why should you have ALL the fun? 😀 ) THANKS!
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A good chance to download your copy of That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3 at a $3 savings! 🙂
Mark your calendars. In honor of Independence Day, I’m lowering the price on That Darkest Place to $1.99! Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only, so don’t miss out. If you haven’t yet downloaded your copy of this 3rd book in the Riverbend series, now’s your chance to get it at a $3.00 savings! (It could go live at that price a few hours early, if you want to take a look tomorrow.) Be sure to let your friends, neighbors, and followers know, too. THANKS!
The new year is a chance for new beginnings—usually hopeful, positive ones. But when Jackson Painter plows his car into a tree shortly after midnight on January 1, his new beginnings are tragic. His brothers, Forrest and Hunter, take up a grim bedside vigil at the hospital, waiting for Jackson to regain consciousness and anxious over how he’ll take the news that he’s lost a leg and…
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Check out Tony Riches, my guest blogger today on The Write Stuff. If you like historical fiction, you’ll love these!
My guest today is Tudor specialist Tony Riches, author of the best-selling Tudor Trilogy. Welcome to The Write Stuff, Tony. Let’s talk about your books.
Where did the idea for writing the Tudor trilogy come from?
I began looking into the life of Owen Tudor, the Welsh servant who married a queen, and was surprised to discover his amazing story. As my research progressed I began to collect fascinating details of the lives of Owen’s sons, Edmund and Jasper. I realised that if I planned it as a trilogy, Henry Tudor would be born in the first book, come of age in the second and become King of England in the final book.
Why do you think this is the first full-length novel about Henry Tudor?
Everyone from Shakespeare to Alison Weir has written about Henry, but this trilogy is the first time his full story has been told through historical…
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Woohooo! Look what’s OUT, and at a greatly reduced price, too. One Week Only for these low prices on ALL my books! Grab yours today. 🙂
It’s here at last! That Darkest Place is now available on Kindle, and will soon be out in print. And I’m so excited, I’m running a One Week Only sale on it, and ALL of my other books, as well. Yep, my characters are celebrating from Riverbend, Florida, all the way to Wake-Robin Ridge, North Carolina! The Painter Brothers, Maggie & Gunn, Sarah & Mac, and even Little Rabbit are putting out the word that this is the best deal you’ll get all year, and a chance to begin each series from the beginning, if you haven’t already done so.
Starting today, and continuing through Sunday, 5/21, you can download my books at the following prices:
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If you’re in the area, hope you’ll come join us for a really fun afternoon!
Opening Slide from My Swamp Ghosts Presentation
On May 20, 2017, I’ll be doing my favorite presentation at DeBary Hall Historic Site, and if you are in the area, I’d love to see you there. This talk features many beautiful photographs of the St. Johns River basin habitat, including birds and wildlife of the area. There is also a brief introduction to albino and leucistic alligators, and a section on the easiest way to ID the very few snakes in our area that you do not want to handle. The last section covers a bit on how I write, my inspiration board photos, and the challenges of starting a brand new career at a time when most are thinking about retirement.
I always include plenty of time for Questions & Answers during and after the presentation, and I can pretty much guarantee that there will be a whole lotta…
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Still sick, here.
Just want to let you guys know that my uninvited “bug” is lingering much longer than I had hoped. While I am vastly improved over last week, I’m most definitely not back at 100% and my doctor keeps telling me rest is what I need most right now.
Apparently this is one mean, miserable cold/flu/bronchitis/pneumonia/vicious thingie, and shaking it takes a long time. With that in mind, I’m going to try to behave in a way that will make my doctor proud of me, and stay in bed (or at least bundled up in the comfy chair) for a few more days.
Don’t worry. I’m here, and keeping an eye on things via my iPhone, so if you need help, just give a holler. And those of you who are regular contributors to this blog, please feel free to post anything you’d like to share while I’m away. I’ll be back…
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Woohoo! Finally have my cover for That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3. I think it is my favorite cover to date, and I hope you guys love it as much as I do!
I may be slaving away at editing the last five chapters of #ThatDarkestPlace, but at last I have something to share with you guys! My cover designer, Graphics Goddess Nicki Forde (of Nicki Forde Designs) has done me proud, once again. I do believe this is my favorite of all my covers. So far. (You never know what she’ll come up with for the next one.) I just had to share this today, and I hope you agree that it’s a glorious thing. Full of mystery, hinting at disaster, and perfectly encompassing a man in despair.
Happy St. Pat’s Day! Hope you enjoy reading about my most wonderful of birthday presents.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone! Erin go bragh!
On this day, in 1944, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida, guess who was born? Yep. Me. I arrived kicking and screaming, and pretty much kept on in that vein for the next 73 years. Well, I don’t scream as loud as used to, and I hardly ever kick anyone these days, but you get my drift. Today is my birthday, and do you know what I plan to do? Ahem. ANYTHING I DARN WELL PLEASE! All day long! 😀
My daughter gave me a lovely piece of art for Christmas, and the first thing I’m doing tomorrow is taking it in to be framed. Then I’m going to do some fun shopping, hitting the local bookstores (what’s left of ’em, anyway) and some garden centers I love to browse. After that, I’m getting a haircut, so I won’t scare the dogs…
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