Monthly Archives: September 2012
I remembered! Though I hesitated over whether to title this one #9 or #10. 10 won out because I have posted ten excerpts. So here I am:
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So for me… I’m editing the WIP I call The Farm on my novel listings. It’s a completed draft, but my secondary characters needed some help with GMC to carry everyone into the sequel. Here’s the opening setting for this steampunk novel:
Tall, gold lettering proclaimed Shearing Enterprises’ business pledge across a painted signboard: The Latest in Agricultural Technology, backed by the Best Craftsmanship in Glenwood-on-Tyne.
“My word, I had no idea your visits to his business meant the industrial district. I don’t like it,” Polly muttered, but she allowed Annmar to pull her along.
“Neither do I, without Mrs. Rennet present,” Annmar admitted with a sigh.
In the canyon between the towering factory walls, the clink, clink, clink of various gear mechanisms echoed and steam billowing from the lines of open paned factory windows. Polly’s wide-eyed gaze fell from them to two workmen in grubby coveralls hoisting lengths of gray metal rods off a foundry delivery wagon blocking half the street.
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I totally forgot to sign up for Six Sentence Sunday! I’ve been revising my WIP, working title The Farm, so will offer up six from the opening of this YA steampunk-fantasy mash-up.
Polly shook her head and the blond curls she’d pinned high for work danced over the high collar of her candy-striped blouse. But her friend didn’t desert her. Annmar switched the roll of linen parchment she carried and tucked her free arm through Polly’s. Together they picked their way around the carts and Annmar resisted the urge to pluck up her walking skirt over the drifts of fall leaves. It would only attract attention, attention they already had dressed for shopwork on Glenwood-on-Tyne’s main business fare, not this destination. Yet, the factories along the River Tyne had become an area of the city Annmar knew well after dozens of visits, albeit heretofore arriving in Mr. Shearing’s carriage.
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In my YA fantasy romance Seaside Sorcery, the 16 year-old heroine Coral admits to the new boy in town that she duels illegally with the local group when her seafaring family puts to port. But how did she and her siblings learn to duel in this remote wizard enclave he asks.
“To be honest, it wasn’t dueling back then, but flying challenges. Skim the water, track a particular dolphin in a pod, hide and seek around the ship. Plus some energy ball throwing practice that, well, sometimes fell into fights. Because the others were all older, and better skilled, I had to work to perfect my control. I’d make mistakes. More than once one of them had to fish me out of the sea.”
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One of my special interest chapters with RWA, the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter, just announced its contest finalists. I helped judge, so wanted to give a shout-out: Congratulations, everyone!
FF&P Chapter’s 2012 “On the Far Side” Unpublished Fiction Contest FINALISTS Announced:
“Dark Bringer” By Mia Celeste*
“Valhalla’s King” By Asa Maria Bradley*
“Son of a Wolf” By Laura Welling*
“Fragile Hearts” Renee Henry*
“Shadowdemon” Amanda Byrne
“Red Tide” Paula Leonard Huffman*
“Stalking Horse” Alleyne Dickens
“Must Love Breeches” Angela Quarles*
“The Raven’s Heart” Louisa Cornell
“Arena Dogs: Mercury” Charlee Allden
“Alien Contact for Idiots” Ed Hoornaert*
“Sword of Revalmor” Cáit Donnelly*
“The Time Keeper’s Daughter” Jenna Grinstead
“Laid Bare” J.D. Haymore
“The Serum Book One: The Journey” Sharron Riddle*
“Catalyst” Laura Welling*
“Evition Eyes” Cassandra L. Shaw*
“Violet Sees Red” Katt Lloyd*
*Denotes FF&P Chapter Member
Thanks Six Sentence Sunday for letting me share another snippet of my YA fantasy romance, Seaside Sorcery. Coral takes Ty up on his offer of a ride on his Vespa, but Ty stops to get the full story on the comments her rival Spike had to drop.
Those silvery eyes bore into her with a curiosity she wished was about something else. Her head cleared and rational thought snapped back into place. He was dangerous, maybe not this week, but certainly when Pop removed the quash.
“Who am I with?” Ty asked.
The fellow didn’t waste any time. “Tern Bay’s top duelist.”
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