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Cracked Daisy ~ New Excerpt

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“Watching mom pull out of the parking lot in her car, I pushed the library door open slowly and the smell of the paper hit me. Possibly more of a mildew smell than paper one now that I think about it. Our town library was old and seemed majestic. As a child, I loved coming here with my dad on the weekends. I would roam the aisles and get lost in reading.

I laid my books on the counter and looked at Ms. Ruby bending over a pile of stacked books on a cart. She was an older lady that wore fashionable dress clothes much younger than her age. On her fingers were large oversized costume jewelry and her fingernails were always extra-long in length and brightly colored. Rumor had it, she has been married ten times and is on the prowl again, that is if ancient people prowl. Her brightly stained lipstick was a little uneven but at her age, I give her credit for looking as good as she did.

“Daisy Violet Day! I missed you at the book club meeting this week. Were you sick, dear?” Ms. Ruby asked with genuine concern. Ms. Ruby is the only person I knew that called me by my full name. She said it reminded her of her friends when she was a young girl, a friend named Violet and a friend named Daisy.

“No ma’am, Joseph was headed home and I didn’t want to miss him.”

“Where is that tall drink of water brother of yours? Will he be home all summer? I think we could find him a job up here this summer at the library.”

“Thank you, Ms. Ruby. I will be sure to share that information with him.” I said contemplating those implications of him working side by side with a flirty Ms. Ruby.

I heard the library door open and swoosh shut and was hoping it was Mica. I was right. When he rounded the corner, he was carrying what looked like two motorcycle helmets. Surely, no… I mean, he wouldn’t have brought a motorcycle to drive me home… Right?

Ms. Ruby smiled at him and spoke before I could, “Well, aren’t you a handsome son of a gun. You have trouble written all over you. How can I help you?”

Mica smiled while winking at me privately and placed the helmets up on the counter. He began speaking in a playfully serious tone, “Darling, I am here to help this redhead with some school work. Where is the quietest corner in this place? It is imperative that we not be bothered. The future of Algebra and Mankind is at stake.”

Ms. Ruby’s eyes darted from me to Mica and she asked, “And what is your name?”

“Mica Malone.”

“Malone? You are one of the Malone’s?” She asked as she moved around the corner of the counter. “I heard you fellas were back. You don’t wear your crown around I guess.”

Mica’s eyes widened and I’m sure I saw him choke at the word crown.

“Excuse me?” Mica stuttered out.

Ms. Ruby looked peculiarly at Mica and said, “I must have you mixed up with someone else. Well, Darling, Ms. Daisy Violet can show you to where she would like to study.”

Mica picked his helmets off the counter and lifted one in the air partially to point towards the book aisles and for me to lead. Whatever Ms. Ruby had meant by those words, they visibly rattled him.”

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Trellis

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Do you hear that? It is my excitement over my new book cover!  I am waiting for my proof to arrive so I can do a read through and then pass to Beta~readers.

This project has been a work of passion and pain!  I have gone through numerous title changes, a massive third person rewrite, and book cover changes.  I can see the finish line, though.     This artist knocked it out of the park and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

In a few weeks I will be posting the first chapter.  What do you all think about me reading the first chapter in a video????!!!!

I’m already deep in book two of the Trellis Saga~~~ YAYAY!!.  Truly, I don’t think I have ever been so excited about a writing project!

~~Neasha

Writing Prompt for a Friday Night

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Get Writing!  What are you waiting for!!??

 

Julianna couldn’t decide between the blue and red dress.  She hadn’t been on a date in eons and had started to wish she had said no to the outing.  Trying to push the negative thoughts that kept popping up in her mind away, had failed.   However she knew, that continuing to be a hermit forever was out of the question.  Could she be a hermit forever?  No, no, she would push forward.  As her lively grandmother had always said, “Without steps forward, you are just a statue, letting life stir and live in circles around you. Step off of your safe pedestal and into the movement of life.”

She looked at the dress again,”Red.  Red it is…”

Writer’s Block?? — Forget about it!!

Hope you are enjoying these Writing Prompts I have been posting the last few weeks.  The more you practice writing the more you will be on your way to finishing a manuscript!  Those who can write— DO!   Writer’s Block?? — Forget about it!!

 

~~Neasha

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Helpful Sites for Newbie Authors

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I thought I would share some effective websites and podcasts that have helped me over the years with my writing career. I have shared these with many people and it has been awhile since I have shared a few with my blog readers. My first book Junior Size Faith did well enough, nevertheless what I didn’t do is write a sequel to that book. You will find that this is ONE of the biggest mistakes that any new author makes. It is repeated again and again as a theme of WHAT NOT TO DO through most of the sites I am going to share here. Write, Write and Write some more! When you are done writing—WRITE SOME MORE! I am working on a series of urban fantasy projects now and a few are being tested by beta readers. YaY!

Now, on to my list~

First off, if you have not found Joanna Penn’s website the Creative Penn (with a double n) then you are missing a lot of helpful information that can start you on the road to publishing. She also produces a podcast on YouTube where she interviews other helpful authors that can inspire you to write, along with helpful tips from finance to writing platforms. If you have been at this awhile, I am sure you have heard of Joanna!

A great blog site for authors to get the ‘down and dirty’ of the differences between the big publishing houses and self-publishing is J. A. Konrath’s blog site for Newbie to Publishing. A wealth of information for anyone wanting a crash course for Newbies in this business.

I am going to offer this next site with a little bit of trepidation, not because these guys give bad information but because they have the worst potty mouths this side of a Navy Pier. HOWEVER, they are helpful when it comes to creating worlds, formatting, author interviews, and genre hopping (Which I know, they don’t really indorse but whatevs). Johnny B. Truant’s YouTube channel is a trove of info and if you are not easily offended then you can check them out as well. Within these podcast/videos whatever you want to call them, the guys have different podcast for the different projects they have going on so you can fiddle around and see what interests you @ The Self Publishing Podcast Website.

Another YouTube channel I actually just stumbled on the other day is the Rocking Self Publishing podcasts. Simon the host has a great British accent, which isn’t helpful in itself but I like it! He has placed abundant content on his site that is enormously helpful for us authors. If you haven’t subscribed to this channel I highly recommend to check it out.

I am sure I have left some other helpful sites out, if you have one that you refer to often please share it below. Add your email and follow my blog, just hit the FOLLOW BUTTON and enter your email~~ easy peasy.

~~Neasha
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