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Monday, May 16, 2022

In One Lifetime


 I                                                               In One Lifetime

by Graham Forlonge

 

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GENRE: Non-Fiction - Autobiography

 

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BLURB:

 

This book is an autobiography of a man who had over 50 mostly major PTSD events in his life. It recounts the trials, struggles, and lessons learned over a life span of 67 years. It recalls his childhood, time as lifesaver, police diver, police driving instructor, member of SWOS, professional NRL footballer, running Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC), Security Manager of the world renowned Porgera Gold Mine in PNG and world record holder of going around Australia in under 10 days on a motorcycle. The events accounted whilst a police diver as well as a Highway Patrol Officer includes plane crashes, train accidents, body recoveries and numerous fatal road accidents, some of which are major historic events in Australian history. It also includes native raids, murders, abuse and many more traumatic events while working in PNG. Some of the accounts are captivating and others highly emotional. His life and determination to succeed was mostly driven as a result of having been sexually abused over many years at the hand of his tutor as a child. It is a true Australian story and displays considerable endurance and survival skills.

 

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EXCERPT 

 

I had a few months to fill in before my induction into the Police Academy, so I took a job as a bouncer at the Strata Hotel in Cremorne under the guidance of Greg Norton, a former professional boxer! Greg was a big, strong guy and I learned a lot about security from him in those months, which helped me in my first couple of years in the police force: crowd control, breaking up fights, removing unruly people from the premises, etc., but most of all I learned about communication. My ability to communicate saved my backside many times in the years to come, as will be evident in later chapters.

 

I also had the pleasure of playing with Greg’s brother, Brian (Chicka) Norton, with North Sydney Bears and against him when he was at St George. Like Greg, Chicka was big and strong; a tough player, but a real gentleman off the field.

 

There have also been funny sides to fighting and I would love to share this story. Mick Healy, being the good old friend he is, would not let me get into too much trouble by myself, well should I say he would always lend a helping hand to get me out of trouble that I got myself into. Mick and I went to school together, played junior football together and progressed into North Sydney Rugby League together, I regard him as my longest and best friend. One night at the leagues club after a game that we had lost, the reserve grade coach, Chow Hayes, was copping verbal abuse from a couple of the A grade Junior league players. They were pointing at Chow and poking him with their finger while yelling abusive comments at him. I saw this and walked over to stand by Chow just in case something happened. These players were older and bigger than me so Mick also started walking over to see what was going on. One of the players focused on me and started yelling, “Yeah, you suck eggs too, Forlonge, you pussycat!”

 

Big words coming from a big mouth! I hit that big mouth and, of course, that started an “all in” fight in the sports bar. It was progressing nicely until Mick decided to join in. He picked up one of their players and threw him over the bar counter and into the shelves loaded with bottles and glasses on the other side. The fight stopped immediately and everyone just turned and looked at Mick. With his hands lifted up in front of him in a questioning way all he could say was, “WHAT?!”

 

I grabbed him and we made a very hasty exit along with all the other fighters. Nothing was said about the fight for weeks.

 

I think everyone, except for me, was still in shock at Mick’s strength. He is a very strong man!

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Graham Forlonge is a father, footballer, policeman, diver, security officer and the author of IN ONE LIFETIME.

 

In the 5-Star Review from IndieReader C.S. Holmes writes, "In the memoir In One Lifetime by Graham Forlonge, the author experiences murder, plane crashes, mine explosions, and more...on his way to healing from PTSD...Graham Forlonge’s memoir In One Lifetime is an expansively honest and brutally detailed submersion into aspects of trauma that left the author with a lifelong case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is most touching when detailing his healing process."

 

It took 10+ years to write his memoir. Now, Graham works as a part time counselor for the underprivileged.

 

Connect with Graham Forlonge

 

Website https://grahamforlonge.com/ 

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19974143.Graham_Forlonge 

 

Get your copy of In One Lifetime                   

 

AMAZON.COM https://amazon.com/dp/0228823358 

 

AMAZON.CA https://amazon.ca/dp/0228823358 

 

AMAZON.COM.AU https://amazon.com.au/dp/0228823358 

 

BOOKSHOP https://bookshop.org/books/in-one-lifetime/9780228823353 

 

INDIGO CHAPTERS https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/in-one-lifetime/9780228823377-item.html

 

BARNES & NOBLE https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-one-lifetime-graham-forlonge/1136260442

 

BOOK DEPOSITORY https://www.bookdepository.com/In-One-Lifetime-Graham-Forlonge/9780228823353

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Snippet Saturday and Weekend Writing Warriors



 Welcome to my blog. Today I'd like to share an excerpt from my all time favorite book Blue 52. On Sunday when you finish here you can go to www.wewriwa.blogspot.com for more excerpts from a talented group of authors. 

Blurb:

First Lady Kills President Lovinggood" 

December 5, 2018 

Thirty years later, Hank Lovinggood embarks on a quest to prove his mother's innocence and punish the killers who took his family from him. Together Hank and lovely physicist Dr. Kathryn Sinclair confront an implacable, twisted, and merciless enemy who'll do whatever it takes to hide the truth forever.


Last Week's Excerpt: 

Senator Lovinggood blew his nose, the honking sound reverberating around the room. “Do you have any ideas about where you want to put them, Hank?”

“I do. I knew you couldn’t block the train forever, so I’ve been looking around. I visited a very nice cemetery this afternoon. Have you ever heard of Crystal Rivers?”

Elaine shook her head. “No. Where is it?”

“It’s about thirty minutes from here. It’s not a new cemetery, but it’s beautiful as far as cemeteries go.”

Elaine shrugged. “One place is as good as another.”

“If it isn’t a new cemetery, is there enough room for us to be buried there as well?” Senator Lovinggood worried.

“Yes, sir, there is. They’re willing to set aside an entire block of spaces for us.”

Senator Lovinggood’s face smoothed out. “Good. If you like it, Hank, that’s what we’ll do. Do you want to call Williams, or do you want me to? I know you don’t know him, so I’ll be glad to take care of it for you.”

“I’ll call him, Grandpa.”

Elaine cocked her head and stared at Hank. “Why have you decided to call Williams? You always tell Henry to take care of things like this.”

“Oh, no reason.” His eyes rested on the photo on the desk. “It’s just something I can do for Mother and Dad.”


Today's Excerpt: As some of you guessed last week, Hank does have an ulterior motive for calling Williams himself. We'll get to it soon, but not this week.


Senator Lovinggood blew his nose again and wiped his eyes with his sleeve. “I know exactly how you feel. I’d give my right arm for the chance to help Richard one more time.”

Hank kissed his grandmother’s cheek. “Don’t worry, Grandma. It’ll be over and done with before you know it. Just think how proud Dad would be. His administration laid the groundwork for the Flash Train.”

“Yes, that’s true.”

The senator’s chest swelled with pride. “I’m proud of it too. The Flash Train can travel over three hundred fifty miles per hour.”

Hank rose to his feet. “I want to change clothes before dinner. I’ll see you guys in a minute.”

He dropped a kiss on his grandmother’s cheek and dashed upstairs.

“Just like Richard used to do,” Senator Lovinggood observed.

“Richard didn’t always change before dinner,” Elaine disagreed.

“No. Run up the stairs. Richard used to do that too.”

Elaine rolled her eyes. “I think I’ll change for dinner too.”

“You look fine to me.”

“No, I feel like changing.”


The senator shrugged. “I’m fine as I am.”


Elaine shot him a look he couldn’t define. “If you say 
so.”

Really! Now what did she mean by that?

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Next Witness

 


The Next Witness

by Kirstyn Petras

 

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GENRE: Thriller

 

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BLURB:

 

Alexander Covington is hunting a traitor: Melody Karsh, a missing girl accused of treason, a Party member who has forsaken her country. But, letters are appearing in mailboxes, being slipped beneath doors, and in the pockets of passersby. “Free Melody” is being spray painted on walls. Her image – cold, shivering, pathetic – has captured the public’s attention and sympathy.

 

Melody has no idea that her name is being used to start a movement, not until the executions of those demanding her freedom start airing on television.

 

Derek Lin would feel sympathy, if he didn’t blame Melody for the deaths of those who have disappeared without a trace, caught up in the investigation to find her.

 

Melody must choose to join the fight or stand aside. Derek will become a leader or break under the pressure. Alexander will decide how many bodies must fall to save his own life.

 

 

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EXCERPT

 

“Well, we thank you very much, Detective Covington, for your time and encourage the public to cooperate fully. And now, a word from our sponsors.”

 

“Clear!” Morgan called, and Covington stood up. He ripped the microphone off his blazer, and, without a word, strode out of the studio. Morgan started screaming the second he was out of earshot.

 

“Do you want us shut down?! Do you have any idea what you've done?!”

 

“Morgan, what is he going to do?” Denise asked, leaning back. “Look, he didn't want me to ask a question, and I did anyway. They never actually announce stories like this. I wanted to know why - how far she could have gotten - the fact he didn’t answer doesn’t make that look good, does it?” 

 

Morgan gaped at her, before returning to the mixing booth. Derek followed her and peeked over her shoulder to watch the playback.

 

There, on the screen, were the pictures of the so-called terrorists. And there was her picture. She'd been at the bar, waiting for Sean, however long ago. He'd seen her picture, the background of Sean's phone, heard Sean talk about her, mope about her, drink himself stupid over her.

 

“We have a problem.” He muttered to Morgan.

 

“What?” Morgan jumped, not having seen him following her. “Why?”

 

“Because I’m pretty sure that girl’s been gone a hell of a lot longer than you think.”




A Word With the Author


1.Did you always want to be an author?

 

I knew I wanted to write, but I don’t know if I thought of “author” as a serious career title for most of my life. What I thought I wanted changed quite a bit growing up. I suffered from the “anywhere but here,” mentality. I knew I wanted to travel, and I wanted to do something that flexed my creative muscles. Aside from that, the picture changed quite often. Writing was always included, but as a dream, and in conjunction with, other aspirations. 

 


2.Tell us about the publication of your first book.

 

So this story has been such a long time in the making it’s hard to know where to begin with that question. I finally finished a draft of the story in 2018, I think, and then started sending it out to friends, asking what the fix and how to improve it. But I didn’t start submitting the book until 2020. My friend, and another author, N.B. Turner and I, started our own podcast focused on Dark Fiction. From there we gained a little traction within the indie noir writing community on Twitter. Twitter is how I found Cinnabar Moth Publishing, they accepted the story, and now, a bit less than a year later, here we are. 


3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in?

Oh, I don’t know if I could pick just one, especially because I wouldn’t classify myself as having a defined genre. For short stories I tend towards horror, and Joe Hill has been such an inspiration there. I think early Chuck Palahniuk, particularly Lullaby, was also influential in terms of story structure, and not being afraid to let bad things happen to main characters. Clive Barker has some influence too, as well as Jeff Vandermeer’s tendency to let the reader figure out the story - he’s frustratingly good at that. 


4.What's the best part of being an author? The worst?

 

I think the best part is the excitement of having people read to and viscerally respond to my story. The ending of The Next Witness has prompted a lot of angry texting, but that’s good! It means that readers felt something for the characters and the world in which those characters exist. 

But the worst part is the same - you have to handle the criticism as well as the praise. And that’s hard, when it’s a story you hold dear and poured your soul into. But that’s a part of the process, universal popularity doesn’t exist.


5.What are you working on now?

Currently I’m working on a story that’s more speculative/magical realism. It revolves around former best friends April and Priscilla, a bartender named Jack, their former teacher Scott, and a couple in the early 1900s with a child of questionable parentage. It’s still in the first draft, but when all’s said and done will involve a road trip from Indiana to Arizona, a motorcycle chase scene, and lots of blues music.  


 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Kirstyn Petras is a fiction writer and commodities reporter but primarily identifies as caffeine in a human suit held together by hair spray and sheer force of will. She currently resides in Texas, though claims home as a combination of New York and Edinburgh. When not writing, she trains contortion and aerial hoop. She has been published in Punk Noir, and is the co-host of Dark Waters, a literary podcast exploring all that is dark, ready, and wonderfully twisted.

 

https://twitter.com/Kirstyn_Petras

https://cinnabarmoth.com/kirstyn-petras/

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

 

Kirstyn Petras will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Audley Enough: A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression

 


Audley Enough: A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression

by Lesley Whyte Reford & Patricia Lavoie

 

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GENRE: Non-fiction, Biography/Memoir

 

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BLURB:

 

Audley Enough follows Audley's journey through "The Matrix," specifically his mental health. The book describes his adventures into his mania and depression that occurred during the peak employment years of his life, from 27 to 38 years old. It takes one through the spiritual essence of his being, and gives one steps to travel through mania and depression. After reading his book, one comes out stronger with multiple coping tools. The book is about Audley refusing to let his bipolar diagnosis define him, nor stop him from leading a mentally, healthy, and productive life.

 

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EXCERPT

 

 

AUDLEY says that “when you see the devastating effect of mania and depression on your family over time, you realize that you have to get it under control.” So I asked him, “What was the actual Oprah ‘A-ha moment’ that made you decide to turn your life around?” He responded quite decisively that it was because of Patty Duke. Soon after being diagnosed, Audley had started researching bipolar disorder in order to understand his condition. He discovered that many of history’s brilliant leaders and well-known creative artists had bipolar disorder, and Patty Duke was one of them. While Audley was in the hospital, his girlfriend Elizabeth had recorded Patty Duke talking about her mental illness on a Phil Donahue show. Patty had said that her hope in going public was that she could help at least one person dealing with the illness. He had always loved Patty as a young boy and her words hit home. Audley thought to himself, “I am the one that you have helped.” From Patty, he learned that countless others suffer from this illness, no matter what their background or personal circumstances. He saw that even people who were successful and/or held in high esteem could be bipolar. He realized that he wasn’t alone; that there was no reason to be ashamed; and, that it was not the result or anything he had or hadn’t done.

 

And so we get to the real reason as to why Audley wanted to write this book about his life. Like Patty, he wants to pay it forward. If he can help one person by sharing his difficult and unglamorous past full of innumerable adversities, Audley will be successful. He wants to break the stigma attached to mental illness so that real work can be done. Audley knows all too well that you can’t do it alone. He has had tremendous support in his recovery and remains forever loyal and thankful to those who gave him a helping hand. Now he wants to give back to those who assisted him and others that might benefit from his own experiences.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Audley Coley is a mental health coach, a philanthropist, the subject of a book and a Friend of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign. He  is often called upon to host forums on mental health awareness and was more recently seen on CBC’s You Can’t Ask That describing his life with bipolar disorder and on Facebook, hosting the live broadcast to the Alianait Arts Festival for the Nunavut community alongside his lovely daughter.

 

His ability to soar above mental illness is something he credits to many things. His support system: a strong Jamaican, God-fearing, and closely knit family, first. Sports and physical activity come in at a close second. Audley has always been extremely active. He played hockey, soccer and was a dancer/choreographer, most of his life. At the fine age of 62, he can be found at the Atwater Club teaching a class that could put people half his age to shame. Just ask his Yummy Mummies who subscribe to his workouts and carefully crafted playlist. And then, it’s about food for Audley. He perfected his culinary skills working as a chef in Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit) and today, cooking is truly his labour of love. He takes his vitamins (his medication) regularly and frequently visits to Up House, a place where he goes to get centered and to give back to those who once gave to him. The last and perhaps most important box he checks off on his self-care list is REST.

 

Audley’s objective is to tell his story often so people may recognize themselves, to provide hope for families of those affected, to share a recipe for success that he knows works and to have the opportunity to change someone’s life in the same way that Patty Duke’s openness changed his.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

 

LESLEY WHYTE REFORD is a seasoned writer who has a passion for communications and storytelling. She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Queen’s University in 1993 and went on to build her career in Corporate Communications and Public Relations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As she raised her two sons, Lesley put her career on hold but continued with her writing when time allowed. Engaging in small contract freelance opportunities and volunteer work, Lesley published a centennial book commemorating the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s contribution to the Montreal community titled “100 Years of Stories” in 2004. In 2013, she collaborated with Audley Coley to author “Audley Enough”, an inspiring resource to share his journey with bipolar disorder and help combat the stigma of mental health issues. Lesley is currently a full-time grant writer at One Tree Planted, Inc., a global reforestation non-profit organization.

 

PATRICIA LAVOIE has been writing and producing feature films and television series for many years including seventeen seasons with Sesame Street (CBC) in Canada where she honed her pre-school expertise. She developed the original concept for and produced the first Heritage Minutes, a multi-million dollar television and cinema project based on anecdotes of Canadian history, as well as many award-winning preschool and family productions for broadcasters such as CBC, Radio-Canada, YTV, Treehouse, Animal Planet, TVOntario, TFO, Télé-Québec, Discovery Channel USA and PBS.

 

Ms. Lavoie also co-produced several feature length films with international partners in Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan and the USA. Her online game productions were created for PBS, National Geographic, CBC, Radio-Canada and Treehouse.

As a broadcaster, Ms. Lavoie also served as interim Director of Yoopa, a multiplatform brand comprised of a television channel, an online community for children and parents and a magazine for parents.

 

Audley Enough is her third book.

 

CONNECT WITH AUDLEY COLEY

 

WEBSITE - Audley Coley (audleyenoughbook.com)

 

FACEBOOK - Audley Coley | Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/Audley-Coley-105730245370234

 

INSTAGRAM - Audley Coley (@audleycoley) • Instagram photos and videos : https://www.instagram.com/audleycoley

 

TWITTER - Audley Coley (@audley_coley) / Twitter  : https://twitter.com/audley_coley

 

GOODREADS - Audley Coley (audleycoley) - Montreal, QC, Canada (15 books) | Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/147728134-audley-coley

 

LINKEDIN - Audley Coley - Motivational and Keynote Speaker on Mental Health & Wellness - Audley Coley | LinkedIn :  https://www.linkedin.com/in/audleycoley/

 

PURCHASE LINKS AUDLEY ENOUGH                   

 

AMAZON.COM - https://amazon.com/dp/022887128X 

 

AMAZON.CA - https://amazon.com/dp/022887128X 

 

AMAZON KINDLE - https://amazon.com/dp/B09PGRX8PW 

 

INDIGO CHAPTERS - https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/audley-enough-a-portrait-of/9780228871286-item.html

 

BARNES & NOBLE - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/audley-enough-lesley-whyte-reford/1140837677 

 

BOOK DEPOSITORY - https://www.bookdepository.com/Audley-Enough-Lesley-Whyte-Reford-Patricia-Lavoie/9780228871286

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

 

Lesley Whyte Reford & Patricia Lavoie will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 


 

 




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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Naked & Not Ashamed

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Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a one-month book tour and book giveaway for Naked & Not Ashamed: The Transformational Devotional Experience by Chanelle Coleman. The book tour will run May 2- 27, 2022. 

 ISBN: 979-8985407600

Genre: Spiritual





 



 




Chanelle Coleman Wesley is a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin. She is the creative powerhouse of CeCi’s Ink, an innovative storytelling company that conveys stories through poetry, books, playwrights, blogs, fashion, and motivational speaking. Chanelle is significantly inspired by her late mother’s, Brenda J. Coleman, penchant for prolific storytelling and developing a strong sense of faith. As a survivor of abuse, Wesley believes in passing on the communication skills she developed to cope in those environments. She is also an accomplished playwright with her latest project, a gospel stage play entitled The Beautiful Truth About an Ugly Lie to be released soon. She strives to empower individuals who have lost their ability to advocate for themselves by challenging them to recognize the power of their voice. Her greatest accomplishment, however, forever remains becoming a mother to her six beautiful children and “GiGi” to her two adorable grandchildren.


 

Naked & Not Ashamed is a transparent conversation between Sisters. One that allows both the writer and reader to expose themselves without fear or sense of condemnation. It’s a journey towards healing that allows us to dialogue without masks, charades, or pretense. We explore familiar stories of women in the Bible. These powerful narratives of trial, triumph, failures, and flaws show the resiliency, redemptive and transformative power of encountering Christ. I also reveal personal experiences of my own Christian walk with all its ups, downs, twists, and turns. But the most amazing part of these chronicles is you! Right now, you are writing your story. Are you living with pain, grief, and regret that needs to be released? This book is designed to help you see your own undeniably powerful narrative. I want to challenge you to see the hand of God in your life and urge you to find the ability to tell your story. We accomplish this through journal prompts, activities, prayer, etc.



Tony instantly began screaming and yelling. I continued to bite down harder. I continued biting and grinding my teeth until I couldn’t bite anymore. I let go. He fell back onto the bed. I jumped up out of the bed, my heart was pounding, terrified I opened the door, and I was met with darkness. Hurriedly I ran out past the dining room, through the hallway to the kitchen. Panicked, I reached the back door. I began pulling on the door, but it was locked. Fear seized me as I began fumbling with the knob trying to unlock the door. The latch finally twisted up and I raced up the back-hallway stairs. At last, there was light. I ran as fast as I could through the open kitchen door. The light continued to welcome me as I forged ahead running through the hallway past the bathroom and my aunt’s and grandparent’s bedrooms, the dining-room and into the living room to the couch where my grandmother was sitting. I distinctly remember her shocked expression as I pounded towards her as she sat there speechless, on the couch holding my baby brother. I felt relieved and a sense of security momentarily came over me until my grandmother spoke. She stared at me, with her mouth opened in shock. She screamed, “Chanelle, you’re naked! Where are your clothes?” Momentarily, I had forgotten that I was naked, but the awful realization of my nakedness began to cover me like a garment. It was the evidence of my pain, humiliation, and fear. I stood there breathlessly as I gasped, painting for air, naked and ashamed, I told her my story. 


 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Beyond the Book: Challenges

What are some challenges you’ve encountered that you were unsure you could handle but then surprised yourself? 

I suppose one of the challenges that worried me was when I got my first teaching job. There was so much to learn and do! I’d never stood in front of my own class before. As all teachers in SC, I was required to practice teach with a supervisor before I graduated. That went okay, but it wasn’t the same as having my own class. We didn’t have computers back then so just getting ready for the year was hard. I still remember writing down all the student names and worrying how they would feel about me. The first year I taught I didn’t especially like it. I had a couple of wild classes that were quite a challenge for an inexperienced teacher, but I decided to give it one more year. With one year’s experience under my belt, I found my confidence and everything was different. I was up to the challenge after all. I taught in public schools for thirty five years, and for the most part I loved it. I still get a little nostalgic when the new school year starts, but it was time to move on and let younger teachers step into my classroom.

Another challenge I faced was that I wanted to write a book. I had always wanted to write, but I didn’t think I could. I had no idea where to even start. Should I make an outline? Write individual scenes and try to connect them later? Just start writing and see how it worked out? I didn’t know. And what about all the things like foreshadowing, etc. that the English teachers talked about? Could I fit them into my writing? Should I fit them in? I didn’t know so I did nothing. Then, everything changed. My son wrote a book that was really good, and I decided if he could do it so could I. I sat down, but the first sentence got rewritten about a hundred times. Finally, I decided to just go with it as it was. I could always change it later. I sure did enjoy writing that book. So much so that I decided to write another one. I sent the book off to one publisher who declined it, so I sent it in to a contest whose first prize was publication of your book. To my great and utter surprise, I won! l was up to the challenge after all. I could actually write something people enjoyed reading. I have to say that writing has provided me with more satisfaction than I ever imagined it would. 

There have been other times of challenge and doubt in my life, but I guess I’ll stop with these two. What about you? Would you care to share how you succeeded in a task where you thought you’d fail?

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors


 Welcome to my blog. Today I'd like to share an excerpt from my all time favorite book Blue 52. On Sunday when you finish here you can go to www.wewriwa.blogspot.com for more excerpts from a talented group of authors. 

Blurb:

First Lady Kills President Lovinggood" 

December 5, 2018 

Thirty years later, Hank Lovinggood embarks on a quest to prove his mother's innocence and punish the killers who took his family from him. Together Hank and lovely physicist Dr. Kathryn Sinclair confront an implacable, twisted, and merciless enemy who'll do whatever it takes to hide the truth forever.


Last Week's Excerpt: 

The fire died in Elaine’s eyes as she sank down on the sofa in front of the fireplace, her mouth a drooping, thin line in her wrinkled face. “Why couldn’t I have just died myself and gotten it over with? I’d rather die than see those coffins come out of the ground.” She glared at the senator. “You’d better not get all worked up.”

The senator flushed, feeling like a schoolboy caught in some kind of mischief. She always made him feel this way when she criticized him. “I...”

Elaine turned toward the hallway when she heard the front door slam. “Hank’s home.”

Richard Henry Lovinggood III, Hank to his family and friends, entered the study and gave his grandmother a kiss. “Hey, Grandma. What’s wrong with you?”

The senator’s heart gave a little leap. He looked so much like Richard! Tall and well-built with blond hair and beautiful blue eyes, he turned feminine heads everywhere he went. The expression in his eyes was different, though. Richard had burned within, but Hank had a peaceful, calm center. Elaine always said it was probably a legacy from his cursed mother because he sure didn’t get it from Richard’s side of the family. She was undoubtedly right about that.

Senator Lovinggood joined them in front of the fire. His old bones liked the warmth. “She’s upset because MortonWilliams called today.”

“And?”

“Your parents will be disinterred on the twenty-third. We have to make arrangements.”

“I see.”


Today's Excerpt:

Senator Lovinggood blew his nose, the honking sound reverberating around the room. “Do you have any ideas about where you want to put them, Hank?”

“I do. I knew you couldn’t block the train forever, so I’ve been looking around. I visited a very nice cemetery this afternoon. Have you ever heard of Crystal Rivers?”

Elaine shook her head. “No. Where is it?”

“It’s about thirty minutes from here. It’s not a new cemetery, but it’s beautiful as far as cemeteries go.”

Elaine shrugged. “One place is as good as another.”

“If it isn’t a new cemetery, is there enough room for us to be buried there as well?” Senator Lovinggood worried.

“Yes, sir, there is. They’re willing to set aside an entire block of spaces for us.”

Senator Lovinggood’s face smoothed out. “Good. If you like it, Hank, that’s what we’ll do. Do you want to call Williams, or do you want me to? I know you don’t know him, so I’ll be glad to take care of it for you.”

“I’ll call him, Grandpa.”

Elaine cocked her head and stared at Hank. “Why have you decided to call Williams? You always tell Henry to take care of things like this.”

“Oh, no reason.” His eyes rested on the photo on the desk. “It’s just something I can do for Mother and Dad.”