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How About an Excerpt?

If you follow this blog, you’ll know I’m participating in the NaNoWriMo 2019. And my project this year is a funny little story about a genie found in a whiskey jug.

So how about a little sneak preview from one of the earlier chapters? Remember, this is a very rough first draft, but here we go!

WHISKEY JUG GENIE

Eyes watering and trying to hold his breath, Martin finally got the front windows and the back door opened to let the stench out of his dwelling.

“Whew-wee!” he heard from the figure before him. “That was a good one. Been holding it for a long time.”

“What the hell are you?” he demanded.

The figure looked him over for a moment and then answered him with the strongest southern accent he’d ever heard.

“You can call me Bubba,” it said.

“I didn’t ask who you were. I asked what you were,” Martin demanded again.

The figure was about as tall as he was, around six feet, with dark curly hair, dark eyes, and a crooked smile.

“Don’t get your panties in a wad. You would call me a genie, though I prefer djinn.”

“Gin? I’m a Scotch man myself.”

“No, djinn.”

“Yeah, gin. I’ve got it.”

“Were you born slow, son? D-j-i-n-n. Djinn.”

“I thought you guys lived in bottles. Not whiskey jugs.”

“No, usually we live peacefully in caves, places like that. But we sometimes get trapped in things like bottles or jugs. And I’ll be tellin’ you, it ain’t pleasant.”

“Why are you here?” Martin asked, reaching for his Scotch.

“You bought my jug.”

“But if you’re free of the jug, why are you still here?”

All he needed was a magical roommate. Now how did he get rid of this guy–Bubba. What sort of name was Bubba?

“That’s where the curse comes in. Unless you can take off the curse, I’m bound to this dad-blamed thing forever. I don’t suppose you’re a wizard?”

“I dabble in white magic, but curses? Don’t know a thing about reversing them.”

“It figures. Somebody finally comes along, buys the darned thing, but can’t help a fella out. Story of my life. What have you got to eat around here?”

While you’re waiting, why not check out some of my other writing? All my books are available at Smashwords and Amazon.

Later this year, the next book from Gambler’s Folly will be out, so watch for The Russian, Book 3!

Brown jug with a cork in it

Brrr….

Winter is definitely in the air today. It was down around 30 degrees this morning when I got up. Miss Kitty decided she simply had to go out on the deck, however, and nearly froze her pitter-paws off. Now she’s miffed.

I’ve gotten into the swing with NaNoWriMo, with 3617 words written yesterday. And Bubba is turning out to be quite the character. I do hope Martin finds a way to free him from the jug…

Anyway, I’ll be sitting down to write for today once I have a bite to eat. I’ll keep you posted on my progress as the month continues. With any luck at all I’ll reach my 50,000 words by November 30.

Wish me luck!

And We’re Off!

Well, sort of.

I got a late start on the NaNoWriMo due to an out of town wedding. But you have to go to your grandson’s wedding.

Right?

The rehearsal was Friday afternoon, and then the rehearsal dinner. After that, his mother and I were up until the wee hours getting the food ready–lasagne, potato salad, and corn dip.

I appreciate that our daughter is a fantastic cook. And I understand why her son wanted her to cater the main dishes for the wedding. But it was a bit rushed and stressful on the day before the wedding.

The wedding was beautiful on Saturday, but due to all the wedding prep, I hadn’t had a chance to write on November 1.

Grabbing the laptop out of my bag, I went to open my project and discovered I’d neglected to put it on my laptop. Thinking perhaps I’d emailed it to our daughter, I managed to get my phone to connect to my email, but no luck.

And the computer would not connect to the net. It had somehow turned off the wifi and it was late Saturday before I had a chance to get someone at our daughter’s house to look at it and figure out what was wrong.

Too late to do any writing yesterday.

So today one of our other grandson’s drove me home, we went to lunch, and I finally got sat down in front of the computer. To a three day backlog of emails.

However, I have made a start. Not a great start, but a start. This year’s project is Whiskey Jug Genie. I’ll need to catch up in the next few days, but I am confident I will make it.

Anyone out there joining in the fun? Drop me a line and let me know how you’re doing.

Or look me up at NaNoWriMo–Meleigh53.

Until next week, wish me luck!

Brown jug with a cork in it

It’s NaNoWriMo Time

Yes! It’s that time of year. I debated joining in the fun, but finally decided to just go ahead and dive in.

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month. It’s a time for writers or aspiring writers to join together with others and finish a novel in one month.

Sounds fun, huh?

You have 30 days to complete 50,000 words. And there is all kinds of merchandise–and even more if you complete your task.

It’s a way to motivate yourself to begin or finish that novel you’ve had in mind. With pep talks from published authors, online buddies to help spur you on, a daily word count calendar, and all manner of writer’s resources, it’s a good way to get going.

Don’t have a story to write?

You can still donate to the cause!

Want to know more?

https://nanowrimo.org/what-is-nanowrimo

Be Aware

Yes, it’s that time of year again. October means Breast Cancer Awareness.

As a survivor, it is a time for me to sit down and reflect on things. And a few years ago, I wondered how my experience could be used to help others.

What had been my main fear at the time? Was it fear of the disease itself? Fear of the treatment?

No. While those things were a concern, they weren’t my main concern.

My main fear was of what I didn’t know. How would the treatment affect me? And for how long? What was the process from diagnosis moving forward?

Once the cancer was diagnosed, things moved at a blinding speed. While I’m sure my doctors talked to me about the process, much of it was in a language I didn’t understand. Since they deal with this all the time, I suppose they assume everyone will follow what they’re trying to say.

But when you’re dealing with the emotional trauma of the diagnosis as well as everything else going on in life, it all becomes a blur.

So I sat down to write a short book about my experience, from a layman’s point of view. Something people could refer back to, if they’re treatment was similar to mine.

And something to give them hope.

You can find my little book on Amazon for Kindle.

Or it’s available at Audible as well.

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or know someone who could benefit from reading this, please go ahead and take the plunge.

And don’t forget to have the girls checked out. Make sure they’re healthy.

Smashwords Book Sale

Yes! I recently got the rights back to some of my novels, so they’ve had a facelift and a bit of a re-edit before re-release. so we’re having a sale!

All the Esperance books are $0.99 over at Smashwords through September 14, so if you haven’t read them, go on over!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/29658

Happy reading!

I’m Back!

Yes, I know. I’ve been gone for a while. Between internet issues and doing a re-edit on several books I have the rights back for, it has been a little busy, with not much news.

But, later this month, you should see links for the re-release of Gambler’s Folly, Jareth, First Lord, and Viviane, First Lady. They all have new covers and have been re-edited for re-release. I’ll be publishing all of them as an indie author this time, so watch Smashwords and Amazon for them.

I also hope to release Gambler’s Folly Book 3–The Russian later this month. I think you’ll like the Russian. He’s a little rough around the edges, but he has been around for quite a while. And that’s enough to make anyone a little thick-skinned.

MORGAN–The Pixie and the Green Man and DANTE’S ANGEL are already available through Smashwords, with new covers. MASTER OF THE FLEET has also had a facelift.

So ready for a peek at the new covers?

See you again soon!

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