Thursday, May 21, 2015

#THEWVOICEPITCH & #celebratethesmallthings

What a nice surprise to read my email this morning. This post is for The Writer's Voice Contest 2015. Good Luck to everyone participating!!!




Instead of hanging with her longtime, usually called nerdy friends, sixteen-year-old Mary chose popularity, a choice she'd live to regret. Reveling in her newfound status, she attends her first rock ‘n roll party with the new boy, Michael Covington. It comes to a halt when she's blindsided in a dark bedroom, passes out, and wakes up in Michael’s car, bruised and beaten. The next day when the gym teacher detects bruises on Mary’s thighs and arms, the teacher is on the proverbial warpath to find the boy who did this to her. All Mary wants to do is forget the attempted rape ever happened, because kids can be cruel and her reputation is at stake.

After engineering an excuse for her black and blue marks, a traumatized Mary is summoned to the Principal’s Office. It appears the gym teacher had been investigating Michael’s past scholastic and police records, and all accusations of rape are leading to the boy she’s falling for, Michael. But even Mary doesn’t know who attacked her, though, she learns there’s much more to Michael than she ever imagined.

Bio: Wickedly They Come, Wickedly They Dream, and Tallas were published by Black Opal Books, and Don’t Forget to Breathe was published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly.

I hope you will be interested in this coming of age tale set during the height of the Vietnam War. Protests, drugs and a music revolution spurs a young generation to live riotously, “Cuz we’re all gonna die,” is proclaimed in my 70,000 word Young Adult novel, INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS.

Chapter 1: 250 words:
September 1969
The corners of my bedroom had dulled to a muddy gray when my brother spooked me. He leaned, or rather, wobbled on my bedroom door. Glassy eyes floated in their sockets—high, again. “Whatcha doing, Sis?” Stevie’s words slurred as he wobbled.
My gaze slipped over his pasty chest sprinkled with wiry hair, past his jockeys to stick-like legs. Did he realize he was only wearing saggy underwear? Normally I’d say gross and mock him out, yet normally he treated me like a speck of toe scum.
“Nothing much.” Curious, I furtively tucked my diary into my sock drawer. Our parents weren’t home and our little sister was asleep in her crib on the side of my room.
“You need to grow up,” my older brother slurred again, “here, it’s party time.” Extending an arm and blossoming his fingers one at a time, like, he’d procured the magic solution. An ordinary aspirin was revealed.
“Uh-h...I don’t have a headache.”
“Hey, turd. It’s not an aspirin. Stop the nerd act and get with the program. Grow up.”
Our sibling behavior toppled into the belittling and ridiculing stage. Though I figured it was his uncanny gift of helping me? And yet, staring at the pill I was interested. Then a hootenanny of cymbals clashed as my sensible side screamed, You’ll Puke!—I hate puking—Wasn’t it only last week Stevie was tripping, heaving guts like a water hose.

An iffy shake of my head, rejecting his kind and strange offer, I tried simple logic to get rid of him. “Not tonight. Mom and Dad will be home any minute."

Thank you to the hosts of Writer's Voice Pitch Contest, 

Brenda Drake, Krista Van Dolzer, Elizabeth Briggs, and 

Monica Bustamante Wagner. Best of luck to All!!

Hop over to Lexa Cain's and add your name to the list for 

this fun weekly post! Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are 

L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and 

Katie @ TheCyborgMom

As you can see above, I made it into The Writer's Voice Pitch. I had to post my query and the first 250 words from my ms. I again feel like such a newbie and have terrible anxiety about posting my baby for all to read.

Other than that I wish I had more celebrations to report. My family has had a rough week. I don't like to post personal problems, but if you have a spare prayer on the tip of your tongue please send it to my family. 

Thank you and God Bless!! 


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  2. Before my time, but what you have here feels like one can relate now. I like it! Good Luck!

    1. I believe a few historical romance books have been written and well received. *sarcasm there* Even though I might not have lived in that time period, like the 1800's or even the 1950's I will thoroughly enjoy the book if the writer has captured that era.

  3. Always have an extra prayer or 2. Sending them your way.

  4. Lost about what a writers voice pitch is. The first part I read about Michael and Mary reminds me of a sad book I read about sexual slavery. Congrats for getting into that writers thing, hope it goes well for you. Sorry your visit was before I had actually written my blog post for today. Had the linky and badge there at the ready, had planned to get the post scheduled yesterday, but work got in the way. Got it up now though. Happy Friday.

    1. Incense & Peppermints has absolutely nothing to do about sexual slavery!!!

      It's a book about coming of age in a time of protests, war, drugs, and music!!!

  5. Congrats on getting into the Writer's Voice Pitch! I hope you have a better week wishes for you and your family!

  6. I love your title! Great descriptions; I was pulled right in. Good luck!

  7. As a child of the sixties, thank you! I love to see stories set in the era. Best of luck.

  8. Wow! That sounds like an intense premise! I think your pitch rocked! :)

  9. Dear lord, woman! How do you have time to do everything your do, including promo, and STILL have time to write -- what is it now? -- book #6? I feel like a lazy slug compared to you. Your premise sounds fraught with heartbreak, a new style for you. I wish you good luck in the contest!!

    1. Hahaa....I'm a very slow writer actually....And You're no slug Lexa!!!!

  10. Sorry it's been a rough week. I hope things get better soon.
    Congrats on getting through the Writer's Voice Pitch.

  11. Congrats on making the Writer's Voice Pitch! Best of luck to you! I'm sorry things haven't been going so well this week. Sending prayers and positive energy your way. I hope next week is better.

  12. I hear what you're saying, but you did it and for that you need a pat on the back. Take care. Be well.

  13. That sounds really intriguing! Good luck to you!

  14. I'm so sorry you are struggling with personal problems. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.
    So glad you have some happy news to balance that!! Congratulations and good luck!! I enjoyed reading your pitch and definitely want more.