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I Love Dialogue! Sierra

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Sierra is the working title for this novel. I don't have a name for it yet, so it's named after the main character. Sierra McLaughlin finds herself sitting beside David Anders on her way from Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Daytona Beach, Florida. She's on a trip to interview at Stetson University for her Masters in art, and David, having just graduated, is heading home. They hit it off and she shows him some of her pictures for her portfolio.
David took the pictures as she took back the coffee. He opened the book and grinned. "Great shot of the Inlet," he commented happily. "I like to tell a story with the pictures. I took a few landscape shots when I got there." He flipped through three more. The next picture was of four surfers in silhouette, the sun and water in front of them. One was bending over putting on his wet suit. His tight ass was nearly center of the frame. The guy to his right was profile, looking down at him. The other two were checking the wave…

I Love Dialogue - Playmates

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Rada Sample has come home to Mississippi from Orlando, Florida, to bury her last relative, her great-grandmother. Unbeknownst to Rada, Granny Sample had quite a fortune amassed. The only child of a long line of only children, Rada is the sole heir to a fortune—as well as a huge Antebellum mansion. She and Max Van Dorn have been dear friends since they were five years old. Though they never quite got together romantically, they still both carry a bit of a torch.
Miss Sally served their meals with a flourish. Both of them had ordered fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and corn on the cob. She waited a moment until Rada took her first bite. Rolling her eyes with pleasure, Rada chewed and swallowed. She smiled up at the old woman. "Delicious as always, Miss Sally. Your fried chicken is the best in the world." "Well, aren't you sweet to say so," Sally replied. "You been gone too long, chile." "I know, Miss Sally. But I'll be here awhile yet.&q…

I Love Dialogue - First Love Excerpt 3

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First Love is set in 1975. A church youth group is on a mission trip to New Mexico, helping to build a model of a Spanish torreón, or tower, with adobe bricks. Working along side them is the minister's son, Gabe. At first, Maddie thinks he's the man for her, but soon Clayton tells her how much he loves her, and has since they were kids. Though she's still friends with Gabe, Clayton is her first love. There have been all kinds of problems during the trip. For the time being, most of the youth group is at the church auxiliary building, more or less alone—except for one chaperon who's having heart palpitations.
Daniel got up and went back to the boys' room. No one was sure if they should follow him or not. Finally, Patti got up and went after him. Clayton and Maddie decided to join them, leaving Richard with Denise. He trailed in a few minutes later. "Jeesh, please don't leave me with her ever again. She wanted to make out. Huhhh." He shuddered. "She&#…

I Love Dialogue - First Love Excerpt 2

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First Love is set in 1975. A church youth group is on a mission trip to New Mexico, helping to build a model of a Spanish torreón, or tower, with adobe bricks. Working along side them is the minister's son, Gabe. He's their age, but seems much more mature to the girls from the youth group. He's clearly interested in Maddie and, to Clayton's dismay, she seems very interested in him. This scene takes place during lunch one day. Patti is Maddie's best friend.
Gabe sat next to Maddie. Very close. Clayton could barely see daylight between them. He was sharing her plate of chips and pico de gallo. Maddie rarely shared her food. Clayton bridled when he saw them. Patti's hand on his arm made him relax a little. Taking a deep breath, he walked toward Maddie, grabbing a Dr. Pepper from the cooler as he passed. "Hey, Mads. Need a beverage?" Maddie looked up, puzzled. "I've got one, Clayton. Thanks." Clayton popped open the can. It spewed all over him, …

I Love Dialogue - First Love

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First Love is set in 1975. A church youth group is on a mission trip to New Mexico, helping to build a model of a Spanish torreón, or tower, with adobe bricks. Working along side them is the minister's son, Gabe. He's their age, but seems much more mature to the girls from the youth group. He's clearly interested in Maddie and, to Clayton's dismay, she seems very interested in him. This scene takes place during lunch one day. Patti is Maddie's best friend.
Clayton sat in the shade of the adobe building, hands folded, head nearly resting on his up-drawn knees. Patti settled beside him, handing him half her sandwich. She invited him to share her heap of chips. Clayton managed a half smile. "She doesn't want him," Patti said with confidence. "She might think she does, but it's the whole tall, dark and handsome thing." "Oh, thanks. I feel so much better." "She has known you, literally, her entire life. Until recently, you never sh…

I Love Dialogue! Drenched - Excerpt 3

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Overall, it's sort of a confusing conversation for Elizabeth. She hasn't ever met a man like Dylan before and he puzzles her. Despite that, she finds herself interested. When he calls to reschedule their appointment for the following day, she isn't quite sure what to expect.
“Why'd you leave, if you don't mind me asking.” “Never date a cowboy.” “I don't plan to. But why?” “I never met one who could spell or adhere to monogamy.” “Oooh, gotcha. So, you're single?” He sounded way too happy to hear that. “I don't date my bosses, Mr. Marshall,” she replied in a bone chilling tone. “No worries. We just sometimes keep some odd hours. I don't want a husband or boyfriend thinking I'm getting a lap dance from my secretary after hours.” “Tops and Bottoms is close, you can always go there.” “Exactly! That's what makes this location ideal.” She sincerely hoped he was kidding, and strongly suspected he was. “You're actually more qualified for my job th…

I Love Dialogue - Drenched Excerpt 2

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Elizabeth Slaton is new in town, having recently moved from Colorado. She's been looking for a job and finally had a line on one with an elder care facility. She spoke to the director earlier in the day, setting up an appointment for the following morning. He calls her out of the blue and the conversation isn't exactly what she expected. He promises  her directions to the facility.
“Where are you located? I can give you great directions and can almost guarantee you won't get lost.” “Almost? That sounds dubious, Mr. Marshall.” “Well, I can't factor in your ability to follow directions, so I can't say they are definitively, one hundred percent fool proof.” “Gotcha. I'm over on the beach. I can get mainland without difficulty.” “Okay, north or south end?” “South. On Twenty-seventh.” “Sweet. Okay. Once you cross the causeway, turn north on US-1.” “Hang on, let me get a pen.” She scrambled around finding paper and a pen. “Okay, north on US-1.” “Have you been to the …

Build Your Faith Through Praying the Rosary

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The following article is (more or less) a transcript of a show I did in 2014, Say the Rosary with Dellani

In these difficult times, having faith can see us through. It isn't always easy to get to church or find someone to pray with you. Praying alone can also be hard. It's not easy to focus on our wants and needs into words.
As a Catholic, I find comfort in saying my rosary. Do I say it daily? No, but I am trying to. It's easy to get busy and forget. I did the broadcast to share it with others who aren't familiar with it the rosary, as well as those who, like me, forget to say it on their own.
Even non-Catholics can say the rosary. You don't have to own the beads to say the prayers. This post is designed to teach you the prayers and how to say the rosary. Just follow along until you find out how easy it is.
I am not an expert. I am not a member of any religious order. I, like you, am looking to build my faith. I am doing so through teaching and sharing the rosary wit…