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The Unfit Author - The Journey Begins!

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I used to keep in shape, able to eat anything I wanted. If I wasn't walking, I was riding my bike. In college, I worked in the scene shop. Nothing like set work to keep you healthy and strong! I also took a lot of dance classes. After graduation and marriage, I worked out in aerobics and water aerobics. I was fit! Even after four children, I was slender and in good shape. Then a serious of health problems put me down and I haven't been the same since. Thanksgiving of 2000, I broke my neck. I call it that for dramatic effect. What I actually did was rupture the C5-C6 disc in my neck. Excruciatingly painful, it curtailed my physical activities considerably. I had a fusion and replacement in the spring of 2001, but it left considerable nerve damage in its wake. Afterward, it was difficult to walk or ride my bike. In fact, it was downright painful to do anything but normal daily activities. Once the neck brace came off, I had some therapy, but never regained full mobility of my neck.…

Undiscovered - Excerpt Chapter 11

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Martha, Cadence's mother, is one of my favorite characters. She has a short part, but she's got some great dialogue. She's a good woman with a kind heart, who is concerned about her daughter's happiness. On their way to the mysterious safe location, Cadence and Scott stop at her mother's house to drop off the cat. Martha, is cooking butter beans. The temptation is too much for a Southern boy like Scott. She invites him to have some while they talk.
Cadence served him a plate of collard greens and butter beans. He thanked her with a contented grin. "My mama fixes these, but I never get any. I don't see her too often." "For shame on you. My Caydee's a good cook. She fixed you anything?" "We had lasagna a couple nights ago," he replied. "It was delicious." "So, how long you two been dating?" "Couple months," Cadence replied quickly. "Sorry I haven't told you about it." "Sweetie, after tha…

Undiscovered - Excerpt from Chapter 4

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It occurs to Cadence that not only did she get a pretty good look at the man as he ran away from the scene, but he got an extremely good look at her. It wouldn't be hard, for someone who was motivated, to discover that she lived on the floor above the crime scene. Deeply concerned, she calls Detective Scott asking for someone to watch over her. Realizing that he's dropped the ball on protecting his witness, Scott agrees to spend the night on her couch, promising to find a more permanent solution the next morning.
They stopped by the guest bath on the second floor. "This is it. I'm sorry I don't have a bed in the guest room. Right now, it's the music room." Cadence opened the door. Scott was greeted by wall to wall instruments. She had an electric drum set, guitars—electric and acoustic, a flute, an oboe, a trumpet and a baby grand. "How did you get that up here?" He pointed to the piano. "Seventeen male cousins all built like you," she rep…

Undiscovered - Excerpt Chapter 10

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Cadence is happily ensconced at the police station with Scott and another officer, Van Driscole. She and Van are going through the photographs taken on the beach the day Connor Griswald was shot. They hope to find a picture of the shooter. They are more successful than they could have hoped, discovering a very good photograph of the shooter among the many. Scott can see that Driscole is already interested in Cadence. It's hard to be around her and not be attracted. He can't help being a little jealous of the time that she's spending with another man. However, it isn't that which prompts him to speak to them about how closely they are sitting.
Scott stopped by Driscole's desk before heading to his own. "I've got a mile of paperwork," he said to Van and Cadence. "You'll be okay with Van a little longer?" "Yeah, we're good. She's helping me." "It's fun. I'm fine. We're keeping busy." She leaned on Van'…

Gone But Not Forgotten

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Before there was Lone Wolf, Shakazhan or The Maker, there was Gone But Not Forgotten. Below is an excerpt from this short story in the Lone Wolf Universe. For the entire story, for FREE check out the link.

Tortured winds ripped through the mining camp clinging to the inhospitable cliffs and crags of Saltulle. The hurricane force winds drove the blinding rain in horizontal sheets, stinging exposed skin. At times, the rain turned to sleet capable of sheering flesh from bone. When it wasn't raining, the wicked dessert heat baked a man dry in hours. Scorching sun, torrential rain and gales were everyday fare on Saltulle.
Synonymous with Purgatory in miners' vocabulary, Saltulle excelled in two things: providing the Mining Guild with ores and gems unavailable almost anywhere else and turning out the most experienced miners in the galaxy.
Edmund DuLac and his wife, Mary, had lived for nearly eighteen years. All three of their daughters were born on Saltulle. Matilda was fifteen, Bri…

I Love Dialogue! The Great Mandrake #2

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Drake Mann, comic magician, goes to his cousin's Christmas party, where he drinks too many Margaritas and is feeling the effects. He goes outside to visit with his cousin Patrick and Patrick's girlfriend, Sherri.
"Hey, blood!" Patrick pounded Drake on the back, nearly knocking him down. "You look like hell." "Never let me drink Margaritas again. Please. Jose Cuervo is not my friend." "Mine either," Sherri admitted. "He makes me do dumb things." "He makes me forget my moral and ethical standards and boff anything with tits," Patrick said in his disconcertingly blunt way. "He is why I have a daughter," Drake admitted. "So we have a similar problem." "What is this, true confessions?" Jed had joined them. "Talking about the evils of Jose Cuervo." Jed waved it away, weaving slightly. "It should be made illegal." The rest of them agreed. One of Vivica's cousins brought Drake anoth…

J Q Rose, Author: YA Author Barbara Ehrentreu on Writing About Your ...

J Q Rose, Author: YA Author Barbara Ehrentreu on Writing About Your ...: Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog.  My collection of pens and writing instruments, but I use a keyboard!! My friend and YA aut...

Undiscovered - Excerpt from Chapter 6

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Scott decides the best way to protect Cadence is to take her somewhere unexpected. He won't tell her his plans, nor does he share that information with Weinstein. The only hold up is having a place for Cadence to keep her cat, Porthos. She makes a quick call to her mother telling her she's going off for a romantic weekend with a new man.
"Wow, you lie better than I do." "I didn't exactly lie. The only thing I lied about was how long we've known one another. We're going away for a long weekend and—you are special." "Cadence," he turned to her, taking her hands once the elevator door closed. "I really like you—more than any other woman I've ever known." "But? Cause I know there's one hiding in there." "This can't be a romantic weekend. I'm doing my job." Her mouth worked and her chin jutted defiantly. "I know that. Just because your mind's in the gutter doesn't mean mine is." "…