Posts Tagged ‘Excerpts’

Franken Berry ROCKS! Sharing the wealth ;o)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Yes. THAT Franken Berry. I grew up in a magical world where sugary cereal wasn’t unhealthy and letting your kids eat an artificially colored cold breakfast wasn’t a call for DEFAX and strawberry goodness was a princess surprise every morning that my General Mills employed father could produce a box of this delicacy on our kitchen table…


So when writing my first mainstream women’s fiction/contemporary romance, when I needed a way for a wounded woman to reach out to and connect with a hurting little girl who doesn’t think anyone understands what it’s like to be her, Fraken Berry became the first  pink, magical link between them. Sometimes it can be such a simple thing, a different kind of listening and understanding, that makes all the difference in the world. Christmas on Mimosa Lane is full of tiny windows like this. Connections where lives meet and deepen and share and maybe come undone just a bit more, so they can expand together and become more than they’ll ever be alone…

“Franken Berry?” Mallory blurted out, not above bribery. “When I was your age, it felt like Christmas morning every time I ate it. Strawberry flavoring and refined sugar and bleached corn flour…Crunch and sweetness that will make your back teeth smile.” And it could only be special-ordered from the manufacturer’s website a few months out of the year, since most stores no longer carried it. But for Polly, Mallory would break into her secret stash. “Ever had any?”

Polly shook her head. “My dad says healthy food only. I need to eat healthy to stay healthy.”

She stepped closer, and Mallory considered grabbing her. Except grabbing at kids who were hell-bent on running only made them more certain that they’d never be safe.


Sarah’s Dream-Revisited. EXCERPT!!!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

More fun pics below of my Thanksgiving freedom ride. This time of amazing Buddha’s I found lurking in a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit. Amazing treasures like this, just waiting for you to discover. How could anyone not want to live in a city like this???

But first, the rewrite of the rewrite of the rewrite of Sarah Temple’s “Secret Legacy” dream (part of the first scene of the book).Within the dream lie the clues to every mystery you’ll encounter in the book. This is just the first snippet. If you likie, I’d love to share more.

It’s still not clean or even edited by anyone else but me, but I think it’s truer to the overall story. Now that I’m writing through the middle, I can see so much more clearly what the story was trying to tell me when I first envisioned the dream. There will be more changes. Many more, if my method holds true with this book. But, IMHO, this is lovely progress. For those who like to follow the creative messiness of drafting, here’s my first crack at the dream’s opening.

Let me know… Oh, and enjoy the Buddha’s after the excerpt!

Secret Legacy Excerpt 1–Revisited
On Shelves, September 2010

There was beauty in the ocean’s violet blue. A sense of elicit belonging to the secrets below.

Cool channels wrapped Sarah Temple in the dream’s velvet. A promise of freedom lured her deeper. The water’s current caressed as it charmed, beguiled, seduced her into believing the emptiness could finally end.

It was the need to belong to something that propelled Sarah forward. Deeper than before. Those who wanted to save her were far here.


Legacies and Secret Babies and Blogs…

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Rule of thumb to keep in mind… When you go away to recharge from the stress of your life, stress builds up to fill every available second once you’re back ;o)

That’s okay, because I have visions like this (my last day at the beach) to sustain me…

sun from the porch

And I’ll need it. 

In my office waiting for me this fine Monday (while sea sounds play on my white noise machine) are:

  • The galley proofs of The Firefighter’s Secret Baby (to celebrate, I’m sharing a new excerpt below ;o) that need to be printed and read and commented on.
  • Drafts of THREE blog posts that go live this week: my I Write THOSE Books out Wed, including thoughts from literary agent Michelle Grajkowski; a Fresh Fiction guest blog, also out Wednesday; and a Borders True Romance guest blog that should be up on Friday.
  • The first half of Secret Legacy that I worked my butt off drafting on retreat, which needs to be printed and rewritten like the dickens, so I can draft the second half (to celebrate, I’m including a new play list I hope you’ll enjoy ;o).
  • The Dark Legacy contest prizes you’ve all been waiting so patiently for, which WILL get mailed out tomorrow…

So, I’m back and not going to be bored any time soon.

But I’m also feeling better and determined not to let stress take so firm a hold again. We need to breathe easy, if we’re going to be all that we’re meant to be. At least I do.

Here’s me breathing… And sharing some of the bounty with my blog buddies (enjoy a playlist AND an excerpt, while I clear my desk…):


Secret Legacy Excerpt and Playlist

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Okay, I’m scrambling to write Secret Legacy’s draft and to prep for the retreat I’m teaching this weekend with my agent, and to ship out all the prizes I’ve announced so far. Sooooo….

Bear with me, and I’ll announce the winner of the Godiva Lollies soon. You guys were wonderful with your helpful insights into your Dark Legacy experiences. I cherish each and every comment, and they’re all helping me as I craft the sequel!

To keep my blog friends happy, I’m sharing a very brief, very early excerpt from Secret Legacy’s opening. This is the recurring dream sequence that will drive the entire book, and it will change/be tweaked over time as I write the rest of the book (at the moment I’m tweaking daily, as I write/rewrite each subsquent scene). But I think you’ll get the idea ;o)

And before we jump into the excerpt, as promised here are a few tidbits from the iTunes Playlist I’m building as I draft the story. These are a few of Sarah’s songs (in no particular order), since the excerpt is hers. (more…)

Atlanta Heroes Excerpt!!!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

It’s a Secret Legacy day, so, naturally, I’m excerpting the first two scenes of The Firefighter’s Secret Baby for you guys ;O)

I think I need this–to let go of the story still fluttering around my mind (just turned the line edits in yesterday), so I can focus on the book I’VE BEEN WAITING ALL YEAR TO WRITE… eh-hem…

So, I’m freeing my mind with 1) a new Sting quote, and 2) what I think is one of the best series romance opening’s I’ve written ;O) Can’t wait to hear what you think!

And if I’ve built this fortress around your heart
Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire
Then let me build a bridge
For I cannot fill the chasm
And let me set the battlements on fire

~~Sting, Fortress Around Your Heart
 The Dream of the Blue Turtles, 1985

The Firefighters Secret Baby
Atlanta Heroes
On shelves, April ‘10

Thunderstorms in November?

Only in the south.

Sam peered through the greasy streaks her rental’s wipers were making of the rain. She squinted at her rearview mirror. Were those the same headlights as before? Was she just imagining the danger bearing down on her? (more…)

Dark Legacy Excerpts–Dive In!!!

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

To win Dream Flutters Jewelry and more XOXO and Coach Purses and Excessories in September, you’ll have to keep up with the excerpts I’ve posted so far. So, kind and generous online friend that I am, here they are, all in one place ;o)

More contest news September 1st–including an exclusive offer on

Until then, read and enjoy all things Dark Legacy ;o)

Dark Legacy Excerpts

Start with the prologue from the website!!!

Important stuff, because our heroine’s problems started a long, long time ago… Generations ago, you might say.

Meet Maddie Temple next…

Maddie’s breath misted in the frozen morning air. She’d been up for hours. It felt like she’d been standing there forever. Shivering in the hospital parking lot. Still not ready to go inside. Not ready to pretend for another day that her life wasn’t falling apart. (more…)

New Excerpt and Guest Blogging at Night Owl Romance

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

For those who missed my Romance B(u)y the Book Guest Blog and giveaway yesterday, I’m including the new Dark Legacy excerpt below ;o)

Today, I’m guest blogging and giving away 2 Dark Legacy ARCs at Night Owl Romance Reviews–where I’m talking aboout “The Lighter Side of Darkness.” That is, all the relationship and community and emotional journies that keep us reading spine-tingling, shadowy tales like Dark Legacy…

Here’s the rest of my guest blog tour. I’ll be giving away jewelry, XOXO purse accessories, ARCs and much more to those who find me at each stop through September. (more…)

Dark Legacy Blog Tour Launches Today!!!

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Everyone join me at Romance B(u)y the Book today–where you’ll find:

  • a new, exclusive and spoooooky excerpt of Dark Legacy–the rubber’s hiting the road, so to speak, for our Maddie and Jarred;
  • a drawing from all those who comment for an ARC and for the great XOXO Butterfly Wallet below (which matches the XOXO Butterfly Purse I’m giving away on the 25th, to celebrate Dark Legacy’s official drop date);
  • and lots of fun with Michelle Buonfiglio’s Bellas!


Newest Dark Legacy Excerpt!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Count Down to Dark Legacy’s release!

Look for the June Dream Flutters Necklace and Dark Legacy ARC winner tomorrow, PLUS the July contest deadlines!!! Sorry for the delay–life wiped out the first of the month, but there will be a July, August and September contest for more Dream Fluters and ARCs. I have some fun ideas, so check back tomorrow ;o)

Until then, enjoy a litte more insight into Jarred and Maddie and the gothic dream theory that will thrill you in Dark Legacy! Scroll back through the Dark Legacy category for previous excerpts…

Dark Legacy
On Shelves August 25th
Somewhere in Chapter Eight

She was at the door. The door Jarred had left open, as if he’d sensed she’d feel safer that way. She yanked it wider. Stared at the floor. Waited for him to catch a clue. Jarred walked closer, but stopped in front of her instead of leaving. She could feel him staring. Wondering. Leaning in.

She flinched away.


Relax…The word, in Jarred’s voice this time, echoed through her mind.

 ”So, it’s not just when you touch a patient?” he said out loud.

She left him and the door behind. (more…)

New Dark Legacy Excerpt! Dreams and Nightmares…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

There’ve been so many requests for a taste of how I’ve worked dream theory into Dark Legacy. I don’t want to disappoint my blog faithful. But at the same time I can’t give way the opening few scenes of the  book–where the dream theory is set up for the reader. A pre-release quandry… What do to…

A compromise seems in order, so–here is a piece of a key scene between Maddie and Jarred (both of whom you’ve met in previous excerpts, so scroll back in the Dark Legacy category if this is your first taste and read those first). Sarah, Maddie’s not-so-sane twin, is also there…sort of… You’ll see what I mean.

It’s a great showcase for how Dark Legacy weaves the sister’s dreams/daydreams together, sometimes in frightening ways.

This is not at all a complete look at the various ways you’ll see dreams propel Dark Legacy’s plot forward. They’re so integral to the story, I can’t really explain more without spoiling a lot of the ride–and you KNOW I’m not going to do that. But I’m very pleased with how this snippet turned out.

Hope you will be, too. Enjoy!!!

Dark Legacy
Somewhere in Chapter Ten

“…You didn’t just see what happened when Sarah began to lose herself,” Jarred pressed. He couldn’t believe he was entertaining such an outlandish explanation. But somehow he knew he was right. “You…felt what happened to your twin, didn’t you? Like you felt that patient’s injuries this morning.”

Maddie’s fingers slid from his arms. Her body fell slack as she withdrew into that mind he wanted—needed—to understand. (more…)