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The ‘Look’ Challenge



 Cindy Nord tagged me in the LOOK Challenge and then Kathleen Rice Adams ‘encouraged’ me to post soon and share!  The Look Challenge reminds us to be aware of overused words and replace them with something more appropriate as well as a chance to share our current WIP.


The rules of the Challenge require the tagged authors to find the first occurrence of “look” in their work in progress. We then post that ‘look’ and the surrounding snippet of that scene. Next we have to tag an unspecified number of friends. Here’s a short snippet from my current WIP, Awaken.


This WIP is the one I have been posting in my Six Sentence Sunday posts the past few weeks. Satori Winters must return home to Starlight Cove to help find her missing mother. The first appearance of ‘look’ is in the prologue, the next in the 1st chapter/1st sentence! I’m posting both snippets since it took me so long to post for this challenge.




The night exhaled through the fresh leaves. Tori twirled through the tall elderberry hedges eager to play with her garden friends. The white petals of the jasmine stars fluttered open and awakened the moondrop fairies from their nests, their giggle glowing in the night sky.


A cool ethereal mist dropped down from the face of the full moon and swirled over the mirrored surface of the pond. It lingered, dancing in the moonbeams.


Mom’s golden light blinked off upstairs. Tori couldn’t wait to see what magical gifts were going to be offered to the garden tonight. Mama and she always looked forward to this special time together when they could share the full moon gifts. Tori couldn’t wait to sing to them. The window bellowed open.


A swarm of puffy blue dragons descended into the garden and hummed like fuzzy bumble bees all around her.



Chapter One:


The purple stained cells looked like spilled tears. Tori Winters eased back from the microscope and rubbed her eyes. Twelve-hour days were exhausting. Make that five twelve-hour days in a row.

Wouldn’t you know a five year old would offer the most challenging case to end the day? Lord knows they stick everything in their mouths. And then they refuse to talk about what they stuck in there, which means running a plethora of tests. And now, even his poop wasn’t talking about what was making him sick. Why couldn’t he have swallowed a quarter or eaten a bug? Five year olds and their darn imaginations. What was making this kid sick?


Now I challenge ~

Sarah Fox

Nicole Bates

Jess Macallan

Cathy Givans


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“The Next Big Thing” (TNBT) Challenge



Yes, it is another challenge 🙂

I’ve been tagged in”The Next Big Thing” (TNBT) Challenge not once, but twice, by my friends Cathy Givans and Jen Wagner.

So here is how it works:

  1. Answer the ten TNBT questions listed below about your current WIP.
  2. Tag five other writers and link to their blogs so we can hop over and read their answers! ~ this part I will skip, it is a holiday weekend after all 🙂


What is the title of your book/WIP?

I have it narrowed down to either ‘Siren Song’ or ‘Awaken’.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

Ever since I moved to the Pacific Northwest I have been hypnotized by the Native American culture and mythology. Soon it blossomed to the Pacific Cultures and mythology. Asia, Russia, Alaskan tribes, BC Tribes, Northwest tribes and Hawaiian cultures intrigue me. I created a magical world based on these myths and legends. It exists within our reality, only the magical can see it. Siren Song is the first story and gives the reader a glimpse into this world.

What genre would your book fall under?

Young Adult / Paranormal with a taste of adventure, mystery and romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is such a difficult question. The best visual representation can be found on my ‘pinterest‘ board titled character reference. I use pinterest as a visual storyboard, character reference tool. Satori is the lead character in Siren Song and the 1st pin on the board. If Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth)  had green eyes, she’d be the 1st actress of choice for the part!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Satori Winters is forced to return home to Starlight Cove when her mother vanishes, only to uncover a magical world she forgot.

Is your book published or represented?

I’m Indie!

How long did it take you to write?

The world has been building in my imagination ever since I moved to Seattle. This story is still being polished. I’d say a year so far.

What other books within your genre would you compare it to?

Harry Potter meets Gilmore Girls!!

Which authors inspired you to write this book?

I think the biggest influences are of course, J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, and P.C.Cast’s Partholon books.

Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

These books will open your eyes to a magical world that has been here all along, if you only believe! I have a huge affection for animals, I used to work at 2 local zoos. That affection will be incorporated, hopefully, in surprising ways.

I love comments and questions!! Thanks for visiting.
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