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Flash Fiction #6

 

 

 

The Guidelines Are Simple:

Look at the photo posted each Friday.

Remember this is flash fiction, so you  just need to post a scene or a character sketch. If it grows into something larger, that is fantastic!

You have the option of posting it here in the comments section or on your blog.

If you post on your blog, please leave a link here, in the comments, so everyone can check it out.

 

And here is this Friday’s prompt ~

 

* Art by Robert Montgomery. He is a London artist who hijacks advertising space intended for commuters who don’t know they are art. His texts are part poetry, part an inquiry into our collective unconscious.”

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I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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Tuesday Teaser ~ The Brahms Deception by Louise Marley

 

 

 

Teaser: 

Frederica stretched out her arms and opened her hand to admire the long tapering fingers, so white in the brilliant sunshine. She leaned back against Brahm’s strong shoulder, and closed her eyes to feel the breeze on her eyelids, the cooling air on her flushed cheeks. She had seen Clara’s portraits.

and one more tease from the same page 🙂

Frederica felt Clara within, crying out to Hannes for help. She was frightened, naturally.

pg 34 The Brahms Deception Louise Marley

 

Synopsis:

Frederica Daniels, a brilliant musicologist whose life is devoid of romance, has won an irresistible opportunity – to go back in time to the era of Johannes Brahms. Transported to Tuscany in the 1860s, she finds herself living in the body of beautiful Clara Schumann and is swept into an affair with the charismatic Brahms. Rival scholar Kristian North is elected to travel to the past and retrieve Frederica, who is unwilling to leave. While Kristian revels in the beauty of Italy and the genius of Brahms, he is unable to unearth Frederica’s deception. And it is only with Clara’s help that he will be able to protect the musical legacy of Brahms and the balance of time itself…

Louise Marley’s love of music and history shines in this romantic tale. Can you imagine being ‘transferred’ to the past? This book is the perfect blend of all my favorite elements, thriller, intrigue, history, sci-fi, and a touch of romance. I’ve read it several times and it is still one of my favorites!!

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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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.

 

Prologue:

 

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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Maryellen

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Six Sentence Sunday

 

 

 

Last week Tori drove around the gazebo in the park, knowing there were milk and honey offerings to the fairies. You can catch up with the entire story with the links below.

Town dropped away as Tori drove further up the Main Street hill.  The town’s gas street lights gave way to the shadows and inky darkness of the old growth forest to the dead end of Main Street.

This drive into the forest sent pin prick shivers up and down Tori’s spine.  The forest choked out dazzling sunshine even on the brightest day. The limbs stretched out like spindly fingers clawing at the road. Moonlight somehow filtered through and danced like wispy ghosts up to Firefly Lane.

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Teaser Tuesday ~ Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

 

 

 

 

Stephanie’s already figured it out, thanks to Cooper’s hint. I can tell the exact moment I go from being the shrewish college administrator in Stephanie’s eyes to Heather Wells, former pop teen sensation, and one of her boss’s biggest success stories…until I gained a few pounds, insisted on writing my own songs, and suddenly wasn’t so successful anymore.

pg 47 Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

*** and just one more tease from the same page, cause the writing is just that darned good!!

“Right,” I say as Stephanie crushes my finger in her own. She must do Pilates. Or press diamonds out of coal with her bare hands.

pg 47 Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

 

Synopsis: Summer break . . . and the livin’ ain’t easy!

Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn’t mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather’s ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead . . . and it’s clear that the star was the intended victim.

Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather’s new fiancÉ. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can’t help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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Mythic Monday ~ Mother Nature

 

 

 

What image springs to mind when you picture Mother Nature? Would it surprise you that she gave birth to the Greek Gods and mythology? She’s been around a long, long, LONG time.

As I was world building, it was important for me to find a way to hide magic. Sure I could have pulled a reason out of my proverbial ‘hat’, but I like grounding my writing in history and mythology. I had a basic idea of the reasons, but I needed to familiarize myself with the lady that dropped the veil in the first place, Mother Nature.

 

The first Greek God was actually a Goddess, Mother Nature, or as they named her, Gaia. She sprang from chaos and gave birth to the flowers, trees, mountains and rivers. Our entire ecosystem is her child. She is a very nurturing Goddess. Her only desire is harmony. When an unbalance occurs, she will do anything within her natural powers to restore harmony. Earthquake, tornado, and even volcanic eruptions are her tools to restore her ‘child’ to its natural balance.

 

In Slavic traditions, she has a duality. Lada is the goddess of spring, love and beauty. She lives in the ‘otherworld’ and emerges every spring equinox to shower the land with her gifts. Marzanna is the goddess of death and winter, an old crone that lulls the earth and her children to sleep.

 

Mokosh, is the Russian Goddess of Earth, worshipped by the ancients. Mokosh spins the thread of life and became the patron of women as time progressed. She is widely known throughout Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine and the Czechoslovakia.

 

The Hindu culture’s divine mother is Maimatawhich literally means Mother Earth.

Mother Goddess (Matrika)

 

Ancient Egypt worshipped Hathor, who held the sky.

Dendera Temple, showing Hathor on the capitals...

 

 

The Inca’s had Pachamama.

English: Pachamama or Mama Pacha "Mother ...

 

The Neolithic settlement of Anatolia, which dates back to 7500 BC also worshipped a divine mother goddess. Figurines of a woman seated on a throne, flanked by two lions, have been excavated by archeologists. They are believed to be the goddess Chatal Huyuk.

 

 

Mother Nature has been worshipped by every culture around the globe for as long as time has been recorded.  She is exactly who I need to make the rules of magic work in my world.

 

What have you heard about Mother Nature? I’m interested in hearing your stories and beliefs

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Six Sentence Sunday #10

 

 

Last week Mayor Carver jumped out in front of Tori as she drove Otis’s taxi up Main Street to her mother’s house. Her missing mother has brought her back to Starlight Cove, a tiny island town in the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up.

 

Mayor Carver chased behind the family, lighting their path back to their coop. Why did the chickens cross the road? To see if the Mayor would follow. One summer when Tori was little, Mayor Carver pulled a little red wagon behind him for an entire month because Mu Shu, his pot belly pig, was sick. He was such a…mother hen.

Soon as the fuzzy family safely crossed, Tori proceeded round the Town Square which was actually a large circle with the giant gazebo in the center. Tori knew if she walked over there on any given day, she would find several offerings of milk and honey, perhaps even a few copper coins. The fairies liked sweet and shiny offerings. 

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I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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Flash Fiction

 

 

 

The Guidelines Are Simple:

Look at the photo posted each Friday.

Remember this is flash fiction, so you  just need to post a scene or a character sketch. If it grows into something larger, that is fantastic!

You have the option of posting it here in the comments section or on your blog.

If you post on your blog, please leave a link here, in the comments, so everyone can check it out.

 

Hope you have fun!

 

Today would have been my dad’s 75th birthday, so in honor of him, I chose something he would love…

Miss you dad!!!

 

And here is this Friday’s prompt ~

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Maryellen

I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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Tuesday Teaser ~ Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger

 

 

 

No! she thought, panicked, No! I’m not – I can’t –

Just before she fainted, Jenna saw the feral green-eyed stranger lick his lips.

p 13 Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger

Synopsis: Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…

What can I say, I LOVE a good shapeshifter story and this is, so far, a wonderful one!!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Maryellen

I weave myth, magic and fairy tales into my paranormal novels. I would rather spend my days with sirens and shapeshifters than live in the real world.

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Six Sentence Sunday #9

 

 

 

Last week Tori had just arrived home. Otis met her at the ferry in his taxi cab. As Tori was driving the taxi up Main Street, Mayor Carver jumped out in front of her wearing a miner’s hat.

 

Tori rolled down the window and heard chirping before she uttered a word.

“New peeps.” Otis said.

Not exactly certain why hearing those words out of Otis’s mouth felt uncomfortable, Tori giggled. “I don’t see any people Otis.” He really did need to wear his glasses.

“Not people, Satori. George and Gracie hatched a clutch of peeps just last week.”

A little line of fuzzy yellow balls stretched across the road following behind one of the wild chickens that called Starlight Cove home. Gracie’s copper feathers glowed in Janine’s headlights as she led her kids across the road. Other towns had stray alley cats, this place had stray chickens and the occasional stray egg. 

 

I love hearing from from readers, please leave a comment.

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