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Weekend Writing Warrior 1/3/16 #8Sunday

dark paradise coverIt’s a new year, so let’s go with a new story! This month I’ll be pulling from a novella I started a while back and plan to finish next, “Dark Paradise.”

Celly’s always been the good girl, but there’s something about bad boy Duke that she can’t get enough of. He wants to be the guy she thinks he is, but his past isn’t something he can easily walk away from.

This is the very beginning of the story.

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Celly ignores the knock on the front door, but her little brother Tommy does not.

“Where’s Celly?” she hears Mona ask, even though her friend knows exactly where she is, where she always is.

She doesn’t hear his response because Mona is pushing into her tiny bedroom, just a twin mattress on the floor and a desk she dragged home from in front of a neighbor’s house and some crates full of clothes. Her whole life could fit into the backseat of a car, and she sometimes dreams of that, of throwing all her stuff back there and taking off, to New York or L.A. or Mars, but she doesn’t have a car.

“Why aren’t you ready yet?” Mona asks.

Celly is lying facedown on her bed, and she doesn’t lift her head as she says, “I’m not going.”

“Of course you are,” Mona says as she tugs on her arm, trying to flip her onto her back or maybe off the bed. “Everyone goes to the fair.”

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Weekend Writing Warriors 7/14/30 #8sunday

While looking through a folder of unfinished stories, I came across this one, “Love and War,” which has decided to go from a short story, to a novella, to a 7-part story. What the hell? Between edits of my upcoming book, The Lone Wolf, edits of existing stories, and finishing my next novel, I don’t have time for a novella series! But the characters are sticking with me, so who knows.

This story, “Love and War,” is a magic-free retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set in a vaguely medieval Celtic-ish world. Connor, the leader of a band of warriors, has been horribly disfigured by poison and needs to find the antidote before the poison kills him. His army stops outside Nyah’s village and demands to use it as a base of operations.

In this scene, Connor has just ridden into the small village and announced his intentions.

A shout from the crowd rang out. “And if we refuse?”

Connor’s smile no longer reached his eyes. “Perhaps then I should give you an incentive.” He scanned the crowd, then charged. Villagers scattered amidst screams. I grabbed tightly at the hand of Payton, my younger sister. Not tightly enough, however, as the soldier swooped in, hauled her across his saddle, and galloped away.

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