Milkshake Memories #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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When I was in the eighth grade, one of my favorite places to go after school was the soda fountain at Brown Drug, on Main Street here in Sheridan, Wyoming. Well, I don’t know if you could call it a soda fountain because food was also served there, and I don’t remember if they actually made sodas, but it was good enough for me. I sat at the counter and ordered a chocolate milk shake. Sometimes, I ran into classmates, and we hung out together. Those milk shakes were heavenly. They don’t make them like that anymore.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt for this week. If you’d like to participate in her hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence stories, click here.

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And now, here’s the announcement we’ve all been eagerly awaiting. My new novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, has been published and is now available in paperback and eBook formats from Amazon and Smashwords, thanks to David and Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books. Please see below and be sure to click my website link to learn more and get your copy.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by DLD Books

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Thomas’s Birthday Gift #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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Welcome to another edition of Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up. The prompt word this week is “handle,” and the idea is to write a story, poem, or essay in no more and no less than six sentences, using the word at least once in any way, shape, or form.

In the following six-sentence excerpt from my novel, The Red Dress, thirteen-year-old Thomas has just received a bike for his birthday. At the beginning, his mother Eve is speaking.

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“There’s a card from Grandpa pinned to the handlebars. Why don’t you see what it says?”

 

Thomas unclipped the note and gazed at it for a moment. “Dear Thomas,” he finally read. “This was my bike a long time ago when I was your age… Happy Birthday, and Go, Rockies!”

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So, who are the Rockies, and what happens after that? Well, you’ll just have to read The Red Dress and find out. To participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ contributions, click here. ***

For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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My First and Only Sailing Adventure #It’sSix-Sentence-StoryThursdayLinkUp

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In the summer of 1984, my dad, brother, and two uncles and I set sail in a rented thirty-foot sloop with a skipper for a three-hour cruise. Does this sound familiar? No, it’s not the story of Gilligan’s Island.

It’s our family’s story about how I spent three hours on the high seas, huddled over a white bucket. I was so intent on being sick that I forgot to put on sun screen. Needless to say, I was badly burned when we docked, but at least we didn’t end up on a deserted island with no way to get home or make a television show about it.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt word for this week. I wrote a poem about that sailing experience, which you can read here. It was recently published in The Weekly Avocet. To participate in this week’s blog hop and read what others have to say, click here.

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For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Dropping Bombs in Literature #OpenBookBlogHop #Excerpt

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “How do you feel about the use of profanity, either in your stories or in what you read?

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I have no sympathy for a character, especially a main character, who frequently  speaks colorful language. Last year, I started a book in which the first-person narrator dropped an F bomb in every other sentence.

Needless to say, I didn’t get very far in that book. I suppose some people talk that way, but it isn’t pretty and isn’t necessary except under certain circumstances.

Let’s take, for example, the following passage from my forthcoming novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. Daryl is, for the most part, a devout Catholic, not in the habit of swearing. He goes to Mass regularly with his family, and his children have attended parochial schools.

In the scene I’m about to share, he has been trying to work in his law office while grappling with the idea that his wife lied to him about his sixteen-year-old daughter not being his biological child. Then, his wife calls with more bad news, and down comes an S bomb.

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I managed to muddle through somehow until about 12:30, when Marti called.

“They’re closing the girls’ schools early because of the storm. I locked the house when I left, thinking I’d be home before them, but I still have my one o’clock class, and our department chair suddenly scheduled a meeting for 4 p.m.”

“Oh, shit!” I said, staring out my window at swirling snow.

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How about you? What do you think about characters who utter profanities? You can sound off in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s hop and read what others have to say.

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For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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A Teenager Wants Independence #It’sSix-Sentence-“Story-Thursday-Link-Up

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“Look, Natalie,” I told my daughter. “We made a deal last summer when your grades were so low, and you wanted to learn to drive then. Your mother and I told you that once your grades went up, we could get you a learner’s permit, and I’d teach you. Now, it looks like your grades are improving. So, maybe next summer, we can do that. It’s too dangerous to learn to drive in the snow, and it looks like we’re getting an early winter…”

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The above is an excerpt from my forthcoming novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, due out soon from DLD Books. Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring this with her six-sentence-story prompt for this week. Click here to participate in her blog hop.

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For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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