Any Regrets? #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpts #Inspiration

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

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Welcome to another edition of Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up, in which the given word is “path.” Here’s a six-sentence excerpt from my latest novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. Sixteen-year-old Natalie speculates on whether she was right to tell her parents about her biological father after finding out about him. Let’s see what she has to say.

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Even if Grandma Sherman hadn’t told me about Bill Hadley, our paths would have crossed in Laramie. But no one would have known or suspected. Or would they? The reporter in the bookstore noticed a resemblance between Bill and me, so maybe the story had to come out sooner or later. Who knew?

I still felt sorry for my sister.

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What bookstore and reporter is Natalie talking about? Why does she feel sorry for her sister? Read the book and find out.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above excerpt with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

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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A Teenaged Daughter’s Dilemma #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpts #Inspiration

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

 

 

Welcome to another edition of Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up, in which the given word is “bookmark.” In the below excerpt from Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, sixteen-year-old Natalie, after learning who her real father is, finding his website, and telling her parents, expresses her reluctance to email information about her real father to the man she thought was her father for all those years. Let’s see what she has to say.

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Showing Bill Hadley’s picture on my iPad to Mom, then Dad, was the stupidest thing I’d ever done. Dad said I was still his daughter, that all this didn’t matter. So why did he want me to email him Bill Hadley’s website address?

I thought about telling Dad I’d forgotten to bookmark the website. But he was a good lawyer. He could always tell when someone was lying, and I’d never been able to get him to believe my lies in the past.

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So, does Natalie supply information about her real father to the lawyer she thought was her father, or does she decide to try lying to him one more time? You’ll need to read the book in order to find out. By the way, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me and two of my other books can be downloaded free from Smashwords until the end of the month. See below for details.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring me to post the above excerpt with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that until the end of the month, all my books on Smashwords can be downloaded ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of the Smashwords  summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page here to download these books. Happy reading!

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

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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Go Broncos! #Excerpt #OpenBookBlogHop

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Are any of your characters fans of a particular sports team?” In the following excerpt from my latest novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, sixteen-year-old Natalie discovers that Bill, her biological father, and Daryl, the man married to her mother, are both fans of the Denver Broncos.

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That afternoon, while Mom and Sarah were at the nursing home and Dad was downstairs in the living room watching a ball game, I sat at my desk and stared at the screen of my iPad. For the past few days, I’d worked on this essay for my English class harder than I’d worked on anything in my life. I’d done all the research and put the paper together as best I could. The spelling and grammar were correct, and it made sense. But was it University of Wyoming material? There was only one way to find out.

I attached it to an email message to Bill Hadley and asked if he’d take a look, telling him it was due the next day. I figured the worst thing that could happen was he’d say it was trash and I shouldn’t even think about going to any college. While waiting for a reply, I turned my attention to my other homework.

A few minutes later, I was surprised to receive an email message back from him. “I’ll be glad to read your essay as soon as the Denver Broncos game is over,” it said.

I laughed and responded that Daryl was watching the same game. It was good to know that my two dads had at least one thing in common.

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So, what will Bill say about Natalie’s essay? Why does she think he should be the one to read it? Why is she concerned that it might not be University of Wyoming material? Read the book and find out. To participate in this week’s hop and read what other bloggers have to say, click here.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of 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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