Writing My Protagonist #Tuesday Tidbit #Open Book Blog Hop #Excerpts

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Fellow blogger Stevie Turner asks this question. “Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?”

Frankly, I don’t want to understand villains. So, I write from my protagonist’s point of view. But I like to have my villain change, to a certain extent.

Take, for example, The Red Dress. After Eve, my protagonist, tells her college roommate, Charlene, about a painful memory associated with a red dress, Charlene bullies her into giving her the dress. Eve gives in, but when her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same. Twenty-five years later, Charlene is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Before she dies, she and Eve are reconciled.

Below are two excerpts. The first shows us Charlene’s villainous side, where she bullies Eve into giving her the dress. In the second scene, near death, Charlene undoes what she did twenty-five years earlier.

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“You know, I can see why you put this dress off to one side. It’s only hurting you now. Let me take it off your hands. You don’t need it anymore.”

“But my mother made it. She worked long days at her job as director of the public library. There were only two weeks left until the prom when I told her I wanted a new dress, so she stayed up nights and scrambled to get it done.”

“Oh, you poor, homesick baby. Now you miss your mommy, who made this beautiful dress for you. Are you gonna cry now? Go ahead, crybaby. Cry.”

Eve was stunned but shouldn’t have been surprised. Her roommate cared little about others’ feelings. Her sympathy and curiosity were only a ploy, and she would stop at nothing to get what she wanted.

“Fine, take the damn dress. I don’t care,” Eve said before turning away in disgust.

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Eve stared at Charlene as she lay there sleeping. Her old college roommate hadn’t really changed.

She looked around the room again. Was the red dress in the closet? She looked back at Charlene, who seemed to be sound asleep, and wondered what would happen if she got up, walked over to the closet, and looked inside.

Charlene opened her eyes and said, “It’s still there.”

“What?” asked Eve, leaning forward in her chair.

“The dress I took from you years ago in college. It’s in the closet.”

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Thanks to Stevie Turner for inspiring the above with her Open Book Blog Hop prompt this week. If you’d like to participate, click here.

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By the way, 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.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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 Caregiving Journey #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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In January of 2006, three months after we were married, my late husband Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side. After several months in a nursing home, therapists determined that he’d reached a plateau and there was nothing more they could do for him. I found a house that could be modified for a wheelchair, and, after the necessary renovations were completed, I brought Bill home in September of 2006. He started outpatient therapy at another facility, and we hoped he would eventually get back on his feet, but in January of 2007, he suffered a second stroke, not as severe. After a couple more months of inpatient rehabilitation, he came home and returned to the outpatient facility. One day in August, when he said the therapists had given up on him and he would never walk again, I resolved to take care of him for the rest of our lives, and what a journey that was!

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence story prompt for this week, which inspired the above. To learn how you can participate, click here. You can read more about my caregiving journey in My Ideal Partner, which, along with The Red Dress, is available for free this week from Smashwords. See below for details.

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I’m pleased to announce that from now until March 13th, The Red Dress and My Ideal Partner are available from Smashwords for free as part of Read an eBook Month. You can click here to download these books.

 

By the way, 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.

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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Fresh Squoze Orange Juice #Open Book Blog Hop #Excerpt

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This week, in her Open Book Blog Hop, Stevie Turner asks, “How often do you overhear an awesome one-liner or witty comeback, and tell yourself you need to write that down to use for one of your characters? If you’d like to participate, click here. Now, here’s my response.

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The one-liner I’m sharing isn’t one I overheard somewhere. It’s something my uncle in California said to my late husband Bill and me when we visited him in the summer of 2005. You can read more about that in My Ideal Partner, which is available for free this week from Smashwords.

On the morning after our arrival, when Bill and I walked into Uncle Jon’s kitchen, he said, “How about some fresh-squoze orange juice? I done squoze it myself.” Later, I used this in the following scene from The Red Dress. Here, my main character, Eve, is visiting her former college roommate in California.

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Jon turned from the stove. With a broad smile and a Southern drawl, he said, “How about some fresh–squoze orange juice? I done squoze it myself.”

Eve laughed and said, “I didn’t know you were from the South.”

“I’m actually from Wyoming,” he said, reaching for a pitcher on a nearby counter. “I got bitten by the film bug and ended up here.”

“And he’s tired of just doing sound effects for movies,” said Brenda. “He wants to get cast in a new production of Gone with the Wind.”

“Now, you hush up, girl,” said Jon, again in his Southern accent.

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So, who are Jon and Brenda? You’ll have to read The Red Dress and find out. It’s also available from Smashwords for free this week. See below for details.

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I’m pleased to announce that from now until March 13th, The Red Dress and My Ideal Partner are available from Smashwords for free as part of Read an eBook Month. You can click here to download these books.

 

By the way, 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.

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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game #Tuesday Tidbit #Excerpt

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Spring is around the corner, and so is baseball season. In the following scene from The Red Dress, Eve, my main character, attends a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.

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That evening at the game, after the seventh–inning stretch, Eve made her way to the gift shop, leaving Jon looking depressed because the Dodgers were losing, and Ashley chattering on her phone to Thomas. She found a Dodgers t–shirt in Thomas’s size, and when she returned to the stands, Ashley was grinning and holding up a baseball. She snapped a picture of it with her phone, then said, “Okay, I’m going to send this to Julie now, and I’ll give it to you when we get home.”

 

After she put the phone and ball away, Eve asked, “Honey, did you catch that?”

 

“No, Mark did,” answered Ashley, beaming in his direction.

 

“Thank you, Mark,” said Eve. “That was so nice of you. My son will love it.”

 

“No problem,” said Mark, grinning at Ashley. “I would have, too, when I was his age.”

 

Jon, who’d been talking on his own cell, put it back in his pocket. He looked even more woebegone than before.

 

Sitting next to him, Eve put a hand on his shoulder, saying, “I know how you feel. Thomas gets so disappointed when the Rockies are losing.”

 

“Oh, no, it’s not that,” said Jon. “Wanda just called. Charlene’s gone.”

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So, what is Eve doing in Los Angeles, and who are all these other people? You’ll need to read The Red Dress to find out. It, along with My Ideal Partner, are absolutely free from Smashwords this week. See below for details.

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I’m pleased to announce that from now until March 13th, The Red Dress and My Ideal Partner are available from Smashwords for free as part of Read an eBook Month. You can click here to download these books.

By the way, 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.

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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An Afternoon at the Beach #Excerpt #Tuesday Tidbit

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While winter grips parts of the United States with storm warnings and rolling black-outs resulting from extremely cold temperatures, let’s escape to the beach on a summer afternoon with Eve, my main character in The Red Dress.

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Eve had never been much of a swimmer, but she enjoyed walking along the water’s edge, feeling the  warm sand between her bare toes and the cool waves washing over her feet.

Ashley grinned at her. “Come on in. The water’s fine.”

“We packed an extra towel, so you can get wet if you want,” said Brenda. “It’s a good thing Mark  didn’t come. He’d throw you in.”

Eve laughed. “I seriously doubt that.” She studied the ocean and finally said, “Oh, what the hell.”  Before she could change her mind, she waded in toward the girls. A moment later, a large wave  washed over her, soaking her and nearly knocking her down.

“Whoa!” she said with a laugh as both girls steadied her.

“Isn’t this fun?” asked Ashley.

“Do you know how to swim?” asked Brenda.

“It’s been a long time since I took lessons,” said Eve. “I’ll just stay here in the shallows. You  girls go on ahead.”

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Who are Ashley, Mark, and Brenda? Where is this beach Eve and the girls are  enjoying? Read the book and find out.

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By the way, 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.

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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