A Reluctant Daughter #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpt #Inspiration

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

As usual, Eve was in no hurry to visit her mother. When she reached the park, she sat on the same bench she’d shared with her father the week before, feeling the warm breeze, drinking in the scent of flowers and the pine tree under which the bench was situated. She heard the sounds of children from the nearby playground and felt at peace.

Fifteen minutes later, she reluctantly pulled herself to her feet and continued her slow, plodding pace. Inside the nursing home, the odors of disinfectant, urine, and feces turned her stomach more than usual. She decided to visit her mother first, then begin her hopefully fruitless search for Adele.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring me to post the above excerpt from The Red Dress with her six-sentence prompt word for this week in which the given word is “tree.” By the way, if you want to know why Eve is reluctant to visit her mother in the nursing home and why she hopes not to find Adele and, for that matter, who Adele is, read the book. You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

 

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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To Read or Not to Read #OpenBookBlogHop #MondayMusings #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week, we’re discussing a quote. “Let’s face it, books are judged by their covers.” —Whitney Hill

I’ve never judged a book by its front cover image, probably because of my visual impairment. In my younger years, when I read print books, I could see the images on the front cover, but the only way I knew whether I wanted to read the book was to read the back cover information.

Nowadays, I download books on Kindle and in audio and other specialized formats that I can read on my tablet or phone. On the Amazon, Audible, and Bookshare sites, the front cover image is displayed, and I can see it, but again, I don’t know whether I’ll read the book until I read the synopsis.

However, many people judge books by the front cover images. So, with the help of DLD Books, I’ve designed front cover images for my books that I hope appeal to readers. I’ve gotten some wonderful comments on the covers of the two novels and memoir I published with the help of DLD Books.

 

The Red Dress

A Young, dark-haired woman in a red dress is holding flowers.

My Ideal Partner

This is a wrap-around cover containing the back cover information on the left and the front cover image on the right. On the front cover, my late husband Bill and I are pictured on our wedding day. Bill, on the left, has gray hair and is wearing sunglasses and a green suit. I'm on the right, with flowers in my dark hair and wearing a mauve-colored gown.

How about you? Do you judge a book by its cover? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

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 Colorado Rockies Fan #OpenBookBlogHop #Excerpts #Inspiration

 

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Do you have a favorite secondary character in your books? Or a favorite sub-plot?”

In The Red Dress, my main character Eve’s thirteen-year-old son Thomas adores the Colorado Rockies. I modeled him after my late husband, who was also an avid fan of this baseball team, though they rarely won.

Here are a few excerpts in which Thomas’s team loyalty is obvious. In the first, he and his father have returned home from a game just in time for supper. The others take place on a different evening, as Thomas anticipates watching the team play on television. You’ll also note that despite his obsession with the team, he still loves his mother.

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Thomas said, “Mom, the Rockies won. Maybe they’ll make the World Series, like they did five years ago.”

“We’ll see about that,” said Greg. “They haven’t been doing that well, so let’s not get our hopes up…”

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“When are we eating?” asked Thomas.

“The meatloaf should be done by 6:00.”

“Oh, Mom, that’s when the Rockies start playing. Can I eat dinner in front of the TV?”

“Of course not. It won’t kill you to miss a few pitches.”

“Besides, this is gonna be the best meatloaf ever,” said Ashley. “It’s Sylvia’s mom’s recipe.”

“If you say so,” said Thomas, retreating from the kitchen.

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Thomas burst in, wearing clean shorts and a t–shirt. “Dad, the Rockies are playing tonight, and they’re gonna rock.”

“Okay, buddy, that’s the spirit…”

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An hour later, Eve and Ashley were about to carry platters of food to the dining room table when Greg and Thomas came into the kitchen. They’d been watching television in the living room after replacing Julie’s bike tire. Thomas was grinning from ear to ear.

Greg said, “Since Julie’s not here, and the Rockies are coming on, Tom and I will eat in the living room.”

“But I already set the table,” said Ashley, looking crestfallen.

“Oh, I’m sorry, honey,” said Greg. “I guess I should have told you sooner. Just leave it set. We can eat breakfast there in the morning.”

Stunned, Eve could only watch as Greg and Thomas filled plates with meatloaf, instant mashed potatoes, and canned green beans. Greg had always enforced her rule of everyone eating dinner together. Had he suddenly become that big a Colorado Rockies fan, despite their losing streak?

“I love you, Mom,” said Thomas as he passed her on his way to the living room. “And just to prove it, I’ll eat all my beans.”

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Who are Ashley and Julie? Why does Greg suddenly not enforce Eve’s rule about the family eating dinner together in the dining room? Could there be trouble between him and Eve? You’ll have to read the book and find out.

How about you? Do you have a favorite secondary character or sub-plot? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

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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Peanut Butter Love #TuesdayTidbit #Excerpts #Inspiration

According to Alexa’s national calendar skill, today is National Peanut Cluster Day. I’ve never liked peanuts, let alone peanut clusters. But Julie, one of my teenaged characters in The Red Dress, adores it. In the following scene, my main character Eve is visiting her father’s bookstore with her daughters Julie and Ashley. Julie is meeting the boy of her dreams and learning that he also likes peanut butter.

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Julie stepped forward with a nervous giggle.

“Hey, your grandpa told me all about you,” said Chad. “It’s nice to finally meet you.”

Eve, still reeling from her discovery about Chad, smiled at her father. “Dad, I’m sorry we haven’t been to see you and Mom for a while.”

“I understand that’s the last round of proofing,” he said.

“Yes. The book should be out by early fall.”

“That’s great. I can’t wait to stock it. Now, I don’t know about all of you, but I’m starving. Let’s head down the street to Virginia’s, shall we?”

“Yeah, I’m hungry, too,” said Ashley, turning toward the door.

“You’re always hungry,” said her sister.

“Wait a minute, Ashley,” said Eve. “What about Chad?”

“He’ll mind the store till we get back,” said Jack. “He’s done it before. He’s a good kid.”

Chad blushed, and Julie giggled, then said, “Do you want us to bring you back anything?”

“No, I’m good,” answered Chad. “My mom made me a peanut butter sandwich.”

“Ugh!” said Ashley.

“Yum!” Julie said. “I love peanut butter. Next time we come, I could bring peanut butter sandwiches and we could eat together.”

“Cool,” said Chad.

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What proofing is Eve’s father talking about? What is Eve’s startling discovery about Chad? You’ll have to read the book and find out.

How about you? Do you like peanuts, peanut clusters, or peanut butter?

I’m pleased to announce that from now until March 12th, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its Read an eBook Week sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

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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Impersonating a Southerner and Cooking Breakfast #OpenBookBlogHop #Excerpt #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Can you speak in an accent that isn’t your own? Can any of your characters do this? How do you indicate that in your stories?”

In The Red Dress, my main character, Eve, who lives in Colorado, visits her former college roommate in California. Her roommate’s husband Jon, who grew up in Wyoming, breaks into a southern accent one morning while fixing breakfast.

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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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Who’s Brenda? You’ll have to read the book and find out.

So, can you speak in an accent that isn’t your own? If you write fiction, can any of your characters do this? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

And now,

I’m pleased to announce that from now until March 12th, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its Read an eBook Week sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

 

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

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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