Visiting Grandparents #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpts #WritingPrompts

Welcome to another edition of Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up, in which the given word is “truck.” This time, I have an excerpt from my latest novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. Here, sixteen-year-old Natalie, who is telling the story, has just arrived, along with her younger sister Sarah, their parents, and their dog, to her paternal grandparents’ home, where they plan to spend the Thanksgiving holiday.

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“Where’s Grandpa?” asked Sarah, looking around.

“Oh, he’s still at the shop,” answered Grandma. “You wouldn’t believe the number of people who plan to leave for the weekend, then realize something’s wrong with their cars.”

A red pick–up truck pulled up to the curb, and she said, “Speak of the devil.”

“Grandpa!” cried Sarah. She dashed across the lawn.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her prompt for this week. You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other 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.

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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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Dealing with the Past and Facing the Future #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #WritingPrompts

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Does every book have to have a moral?” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other responses.

My answer is no. If a book has a moral, that’s great. But reading can be for pure entertainment without a moral.

That having been said, although I didn’t plan it this way, my two latest novels, The Red Dress and Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, ended up with the same moral, which is: Sometimes, you must deal with events of the past in order to face the future.

What do you think? Should every story have a moral?

 

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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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

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Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

 

 

 

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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Research and Illness #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Excerpts

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “What are your favorite resources for research?” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other responses.

Doing research is something I’ve never enjoyed. For this reason, I write fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that doesn’t require much of it. Most of the time, I simply ask Siri or Alexa for information when I need it.

That having been said, in Why Grandma Doesn’t know Me, ten-year-old Sarah has appendicitis. To write this, I felt it necessary to look up symptoms and consult a fellow author who used to be a doctor. The following excerpt is told from sixteen-year-old Natalie’s point of view. She and her sister and mother and father are visiting grandparents in Laramie, Wyoming. They’ve just finished watching a movie on the night after Thanksgiving.

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Down the hall, Squeakers, who was still in the study, started barking, and I could hear him scratching on the closed door.

“He probably wants to go out,” I said. “I’ll get him.”

“Oh, God, I forgot about him. I hope he didn’t pee or poop in there,” I heard Mom say as I dashed down the hall.

I opened the study door, and the dog dashed past me down the hall toward the living room, still barking. I stared after him, wondering what was wrong with him. Then I heard Sarah whimpering.

My heart pounding, I flipped on the overhead light and rushed to her side, putting a hand on her forehead.

“It really hurts,” she said as she clutched her stomach and rocked back and forth in the bed. “Even when I move just a little bit.”

Without thinking, I took my phone out of my pocket and called the person who would know what to do.

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Who does Natalie call? Read the book and find out.

How about you authors out there? What are your favorite research sites?

 

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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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.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

 

 

 

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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Sweet as Candy #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “What does the food your characters eat reveal about their personality?” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other responses.

In the below excerpt from Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, told from sixteen-year-old Natalie’s point of view, Natalie, her ten-year-old sister Sarah, and their mother are visiting their grandmother in a nursing home. Sarah loves butterscotch candy. This should tell us that she’s sweet. She also likes to be helpful. Though troubled by what’s going on around her, she remains optimistic.

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“I saw a poster in the lobby advertising your Halloween party,” said Mom. “There’ll be games for the kids, and they’ll give you candy to hand out. Won’t that be fun?”

“I’m sure that’ll be nice,” said Grandma.

“Grandma, I love butterscotch candy,” said Sarah. “So be sure you have some when I come, okay?”

“I’ll see what I can do, love bug,” said Grandma, ruffling Sarah’s long blond hair.

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Is Grandma able to supply that butterscotch candy? What happens next? Read the book, and you’ll find out.

 

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

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Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

 

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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.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

 

 

 

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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On the Screen #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpts #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up. This week’s given word is “screen,” and you can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other six-sentence creations.

My contribution is an excerpt from my novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. Here, sixteen-year-old Natalie’s mother Marti is about to discover that Natalie knows the secret Marti has been keeping for years.

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It was possible that Daryl hadn’t heard his own alarm, either. I would wake him after dealing with Natalie.

I knocked on her door. To my surprise, she said, “Come in, Mom.”

When I opened the door, she was sitting on the side of the bed, iPad in hand. She stood and walked toward me, holding the device so I could see what was on the screen.

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So, what’s on that screen? Read the book and find out.

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

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Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

 

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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.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.

 

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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