#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 64: LOVE’S SACRIFICE

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This is for week sixty-four of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. I love comments, so don’t be shy!!! Enjoy!

LOVE’S SACRIFICE (156 words)

The sky was as dark as Callista’s mood. Fate awaited her. At dawn her body would belong to the sea and the beast that threatened her people.

Liam joined her on the cliff’s edge, the wind whipping his cloak. “You wished to see me?”

“I wanted to say goodbye.” Callista placed her wind-bitten hands on his face, stubble scratching her palms. Tears brimmed in her eyes, and the fierce winds swept them away. She loved him. Her lips pressed into his, one last kiss to last a lifetime. One last touch. One last heartbeat.

Liam pulled away. “Will you not rethink this?”

“As ruler, this is my sacrifice.”

“I know.” Liam stroked Callista’s hair. “I don’t know how I’ll go on without you.”

“I had the same thought.” With the stealth of a dark knight, Callista slipped a dagger into him and shoved his body over the edge—her sacrifice of love to the beast below.

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Don’t you want A PIZZA MY HEART ?

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Hello WordPress World!

What has been going on over here? So I took a hiatus from blogging to finish a R&R. For those who aren’t familiar, this is a revise and resubmit. Back in 2015 I finished the original draft of my YA dragon fantasy and queried it in 2016, but despite interest and several requests, I didn’t find an agent to love it. I did find some interest in publishers and was given the opportunity to revise it. From April to October of 2016 I sat on it, not really sure how to fix it, rewriting the opening several times, and working on another project. But by November I figured it out and through the stress of the holidays I managed to finish it a week ago, along with a new query, synopsis, and oh what fun, a map!

So now back to the now! Now, now….who got that reference 😉 I’ll be working on moreBROKEN BOY_cover1 frequent posts over the week, along with starting back up with Broken Boy my lovely project on Wattpad. You can catch up with that series if you want to check it out. And while all of that is going on I’ll be doing research and plotting out my newest project which I hope to finish in time for Pitch Wars 2017! Exciting stuff.

I didn’t do a blog post on this, but I recently had a short story, LOVE PIZZA NO. 9, published in an Pizza-thology. Yep you read right! An entire book of short stories dedicated to pizza! Yum! I mean who doesn’t like pizza??? My particular story is about a girl in love with a boy (as all good stories should start 😛 ) with the help of a guy friend, finds a magical pizza recipe that will help her nab the guy of her dreams. Unexpected romance and realizations ensue. This released back in February and we had an awesome pre-order! We hit #3 in the best sellers of short story collections for teens right next to JK Rowlings! So please check that out! You will surely have a pizza my heart. 😉

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day WordPress!

St Patricks Day 2017

Hope you get lucky…uh, er, I mean…I hope luck is on your side 🙂

 

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#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 63: THE FEAST OF ANSEGDNISS

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This is for week sixty-three of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

***It’s been a really long time, guys! I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the blog, but I’m finally done with my edits for my YA fantasy revision, so I’m coming back to blogging and catching up with my flash fiction and some exciting things going on the past few months. Hope you’ll stick around to read. If you want to join in the challenge for the current’s week prompt, check out it out here!

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. I love comments, so don’t be shy!!! Enjoy!

 

THE FEAST OF ANSEGDNISS (158 words)

“Welcome to the Feast of Ansegdniss!” Annalise and Marigold was ushered into a great hall lined with dimmed chandeliers. A long table donned crimson linens, crystal goblets, and gold plates and flatware. Cocktails served, chatter drifted among seated noblemen and jeweled countesses.

How had they been so lucky to be invited?

“I’m pleased you could join us.” Duke Reginald’s smile brought a flush to Annalise’s cheeks.

He was beautiful: eyes flecked with gold that danced in the firelight, sharp cheekbones, lips that beckoned to be tasted.

“Thank you.” Marigold batted her eyes.

The Duke looked at Annalise, hunger and desire unhampered. “Tonight won’t be forgotten.”

Annalise’s heart pounded. He took her hand. They stood.

“Tonight we celebrate. Let us feast…” The Duke hushed the din, his gaze blazing a fire over Annalise’s body. “…on the innocent.”

Hands clasped the girls’ arms. They screamed as they were pinned to the table. Tonight would be one to be remembered, indeed.

 

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#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 91: A GENTLEMAN’S PRISON

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This is for week ninety-one of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

This prompt made me think of Downton Abbey, I was actually tempted to make myself a cup of tea. I got stuck about 3/4 of the way through this challenge, but I managed to finish. I hope I came away with an interesting ending. How do you feel about Everett’s perspective on his life?

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

A GENTLEMAN’S PRISON (157 words)

The kitchen maid screamed and cursed as the head butler dumped her on the street. Everett couldn’t look away. Cheeks flushed and eyes bright like silver flashed at him.

“Everett, that’s ungentlemanly,” Aunt Millie chastised.

Everett released the curtain and stepped back into the tea room. “May I be excused?”

Before his aunt conceded, he walked briskly into the hall and out the back door. If he hurried he could catch her. In the alley, the maid crossed his path.

“Penny.”

She looked up, her copper curls wild. “Master Everett, here to ask me back?”

Everett shook his head. “I need your help.”

“It’ll cost you.”

“How much?”

“Not how much. What?” Penny grinned. “I want you to take me to the debutante ball.”

With a dress, Penny would be stunning, but her etiquette wouldn’t get her past society’s door.

Everett sighed. “Fine. But in return I want what you have.”

Penny’s brow furrowed. “Poverty?”

“No. Freedom.”

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#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 62: TO PROTECT ONE’S HEART

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This is for week sixty-two of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

I love writing stories about romance, but after awhile I find it hard to come up with new, fresh stories – a play on classic tropes. What do you think about Claudette’s actions? Was her thinking justified? If you want to join in the challenge for the current’s week prompt, check out it out here!

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

TO PROTECT ONE’S HEART (157 words)

Turn, turn, turn. Claudette watched the windmill blades. Golden wheat swayed around her. Harvest time.

“Lazy girl.”

Claudette’s head perked up coming face-to-face with Liam.

“Says the merchant’s son.” She lay back down.

“Always so haughty,” he said, resting next to her. “What did I ever do to you?”

“Liam, the list goes on.” Claudette thought him handsome, but she was a farm girl—no need to waste time on politeness. “And I finished my work.”

“Then you have time for the pub.”

“Pub? I’ve got time, but no shilling.”

Liam frowned. “I meant with me.”

“Oh.” Could he be sincere? “You best go alone.”

Before Liam could respond, Claudette pulled his lips to hers until she was wrapped in his arms and their breath gone. Without another word, Claudette stalked off leaving a confused Liam behind. What chance did she have with a merchant boy? None. And she’d never give him a chance to reject her.

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#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 61: TROUBLE IN PARADISE

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This is for week sixty-one of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

Bringing it back from a prompt in April, something about this picture made me think of weddings and fairy tales. Check out my flash fiction piece where the prince doesn’t quite follow the protocol of finding his princess. If you want to join in the challenge for the current’s week prompt, check out it out here!

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

TROUBLE IN PARADISE (158 words)

Prince Bertrand sat on the palace steps, a slipper in hand and a fleeing maiden disappearing into the darkness. Next, he’d find her, the shoe would fit, and they’d be married—or so the fairy tales went. But he’d felt no spark. Bertrand didn’t want to marry her. His father would be disappointed. What was new?

“Trouble in paradise, your highness?”

Behind Bertrand, a woman in a navy gown sat on a bench in the shadows. He recognized her from the string quartet.

“It’d have to be paradise for there to be trouble.”

The woman chuckled. The sound warmed Bertrand’s insides. They spoke for some time until dawn threatened the night away.

“I should go.”

But he didn’t want her to.

“I must see you again.”

The woman eyed him wearily. “Fine. I play in the village’s pub tomorrow night. If you’re serious.” Then she said goodbye and left.

Bertrand never felt this way before—he’d be there.

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#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 90: THE LAST SUNSET

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This is for week ninety of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

So glad I’ve kept up with the next flash fiction prompt. I have another previous prompt ready that I’ll be posting tomorrow for fun if you want to check it out about a prince charming that just doesn’t follow the fairy tales. This week while at my writing group, one of my fellow writers gave me an idea for this lovely prompt. You know me, I love a twist! What do you think? Did you see that coming?

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THE LAST SUNSET (157 words)

The sun sat low on the horizon, the sky washed in oranges and reds. Wendy sighed. The summer air much cooler in the barn doorway.

“Not much longer,” Carmichael said behind her in the shadows.

“I’ll miss this the most.” Wendy glanced over her shoulder. Even though she only saw Carmichael’s silhouette, she didn’t have to be reminded of his perfection. Crystal blue eyes, fine chiseled features, shiny black hair like silk. So painfully beautiful did she dare call him handsome?

“With time you won’t miss any of it.”

Could that be true? Being with him would release her of missing her family or her previous life?

The sky darkened to a bluish-purple, the sun’s glow only a memory.

Carmichael’s breath whispered against Wendy’s skin. When had he stepped behind her, she hadn’t heard or sensed him. The sun made its final descent and with it Carmichael’s fangs plunged into Wendy’s neck, bringing her forever into darkness.

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#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 89: SIREN

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This is for week eighty-nine of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

Keeping up with the flash fiction…so far. This prompt turned into more fun that I thought. I love a twist at the end. Did you see it coming?

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

SIREN (158 words)

The dock’s boards creaked beneath Isla’s sandals. She hated this place at night. Why did Barry insist on meeting here?

The moon’s reflection glittered off the lake, the surface calm.

“Where are you?” Isla whispered.

She stopped at the dock’s edge and peered into the black waters. All was quiet. Then a splash flicked water on Isla. She yelped.

“You called?” Barry said, hanging onto the dock feet away.

“Don’t do that!”

“I have to tell you something.” He patted the dock. “Hop in.”

“Can’t you just tell me?”

“Fine. I have to show you something.”

Isla sighed. She’d had a crush on Barry all summer. They’d gotten closer, but he never divulged anything personal. Tonight has to be the night.

Isla shrugged off her tank, shorts, and sandals before diving in. When she surfaced, Barry was at her side. The moonlight set his skin aglow, only it wasn’t skin Isla saw.

He was covered in scales.

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#FlashFictionFriday – Vol. 58: OBLIVION

flash-fic-58This is for week fifty-eight of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.

So it’s actually been a long time since I’ve done flash fiction. I’m attempting to make an effort and catch up and write some just for me. I’m hoping this will inspire a little bit with my current work. If you want to join in, here’s a link to the current week’s flash fiction challenge. I’ve enjoyed this group in the past, and I hope to add a couple of flash fiction posts a few times a week.

Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

OBLIVION (169 words)

The portal pulsated with a power like Vale had never known. Like a blue fire, hot and cold, blustery yet icy.

“We have to close it,” Dahlia called over the roar of energy. “Before it sucks our world into it.”

“We don’t have much time.” Wind whipped around Vale’s head, tossing his long dark hair in a swirling rage. “Any ideas?”

“You’re the chosen one—thought you’d have some tricks up your sleeve.” Dahlia grinned. Vale had come to like her over the course of their journey. Maybe too much.

“I’m all out of tricks.” The air around them became heavy, dragging small objects towards the portal. Vale did have one last trick—one he’d hoped he wouldn’t have to use. But he didn’t have a choice. “Here hold this.”

“Your sword? But…” Dahlia’s mouth hung open. “You can’t.”

“But I will.” And with a single step in front of the portal, Vale’s body was sucked into it, his body disappearing into the blue hole, closing the portal forever.

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