#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?

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

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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Have You Been Keeping Up?

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The last month has seriously been a whirlwind. Between summer break, vacations, birthday parties and commitments, and writing deadlines, I can’t keep up. But among all that I have some great things to share.

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First, I’ve been working on this amazing collaborative project on Wattpad, for those of you that have checked out Broken Boy, here’s the link to the book and the latest chapter. The original book that I’m writing a spin off from has over 6 million views and a large Broken Boy Ch3_teaserfollowing. And with only 7 chapters published so far on my end, I’ve received over 4000 views and ranked 144 in ChickLit. I’ve really enjoyed adding to this project so far – so much fun! If you like sexy romance (we keep it on the cleaner side) with some wild characters and scandalous plots, you need to read these. Wattpad is free and so are adding books to your libraries. It’s also a great platform for writers to share their work!

Broken Boy Ch7_teaserMy next big news which will probably add to my sporadic updates here, is after querying my YA dragon fantasy and participating in a couple of pitch parties online, I’ve received a hefty R&R. It’s with a great publisher so I couldn’t be more excited. But it’s going to require some work. So if you wanna keep up-to-date with me or chat, you’ll usually find me on Twitter. I respond to comments here as well, but my posts will be infrequent. And I’m always answering questions on Wattpad, just remember to tag me.

I miss sharing with my WordPress community, so I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to. Feel free to comment below and tell me your good news. I love to cheer lead!

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XOXO

Vanessa

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BROKEN BOY: Chapter Two Update

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Guess what guys! My second chapter of Broken Boy is up on Wattpad and I’m over 1000 reads with over 200 of them in the past 12 hours!!! The Cheaters Club series has some amazing stories, I’ve been reading them as well and I already have some favs. Come check them out! And if you stop by, please vote or leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you:) Every single one counts….I’ve checked out my book profile and I’m already moving up the rankings in the category of ChickLit.

Enjoy the read!

And I promise as soon as my #Ficfest is over and I have a couple of chapters of Broken Boy stored away, I’ll be back to writing flash fiction on here. And if there’s anything writing related you’d like to chat about, leave me a comment below and I’ll get a post up for it in the future.

Mahalo and Aloha from my vacay in Maui!

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BROKEN BOY: Chapter One Update

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If you guys don’t already know, I’m working on a new collaborative project on Wattpad! I recently posted my first chapter of Broken Boy and received nearly 200 views in the first 24-hours. The Cheaters Club series is picking up steam and receiving hundreds of views a day, with new readers following us just as fast. If you love romance with hints of sexy and scandal, this is for you. Come check it out! And if you stop by, please vote or leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you🙂

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SIGNS OF LIFE by Selene Castrovilla Release Day

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I’m thrilled to take part in the release launch for Selene Castrovilla’s SIGNS OF LIFE (Rough Romance #2)! Check out the book’s details and teaser, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!

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Publisher: Last Syllable Books

Publication: June 21, 2016

The tables are turned with a vengeance in this tour de force love story. Nearly a year has gone by and now it’s Dorothy who is fragmented and lost, while Joey keeps the promise he had made her to better himself —even though she’s gone. Joey talks about what is happening in the present while Dorothy describes what happened before— in the moments and hours after the Glock dropped. This time the stakes are even higher, as Joey forces himself to move forward while Dorothy is frozen in place. But when he learns of a devastating decision, Joey races to find her before it is too late. Truth, consequence, repercussion and modern medicine collide as pieces converge in this psychological, thrilling story which begs the question: Can love really conquer all?

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Excerpt from Signs of Life

Joey — Now

I get to the church, and low and behold there’s a new message on its sign. The messages outside this church make my soul shudder. I try not to look at it, but then I always do. It’s like an accident on the side of the road. A really bad accident, where there’s nothing you can do to help—and there you are, staring. Helpless.

I think of this sign like an especially bad therapy session. Like it’s a shrink bringing up shit—no, topics—you don’t want to think about. But this sign is even worse, because it’s not just about me. It’s about all of us—and there ain’t a thing I can do about it.

I don’t know what’s up with this church always making people feel bad before they walk in—or maybe they’re trying to guilt you to come in and pray, to try and do something to ease the pain.

Maybe religion’s just another drug.

Tonight the sign says, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

I said that once myself, to Doll. I didn’t even know where it came from, it just blurted out without my even thinking about it. It was like the words were divinely delivered into my throat for me to say. When it was too late to do anything about them.

Typical God.

Makes you wonder what’s up with him, causing all this grief. Maybe he’s toying with us.

But I still go to meetings and I still surrender. What else can I do? And anyway, I don’t have the the strength to fight anymore.

Never thought I’d see that day.

I salute ol’ Jesus still nailed up on that cross and head inside. Poor Jesus. If he had no chance, what’s gonna happen to the rest of us?

Dorothy – Then

The more we kissed the dreamier I felt, like that first time. At the museum, by the
Monet paintings. When we floated among the water lilies. We just drifted right in with them. Now we were floating in the water below us, going with the current, carried by the tide. Nature, we could trust.

But could we trust human nature?

We were still holding hands, he was clutching me, so tight, but then he let go of one hand and touched my hair. It made me feel like when his dad touched me, and my entire body shook. I pushed him off of me and gasped, sucking in huge breaths and yet still unable to breathe.

“Doll …” he tried to touch me again and I recoiled. I fell to my knees on the sidewalk, but I felt no physical pain. It occurred to me to pray but the last time I did that I got screwed.

“What is it?” he asked. He was bent down beside me, but giving me distance too.

I couldn’t answer, but it really didn’t matter because I didn’t know the answer.

“Do you need me to get help?”

My eyes were closed now as I concentrated on calming myself. Who needed God anyway? Joey had been right about him.

Maybe I was my own God, maybe we were each our own gods, and that thought made me laugh. Then I was laughing and breathing, and I was okay. Which proved my thesis, right? I opened my eyes and looked at Joey, who was not getting the joke.

“What the hell?”

He looked like he was about to fit me for a straight jacket.

“I guess … I guess I have a little PTSD. When you touched my hair, I flashed back to your dad touching me …”

“I’m sorry. Okay, I’ll keep out of your hair.” He gave me a crooked grin.

I smiled back. “For now.”

“But … what was so funny?”

“I surrendered to a higher power that turned out to be me.”

He stared at me for a few beats. Then he said, “Whatever works for you.”

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Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats. Visit her website: www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.

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