Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mandy knows ~ Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 01/18/15

Hi! Welcome to another Weekend Writing Warrior round. Every week writers post 8 sentences on their blogs from a published or unpublished book. Then we "hop" around and leave comments on each other's snippets. Whether our work is already published or in progress, the helpful comments help us become stronger writers on our next WIP. We welcome EVERYONE's comments.

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I'm introducing snippets from More Than a Friend, a part of The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero, a short-story collection which exemplifies (I hope) the diversity of my writing.

More Than a Friend is a short story based on a manuscript of the same name (which has never been published) This manuscript was co-authored by my sister, Barbara Cordero Du-Bois, and me. I re-wrote it as a short story because I wanted my characters to LIVE.

Everyone was left upset by Loretta's angry outburst. Mandy was so distraught she locked herself in the bathroom; Janis convinces her to let her in and the two women have a private but emotional chat. Next week I'll skip ahead a little in the story, but for now ...the 8 sentences:

“I am so sorry for what my mom said,” Mandy reached for Janis’ hand when she tried to shrug it off. “No, you’ve had to put up with entirely too much crap, I love my brother and I miss him so much… but Janis, I know who he was.”
“Of course you miss him, he was your brother.”
“No Janis. I know about the… argument, Billy called me that night. He had a while to sober up and he felt terrible, he was worried that you would never forgive him.”
She was breathless. “What did Billy tell you?” She felt her throat tightening and fought to hold back tears.

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More Than a Friend
Can best friends become lovers
and share a lifetime together?




 AllRomance Ebooks 



The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero is a single author collection of short stories featuring Introduction, Pussycat Tails, Holiday Happiness, Not Alone, I Swear That Raccoon Just Knocked on the Door, Stormy Weather, A Mother’s Love, More Than a Friend, The Meeting, The Vacation and a special bonus section.

The Results of the 2014 Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll are in!

and I feel like bragging, so please forgive my lack of modesty

Non-fiction Article ~ Can We Talk?
…an article inspired by the late Joan Rivers
Promotional Site ~ The Potpourri Parlortop10promotions…featuring book promos, interviews, profiles & more
Writers’ Workshop ~ Living, Breathing, Writingtop10writerws…an Amazon Kindle blog all about writing & being a writer
And I am especially proud to be a part of Team VHP!tan_heart_book_w_vhp_info_roundso many nominations for 
Vanilla Heart Publishing
Authors, Books & Publisher,ALL had impressive results!


Unknown said...

You have me wondering what happened to Billy and what did the mom say?

Anonymous said...

Tense and emotional, as always. I'm with Millie, I want to know what happened to Billy. Great 8.

Charmaine Gordon said...

Congrats on all the awards, Chelle. Regarding the snippet, well done and leaves us wanting to know more. So 'fess up, my friend.

P.T.Wyant said...

Nice snippet. I want to know more.

Siobhan Muir said...

Sounds like there's some serious history here. Good snippet, Chelle.

FCEtier said...

The mysteries of love.
This could turn into a spin off or certainly several significant chapters. Top notch writing!

Teresa Cypher said...

A well-written, emotional scene, Chelle. I'm glad you rewrote it with the mentioned changes. Do you think we get soft as we get older? :-) Good 8!

Veronica Scott said...

Wow, new information can cut either way, so I'm all ears for what's going to be shared. Really an excellent story you have going, altho based on such a sad event.

Iris B said...

Interesting snippet. Well done.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

You have me wanting to know what happened. Emotional snippet.

Anonymous said...

Love that phrase "I know who he was." When you lose someone, it can be easy to remember them as better than they were, but it's hardly fair to the living.

Kate Warren said...

Holy frijoles! What DID Billy tell her! I'll be here next week with my popcorn waiting for the next eight.

Aheila said...

Good tension and emotion. I'm with the others, wondering what Billy said. ;)

Unknown said...

That was a tear-jerker! Man, so tense. You pick some great snippets. We've got to all have a snippet contest one day. Ooh, VHP should sponsor that. ;)