Sunday, November 27, 2016

An apology ~ SNIPPET SUNDAY, Nov. 26-27, 2016

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I'm sharing snippets from HYPHEMA, my second EMS novel. The hero in HYPHEMA was first introduced in Final Sin as the heroine's ambulance partner and best friend.

Matt Garratti, a paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors… Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.

In the last excerpt I posted from Hyphema one of the wives (Donna) verbally attacked Sudah for her Muslim/Pakistani heritage. The other wives were supportive of Sudah. In this excerpt Donna's husband, Frankie, approaches Matt at work and apologizes for his wife's comments. Matt is surprised since Sudah never said anything.

Creative editing (a.k.a. condensed to fit) alert!    

“I heard that Donna gave your wife a hard time about her being a Muslim and all, I wanted to apologize. Laurie told Tony that Sudah handled it real well, I just want you to know I don’t have any problems with your wife.”
Matt could see the sincerity in his eyes, “good to know.”
“So how did you wind up with a girl from over there anyway?”
Matt let Frankie follow him into the crew room before he answered, “Sudah enrolled in a college program in New York, I sometimes helped out with the paramedic program there, we met one day in the hallway and I knew that I loved her right away.”
“So she’s not a citizen, right?”
“Not yet,” Frankie handed Matt a cup of coffee and they sat at the table, “she’s working on it but it takes several years.”
Frankie took a long swallow from his coffee, “it’s just that it’s odd to see foreigners around here…”
“You know we all started out as foreigners somewhere in our families,” Matt bristled a bit.
“Hey, no offense. I just didn’t know if you guys are prepared for some of the shit that can go on down here.”

 5 stars Nobody Writes It Better by Charmaine Gordon


Just got good news from my publisher, she said OKAY to a manuscript I just submitted, it's a sequel to my book Karma Visited and I am soooo excited.  

I believe the sequel, tentatively titled Annie's Karma will be available
mid to late January 2017 ~ I'll keep y'all posted!

In the meanwhile, a bunch of Vanilla Heart Publishing authors got together to create a collection of holiday oriented stories and it is FREE to download from
Noisetrade  and  Smashwords
’Tis the Season for Cocoa and Reading: Holiday Stories and More is a collection of short stories by Vanilla Heart Publishing Authors Tamara Philip, Chelle Cordero, Malcolm R. Campbell, Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, Neva Squires-Rodriguez, Charmaine Gordon, and Lauren Shiro.
That Christmas Feeling - Tamara Philip
A Date With Mistletoe - Chelle Cordero
Jock Stewart’s Holiday Hilarity - Malcolm R. Campbell
Dead for a Night - Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard
Esperanza-The Holiday that Wasn’t - Neva Squires-Rodriguez
Surprise in August - Charmaine Gordon

The Gift - Lauren Shiro
Happy Holidays!


Aurora Springer said...

I guess this is a friendly warning.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I'm glad he came forward to give his welcome and the warning. It's sad to think they would have to be warned.

P.T.Wyant said...

Nice of him to give him a head's up.

Veronica Scott said...

I think Matt needs this warning because he seems sadly naive to me. It's nice that he sees the world as such a good place but he probably needs a bit more caution in these times. Interesting excerpt!

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting passage, especially in that it could be interpreted in more than one way. Is is really a friendly warning, as it seems, or is it a veiled threat? Future events will decide this, I guess. In any case, this is a VERY timely topic, considering the current state of the States.

Iris B said...

“You know we all started out as foreigners somewhere in our families,” - so true! People sometimes forget :-)
Really like the background of the story.