3/01/2015

Sunday Snippet 3/1

Continuing the excerpt from last week. Andrea finds out the raised voices are Luke's divorced parents arguing.

 
Watching this scene play out absolutely shocked me. I had no idea it was this bad for Luke. I mean, I know divorce can be bad. I’ve seen movies and heard about it from other kids, but it’s different having it play out before your eyes.
Luke maneuvered his parents to sit on opposite couches facing each other. The anger dropped to a lower level, and they actually started talking.
I was eavesdropping on a private family matter. I didn’t belong here. Moving quietly out of Luke’s room, I progressed past the living room and was just about to open the front door when Luke called out my name.

Andrea & the Five Day Challenge
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2/28/2015

Reading Old Favorites on my B-day Weekend




I'm sitting on my bed with a stack of books. All of them YA. It's my birthday weekend and I plan to read as much of them as I can. Among them I have Melody Carlson, Kristin Billerbeck and yes, Meg Cabot (and it's not just because Royal Wedding is coming out this summer!). Do you find yourself re-reading old favorites. I do! I do it all the time. And sometimes I feel guilty about that as there are so many good books out there that I have yet to read. But how can I not revisit these special friends like Elizabeth Bennet and even Princess Mia? So I say, go forth and read: read new books, favorite books and even something outside your usual reading genre. There is nothing better than being submerged in a good book. That's how I'll be spending my birthday--well, between eating good food and birthday cake, of course.

2/27/2015

Fiction Friday 2/27

Continuing the excerpt from last week. Andrea finds out the raised voices are Luke's divorced parents arguing.

 
Watching this scene play out absolutely shocked me. I had no idea it was this bad for Luke. I mean, I know divorce can be bad. I’ve seen movies and heard about it from other kids, but it’s different having it play out before your eyes.
Luke maneuvered his parents to sit on opposite couches facing each other. The anger dropped to a lower level, and they actually started talking.
I was eavesdropping on a private family matter. I didn’t belong here. Moving quietly out of Luke’s room, I progressed past the living room and was just about to open the front door when Luke called out my name.


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2/24/2015

The Stay True Street Team



I have a new book coming out soon. I'm scrambling trying to put together my marketing plan and to start it rolling into action. One way authors, especially self-published and small press authors, have been drumming up interest in their books is to elicit help and put together a street team.

What is a street team, you might ask? A street time aids the author in promoting their books. You are the social influencers who go out there, hitting the streets to help bring the news to readers the author might not be able to reach. Usually this is done by word of mouth or posting something on a blog or social media. Thats it! Not too hard sounding, is it? You'll also have a chance to meet and collaborate with other members of the street team too, if that interests you.

I've created my own street team, The Stay True Street Team, and I'd like you to take part in it. All you have to do is send me an email at cindy@cindykgreen.com. Put Street Team in the subject and let me know  you are interested. I'll send you my street team information sheet and you can see if you'd like to take part or not. It doesn't take much time. And you'll receive a few gifts along the way. Thanks for helping! This author appreciates it.


2/22/2015

Sunday Snippets 2/22

This excerpt comes from Andrea & the Five Day Challenge-a YA romantic novel from Pelican Book Group. Releasing March 6th. 

 
I felt a little nervous with the door shut. Why had he shut it? What did he plan to do to me? “It’s OK for me to be in your room, isn’t it?” It seemed like a stupid question since his mother didn’t seem all that worried about us, but still I wondered. I mean, I’m not allowed to have boys in my room.

“You know, it’s never really come up. I’ve never had a girl in my room before.” He sounded angry again, as if my question reminded him of the whole stupid situation which had brought us to fight earlier. I guess it’s not really a fight but definitely tension.

“Well, that’s good to know.” It was a lame response, but I didn’t know what else to say.

“What part—that it’s OK for you to be here or that I’ve never had a girl in my room?” He stepped close.

Even though I’m unusually tall for a female, he towered over me and I felt really small. I didn’t like arguing with him. I hated confrontation and tension.

The doorbell rang in the front of the house, but Luke didn’t seem all that interested in who it might be. Maybe his mom ordered pizza.

“You know, Luke, why don’t you just give me that assignment and I’ll go. You don’t even have to drive me home because I’ve lived here all my life and I can get there on my own.


”Don’t be like that.” His voice softened.


“I’m not being like anything.” My eyes started to mist over. “I...” But I couldn’t say anything else.

“Andrea, please, I’m sorry...” He didn’t finish what he was going to say (and I think it would have been good because his eyes were doing that emotional swirling thing), but it was then that we heard raised voices.



 Andrea & the Five Day Challenge.  
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2/21/2015

The Mystery of Edwin Drood: A Review




The North Carolina Ice Storm—which I’ve heard called Icetastophy—came through the South this week. And I can tell you this California girl was FREEZING! Thank goodness I didn’t have to leave the house. It gave me the chance to catch up on things like housework, schoolwork and, oh yeah, writing. I also had a chance to finally finish the BBC miniseries The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012).

My older son and I sat down and watched part one months ago. Maybe even six months ago. For some reason, we never took the time to finish it. Can you tell we were riveted? So yesterday I remedied that problem.

For those of you who don’t know, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is adapted from the Charles Dickens novel of the same name. The thing about this novel is that it was unfinished at the time of Dickens’ death so there have been speculations ever since that time as to how the master would have concluded the story. Imagine reading this story in installments and in 1870 it just stops after twenty-something chapters due to the author’s death. And no ending?! Can you imagine the fan-fiction we’d have today?

A summary of the plot: An opium-addicted man, John Jasper, envisions murdering his nephew (Edwin Drood) who is engaged to Rosa whom Jasper is secretly in love with.  Edwin disappears and the rest of the story concerns discovering his whereabouts or his body.

You can see how an unfinished story of this kind would baffle readers for generations. In fact, it has been nearly 150 years and academics are still trying to figure out this mystery. The University of Buckingham has launched a project to have the average reader help solve the mystery. Here is a recent article on the project.

Even though the book lacked a denouement that didn’t mean it didn’t excite the imaginations of readers and movie watchers everywhere. Authors have been trying to conclude it since 1870. And film adaptations began as early as 1935. Even Doctor Who included an episode in which Dickens made an appearance and at the end he had come up with a finale to his book, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, giving a supernatural explanation to Edwin’s death.


The most obvious conclusion is that Jasper killed him and hid him in the family crypt. It’s the conclusion that has been drawn most frequently. There is evidence to support this conclusion. But I wonder even if Dickens began his story by telling a friend, “The story ... was to be that of the murder of a nephew by his uncle,” perhaps he changed his mind and came up with an ending that would surprise us all. He wouldn’t be the first author to do such a thing.

So, what of this latest adaptation (2012)? I liked the way they ended it because it gave it more of a happy ending. And I do love an HEA. I don’t want to spoil you, but it was a cleverly devised  plot that worked for the character of all concerned. It’s hard to say how Dickens would have concluded his final work. It was only half finished. And if you have any experience with a Dickens novel, the middle of the book is only the beginning of the ride on which he intends to take you.

Watch the 2-part miniseries. I enjoyed it. It’s free on Amazon Prime. 








 

2/20/2015

Fiction Friday Blog Hop-February 20th

Andrea & the Five Day Challenge



Shoot! He’d heard everything. Everything—including the part where I’d contemplated asking him out. I could never talk to him ever again. It was over. Humiliation snaked down my back. I felt completely nauseous with my stomach churning my frustration over and over. Good thing I was already in the restroom. Well, I would just have to hide out for now because no way could I face Luke. EVER!
Even if that meant I had to miss English, even if it meant I flunked The Scarlet Letter test, even if I got detention for ditching class—it would be worth it.
Of course, Mom would never understand why I got detention for hiding out in the bathroom, or the F, for that matter. She’d want to know the whole embarrassing story, and I’d dealt with enough mortification for one day, thank you very much.
I cracked the bathroom door open and peeked out into the hallway. No sign of Luke. Uh, I’m such an idiot. He heard and he doesn’t care what I said. Either that or he was avoiding me as if I were Chuck Willis, who wears socks with his sandals. 

Coming March 6th!



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Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current works in progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.  - See more at: http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee/christian-fiction-friday-february-20th/#sthash.v0h6gLDL.dpuf
Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current works in progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.  - See more at: http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee/christian-fiction-friday-february-20th/#sthash.v0h6gLDL.dpuf