Writing

15-Minute Writing Challenge

Another challenge to complete.  This one is for my second NaNoWriMo idea.  Here is what I have so far…


Today was a bad day, Henry.  I felt so lost, so disconnected from everything and everyone.  There was a constant stream of people wanting my attention.  And, yet, I felt completely alone anyway.  Like I’m begging someone to see me, but no-one does.  They only see what they want to.  Not the truth, not the pain hidden in my eyes.  Broken in my heart!  I think the walls I’ve built has become too high, impossibly high.  Nobody wants to break them down anymore…

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“It’s not okay!”  I scream while pounding my fists on his chest, shoving him, trying to push him out the door.  He stays put, digging in his heels, not budging.  Furious, I ram into him.  Unfazed, he wraps his arms around me and hugs me tightly to him.  “I am not going anywhere!”  He enunciates every syllable, making sure I hear the words.  I feel his beating heart under my hand and, finally, I break, sobbing into his chest.  I don’t know how long we stood there or when my legs gave out.  I just remember waking up on his chest, his arms wrapped around me still.  And then allowing myself to admit I love this man, for letting me be myself, however broken, with him.  For accepting me…


This one is not as long, but there is so much more to this story.  I don’t want to give anything away, because I want to write a full story out of this tiny taste.  What do you guys think?

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Book – Bonjour Girl
Author – Isabelle Lafleche
Genre – YA Contemporary

Publisher – Dundurn Publishing
Release Date – 25 August 2018


Synopsis:

Dating, fashion, and drama: Clementine never has a dull day at the Parsons School of Design.

When Clementine Liu arrives in New York City to study at the Parsons School of Design, she knows that she’s found
her place. It isn’t long before she meets her fashionista soulmate, the loud and charismatic Jake, and Jonathan, a dreamy fashion photographer who turns her world upside down.

Between schoolwork and glitzy fashion shows, Clementine launches a blog, Bonjour Girl, and her wit, originality, and flair quickly catapult the site to cult status. Unfortunately, this comes with a price: Clementine is faced with online abuse and public humiliation. In the midst of all the drama, she finds out that a classmate is not what she seems, and Clementine has to find a way to save both her reputation and Jake’s fashion collection.

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Book – Rosewater
Series – The Wormwood Trilogy, #1
Author – Tade Thompson
Genre – Science Fiction

Publisher – Orbit
Release Date – 18 September 2018


Synopsis:

Tade Thompson’s Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting-edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices.
Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless – people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers.

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again — but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

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Book – Wildcard
Series – Warcross, #2
Author – Marie Lu
Genre – YA Sci-Fi

Publisher – G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date – 18 September 2018


Synopsis:

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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A Pride and Prejudice Remix!

Book – Pride
Author – Ibi Zoboi
Genre – YA Contemporary, Retelling

Publisher – Balzer + Bray
Release Date – 18 September 2018


Synopsis:

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

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Book – Escaping From Houdini
Series – Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3
Author – Kerri Maniscalco
Genre – YA Historical Fiction, Mystery

Publisher – JIMMY Patterson
Release Date – 18 September 2018


Synopsis:

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer… 

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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Book – What the Woods Keep
Author – Katya De Becerra
Genre – YA Paranormal Fantasy, Mystery

Publisher – Imprint MacMillan
Release Date – 18 September 2018


Synopsis:

What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

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