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#SampleSunday: The Ex-Files Chapter 18

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Finally! I’ve sorted out the plot thorniness that has been plaguing me since January and here’s a shiny new chapter for those of you who haven’t drifted away with better things to do. For anyone new to The Ex-Files, this is the deal: my daughter is getting married in August. I owe her a nice wedding since I’ve been a total Turtle Mom her whole life. My Once Upon a Wedding books are helping to finance her nice, modest, nearly-200 guest wedding (and The Fairy Tale Bride is 99 cents until the end of August for the wedding sale). I’m also finishing The Ex-Files in her honor, because she asked me to (six years ago, when she was in the Peace Corps in Madagascar, but let’s not quibble over time…you know what the Mayans said about 2012). Anyone who needs a refresher can click on the category The Ex-Files on the right sidebar. That will get you to the past chapters.

The Ex-Files Chapter 18

Emily had showed up for Sunday morning bagels without Phil. Again. I didn’t ask because she was in the mood for a fight and I wasn’t. She took one look at the pictures I had spread across the coffee table and said, “Can’t you skip one?”

“If she skipped one, it should have been Henry, not this guy.” Nick seemed a little grumpy this morning.… Read the rest

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#SampleSunday – The Ex-Files: Chapter 17

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Happy New Year!

Can you believe it? I’m actually putting up a new chapter! I know. I’ve been MIA for most of December. The holidays are like that for me. Too much to do, not enough time.

And then comes January 1st. A new year, a new set of resolutions. First one: finish up the The Ex-Files! I’ve learned a lot putting up my backlist books, and in order to have The Ex-Files on drafted, polished, edited, formatted and up for sale by August, I’m going to need to finish the draft in February (thank goodness there’s an extra day — 2012 is a Leap Year).

For anyone new to The Ex-Files, this is the deal: my daughter is getting married in August. I owe her a nice wedding since I’ve been a total Turtle Mom her whole life. My Once Upon a Wedding books are helping to finance her nice, modest, nearly-200 guest wedding (and The Fairy Tale Bride is 99 cents until January 7th for the Backlist Ebooks sale). I’m also finishing The Ex-Files in her honor, because she asked me to (five years ago, when she was in the Peace Corps in Madagascar, but let’s not quibble over time…it’s a new year and you know what the Mayans said about 2012).… Read the rest

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#SampleSunday: The Ex-Files Chapter 11

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Time for another installment of The Ex-Files. I’m feeling like I need to push the envelope a little, but instead I’m playing it safe. I usually have this problem when I’m drafting a novel, but I don’t usually share my chapters so early. Since I am, I think it could be wise to get a little help on pushing Diana into personal insights on her tendency to nitpick relationships to death.  If you have some suggestions on how to get Diana further out of her comfort zone, please offer them.

OBLIGATORY STATEMENT: This is part of  the wedding promotion. I promised my daughter I would finish this chicklit novel (begun while she was in Madagascar in the Peace Corps, and mailed to her chapter by chapter…until chicklit died and I turned to writing my YA novel The Salem Witch Tryouts). She is now home, has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and is engaged. So, really, I owe her.

Brief recap of the premise of The Ex-Files: Emily is a young woman with a life plan, who hits thirty without making her milestone of getting married. Her friends say she’s too picky and that she probably overlooked Mr.… Read the rest

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#SampleSunday – The Ex-Files, Chapter Nine

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Okay. Here’s Chapter Nine of The Ex-Files, as promised to my daughter as part of the wedding promotion. I’m posting late because I had to do this one from my notes.

As I wrote this chapter, I tried to think about what it would feel like to revisit an old romance? Would you wonder why you broke up with the jerk? Or would you wonder why you ever dated him in the first place? I think it would probably be a little of both if the relationship was at all serious. But maybe you have a different opinion. If so, please share.

CHAPTER NINE

Henry ignored Nick. I remembered, then, how often he had ignored Nick when we dated. The two of them just never got along. Tough. This was my job, and they’d both have to suck it up.

When Nick raised the camera to capture Henry’s unhappy frown, I moved just enough to ruin the shot. “Carriage ride is out. I have a job to do, and Nick’s part of that. We’re going to the comedy club.” I left Henry and his now puzzled frown behind as I headed for the curb to hail a cab.Read the rest

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#Sample#Sunday: The Ex-Files – Chapter 3

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As promised to my daughter (and as part of the extended Wedding Promo), I have begun the process of finishing the abandoned chicklit novel….the only novel of mine she has ever read.

As added incentive, I am participating in the Clarion Write-a-Thon. Please consider supporting a writer (doesn’t have to be me). In fact, I strongly urge you to look at what Victoria Griesdoorn is offering for those who support her efforts to help Clarion fund another round of student-writers. You can win a prize if you sponsor Victoria, which is pretty cool and dedicated. Clarion is a great writer’s workshop, and that six weeks of my life helped shape my writing in ways I could never have imagined before I attended back in ’88.

Comments with critique are welcome, but no promises that I’ll follow anyone’s suggestions, no matter how brilliant. I’m a stubborn writer, to which my various critique partners and editors through the decades can attest.

Please note: This is a draft. There will be typos. Once I’ve finished the novel and revised it, I will: send it out to an editor; ask a cover artist to make a cover; and put it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the Kindle and Nook.Read the rest

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#Sample#Sunday: The Ex-Files – Chapter 2

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As promised to my daughter (and on my blog), I have begun the process of finishing the abandoned chicklit novel….the only novel of mine she has ever read. This is part of the extended Wedding Day Promo plan.

As added incentive, I am participating in the Clarion Write-a-Thon. Please consider supporting a writer (doesn’t have to be me).

Comments with critique are welcome, but no promises that I’ll follow anyone’s suggestions, no matter how brilliant. I’m a stubborn writer, to which my various critique partners and editors through the decades can attest.

Please note: This is a draft. There will be typos. Once I’ve finished the novel and revised it, I will: send it out to an editor; ask a cover artist to make a cover; and put it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the Kindle and Nook. You’re seeing the raw process behind book creation. If reading an uncooked story makes you squeamish, wait for the fully baked novel to appear at an ebook retailer near you.

If you missed Chapter One, you can find it here (or click on the Ex-Files or #Sample#Sunday tag and you’ll see just those posts, for easier flow).… Read the rest

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