(Photo courtesy Tieshka Smith/Mom of Three Photography. Copyright © 2010-2012, all rights reserved.)
Welcome to the first Six Sentence Sunday post featuring my current project, Shades of Blue. It's a coming-of-age/YA/mystery/whatever-the-hell-Joyce-likes-to-write kind of book that may never fit neatly into any genre, (just like my first book, True Blue Forever) but I don't care. I love the story and the characters, and I'm writing it.
Anyway, meet Sam and JoJo, the couple so perfectly depicted in the wonderful photo above, taken by the amazingly talented Tieshka Smith. If I have any say about it, this will be the cover when it's published. These six are the opening lines of the book.
The day I saw the bruises on Sam’s back, I knew his stepfather was beating him. I also knew somebody needed to kill the SOB for it. I just didn’t know who, when, or how.
Looking back on it now, I realize Sam had already been acting strange for a while that year. I thought it was just some kind of hormonal craziness he was going through from being thirteen, until that day I saw the bruises on his back.
Of course, I’d known Sam was different from other boys since the day he’d moved in next door when he was just a little five-year-old blond kid staring at me through the fence.
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