Sunday, May 29, 2016

Balance Due

Time again for Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday!




Here's a little more from my YA paranormal thriller After Me. (You can catch up on the earlier excerpts here.) Last week Jada discovered that she has to stay among the living until she finds and stops the man who murdered her. As you might expect, Jada's not too happy about having to be "some kind of psycho zombie chick," but here's why she's obligated to do it.


"You had a verbal contract with us that must be honored, Miss Gayle.”

“What contract?”

She typed something then looked at the monitor and said, "This one.”

I watched the screen go black, then I saw myself when I was thirteen, kneeling on the floor next to my bed with my eyes turned heavenward. Flo turned up the volume on the monitor, and I heard myself promising that I would do anything to keep my best friend Cassie from dying of leukemia.

“But that’s not fair,” I said. “Yeah, Cassie went into remission, but look what happened to her later. I shouldn’t have to keep a promise for that.”

“I’m sorry, but we don’t argue semantics here. You said you would do anything, and now it’s time to pay up.”


Oh, snap! Don't you hate when a promise comes back to bite you in the butt? Find out next week how our heroine handles her first week as Jada the Pervert Slayer. Can't wait? You can buy After Me here. And please also check out the other Snippet Sunday folks and the Weekend Writing Warriors. Something for everyone among these talented writers!


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18 comments:

  1. I LOVE this, Joyce! Irreverently funny set up. Makes you rethink what you've wished for.

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  2. Nancy has it down, Joyce. Irreverently funny, and frustratingly logical. No space to dodge or dive! I am really enjoying this series of snippets.

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  3. Uh oh– Jada's definitely got a problem on her hands. Also, I loved the smiley face you used, and couldn't help but imagine it printed on bills. I doubt that would help with them, but still, it made me smile!

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  4. She needs a better lawyer! At thirteen she was still a minor and unable to legally enter into a contract.

    I am really enjoying this -- love the humor and will be getting the book soon.

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    1. All the Afterlife lawyers are in "the hot place." ;-)

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  5. That's hilarious inagoodway. Loving this story, each twist and turn makes it even better. Great snippet!

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  6. Oh Dear! I wonder what happened to Cassie. The convolutions of bureaucracy.

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  7. Oh wow, be careful what you wish for. Great snippet, Joyce. :)

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  8. Like Siobhan said, be careful what you wish for. Or, in this case, what you pray for.

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  9. Oh-oh. They have her. Looks like she's going to get more than she bargained for. Great snippet!

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  10. A very engaging snippet! I can see what's happening and get a glimpse into both characters, even with so few words. I want to know what happened to Cassie.

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  11. I can't wait to read more. I'm enjoying these snippets.

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  12. Oh what a great snippet. The promise... I'm also curious to know what happened to Cassie. Must not be good. Will she have to try and guide Cassie back to the right path? Yep, I'm curious.

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  13. Wow, holly cow! And then what happened to Cassie? That's so serious because I guess we all asked for stuff like that and this could totally happen to us when we die, omg!

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  14. They've got her there .... fair and unfair at the same time ... and written with such wit, i cant wait for the next little snippet.

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  15. Oh I did not see that coming! That sounds unfair to her though, how was she supposed to know what a promise made at thirteen years old would entail? Gotta hate that fine print so to speak. LOL. I wonder what happened to her friend though after remission... Curious.

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  16. Promise is a promise, interesting snippet.

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  17. I like it... Understanding the importance of one's words is an important lesson to learn.

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