Sunday, June 12, 2016

Adventures in Shoplifting

Time again for Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday!




I'm continuing with my YA paranormal thriller After Me. (You can catch up on the earlier excerpts here.) Last week was Jada's first blog entry about her first week as Jada the Pervert Slayer. So how does she get from the abandoned warehouse she woke up in to her new foster home? She tries shoplifting in three convenience stores, but all she gets are three offers to trade sex for the stuff she's trying to steal. Finally, she goes into a liquor store with a old woman behind the counter and hits paydirt.


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Thirty minutes later, I was in the back of a Miami patrol car, sobbing my poor misguided little heart out. I guess the two cops felt a little sorry for me, although that didn’t keep one of them from feeling me up when he searched me before putting me in the car. Anyway, they took me to the juvie center, and after convincing my case worker that I’d had enough of life on the streets, I got sent to a group home while I waited for a foster family to take me in.

I’ll skip the sordid details of the group home except to point out that if I’d been there any longer, I’m sure a couple of the male workers would’ve been my first victims. And I couldn’t help feeling bad for real girls like Gwen who had to live on the street or in places like that. My life before had really sucked, but this was a lot worse.

Luckily, after only three days in the group home, I got the good news that a family who was willing to take a teenaged girl had contacted the agency. The next day I met the Shermans, my new foster family. Brad, Karen and twelve-year-old Nathan—yuppies with a heart of gold, determined to save the world, one teenaged delinquent at a time. Gwen’s a lucky girl for sure.


Lucky for those guys that Jada hasn't yet discovered the new skills she's acquired since her recent untimely death! Find out next week how she starts her search for the man who killed her. Can't wait? You can buy After Me here. And please do also check out the other Snippet Sunday folks and the Weekend Writing Warriors. Something for everyone among these talented writers!


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19 comments:

  1. I have the feeling her foster family is in for a surprise! Nice, engaging summary of how she got there.

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  2. Interesting development in the story!

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  3. Good descriptions of the places she has been.

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  4. It sounds like the group home employees were lucky she found a family fast.

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  5. Will the foster family regret the decision they made? I wonder if Brad, Karen and Nathan are going to be different than the people she has encountered to this point.

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  6. Can't wait to find out about her new skill set. Kind of sounds like she's a little bit... disdainful?... about her foster family -- can't wait to see how that plays out.

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    1. That's just Jada's inherent snark. Wonder what will ever make her soften up? ;-)

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  7. Nice background delivery. I wonder how Jada is going to interact with heart-of-gold people after her past? Nice snippet.

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  8. She doesn't strike me as the kind who will deal well with heart-of-gold foster parents. We'll see, though.

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  9. Yuppies with a heart of gold...saving the world one teenaged delinquent at a time. HA--love this! Great characterization. Jada is quite the sassy gal.

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  10. I love your description of the family. Nice excerpt.

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  11. Love how the story is developing and how you gave us some background. Can't wait to find out what happens with living with her foster parents.

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  12. Another great snippet. Can't wait to read what she's got to tell about the new foster family.

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  13. Great background story! Can't wait to see what happens next in her family life. I really am loving these snippets!

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  14. Intriguing! I'm interested in seeing where this story goes. :-)

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  15. Her voice is a little wordy, but I like that she feels like a real person talking to us and telling her story. Your description of the book was very intriguing. If I was more into paranormal, I would pick up this book and read it.

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  16. Hmm, I wonder what purpose having a foster family is going to serve for her in this mission she's been assigned. It's a twist I didn't see coming, and an intriguing one at that. Can't wait to see where this leads.

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  17. Maybe she'll go back for a visit to that group home to finish the job.

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