Sunday, August 21, 2016

Close Your Eyes and Go Back to a Simpler Time...

Time again for Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday!




Switching to a new book this week! If you missed the previous snippets from my YA paranormal thriller After Me, you can read them here.

This snippet is from True Blue, the first book in my True Blue Trilogy coming out next month. The trilogy follows the four main characters from fourth grade to college, so the first book is middle grade, the second is YA, and the third book is New Adult. Rather unorthodox, I know, but I've always been kinda weird. ;-) Here's the blurb for book one.

It’s 1972 in Chickasaw, Alabama—a time when kids play outside until the streetlights come on and everyone knows it’s time to go home. Jeana, Wade and Billy Joe have lived on West Grant Street all their lives and have always been best friends, but things start to change the summer after the fourth grade. The boys begin to look at Jeana and each other differently, and puberty is getting close to rearing its ugly head. Can the three of them stay friends, or will someone’s heart get broken? And who is that new boy in Chickasaw with the startling blue eyes?

This snippet is from the first chapter and introduces three of the four main characters. They have a secret club called the Mystery Masters, and this scene is from one of their clandestine meetings in their clubhouse—a shed in one of the boys' back yard. They're supposed to be sharing their most personal secrets then pinky swear not to ever reveal them. Warning: I utilized some creative punctuation.


“My most personal secret is that I hate raisins," Wade said, "they make me puke if I try to eat one.”

Jeana shook her head with a sigh and said, “That’s not a secret, and it’s not personal either—it has to be something you don’t want anybody else to know.”

Wade looked up at the ceiling and said, “Well, I don’t have anything else, so let me think about it a minute.”

“Okay, Billy Joe," Jeana said, "you go while he tries to think.”

Billy Joe smiled broadly and said, "My secret is that I can’t swallow pills. My mother has to crush ‘em up and put ‘em in applesauce for me.”

Jeana sighed again and said, “That’s not a secret either because everybody at school has known that ever since you cut your big toe swimming at H&W last year and your mama brought you applesauce with medicine in it at lunchtime every day for a week.”

Billy Joe rolled his eyes and said, “Okay, then what’s your secret, O Supreme Commander?”

Jeana’s chin lifted haughtily as she said, “Mine is that I’m going to marry Captain James T. Kirk someday.”

The two boys looked at each other, then they burst into laughter.


Jeana's kinda bossy, huh? Come back next week to find out why the boys put up with it. 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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21 comments:

  1. It's very age-appropriate how these kids don't really get what a personal secret is.

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    1. Yes, and even the ones Jeana eventually thinks of for the boys are still innocent, but they definitely don't want anybody to know about them--Wade is afraid of worms and Billy Joe still sleeps with Bluey Bear. ;-)

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  2. Lol back to simplicity. The beauty of innocence and how good their lives were is heartwarming. Lovely scene, Joyce.

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  3. Lol back to simplicity. The beauty of innocence and how good their lives were is heartwarming. Lovely scene, Joyce.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. But you know there has to be some problems in their lives, right? I can't seem to write anything without a lot of conflict! ;-)

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  4. Adorable, and yeah, she's bossy but that makes it even cuter.

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  5. Lovely, natural response!

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  6. Haha, Jeana reminds me of one of my nieces at that age. Though I think she was planning to marry Percy Jackson. :-)

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  7. Interesting arc for a series! The children's conversation flowed so easily...nice snippet.

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  8. Awww that's sweet. :-) I really enjoyed reading this.

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  9. I think they're missing the point, but that's what makes this endearing. Also, why does everyone hate on raisins?! They're delicious!

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    1. I can't eat them alone, but I love them in salads. Go figure!

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  10. I have to say I laughed too. Love it!

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  11. Not sure my comment took so delete if this is a duplicate.

    This snippet made me laugh, but, you know, it's really hard to come up with a personal secret.

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  12. I could hear the kids talking. You really nailed the conversation here. :D

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  13. I really enjoy your prose, very captivating, it feels like I am zooming in on this small town and focusing on the youngsters (like a movie)

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  14. Joyce, I love how you capture the sweetness of youth! Good snippet. :-)

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  15. In 1972 I'd have married Kirk too! This sounds so authentic.

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  16. oH I love it ... great snippet and so real. AND i like the idea of your trilogy age groups. makes sense to me :-)

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  17. This snippet made me smile and chuckle a bit, kids have such innocence to them. Wish we could have them keep that longer. Cute.

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  18. Sounds like a typical fourth grader! For all of them! Nicely done displaying their age with their thoughts. I got a few chuckles out of it.

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