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Friday, October 7, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample of "Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny"

Here is a sneak preview of "Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny" to be released on November 2 by Secret Cravings Publishing and a special print book contest at the end of this excerpt.

Chapter One
“This way, Danny,” Cal motioned.         
“No, don’t go that way…” Danny hollered.
Too late. The explosion might have deafened him, but Danny got lucky. Running away from  a bomb one minutes,  the next  Danny woke up in an Army hospital in Germany. Still he was the lucky one, he got the Purple Heart and a trip home. Cal had not been so blessed.
Danny had only been out of the hospital for three days when he hitched a ride on a military plane back to the United States. A long plane ride, provided the chance to say goodbye to his buddies.
“Hey, Captain, ever get the guy in Iraq who killed your brother?” asked Sgt. Josh Benson.
“Sure Benson. Him and the rest, too. All those bastards,” Danny retorted.
“You got the highest score. How many killed?” Benson asked.
“Lost count.”
“More than me.”
“Everybody got more than you, Benson. Jenny behind the desk hit more than you,” Danny joked.
“Can’t see nothin’ on you. Look like they never touched you.” Benson crane his neck to look at Danny.
“Yeah, looks can be deceiving. How’s your leg doing?” Danny asked, moving away to make more room for Benson’s leg casts.
Danny saw the beads of sweat on Benson’s forehead…his pale face and knew his buddy was lying about the pain.
“Glad to be delivering you back to your sister. Say what does she look like again?”
“Stay away from her, Captain. She’s got enough to do takin’ care of me. She can’t be cryin’ her eyes out over givin' it to you,” Benson chuckled.
“Too bad. But then if she looks like you, maybe not!” Danny laughed.
“I’m not tellin’...say Captain…you sleep good?” Benson asked, his brow furrowed.
“Okay, I guess,” he lied.
“I see things. I wake up. I don’t sleep all night,” Benson said quietly, looking down at his hands.
Danny nodded, looking away.
“Will those things go away? Will I always be seein’ Joe or Cal when I go to sleep?”
“I hope not,” Danny said, without conviction, looking down at his hands.
“At least I’m still here. Thanks to you.”
“I told you, just shut up about what happened.” Danny snapped.
“Everybody here does his bit. I did mine…with you. Don’t talk about it,” Danny said in a low voice.
“Okay, okay.”
“You’re one brother I’m returning home,” Danny said softly to himself.
“Hey, Maine, we’re coming down over Syracuse. This is your stop, right?” the pilot hollered back to Danny, who moved up to the cockpit.”
“Yeah. That’s me,” Danny said, reaching for his duffel bag.
“Where do you go from here?”
“I got a ride with Sgt. Marie Willis to Willow Falls,” Danny said.
“Some hick town?” He cocked an eyebrow at the Captain.
“College town.”
“You going to school?”
"Marie, huh?” The pilot remarked.
“Better warn her about the Captain,” Benson piped up from the back.
“Shut up Benson or I’ll have to break your arms, too,” Danny called.
“Ever see her, Benson? Don’t think the Captain will be interested.”
“She’s female, isn’t she?” Danny raised his eyebrows.
“As far as I know.”
“I’m interested,” Danny said with a snicker.

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SPECIAL CONTEST! I will buy the first PRINT copy of "Now and Forever 1, a Love Story", sign it and send it to a lucky winner! Leave a comment with your email address today. I will contact the winner tonight and send the book as soon as it is printed, within the next two weeks!!


Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Great sample! Good last line.

Sherry Gloag said...

You canvey almost as much with what you left out as what you wrote. Great sample. Am in the UK, so presume I am not eleigible for your contest. Best wishes with you rnew book.

Jean said...

Sherry, if you win could I send you a pdf? If not, a contest is a contest and an offer is an offer. I will send the print book.

Kathleen Ball said...

wonderful writing as always!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a man on another kind of mission. :-)

Anonymous said...

Nice sample! I'm looking forward to this book!

Sandy Nachlinger said...

The dialogue has told us a lot about Denny, plus presented several possibilities for future conflict. I enjoyed it tremendously. Good job!

Lindsay said...

I loved the scene here. If I read it right someone might be having so PTSD problems also.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Great job as usual

marybelle said...

Love a love story thank you!!