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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday, a taste of "Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights"

A reminder, last week we left as Harry, the chauffeur, was calling The American News and making a deal with the newspaper...
   

At the gas station on the corner of Route 54 and Lake Road, next to the daily newspaper was a stack of American News, the gossip weekly, with the headline screaming out at her,
     
                    "Artist Wife of Multi-Millionaire Missing!"


   She stopped cold, her heart racing as she read beneath the headline,
      
       "Artist Caroline Davis White has not been seen since Thursday.  Her husband, multi-millionaire, Bradley Riordan 
White, III claims he does not know where she is. Police have 
been looking for the White’s chauffeur, Harry Carlson, for questioning. White has been declared a person of interest and 
will be questioned by the police about the disappearance of his wife."

 
A little bit about Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights 
Do you have someone in your past you would like to reconnect with?  Caroline Davis White wasn't looking for Mickey, now Mike Foster, her childhood crush, she was fleeing her philandering husband, seeking peace and quiet, time to reflect on changing her life. But there was Mike, saving her from a mishap...again, bigger than life and even more handsome. 

A well-known artist, Sunny thought she could escape, disappear back to the cabin where she spent her summers as a child. But she was wrong. Her husband refused to let her go. There hadn't been a divorce in Brad White's family...ever! And he wasn't about to start breaking the tradition now.  Could Caroline shake him loose and what about Mike? Where did he fit into her life?

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Friday, May 27, 2011

FIRST LINE QUIZ!

Can you match these first lines with the famous books they come from? Check your answers at the end (no fair peeking!):


1.  "Call me Ishmael"


2. "It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."



3. "Happy families are alike; Every unhappy family is unhappy in it's own way."

4. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
 

5. "124 was spiteful."

6. "You better not never tell nobody but God."

7.In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains."

8."In the town there were two mutes and they were always together."

9."The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting."

10. "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind since." 







ANSWERS

(title, author)

1. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3.Anna Karennena, Leo Tolstoy
4.1984, George Orwell
5.Beloved, Toni Morrison
6.The Color Purple, Alice Walker
7.A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
8.The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
9. Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
10. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Was the quiz hard? Easy? Fun? Please let a comment.



First line of my sweet contemporary romance?
"You're running away, Miss?"


A little bit about Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights 
Do you have someone in your past you would like to reconnect with?  Caroline Davis White wasn't looking for Mickey, now Mike Foster, her childhood crush, she was fleeing her philandering husband, seeking peace and quiet, time to reflect on changing her life. But there was Mike, saving her from a mishap...again, bigger than life and even more handsome. 

A well-known artist, Sunny thought she could escape, disappear back to the cabin where she spent her summers as a child. But she was wrong. Her husband refused to let her go. There hadn't been a divorce in Brad White's family...ever! And he wasn't about to start breaking the tradition now.  Could Caroline shake him loose and what about Mike? Where did he fit into her life?

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CONFESSION AND LIES WEDNESDAY!

In honor of the season of weddings coming up, here is a wedding story you will never forget!


WHAT A WEDDING!

            Weddings are usually joyous occasions.  Of course there is cousin Irma who gets drunk and hits on the best man or Uncle Al who brings his accordion and insists on playing with the band. We all have relatives who embarrass or annoy us one way or another but must be invited to the wedding. But this should have been the sweetest wedding of all, the marriage of two people who had been neighbors and friends their whole lives and it was the most tense wedding I ever attended.
            Mary and Scott grew up practically next door to each other on Long Island. They were also best friends with my first husband, Ken, and Scott’s sister, Anne. The four of them hung out together, went to school together, teased each other, consoled each other…were inseparable.
            Perhaps it would be odd if Mary and Scott didn’t fall in love and decide to get married after Scott graduated college. Ken and I were practically newlyweds finishing up our first year of marriage and still in love with the idea of weddings, marriage and all the familiar clich├ęs. So when Scott asked Ken to be his best man, we were thrilled.
            In the months leading up to the wedding we went along as we usually did, hanging out with Mary and Scott whenever they were available. We moved to New York City while they remained on Long Island so we didn’t spend as much time together as we would have liked.
          About four months before the wedding in June, the information that would destroy the sweetness of this wedding came down on our heads.
            The husband of the groom, Scott’s dad, Harold, was having an affair with the mother of the bride, Sandy, who was also Scott’s mom’s best friend. Wow! Ken was devastated. Ken’s family was dysfunctional, so Scott’s mom and dad had become second parents to him. He lived as much at their house growing up as at his own. He was much closer to Margaret, Scott’s mom, than to his own mother and felt Harold’s betrayal of her keenly. Mary was embarrassed to talk about it. Her father was in the process of divorcing her mother. We wondered what would happen once Sandy was free.  
          Still, the wedding was going to go on. After much scurrying around and rearranging, the reception was planned for the children, meaning us twenty-somethings only. No one felt comfortable about what could happen if the parents got a few drinks under their belts and no one relished a fist fight at a wedding reception, especially one between the mother of the groom and the mother of the bride!
          Ken was given the job of watching Margaret and if she caused any trouble, he was to escort her out toute de suite. He was a nervous wreck before the wedding and both of us regretted not having a little drink before the ceremony but there was none available.
            I got to watch everything unfolding from the front pew, sitting with the groom’s family. I’ll never forget watching the mother of the bride being escorted down the aisle. A hush fell on the room when the mother of the groom appeared. While we all knew, none of the older relatives were aware. It was still a big secret.
            I watched Margaret come down the aisle with Harold, both looking very stiff and sit directly across the aisle from Sandy, without making eye contact with her. While the bride was beautiful, those of us who knew what was going on were watching Margaret and Sandy, where the real drama was taking place.
            I hate to disappoint you, but Margaret behaved coolly but with dignity and Ken never had to take her in hand. The wedding reception was fun but a strange celebration without the parents of the bride or the groom.
            Not long after Ken and I got a divorce, three years later, Scott showed up at my apartment unannounced and hit on me. I was shocked and disappointed in him. Of course, I turned him down. I guess the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree. 



A little bit about Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights 
Do you have someone in your past you would like to reconnect with?  Caroline Davis White wasn't looking for Mickey, now Mike Foster, her childhood crush, she was fleeing her philandering husband, seeking peace and quiet, time to reflect on changing her life. But there was Mike, saving her from a mishap...again, bigger than life and even more handsome. 

A well-known artist, Sunny thought she could escape, disappear back to the cabin where she spent her summers as a child. But she was wrong. Her husband refused to let her go. There hadn't been a divorce in Brad White's family...ever! And he wasn't about to start breaking the tradition now.  Could Caroline shake him loose and what about Mike? Where did he fit into her life?

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Monday, May 23, 2011

TUESDAY TALES

We have a new feature here today: TUESDAY TALES. It consists of short stories written by a variety of authors around one them or prompt word. Today the prompt is ICE CREAM and we have six authors, including me, participating.




Because it was my idea, I get to go first. There are links to the stories written by the other authors participating at the end of my story. Here is my story based on ice cream:



MINT CHIP

 Nina was driving around the corner on Ashton Street when the big orange sign for The Creamery made her hit the brakes and pull into the parking lot. Every summer when she brought her son Darcy up to Willow Falls from New York City, he begged to go to The Creamery for chicken fingers and a hot fudge sundae. When Nina took him, she’d indulge in her favorite sinful dessert, a hot fudge sundae with mint chip ice cream.

            Mint chip was Nina’s favorite flavor, something she hadn’t eaten in years. Since she turned forty eight, before her husband, Henry, died, she began watching her weight. Henry never even noticed she put on twenty pounds since their marriage, 25 years earlier. Frankly, for the past five years they had grown apart. Darcy was now 24, married and living in Seattle. Henry worked on Wall Street and when in his late sixties, he should have been enoying life, he kept working and didn’t slow down. Ultimately his high stress schedule killed him at 70, leaving Nina fifty years old and alone.

Nina was trained as an actress. For the past two years she worked at reducing her weight, toning up to go back to the theater, now Henry was gone. At five feet four and a size eight, she looked good. Her short dark hair fell to her chin and her enormous light blue eyes gave her face a youthful appearance.

She got out of the car. This might be her last chance for a mint chip sundae at The Creamery. After two years of dealing with their summer house without Henry’s advice and help, she decided to sell. She loved the house, more than her large, luxurious apartment in the city but she wasn’t good at gardening and felt lost and alone wandering through empty, silent rooms day after day.

     Dammit, I’m entitled to this! I’m going to enjoy every spoonful.

****

Clint Hayworth stopped at The Creamery. Women aren’t the only ones who eat ice cream when they're depressed. A double mint chip cone would help soothe his separation pain. He came from the bus station in Willow Falls where he loaded his 12-year-old son on a bus returning him to the care of his mom, Clint’s ex-wife, Angela. He hated parting from Cory, but it was a year now and he should be used to it, or that’s what he thought. Hah! I’ll never get used to it.

 He and Cory discovered The Creamery last week. Clint, a high school English teacher, was renting a house for the summer while he tried to write a play. He felt old at forty, writing a play for the first time. Angela laughed at him when he told her. She preferred her investment banker friends…so much so she dumped him and married one. Cory was traveling by bus to spend the month of August in The Hamptons with his mother and her new husband.

****

Wouldn’t you know someone with a complicated order…a sundae, would be in front of me!  He tapped his foot impatiently as the young woman at the window carefully applied the whipped cream and then the cherry on top.

“Diet version, Deedee, no nuts,” Nina joked.

The young woman didn’t get it but she smiled anyway.

Nina stopped to slip a small spoonful of the deliciously cold confection into her mouth before moving away from the window and making room for the tall man behind her.

“Double mint chip cone,” Clint ordered, pulling out his wallet.

Nina moved slowly toward her car, gazing up at the sky to see if she could find the Big Dipper. The sultry August air felt heavy around her, melting the ice cream quicker than it did in June. Not paying complete attention to what she was eating, Nina missed her mouth and dribbled on her white tee shirt. Reaching for a napkin, she realized she forgot to take one and doubled back to get it before the stain set.

She rushed over to the tiny counter with the napkin holder just as Clint turned with his double cone and they collided. His ice cream fell onto her chest, causing her to gasp at the cold on her skin. She looked up into his light brown eyes as she reached for the melting ball of ice cream. He grunted and slipped one arm around her as he almost knocked her off her feet.

She stood staring up into his eyes and holding the ice cream, not knowing what to do with it.

“I don’t think you can put that back on the cone. Maybe the garbage?” He suggested, breaking her reverie.

Nina jumped, stepping toward the garbage and tossing the melted ice cream ball in.

            “I’m so sorry. I’ll buy you another one,” she said, reaching for napkins to wipe her shirt and hands.

            “It was my fault…completely. You don’t have to buy me another. I still have one scoop here and I’ll just…” he said,  approaching her with napkins in his hand, then realizing he couldn’t wipe ice cream off her chest. He stopped, his hand in midair, color suffusing his face.

“It’s okay. I’ve got this. Get your other scoop,” she said.

Deedee offered him another scoop free so he took it. Nina sat down at the picnic table set up for people to eat outside. After a good look at her shirt she knew it was finished. Clint joined her.

“At least let me pay for a new shirt,” he offered.
“It’s okay. I had a spill on it already. That’s why I was coming back and got in your way,” she said, finishing the last of her sundae.
“What flavor?” He asked.
“Mint chip…is there any other?” She laughed.
“Not for me.”
“I’m Nina Wells,” she said, offering her hand.
He shook it and introduced himself.
“You look familiar,” she said, admiring his physique.
“I’ve seen you…in the garden? Next door?”
“You’re renting the Willis place?” She asked.
“Thinking about buying it, too,” he said.
“It’s a lovely house. The neighborhood is terrific, too. Lots of space and nice people.”
“Then why are you selling, too?”
“Oh,” she said, coloring, “I’m alone now…and it’s kind of…I’m not…”
“Not used to taking care of it by yourself?”
She nodded.
“Have you owned it long?”
“Since my son was eight…sixteen years.”
“You have a 24 year old son?”
She nodded.
“You don’t look old enough.”
“Looks can be deceiving.”
“Not in my book,” he said, giving her curvy figure the once-over.
“Where is your son?” Nina asked, changing the subject.
“He went back to his mother’s place,” Clint said.
“Oh. I’m sorry.”
“I’m used to it by now…I lied. Not used to it at all. Hate it, in fact.”
“My son lives in Seattle. Has for three years. I’m not used to and probably never will be.”
“Can I at least buy you a cup of coffee to make up for the shirt I wrecked?”
“Why don’t you come over and I’ll make us both some  coffee.Make some noise in that too quiet house would make me feel better.”
“Great. Meet you there,” he said, finishing the last of his cone.
(to be continued next Tuesday)

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A little bit about Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights 
Do you have someone in your past you would like to reconnect with?  Caroline Davis White wasn't looking for Mickey, now Mike Foster, her childhood crush, she was fleeing her philandering husband, seeking peace and quiet, time to reflect on changing her life. But there was Mike, saving her from a mishap...again, bigger than life and even more handsome. 

A well-known artist, Sunny thought she could escape, disappear back to the cabin where she spent her summers as a child. But she was wrong. Her husband refused to let her go. There hadn't been a divorce in Brad White's family...ever! And he wasn't about to start breaking the tradition now.  Could Caroline shake him loose and what about Mike? Where did he fit into her life?

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday, a taste of "Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights"

Harry, the chauffeur, calls Sunny to warn her Brad, her philandering  husband, knows she has run away and he asks her if she is coming back:


“No, Harry, he’ll have to handcuff me and take me back by force,” 
she said with heat in her voice, color heating her cheeks, her free 
hand tightening into a fist.
“Oh, Miss, he isn’t going to like that at all! I wanted to warn you, Miss.”
“Thanks, Harry, please don’t tell anyone.”
“I won’t, ” said the chauffeur.
                                 ****
As soon as he hung up the phone, Harry pulled a slip of
paper out of his pocket and dialed the number on the paper.
“Is this American News tip line? Yes? How much do you pay 

for tips? Oh, well it’s about the impending divorce of two rich 
people…one a famous artist…yes. I see. Of course. You can 
make a check out to me, Harry…"



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