Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome blog hop that allows writers to share their 8-sentence excerpt to the blogosphere. It can be from a published or unpublished book. If you’d like to join or would love to read from talented writers, please visit the WeWriWa’s website on Sunday, October 19th.

Here’s my excerpt:

Sequoia placed her elbow on the door rest, then put her chin in the cup of her hand. She stared out of the window. When her manager had warned her that Gossip Reel would be brutal today, that was an understatement.

Kenley rubbed her friend’s shoulder. “It’ll be all right, Sequoia.”

She shook her head. “They called me a whore. A manipulating whore…America will hate me now.”

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

The other day was normal, until it wasn’t…

I was enjoying my morning bagel and orange juice, then I noticed commotion across the street (in fact, where Jumpin Java used to be). A crew of young people were rearranging props on the sidewalk. They looked pretty busy! That day I learned that a mini-series was taped; the main street of Charles Town, WV had to be shut down.

Awesome! By golly, I have to figure out what the mini-series is. Will it be on TV? On HBO? At the film festival being held at Shepherd University at the beginning of next month? Either way, how cool is it that the street I walk down every day caught a production scout’s attention!

I think I told you guys that Melissa and I have been writing a screenplay. It’s been pretty fun and a learning experience. I appreciate the art of getting in and getting out–something I tend to do with my books. Maybe just maybe, I’m focusing my creative attention on the wrong thing?

I love writing fiction, but it takes me several revisions to actually describe the setting, what the characters look like, how they’re feeling, etc. I write fast-paced books because that’s what I like to read, and I think my strength is plot and dialogue.

Dialogue and plot–sounds like key screenwriting elements to me.

I notice that, even though I’m a writer, I rarely discuss books with people or on forums. I can read something and be in the moment were it blew my mind, but then…it’s over. The feeling goes away, and I move on. It’s hard for me to remember book titles (I usually just remember the authors). I was tagged for a Book Hop, and for the life of me I can’t think of any books for the different categories (and there aren’t even that many)! That’s what’s taking me so long…

But, I love discussing movies and TV shows. I get excited over that, talking for hours and hours. Spending time online searching for spoilers. If there was a Movie Hop, I’d be all over that!

Even when I look at book covers, they aren’t book covers to me. I see them as movie posters. And, the book descriptions I enjoy the most are the ones that are quick and straight to the point with a teaser at the end. What’s that– a logline in film speak? Whether I enjoy a book or not is determined by how much I could vividly see everything like a movie.

I’m still working on my fiction because I’d like to be on bookshelves one day. But, don’t be surprised if you find my name in the credits as a TV, film, script,  and/or screenplay writer in the future :) There’s plenty of research to do! Right now, I’m thinking the indie film route would be interesting or developing a TV drama on a popular network.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

18744934It’s cool hearing about locals pursuing their dreams, especially when they’re still in high school. I wish I had that drive when I was younger. Not only is Nina (Selena) Renteria the model on Cindy Ray Hale’s Destiny series, she’s also in Surreal Magazine! I hope she makes it big, like a modeling agency Inlign. That way I can say I worked with her mom :)

If you’d like to support Nina, please like her Facebook page. There’s pretty impressive pics highlighted on the site. Here’s the link: Nina Renteria–Model & Actress.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Weekend Writing Warriors is a fun website that allows talented writers to showcase their published or unpublished 8-sentence excerpts for the blogosphere. If you’d like to join or read some new stories, please visit WeWriWa’s website on Sunday, October 12th.

I was going to have my next installment be about the scandalous interview in Australia, but I’ll backtrack a bit. It’s the day the cast meets at the airport to head off for their promotional tour of Remember Me. A magazine has just printed about Sequoia’s cheating on Perry. The brutal article was posted right before this section (I didn’t share it because it’s pretty long :) ).

Any feedback for improvements is much appreciated. This is my first story that’s not a drama or has a psycho character LOL.

Here’s my excerpt:

Sequoia scrunched the magazine in her hands then threw it on the floor. She wiped tears rolling down her cheek. Good thing she wore sunglasses because there was no way she could keep her cool today. No one, especially paparazzi, could see her cry. The only people she trusted were Seneca and Kenley. Unfortunately, Seneca was back in Georgia; however, Kenley was in the driver’s seat. They were on their way to the airport, Kenley’s boyfriend sat in the backseat, asleep.

Thank you for anyone who’s ever helped me make a decision, like my Facebook author pic and the title of my women’s fiction novella. I wanted to get some opinions from readers since they’d be the ones reaping the benefit :)

I’ve come up with this cool and fun idea for a contest. What are prizes that readers would want? Should it be one huge prize for one winner? Or three to five affordable prizes with different winners?

Some possibilities I’ve considered:

  • Amazon Gift Card
  • Ebook Reader/Tablet Cover
  • Free books of your choice
  • ? ? ? ? ?

What do readers want? What would motivate you to join a contest for a chance to win the prize?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

18948375‘Cover your webcams…or suffer the consequences.’ He calls himself the Slave Master. He spies on women through their computer webcams. Then he blackmails those who unknowingly reveal their secrets to him. His last victim was brutally murdered. Now he’s targeting the cop in charge of the investigation. To him she’s the perfect prey–because she has secrets of her own.

Anyone who thinks it’s safe to use a computer should read this book. It’s a cracking thriller and it highlights a scary issue that I knew nothing about. A female detective with a sordid secret becomes the ‘webcam slave’ of a ruthless hacker who has taken control of her laptop. The plot is totally original and unravels with lightning speed after another woman’s body is found in a park. The writing is crisp and the characters sharply drawn. As good as the author’s previous novels and well worth five stars, Amazon review.

I loved this book. My favorite lines: 1) My name is Robyn Tate and I have a confession to make: I have a dirty little secret. I call it that because I can’t think of a better way to describe it. 2) “He likes you. I can tell. And he respects you, which is just as important.”

The Slave Master, a serial killer, had nine slaves–women addicted to online porn or cheated on their husbands/boyfriends on a webcam. In the privacy of their own home, they pleasured themselves without realizing a hacker could turn on their webcam at any time. Charlotte Slater was his first murder victim.

Robyn was a police detective, so she and her partner tried to solve the case. Unbeknownst to the police department, Robyn had a secret–she’s addicted to online porn and is one of the “slaves.” The inner-turmoil she felt was very interesting. The secret was destroying her life.

I appreciated Robyn as a character. I liked that the author made her average looking instead of a bombshell. It made the story feel more real. And, I liked getting inside her head. This is the first time I ever read about women in favor of online porn. Usually it’s the men. I liked getting that female perspective of having a naughty secret.

I loved the mystery. I had two suspects, and I was wrong on both accounts. There were plenty of red herrings and suspense. The most chilling scene for me–when Robyn’s therapist got murdered in his office. I shuddered at the intensity of the Slave Master taunting the detective, Robyn. He was relentless.

James Raven was great with plot. All the scenes flowed easily and quickly. The story moved along with a lot of action instead of slowing down with info dumps, so I was motivated to read to the end, finding out who the serial killer truly was.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

11588halloween%20blog%20bashDanny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…

Jack, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny were the main characters. Since I’ve watched the movie, I could see them clearly in my head, especially the red sweatshirt with the zipper. I could hear their tone of voice and see their mannerisms. The book had it’s funny moments; I enjoyed the sarcastic wit, especially coming from Jack.

My favorite lines: 1) “During our first winter I hired a family instead of a single man. There was a tragedy. A horrible tragedy.” 2) “That was when they were just startin out here and that fat fuck Ullman, he woulda hired the Boston Strangler if he’d’ve worked for minimum wage.” 3) “It’s a pity the things you see when you ain’t got a gun.” 4) May 12th. Not a day earlier or later.

At the beginning, the story really went into depth about Jack’s temper and how he used to be a drunk. There was also a lot of foreshadowing that something dreadful would happen. When I heard about Delbert Grady, I figured it was foreshadowing what’s to come for the Torrance family! The story needed this foreshadowing because it started off really, really slow. Things didn’t pick up until the dead wasps came back to life and stung Danny in his room.

I really enjoyed Halloran’s bond with Danny at the Overlook Hotel. He was leaving for Florida but also had the shine (could read thoughts). He warned Danny about the hauntings. I was completely terrified about Room 217, Tony (Danny’s imaginary friend), and REDRUM REDRUM REDRUM!!!!

Imagine being isolated up in the mountains trapped in a snowstorm. The radio’s broken. Only you and your family. No way to get up the hill if you needed rescued. Slowly, your daddy is losing his mind. The ending when the hotel seems to come to life in the form of a party and Jack is after Danny and Wendy with the intent to kill, I had chills down my spine. Let’s just say, I had to sleep with a night light! The slow build up was definitely worth the ending outcome!

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

P. S. This book review is part of Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer‘s Halloween Blog Bash. Check out his posts on scary movie reviews and other things related to Halloween–More Halloween Blog Bash.