Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome blog site that allows writers to showcase their published and/or unpublished work to the blogosphere by sharing an 8-sentence excerpt. It’s a great chance to get feedback on drafts or to find new readers for published stories. If you’d like to participate or find new authors, please visit the WeWriWa’s website on Sunday, October 26th.

Sequoia’s involved in a celebrity scandal, and she just finished reading a magazine article slut shaming her. She’s on her way to the airport with her best friend and co-star, Kenley. Here’s my excerpt:

“This will all blow over in a couple of months. Your friends and family have your back no matter what. They definitely went too far with calling you a whore in the title. I have a feeling many women will boycott that; influential, high executives, popular actresses–we won’t stand for that. Gossip Reel should be ashamed of themselves, a bunch of women setting us back. Men use that derogatory term against women, women shouldn’t use it on each other.”

“Do you really think some people will boycott?” [Sequoia asked.]

Kenley held Sequoia’s hand, keeping her other one on the 10 position of the steering wheel. “Absolutely, I’m first on the list.”

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

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If any of this sounds appealing to you, then enter my contest for a chance to win:

  • Matt Shaw’s Control: A Novel of Psychological Horror and Suspense
  • JA Konrath’s Endurance–A Novel of Terror
  • Jeff Menapace’s Hair of the Bitch–A Twisted Suspense Thriller

THE RULES:

Leave a comment on this blog post or on my author Facebook page answering the question: “What’s your biggest fear or nightmare?” no later than October 30th 11 PM EST.

I’ll randomly draw names out of a hat on Halloween, October 31st to find the lucky winner of these 3 chilling books! So make sure to check my blog on Halloween to see if you were the lucky winner! I’ll ask you to send me an email with your name and email address so I can gift those 3 books to you through Amazon :)

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

P.S. This contest is featured for the Halloween Blog Bash of Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Check out his posts of scary movies and other things related to Halloween–more Halloween Blog Bash.

 

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 It can be from a published or unpublished book.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