Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome site that brings writers together who want to share their work to the blogosphere. All writers and authors are welcome to join, introducing 8 sentence excerpts from published and/or unpublished works. Please visit WeWriWa tomorrow to read all the talented writers.

Lately, I’ve been trying flash fiction. This was my first attempt.  My dream is to appear in Everyday Fiction one day. My drama is no more than 100 words, and I need all the help I can get to make it polished. My story is called One Missed Call.

Here goes:

If you could do something differently, would you? I definitely would in a heartbeat. Distraught, I’m lying in my bed. In the darkness. Darkness where I belong. I can’t stop crying. I can’t stop replaying the voicemail my little sister left me. If only I would have answered her call…Earlier today she took the train to California.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome site that brings writers together who want to share their work to the blogosphere. All writers and authors are welcome to join, introducing excerpts from published and/or unpublished works. Please visit the WeWriWa’s website tomorrow to read all the talented writers.

I’ve had fun sharing parts of my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss, but this will be the last excerpt. I thought it’d be best to show Dominic, who is Raven’s father. It’ll be cool sharing parts of my different stories, ranging in different genres.

With this excerpt, Dominic told Oliver a secret the night before and he’s nervous that Oliver may spill the beans. It’s the day of Jenna’s funeral and everyone’s on edge.

Here we go :) :

Oliver caught Dominic glaring at him.

“Hey man, were you two really talking about Poe?” he asked.

“Yeah.”

“I thought your mom was just trying to cover for you. I thought you were talking about what happened at my place last night.”

“No, I told you I wouldn’t.”

“I know, but you have to admit you tell your mom everything….”

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

 

 

Weekend Writing Warriors bring authors together who’d like to share their work with the blogosphere and social media. By 9 AM on Sundays, an 8 sentence excerpt of your manuscript or draft is shared around the web. It can be from a published or unpublished work. If you’re interested in joining or would like to check out other writers who participated for the week, please go to WeWriWa’s website on JULY 6TH.

For this round, I thought it’d be cool to show Poe’s friendship developing with Raven. For someone afraid of children, maybe she didn’t do so bad with baby-sitting after all.

Here’s the excerpt:

When everyone had gone, Poe massaged Raven’s scalp as she settled on her lap. Even though she couldn’t see her face, Poe could feel her tears, her shoulder was soaking wet. She rubbed Raven’s back while the little diva held on for dear life.

“I want Mommy.”

“I know, Raven, I know.” Poe closed her eyes, rocking Raven back and forth. Poe didn’t know what it felt like to lose a parent. Unfortunately, Raven would learn this tough lesson at a very young age.

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21795800.jpg2Oliver never thought he’d see his ex, Poe, step foot in Rhode Island again. But, she returns a year later to pay her respects for the loss of Jenna, Oliver’s cousin. Deciding life’s too short, he plans to fight for what he wants. Can he convince Poe to give him a second chance? Or will old resentments resurface?

Poe’s life is going well in Pittsburgh. Her comic book is in production, and she has a great social life. Her world is shattered when she finds out her best friend, Jenna, passed away. She goes to Rhode Island, planning to attend the funeral. She gets an unexpected surprise when she’s able to bond with Jenna’s younger daughter, Raven. And, for a long time, she thought her ex hated her. Poe soon realizes, maybe she was wrong.

Amazon          —Goodreads          —-My Book Page

 

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

For all those joining July’s Camp NaNo, enjoy your last day of freedom! If you ever hang out in the NaNoWriMo forums, my username is Yawatta Writes. I’m very excited! I’m set up in a cabin with other writers from the eastern panhandle. It’ll be cool to get support and study our progress. I’ll obsessively check our stats (I’m an INTJ, I can’t help it hee hee). The beauty of the Camp NaNo website is that once a writer joins a cabin, then they get to see their own progress on their novel, and on the other column shows the total word count from all the members of the cabin. Right now, there’s 3 of us.

The premise:

At the end of 31 days, writers should have produced 50,000 words. That’s 1,613 words a day. Protect your writing time! People will definitely test you! :)

For my novel, I’m creating a suspense story based off a young ballerina who turns crazy once her older brother dies. She blames their sister for his death, so she terrorizes her. The sister is too afraid to speak up, but their mother has suspicions. The dad stays in denial because “daddy’s little girl” could never do anything bad….

Dun. Dun. Dun.

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I’m excited to start this new project, but I’d also like to share what I’ve been up to lately.

  • My short, Plenty of Fish, is with an editor now. If she keeps up the steady pace, then I should have her feedback by the end of July or the beginning of August. This will more than likely be my next published story.
  • Right now, I have a poll on my blog getting readers’ opinions of what my  new title should be for my suspense novella. Once I decide on a title, I’ll contact a potential editor to make arrangements. I’m crossing my fingers that she won’t be too busy. She’s affordable, and I trust her. If everything works out, then this story will be my next longer piece published.
  • I’ve finally been editing my 90 day novel. My critique partner is looking over it now. I can’t believe I started that challenge 2 years ago! Where did the time go? More importantly, where was my headspace to avoid dealing with this women fiction’s novel? Instead of dividing in three parts, I decided that it would be best to make it into a series. These books are about three celebrities caught up in a cheating scandal.
  • My writing buddy and I have been working on a screenplay based in Harper’s Ferry. I’ve had fun studying popular screenplays and outlining. I’m all about researching guidelines, so I’m confident that we’ll produce something worthy of Hollywood :)
  • I’m outlining the sequel to One By One and Something’s Amiss. Some readers have expressed an interest in wanting this to happen, so of course, I’ll listen. After Camp NaNo is over, I’ll work on the first drafts of these two projects.

And, that’s about it. The best promotion for self-publishers is producing more books. I’m taking things a day at a time, even been scanning premade bookcover sites.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Weekend Writing Warriors bring authors together who’d like to share their work with the blogosphere and social media. By 9 AM on Sundays, an 8 sentence excerpt of your manuscript or draft is shared around the web. It can be from a published or unpublished work. If you’re interested in checking out other writers who participated for the week, please go to WeWriWa’s website on JUNE 29th.

This excerpt is a continuation from my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss. Click here for last week’s. Poe and Oliver are standing in the kitchen; they haven’t seen each other in over a year.

Here’s the excerpt:

Oliver moved closer. “Do you love him?”

She didn’t know where to go. Leaning against the counter, Poe inhaled the scent of his cologne. A flash of him, his bare chest over her, danced through her mind. She shook her head, as if this would rid her of the memory. “No,” she blurted without thinking. “Do you love Kate?”

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Oliver never thought he’d see his ex, Poe, step foot in Rhode Island again. But, she returns a year later to pay her respects for the loss of Jenna, Oliver’s cousin. Deciding life’s too short, he plans to fight for what he wants. Can he convince Poe to give him a second chance? Or will old resentments resurface?

Poe’s life is going well in Pittsburgh. Her comic book is in production, and she has a great social life. Her world is shattered when she finds out her best friend, Jenna, passed away. She goes to Rhode Island, planning to attend the funeral. She gets an unexpected surprise when she’s able to bond with Jenna’s younger daughter, Raven. And, for a long time, she thought her ex hated her. Poe soon realizes, maybe she was wrong.

Amazon          –Goodreads        –My Book Page

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Thanks to the lovely ladies–Melissa, Lisa, Alexandrina, and Desirae–I have a manuscript completed of my suspense novella. From their suggestions, I decided to make the beginning more dark than originally intended, and I tweaked the ending to tie everything together.

What story you may ask? I loved my short story Trapped  so much that I wanted to expand Miki, Jahlin, and Finia’s story. Finishing my novella, I thought Trapped: A Novella sounded good, but Alexandrina wisely suggested I should change the title to make it stand out more and give a clue to the inciting incident.

The story is about an obsessive man willing to do anything to get the family he deserves.

Will you take my poll and help me decide what the new title of my suspense novella should be? If you don’t like any of the suggestions, I’d like to hear your thoughts. :)

I’m ready to shop around for an affordable editor, but I need a title first hee hee.

Thanks again! I always appreciate whenever you guys take the time to help me :)

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

I would like to thank Becki at The Musing Writer for reviewing Something’s Amiss. She gives a pretty good account of the events that lead up to the cliffhanger, so if you’re curious about the plot, definitely check out what she had to say. Here’s a snippet:

I think Something’s Amiss is a good read. I hope Yawatta does a follow up book on this story, because I can’t wait to see what happens next.

If you’d like to read the rest, please visit–Book Review on Something’s Amiss By Yawatta Hosby.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby