Writing Prompt: Everybody knows your name

I didn’t quite make it to one a week. I’ll work on that. Here is my second attempt at a writing prompt please enjoy and share.

Writing Prompt from Writers Digest:

You’ve been going to the same bar every night for the past five years. In fact, you’re such a regular that when you enter the, the other patrons yell your name and the bartender already has your drink waiting for you. But then one Friday you arrive and no one seems to recognize you,…

 

He stood outside his favorite bar, the one only a few blocks from his apartment. Sometimes it felt more like home than his own home did. Not tonight though. Last night must have been a bad one. Could only imagine the fool he had made of himself. He remembered going there last night after work. It had been a hard day, his late wife’s mother had called him at work demanding to come over and get some of her daughter’s things from their old home.

He had come in to drown the memories of that tragedy and seemed to have done it, because he couldn’t remember how he got home. He just woke up in his bed a few hours ago. Thank God this Friday the office was closed, or he would have missed work and probably been fired.

Sighing he decided to get it over with, the heckling from the other regulars, and his apology to Mac, the bar owner. He walked in and no one called out to him, maybe it was worse than he feared. He looked around recognizing many faces. They watched him with curious looks on their faces. It was almost like they were leery of him, worried about what he would do or why he was there.

“Hey Mac.” He sat down in his regular chair, he was glad it was in the far corner of the bar where he could see the entire room. He was getting a little creeped out by the looks he was given. What the hell had he done last night? The bar tender nodded but didn’t say anything. Aiden lowered his head, it was so bad Mac didn’t even want to talk to him? He just waited for his usual drink.

It took ten minutes before Mac finally looked at him. “You gonna order or just sit there kid?” He asked as he cleaned a glass. Aiden looked at him curiously. Mac hadn’t called him a kid in five years, not since he first started coming to the bar.

“I’ll get a bottle of Cores.” He answered when Mac brought it to him he gave a nod and walked off to serve another costumer, not bothering with small talk and not giving him a chance to apologize. This got Aiden annoyed “hey, I know I must have been a mess last night, but was it so bad that you’re not even going to talk to me today?” He called across the bar.

Mac turned to look at him confusion on his face. “What are you talking about kid? I’ve never seen you before.”

Aiden looked back shocked “Mac are you okay? It’s me Aiden, I’ve been coming here for five years. The last two years I’ve been here almost every night.” He looked around the bar bt no one was paying attention to him. “Carl, why’s Mac acting like he doesn’t know me?” He called to a man playing darts on the far wall.

Carl turned “how the hell do you know my name?” he asked angry already.

“This isn’t funny.” Aiden said getting angry himself. “Just because you’re mad about my behavior last night doesn’t mean you need to act like you don’t know me.” Both men looked at him like he was crazy. “What the hell is going on?” He demanded getting up from his stool. “Dan, you know me right?” He grabbed a man playing cards pulling him up. The guy shoved him away mumbling about crazy people. They all looked at him like he was crazy. Aiden stumbled to the door shoving it open. He blocked his eyes from the bright sunlight. It was just night when he went in, what the hell?

A loud screech and high pitched noise had him coving his years. “Damn it. I told you it wasn’t ready. Get the human out of there, he’s going to have to stay in a different enclosure until we fix this. Make him forget and keep him asleep until we are ready.” A loud voice could be heard but Aiden couldn’t see anyone. It was like a booming voice from the sky.

Two people from the bar came out. They touched their belts and hey no longer looked like they had moments ago. They now had green scaly skin, tails that whipped behind them and an extra set of arms appeared from their torso. Their faces had deep-set eyes and their mouth was a bit elongated, not like a dog but certainly not human.

Aiden screamed, the taller one laughed. “That’s what our people will be doing when we finally get you on display.” The scenery around them blinked and went out. Aiden found he was in a room surrounded in glass. There were planks of wood covering the windows at the moment.

“Now take this like a good human.” The shorter one said holding out a needle and syringe. “We want you to believe you are still at home on Earth. That way our customers get to see a human in their natural habitat.” Aiden blinked and backed up until he hit a wall. “Don’t worry. We have plans to bring a female human later. You won’t be alone for long.”

The tall one laughed again “he wouldn’t know he was alone anyway. He’s going to think he’s still at home enjoying life. He will never know that he’s with us.”

The alien’s lunged at him holding him against the wall while he thrashed trying to get away. They were much stronger than he, however, and soon had stuck him with the needle. As darkness closed in on him he found himself wondering if anyone at the bar at home would notice him missing. Would any one care? He knew by the time he woke up he would forget all this, they would fix their hologram and he would think he was on Earth. That was the most terrifying idea of all.

 

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Writing Prompt: Shark Attack

This is my first writing prompt attempt. Let me know what you think. I’m hoping to do at least one a week. I got the writing prompt at Writers Digest

You’re sailing in the ocean with friends when a shark attacks your boat, knocking off your friend who is driving the boat. There are two others on the vessel with you and you have to work with them to quickly save the driver from the water (and being eaten by the shark).

 

“I’m glad you convinced me to come out Noah.” I looked around loving the calm ocean water, the sun shining like a mirror off it. We had been out for a few hours now, the shore looked like just a dot on the horizon.

Noah smiled at me. “I knew you’d enjoy it.” He turned back to the steering though he had turned off the engine a moment ago, just letting us bob in the water for a bit.

“I think I’m sea sick.” My best friend Emma said coming up from the small room in the bottom of the boat.

I heard laughter behind her and saw her boyfriend, Benjamin walking up behind her. They had been together since high school, Noah was his best friend and we had all been invited to hang out on the boat. I only knew Noah though Benjamin and when I had thought about not coming he had convinced me that it would be fun.  “There goes my convincing you that we need a boat.”

Suddenly the boat rocked hard knocking us around. “What the hell was that?” Noah asked gripping the control panel to help him stand.

“Like I know.” I answered annoyed I had fallen on my ass and it didn’t feel to good right now. Noah was suddenly in front of me and held out a hand helping me up.

He walked over to the side of the boat after I was steady on my feet and looked over. “I don’t see – Shit!” he cut himself off he backed away quickly but not fast enough has the boat rocked again and he tumbled over board. I screamed and ran to the side. Emma screamed behind me, I thought for Noah but when I looked back for help I found her keeling next to Benjamin.

“He hit his head when he fell.” She cried scrambling to find something to put to his head. I could see some blood on his forehead but it wasn’t much so it didn’t seem to be that bad. I turned to look for Noah in the water and was relieved when I saw him bobbing not moving much.

“Come here I’ll help you.” I held out a hand but he didn’t move.

Slowly he looked around him but I didn’t understand what was the matter. “Shark.” He said “I don’t want to move too much I’ll look like a fish.” He was talking quietly like even yelling would make the shark attack him “There is a long poll in the cabin with a hood on the end, go get it.”  I didn’t want to leave him but took off, me standing there wasn’t helping this would. I could see the shark fin when I got back. It terrified me. “Tie one end, not the hook, to the rope on the deck.” I found there was a hole in the end so I threaded the rope though. “Now don’t throw it try to slide it out to me.”

Luckily the sides of the boat weren’t too big but I was not a very strong person. I was at my limit stretching over the railing. The shark wasn’t attacking just swimming back and forth like it was watching. It look big to me. Noah caught the tip of it and curled his fingers firmly. “Emma, help me.” I called not able to look back at her.

“But Benjamin.” She said in a pitiful voice.

“He doesn’t have a shark circling him. There is nothing more you can do for him, help me!” I yelled trying to pull. Noah wasn’t helping. I felt her arms around my waist pulling me back.

He moved slightly. “Kick!” Emma yelled in my ear.

“He can’t he doesn’t want the shark to think he’s a fish.” I answered. “Damn you’re heavy dude.” I complained. We were huffing and puffing. I glanced at where the sharks fin was “um… where did it go?” I asked fear creeping into my voice raising it an octave.

“Crap, pull!” He yelled kicking. He yanked with all our might. His wet and slippery hand clenched mine. I saw a shape just off to his left, a fin grew quickly out of the water, it was coming fast. Noah used my hand and tried to scramble up the side of the boat. Fear made me lean over and grab his shorts band with a great heave he was over the side we both fell back sprawled on the floor of the boat, him on top of me gasping for air. I shoved him off so I could breathe better. The boat rocked again. Noah scrambled up and raced to the steering wheel. The engine roared to life and we were out of there.

We headed back to shore, the whole ordeal had lasted ten or twenty minutes. If felt much longer. Benjamin woke up as we reached the dock wondering why Noah was wet. “I think it will be awhile before I go out again.” I said getting off the boat and smiling weakly at Noah.

“I don’t know what the hell that was, it was so… abnormal. How about I take you to a move next time I want to ask you out.” Noah laughed a little.

I looked up at him. “I didn’t know this was a date, I thought… Emma just said you invited us to hang out.”

He laughed “good, than that was most defiantly not our first date.” He put his arm around my shoulders. “Thanks for saving my life.” I smiled up at him.

“It better be a good date, now you owe me.” He laughed at that squeezing me to his side a little before dropping his arm from around me.

Weekend Writing Warriors

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My lines this week are from my short story Halloween Madness, because it’s October of course 🙂

“Go say hi.” She nudged me and winked suggestively. “I’ve seen him, he’s extremely picky.” Which translated to Cherry just hadn’t been able to get in his pants yet.

“I wouldn’t even know what to say.” I whispered trying not to be heard, with were’s sensitive hearing however there wasn’t much hope for that.

“How about hello?”

I froze the voice touched me to my core. Never had I heard such an amazing sound so sensual and seductive. I felt my wolf respond to that voice.

Halloween Madness

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Tish doesn’t know much about being a Werewolf, being changed when she was an adult she never wanted to have much to do with her pack. She doesn’t know about the Halloween Madness that can strike on the full moon around Halloween, an uncontrollable urge to find the ‘one true mate’ that all Werewolves are trying to find. Her best friend Cherry convinces her to go to a Mating Party, a party that Werewolves can go and meet others in hopes of finding their ‘one true mate’ on Halloween. Not knowing about this madness Tish thinks she has found the man of her dreams in Ike at this party. However another has spotted Tish and wants her for himself. It is decided that the two will fight for her and she will have to go with the winner. Tish isn’t sure she wants either man now, not sure if its love or Halloween Madness.

RHR Series and other things.

I’ve decided to add a short story to the Rolling Hills Books, this one is going to be Ma and Pops story. I think told in a series of flashbacks through Pop’s eyes. I’m not very far into it yet. I’ve been also working on another book that I’ve rewritten at least 10 times. I also have at least one for full length book for the Rolling Hills stories. This one is to cover Joe’s story. I need to make myself focus on those two before I continue with others. I would love to have a complete series for sale at AAD in Aug. of 2014 though honestly that doesn’t give me much time.

I’m starting school soon so I’m sure homework will take up any extra time I have, which isn’t much. I have so much respect for moms that are stay at home moms. I’ve been doing it just a month and still haven’t gotten a good grove going. We are working on it though.

I do have a new book that I’m submitting to a publishing company that hopefully will like it. My beta readers seemed to enjoy it, the ones that have gotten back to me so far anyway. Well time to get everything in line to submit it to the publishing company.

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Weekend Writing Warriors

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8 lines from my second book in my Rolling Hills Ranch series Loving Allison 

“Do you know this girl?” Sam asked quieter like she knew the secret already.

John looked down at her. Sam didn’t really miss much. “You are not allowed to say anything do you understand me?” He asked trying to give her the evil eye. It didn’t last long when she started grinning. “Please Sam? I didn’t say anything to Luke. Let me do this my way.”

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Second book in the Rolling Hills Ranch series. This book follows John and Allison. The two stayed in touch after meeting a year ago. When they are face to face again they know right away their love is true and will be together forever. When Allison’s stubborn and protective nature get her in trouble more than once John wonders how long their forever will be.

Beta Readers Wanted

It’s been far too long. Life has thrown my family and I a few curve balls but I’m hoping to get back on track with my writing. I have a book finished and have asked my friends to read it however their lives are pretty crazy busy as well so I’m looking for beta readers. 

A beta reader for those that are not sure is someone who gets to read the book first. You get to tell the author (me) what you thought of the book all for free. I’m not looking for someone to comb through it and edit it. I have an editor that does wonderfully (though if you’d like to do some feel free). Mostly I would love to have someone (or a few someones) to read over the book and tell me what you truly thought of it. 

The hard part about this is that I need people that will be honest with me. I have thick skin and I take (constructive) criticism very well. I want to make sure I’m putting something good out there. If you want to be a beta reader please make sure that you are willing to tell me what you really thought of the book the good, the bad and the ‘that was a piece of shit’ (just in nicer words please lol) 

Because this is before I have even had my editor go over it you have to be able to look past grammar issues. I am horrible about that. Also I use spell check but sometimes the word is spelled right but not the proper word so you’ll have to be able to look past that as well. I understand that for some that is VERY hard.

The book (Kat and the Cursed)  is a YA or NA (not sure which market I want yet) and a romance with just a splash of paranormal. It is completely written (so you will not have to wait for the ending)  I would like to get it out to some publishing companies as soon as possible but I would like to make sure that it all fits well first. This is my first attempt at using beta readers (besides my friends) and welcome any newcomers that want to try to be a beta reader. You would get the book for free and in return for the book you tell me what you think. 

I will be posting for more beta readers each time I have a book to read because not all my books are going to be romance. (Though I do seem stuck in that area right now lol) 

I may use some of your comments (the good ones of course) as quotes for the book when sending to a publishing company or (if I publish it myself) on the book’s cover or inside. Please contact me through the contact me link or you can email me at groomsbooks@yahoo

Thanks so much for taking the time to read everything and if you have any questions/comments feel free to ask!

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Welcome!

Just wanted to pop in and give a big welcome to all the new followers via Bloglovin. If you are a blogger and have not heard of this site it really is a great place to have your blog. All you need to do is sign up register your blog and put a widget on your page so people can follow it through that site instead of by email or wordpress. You are able to follow all different kinds of blog sites, like Blogger.com or wordpress.com and it put them in a nice order for you. You don’t get an over whelming amount of mail in your inbox telling you there is a new post from your favorite blogs you just log in and see who has posted something new. There is also an app for it lol

I have unfortunately not  been writing much lately. I go through slumps sometimes that I want to write but can’t really get it going. I usually go back and read through all my old stories I’ve written. I might just need to get a new book and take a brake for a day or two and read someone else’s writing though. That sometimes helps too. I think I get tired of not having an ending. I have at least 10 different stories that are in different stages of writing but none have endings yet. We shall see what happens next. As they say… this too shall pass. 🙂 Well hope everyone had a good month this last month when I wasn’t posting.

Any of you writers have trouble as I am having now or am I alone with these ups and downs of writing genius? lol

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