#Book Blurb: Love and Drugs #L&D

Magdalene is a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school. 

Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down? Only on Amazon

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Love & Drugs Chapter 1 Teaser

Freshman Surprise

The two-story log cabin was built facing south, in order to maximize the use of solar panels on the steeple roof. Three bedrooms, each with their own bath, one downstairs and two up. When it was first built actually left the upstairs open in a loft style, but when I came along they added walls and two bathrooms.

The downstairs was closed off, each room separated by a wall of matching mahogany. Nice big kitchen decorated in chrome and black, spacious living room dominated by a rarely used 72 inch television and black leather sectional, a dining room big enough to seat six or seven comfortably.

I was getting ready for school and disgruntled with my looks again. “Monica, I stick out like a sore thumb.” I said looking into the full-length mirror. My long curly red hair hanging limply down my back as it dried. I had just stepped out of the shower and wrapped a towel around my body when she came in to make sure I was up. “I really think I should die it…I think I would look good as a brunette don’t you?”

“Oh don’t do that, Mag-pie. Your hair is beautiful, it compliments those green eyes perfectly.” Monica fussed her fingers through my hair, lightly tousling it. I playfully swatted her hand away.

“But I’m the only ginger in a hundred mile radius! With the red hair comes the porcelain white skin, I turn into a lobster if I stay out in the sun too long. You and the other girls have a gorgeous tan.” I said envying her golden tan, a few shades lighter than her medium brown wavy brown hair.

“Magdalene, listen you are exotic compared to the rest of us. I am beautiful, but a dime a dozen; you are one, a diamond among pearls. Come on, let’s get ready to greet the freshman.” Monica said trying to reassure me that my Irish looks fit in with the other Middle America debutantes.

She went to her room to get out of her maroon silk robe, and I put on my favorite outfit for the first day of school. I grabbed a crisp white button down collared shirt, loosely knotted a black tie around my neck and a blue/green plaid mini skirt. I finished the outfit off with white knee-high socks and black/white saddle oxfords.

I observed my innocent schoolgirl image in the mirror, and decided to undo one more button. Not enough that I showed off my whole DD breasts, but enough cleavage to keep the guys guessing. I giggled to myself, applied my signature “Satan’s Sin” red lipstick to my pouty full lips and skipped out of my room and down the short hall to see what Monica decided to wear. “Knock, knock. I’m coming in.”

I entered her bedroom, which I accurately call the “Pepto-Bismol room,” without waiting for an answer. “Hey Sister Maria called, she wants her daughter’s outfit back.” Monica called from her walk-in closet.

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#Musical Monday Review #23: Drumline 2 A New Beat

Overview: Danielle is a bright drummer girl heading off to college at A&T, six years after the first Drumline, against her families wishes. She makes new friends and struggles to prove she belongs on the line while they plan for the BET Southern Classic.

Opinion: First off, who knew there was a second Drumline? Anyone? I had no clue, and half of me wishes I didn’t. It was an OK movie but when compared to the greatness of the first one, it is a pale comparison. First off the music producers seemed more obsessed with showing off than producing good music. In the first movie, it was all about musicianship, perfecting the craft, and pushing boundaries and creating art. This movie has lack luster music and focuses more on showing off. None of the characters were half as creative as any one character in the first movie. The last drum battle, was more about theatrics than the drums itself.  If you put the music aside (which is what it is supposed to be about), the movie isn’t half bad. If your looking for a great music movie, stick with the first one.

Compare the first cadence with the second. The second one is OK but again more visually appealing than musically.

Drumline

Drumline 2

#Book Review: Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto 3/5 Stars

Overview: Sara Barnes is a shy and quiet med student worrying over her semester exams when she starts having weird dreams. One involves her being dressed in a cheerleading outfit and falling for the basketball point guard. The others are darker, involving a familiar older man killing girls and dropping them off in a ditch. Deciding she needs to cut loose one night, she goes out to a club with her roommate. Where she finds the boy she dreamed about when she was dressed as a cheerleader. It was love at first sight, and dread as she realized her dress weren’t her own. He dreamed of her and she came to him through the dream. Her worst fear was now about the man killing girls. Her roommate and new boyfriend now search for the killer and a reason as to why she knows him.

Opinion: The three stars actually equate to 2.5, three is just the official number I’m posting on Goodreads. It took the first 35-40% of the book for me to get into it because it was confusing and jumped around a lot. It jumps around all the way through but I guess I became accustomed to it by then. The storyline was good, I just think it was executed poorly. Minor spoiler alert: we never really understand why she is having the dreams. The author attempts to describe it, but it is not stated definitively. The characters just speculate and the idea they come up with is flimsy at best without backup.

Recommend: Maybe…leaning towards no.

#Book Review: Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau 4/5 Stars

Overview: Malencia Vale is tasked by the president of The United Commonwealth to take down those responsible for The Testing, that kills many college applicants annually. Between her studies, security officials after her and the impending rebellion she takes up the quest. Enlisting her boyfriend and a select few of trustworthy friends, they set the plan in motion when an accidental bomb goes off in Cia’s room. As her body count rises, doubts are planted in her head that what she is doing may be wrong and she is just another pawn in the political testing system. Ready to give up, her life is put in danger but saved by one she was supposed to kill. Though her plan goes wrong, the ones marked for death are murdered and she is free to return home as an unhappy student.

Opinion: Good, very good. But the big twist at the end was a bit predictable about half way through, though throughout the series it is hinted at as CIA doesn’t follow her father’s instructions. It lacked a bit in the suspense department, I kept picturing more things going wrong or being betrayed by different people because it seemed to be missing something, something more realistic. Overall, I find it a fitting end and open for more additions to the trilogy.

Recommend: Yes

Creative Writing Classes

Yay! I’ve started my first creative writing class. I have never been more scared in my life. I can’t speak for other authors, but for me I’ve always been scared to put my work out there. I remember the first day I nervously put my first book, Touchdown Interruption, I was shaking so bad. Watching Amazon flip my book from the preparing stage, to published was agonizing. Then of course when it didn’t sell, self doubt and depression started to sink in. Eventually it did sell and I was in a happy little bubble. Until the time came for my second and third books to come out. Each time my bubble being popped a little earlier as I thought about working on the next book.

What does this have to do with my class? I mean none of this anxiety comes with turning in my assignments. Now I have to write on cue and the writing isn’t researched based. Our first assignment is writing a poem illustrating imagery of something in our surroundings. I have written a poem, but I don’t know if it is good enough. I don’t know for sure if it is what the teacher is looking for. To me it meets the sparsely stated requirements but that’s because I wrote it. I know the imagery I’m trying to convey, so rereading it brings the images I want. I think this class is going to kill me.

#BetaReaders for #LoveandDrugs

Camp NanoWriMo is coming to a close, and I am very close to finishing my book. I know it is a bit crazy to think I can write a little less then 10,000 words in three days(especially with me taking time to write this) but I only have a chapter and a half left. So I’m ready to start looking for beta readers. Any takers? Email me and I can send you a copy, once it’s finished of course. 🙂

The book is about Magdalene, a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school. Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?

Excerpt: “I was overweight in high school, so this uniform didn’t look half as good on me then as it does now. Boys and girls a like would pick on me and drive my self-esteem lower and lower. Then one day I met Alex. Handsome and smooth talking Alex. We bonded over our love for music and when we sang in choir, it was magic. We started out as friends but wanted to take it a step further.
“So we tried dating. Everything went smoothly for the first few weeks, we would hold hands and kiss each other goodbye on the cheek. He took me to movies and watch sunsets from high up on the ridge of the rock query, he was a perfect gentleman but then he tried to force himself on me.” I looked over at her to see how she was taking it so far. Monica seemed OK so far, but the tale is only starting to go dark.
I continued, “I fought him off and just treated it like he was joking around. He persisted and I broke up with him. Of course he spread it around that he broke up with me because I was too clingy or something.
“Then a few months later, he roped me in saying he was sorry and wouldn’t try anything like that again until I was ready. So we tried again and everything started the same as before. After awhile he began to force himself upon me and I would fight him, this time he would shame me into having sex with him.