1st Place

It’s the feeling that you get
When you’ve accomplished your goal.
Accomplishment, when you know
You’re the best.
The best you can be when
You achieve your dream.
Your dream, the thing you wanted
Most in life.
Life, you think it’s been fulfilled
But it’s not.
Not until you can share it with
Your friends.
Friends, the best people to share
The 1st place medal with.
With all your might Upward Bound,
We did it we are winners.
Not just winners, but 1st place in
Everyone’s heart.

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#BookReview: Endgame by C.J. Daugherty (last in Night School Series) 4/5 Stars

Overview: Carter West, Allie’s true love, has been kidnapped and her grandmother shot by the evil Nathanial. With no clue as to where Carter has been taken, Allie regroups at the school with her friends and teaching staff. During this time, the search is on for him and funeral preparations for Lucinda have begun. Under her demand, Allie has regular school resume to keep the students and herself from going nuts. She is also trying to steer clear of Sylvain, her jilted boyfriend. Carter’s situation and loss of her grandmother have left her feeling numb, until the funeral where she breaks down and bonds closer to Isabelle, basically her stepaunt and the headmistress of the school. While on patrol, Allie’s brother shows up to help find Carter and get back in her good graces. Dom, American technology whiz, finds Carter’s location at an old farmhouse and they create a plan for rescue, involving turning of Nathaniel’s own guards. By a close call, everyone makes it home safely and move on to the next task, saving the school from Nathanial. Coming up with a wild idea, Allie and Isabel present their deal and force him into it. Bringing the fight, and series to a close.

Opinion: Though she didn’t quite end up with whom I thought she should, it was a good ending. It seems to wrapup everything, but the ties are a bit loose. There could be more to the storey as Nathanial has promised to make Allie’s life hell, but oh well. All good series’ must come to an end and this is the best ending we could hope for.

Recommend: Yes!

#Book #Release! #Love&Drugs

Happy 4th of July everybody! I have released my fourth book Love and Drugs!

Overview: 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?

Creative Writing Assignment-Screen Play

I know it’s not formatted correctly on here, sorry about that. I now know why I am not a screen play writer, formatting is a pain in the arse! I was up all night just formatting and figuring out where everything goes for two short scenes, equating to 7 measly pages!. Not by best work but hey I still like it.

Title: True Evil Queen

SCENE ONE

Int. High school gym-1:00 PM

Girls and boys in a circle around Jezebel, who is crying and holding broken glasses. Kids taunting her and pushing her every so often.

All
(chanting)
Jezzey-bell the big fat whale

Mid-Twenties Daemon walks in dressed in am all white suite. Breaks up the crowd and pulls Jezebel to the stage.

Daemon
(caring)
Are you OK Jezebel?

Jezebel
(sobbing)
No, they broke my glasses. I can’t see anything. It’s all fuzzy.

Daemon waves his hands over her eyes.

Jezebel
(astonished)
I can see! How did you do that?

Daemon
(happy)
That is nothing compared to all I can do. I can change my age as well.

Poof of white smoke and Daemon is a 12-year-old boy dressed in a black hoodie and black jeans.

Daemon cont’d
See nothing to it.

Jezebel
(amazed)
Who are you?

Daemon
(chuckling)
Daemon. I’m here to make you an offer. A chance to get back at every single one of those kids tormenting you.

Jezebel
(interested)
How? I’m not like you, I can’t do any of that magic.

Daemon
There is a…another plane of resistance. One that I can take you to and you can learn the same tricks, plus more.

Jezebel
(cautious)
How? Why me? What’s the catch?

Daemon
(contemplating)
The way the other plane works is, you must make a sacrifice to enter. The bigger the sacrifice, the better your position there. My meager sacrifice allowed me to shed my old enemies, make this world a better and become the most powerful man on the other plane.

Jezebel
What type of sacrifice?

Daemon
Nothing too big, but it is sort of a two part sacrifice. Or some combine it into one to get it over with. The bigger the sacrifice makes it easier.

Jezebel
(irritated)
What type of sacrifice?!

Daemon
(glaring)
You have to unlock your true nature. To do so you must end someone’s life. The more people, the better off you are when you shed your corporeal form and join me.

Jezebel
(bored)
That’s it? Seriously? I’ve been working on how to get rid of my class for months now.

Daemon
I know that’s why I’m here. The other plane has a knack of knowing where to find people like you.

Jezebel
(inquisitive)

What if there was someone I wanted dead more than all the kids in my class? Would this person be the counted as just one or multiple?

Daemon
(confused)
No matter how much you want one certain person dead that one only counts as one. Leading to you just being a soldier instead of a queen by going with six or more.

Jezebel
So even if my hatred for this person can equate to that of a whole class of fourteen, I’d still be a low man on the totem pole?

Daemon
Maybe…I could move you up to controlling a whole army. It would take some work, but I could do it.

Jezebel takes two steps away from Daemon. The lights fade out with one spotlight on her.

Jezebel
(aside)
I don’t think this fool knows whom he is really talking to. This is going to be too easy.

Taking two steps back toward Daemon, light fades in.

Jezebel
I can work with that.

Daemon
Whom do you have in mind?

Jezebel
My mother.

Light fades out

SCENE TWO

INT. 2nd FLOOR HOUSE-MIDNIGHT

Medium sized circular room with purple walls and purple shag carpeting. On the bench seat is 12-year-old Jezebel. Dressed in black jeans and a black hoodie, staring at the middle of the room.

JEZEBEL
(curiously)
Why should I kill her Daemon?

Daemon appearing as a 12-year-old boy dressed the same as Jezebel. Standing in the middle of the room holding a sharp knife carefully by the blade, offering it to her.

DAEMON
(urging)
She must die for you to join me.

JEZEBEL
But she’s my mum, certainly I would get in trouble with da.

DAEMON
(calmly)
You cannot join me unless you make a female sacrifice.

JEZEBELLE
My life ain’t enough? Why her and not someone else?

Stairs creak outside the closed door. Mum and Da can be heard laughing off stage.

JEZEBEL Cont’d
(nervous)
They’re coming. Put the knife away.
Daemon fades into the shadows, the knife slides across the floor by his unseen hands. Jezebel quietly jumps into a single bed and pulls the covers over her head. Light creeps in as Mum opens the door, pops her head in.

MUM
(whispering)
She’s asleep.

Mum pulls her head out and closes the door. The couple are heard stumbling down the hall and a door thuds shut.

JEZEBELLE
They gone?
Daemon is still invisible but voice is coming from left of the bed.

DAEMON
(irritated)
Yes, they’ve gone to bed.

Jezebel pushes the blanket down to her chest and looks for Daemon. He appears in swirling black smoke.

JEZEBEL
(frightened)
Please don’t be angry Daemon. I’ll do it, if you want me too. Just please don’t leave me.

DAEMON
Why shouldn’t I just leave you here? You’re worthless. Pathetic, I don’t know why I ever chose you. Jezebel, you could never lead my army.

Daemon shows what Jezebel believes to be his true self, handsome 25-year-old man in an all-white suit. He stretches.

DAEMON
(relieved)
That’s better. Sorry, I get a little cranky as a boy. Look, if you want to join me and become the woman you are supposed to be you will do it. Otherwise I’ll have to move on.

Jezebel gets out of bed and on her knees

JEZEBEL
(desperate)
Please Daemon, I want to go with you! There is nothing for me here, you promised me a better life if I would just kill myself and one other.

Daemon sits on the edge of the bed, head resting on hands.

DAEMON
(aggravated)
If you remember correctly, I promised you your own queendom if you committed mass murder of more than six women. Then we negotiated down to one woman of my choosing for fighting by my side. If you back out now, I disappear and you become the next target.

Jezebel stops crying and stands up.

JEZEBEL

(determined)
I’ll do it. Where is the knife?

The knife appears in her left hand. She grips it firmly. Jezebel stalks to the door, knife raised.

Daemon
(happy)
Finally…go on my little minion.

Daemon follows behind, Jezebel stops at the door.

JEZEBEL
(quietly)
Just one thing. I don’t want to rule just one queendom.

Jezebel spins quickly around and stabs Daemon in the heart.

JEZEBEL
(evil)
I want it all!

End Scene

May #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 21 of 65 and 30 of 65 books read. I really need to start reading books from my TBR pile again! But I have the next Night School preordered and an ARC of RSVP From Heaven to read as well. I am a failure at diving into my long list of TBR.

May books:

Night School: Resistance

Pines non-CLTBR

Wayward non-CLTBR

The Last Town non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 6 non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 7 non-CLTBR

My Camp NanoWrimo book, #LoveandDrugs has been sent off to a Beta Reader (no word back yet). If there is anyone interested in Beta Reading it, I would happily send you a copy for honest feedback!

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I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is still open for new clients. Sadly I think my guest post author has backed out, but if anyone else would like to step up send me a message and we can talk. Any topic you would like, I don’t mind. Also still taking author interviews!

As you saw there have been some posts from my creative writing class and I’ll continue to post them. I have also posted my poems and there may be more in the future…I’m not sure as I don’t write them that often.

School Poem: Homesick Seasons

Time passes on

The seasons have come and gone,

Yet my world remains the same.

Greens, blues and golds

Are my forever molds,

Despite Hawaii’s fame.

The ocean beats over and again

Reminding me of back then,

And the land for which I mourn.

Orange, reds and yellows

Cover the endless meadows

As fall dies and winter is born.

Life has no reason

When there is only one season

Living on a never changing hamster wheel.

Gone are my winter cold days

And the fall corn maze

How can one deal?

I am always asked

If paradise is masked,

How is life better on a rock?

After years of seasons changing

The monotony would stand for reasoning,

No change would be a mock.

Luaus and dancers replace

The friends from home base.

Leaving an aching heart’s wake.

Pining for home in paradise

Sets ones mind to ice

But your bed is what you make.

#BookReview: Night School: Resistance 5/5 Stars

Overview: Allie and Rachel are on the run, being moved every couple of weeks to stay away from Nathanial. After being found and shot at while staying in France, Allie’s grandmother decides to bring the girls back to school. Finally home, everything is changed martial law has been instituted and Rachel has decided to join Night School. Through all of this, Allie is once more confused about her feelings for Sylvain and Carter. When it comes time to choose who will go with her to a not so secret meeting, she chooses Sylvain. Unfortunately Sylvain is whisked away to his father’s bedside after a carbomb almost killed him. Leaving Carter to go to the meeting. Things go wrong at the late night meeting, putting Allie on the run again. This time with Carter. Just as the calvary appears to get them, Nathaniel’s people show up and cause a fight sending Allie speeding away to school leaving everyone else behind.

Review: The suspense is great. Poor Allie just can’t get out of the fire without moving into an even hotter one. She’s torn between two boys as well as being a pawn in a game between her grandmother and someone who could be considered an uncle. What is she to do? She has to side with with her grandmother, because Nathanial has shown he is crazy but while she has the appearance of choice her grandmother is maneuvering her  without her knowledge. Every time she tries to move on her own, everything blows up. Her world is falling apart but she is still hanging in there. I can’t wait to see how she handles everything in the next book. For her boy troubles, she needs to make up her mind. I know she seems to make a decision in this book, but she also made a different decision in the beginning. Unless this final move really is the FINAL decision, I like the idea that she is still undecided.

Recommend: Yes.