Monday, October 25, 2010

The Never-Ending Scene Blogfest!!!


This blogfest is so so cool!!! Please stop by Brenda Drake Writes to check out the list if participants!! This should be a really great blogfest!!

And here is my entry! It's a scene from A Bitch Named Karma. This is when Lexi's life starts falling apart! Enjoy!!


Later that morning, the elevator door opened to the offices of Smith and Roland and people sprinting around, every one with armloads of papers and boxes. The place normally resembled the theater a few blocks down that only showed nature documentaries; quiet and boring with most of the audience half asleep. Something was definitely up. I walked into Val’s office, looking like a battle had just taken place. I stepped around cardboard boxes as Val popped up from behind her desk.


“What’s going on?” I asked.


“Oh, Lexi. Everything is a mess! I don’t even know how to tell you this. You better sit down.” Her gravity defying hair looked a bit more frizzed out than normal. As Val explained to me her demotion and the changes that were effective immediately, I wanted to scream and cry and throw myself on the ground in a toddler-esque tantrum yelling, “No! No! No!”.

Val also explained the tiny royalty check I received a few weeks back. It wasn’t a mistake. My book sales dropped considerably and she would no longer be my editor. They replaced her with an outsider, a miracle-worker of an editor they lured away from another publishing house. Mr. Smith and Mr. Roland needed to make some major changes for the good of the company and hoped the big bucks they threw at this new woman would save it.

“She’s here already,” Val said, stifling her tears. “You are meeting with her today in her temporary office. As soon as I’m cleared out, she’ll be moving in here.”

I didn’t know what to do. My relationship with Val far surpassed the editor/author marriage. We were also friends. She established my career and walked me through my first publishing experience. She gave me my first big break and I owed so much to her. What would I do without her?

As she reached to pull one of her photos off the wall, she broke down crying. I did the only thing I could think of.

“These assholes can’t fuck you over like this! This is unacceptable! If they don’t give you your job back, I’ll walk!”

“Lexi, no. They mean business. For the sake of your career, you need to stay put.”

Our eyes met and I knew she was serious. I trusted Val on every aspect of my career in the past, no questions asked. I had no reason to doubt her advice now.

“Fine. I’ll meet with her. But if I don’t like her, she can go to hell. They all can.”

I walked down the hall confident as my Manolo Blahnik’s click-clacked on the marble, ready to raise some hell. A hand-written sign had been plastered to the door: Sheila Brown- Editor. The scent of a black Sharpie wafted into my nostrils as I pounded on the door.

And if you're interested in reading more...you can purchase A Bitch Named Karma as an ebook at Lyrical Press's website or at Amazon for the Kindle or in print!

24 comments:

  1. This was a good read. You painted the picture of the scene very vividly, and kept me wanting more.

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  2. Lots of good visuals here! I would turn the page. Good luck!

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  3. Thanks ladies!!! So glad you liked it!!

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  4. Nice setup and character development. I also loved the 'gravity defying hair' line. :) Very nice.

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  5. I enjoyed your description, kept me in the moment.
    Good job!

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  6. I already know what happens, but I think you picked a great scene for the blogfest!

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  7. That black sharpie has me quaking in my boots...or socks, if you value honesty. Love the cliffie :D

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  8. Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!

    Tina, I smell Sharpie every time I read this scene!! LOL! (and I'm in socks too!)

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  9. Hi,

    Great line including "gravity defying hair" grabbed me, which set me giggling. It's a very descriptive piece and good marketing opener with cliffhanger to lure the customer! No bad thing at all. ;)

    best
    F

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  10. Great visuals. Loved the gravity defying hair too. I can still smell the sharpie. I enjoyed the read.

    Michael D.

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  11. Quick pace, great voice and humor and spunk! I'd turn the page!

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  12. A lot of people have already said this, but I will, too: you have good visuals. The details are fun and ground the reader in the scene. I wish I could see what happens behind that door!

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  13. Have to agree with the above comments on the visuals and the sharpie. I used to spend hours doing art with the markers so that is a great use of a specific scent. The character really stands out and the storyline is bound to be interesting.

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  14. Very vivid. I liked the description of the hair and the sharpie...probably slashing at innocent manuscripts. Nice work!

    Edge of Your Seat Romance

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  15. Thanks for participating! We've judged your entry. o/\o *high five*

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  16. I love the chick lit language. Spunky storyline..:)

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  17. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading this. Love the title too! :)

    Rach

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  18. I liked the visuals too.

    Good job!

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  19. Your writing is so visual! I just heart it! You set this up sooooo well.

    I realized that I owe you a picture of me with your book. I'm going to try to get the hubster to snap one this weekend!

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  20. Great word painting you've got going here! I can totally hear those Manolo Blahniks clicking away. I wonder what she'll find when she goes into that office!

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  21. I've read excerpts of this before, I think. As soon as I saw the book cover I knew I'd alread put the novel on my TBR list. Soon as I buy a kindle - or it comes out in print.

    Good cliffhanger. Righteous indignation, and the ominous knock on the boss's door. Excellent.

    ......dhole

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