Scattering Stars by Wendy C Jorgensen

 

Wendy C. Jorgensen grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and
began writing in second grade, furiously recording her hopes and dreams in a
denim-covered diary. Besides hanging out at the library, she loved soaking up
the rays—while reading a book, of course. During her sophomore year of high
school, Wendy’s family moved to Carson City, Nevada, and she thought her life
had ended. The desert, sagebrush, and cowboys were a far cry from the ocean,
palm trees, and surfers of Florida. Fortunately within six months, the family
relocated to Lake Tahoe, and her outlook improved dramatically.
Wendy started college at the University of Colorado in
Boulder, followed by a year at the University of Nevada in Reno and two years
at Brigham Young University, where she worked as a reporter and copy editor for
The Daily Universe. A decision to take a short break from school turned into a
twelve-year hiatus in Lake Tahoe. After a two-year stint in the civil
engineering program at California State University in Sacramento, Wendy
returned to Colorado and graduated from CU with a degree in English Writing. It
was a long, but valuable, educational journey.

 

After twenty years in Colorado, Wendy recently moved back to
Northern Nevada, close enough to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the beautiful scenery but
far enough away to escape the heavy winters. She lives with a wonderful husband
who’s a financial guru–thank goodness–and a golden retriever who’s often
mistaken for a sloth. Her two brainy and creative sons challenge her intellect
and make her want to be smarter. Wendy hopes someday to journey to the stars.

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Deep in the Colorado Mountains lie many secrets. One of them could change the world.

When sixteen-year-old Eve Hunter returns to her childhood home of Ridgway, Colorado, she discovers a tight-knit colony of scientists and their families led by her grandfather, Jarak. Ten years earlier, her mother drowned suspiciously in a nearby canyon, and Eve becomes convinced the townspeople are hiding something. By lineage, Eve belongs to the colony and despite her reservations, she feels drawn to the colonists—particularly one of them: Daniel Winter, an eerily familiar, intense boy whose determination to monitor her and all the colonists is more than a little disturbing.

After Jarak reveals her true heritage, Eve learns her return to Ridgway is not a coincidence. She’s a key piece in Jarak’s plan. As secrets are revealed, Eve becomes entangled in a deadly game—and time’s running out to master the rules. One wrong move could jeopardize the future of the planet. “

 

 

Snippet
We emerged
into a clearing and found Sarah, perched at the edge of a steep cliff, staring out
at an incredible snow-covered panorama.
     Daniel frowned seconds before Erik called
out a shrill warning. “Sarah, don’t get so close to the edge. The mountain got
a lot of snow last night, and it hasn’t had time to pack down.”
     Sarah brushed off his warning. “Relax,
Erik. Nothing’s going to happen.”
     But something did happen. Erik must’ve
heard a crack or sensed a shift in the snow bank because he shouted “Get back!”
at the precise moment a section of the cliff gave way.
     Emily and I screamed, expecting to see
Sarah tumble over the cliff with the plummeting snow. But instead of falling, her
body froze, suspended in mid-air, then shot forward, speeding directly toward
Erik as if she’d been ejected from a canon.
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The Closing by Author Jenny Hudson

 
 A story about dying with dignity, friendship and love

 

Two friends run a real estate business where they sell the homes of elderly, terminally ill people, and help them “close.” Anne, a frustrated artist, is conflicted and breaks away to take some of her clients on a cruise meant to be their last hurrah, only to find some romantic complications. In this novel about dying with dignity, friendship, and love, Anne struggles in her journey to be true to herself.

 

Jenny Hudson, a designer and writer, creates novels, stories, poetry and artwork about contemporary

life. She has completed five novels and has written columns for several Boston area papers. She owns Merrimack Media and hosts and produces The Author Connection, an interview show for both readers and writers.

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Excerpt

“I don’t know,” said Trudy, as if she’d been reading Anne’s mind. “I think it’s good to push yourself past your fear, to try new things.”

“I push myself,” said Anne. “I just do it in my artistic life where every painting is an adventure. I live on the edge of a creative cliff.”

“I suppose that’s how you explain your artwork,” said Trudy, rolling her eyes.

They were served bubbly sunny-side- up eggs with toast and ate as they watched a couple kissing over their coffee cups, darting tongues.

“Disgusting,” said Trudy. “Maybe they should get a room.”

“They already have one and I think it’s right next to mine,” said Anne. “Trust me, it was an interesting night. No wonder I need a massage.”

“Maybe you just need to get laid,” said Trudy, grinning lewdly.

“Shut up,” said Anne.

“You’re a fine one to talk, Trudy,” said Denise. “Did you ever consider that your adventures are just misplaced sexuality?”

“Don’t hit me with your psycho-babble, Ms. Therapist. I have to do something! Besides, I haven’t lost my sexuality. I know exactly where it is. It’s been on a vacation since Mr. Not-so- wonderful left.”

“Maybe he couldn’t keep up with you,” said Anne.

“I need a guy who handles me; that’s all. I just haven’t met him yet,” said Trudy.

From the doorway, Carlos motioned that the zip-line taxi was there. As they said goodbye, Trudy unexpectedly turned and gave Anne a brief hug, saying, “Are you sure? I’ll miss you, Babes.”

“No, you go and have fun.”

Trudy waved, and Denise blew her a kiss as they sailed out the door.

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Spring Clean Reads Countdown Blitz- Immortal Mine by Cindy C Bennett-Day 2

 

 

 Niahm (pronounced Neeve) Parker is thoroughly content with her life in the small town of Goshen. Her parents, who travel frequently for their work, have raised a headstrong, independent teen. While her peers can hardly wait for the opportunity to leave, Niahm plans to stay forever.


When Shane Coleman and his nephew Sam move into town, it’s the biggest event to happen in as long as anyone can remember. It’s quite remarkable for anyone to move into Goshen rather than out, but when it’s discovered that Sam is 17, it requires some serious burning of the phone lines. All the teen girls are thrilled to have a new hottie in town—all except Niahm. Sam Coleman represents a threat to her perfect way of life.

Sam is drawn to Niahm against his will. He’d prefer to not be bound to this angry, stubborn, unlikeable girl. Unfortunately, he has no choice. However, Sam didn’t plan on falling for Niahm. For Immortals, love is not only forbidden, but dangerous for her. He finds himself in a fight not only for Niahm’s heart, but to protect her from being harmed by those who seek to destroy Sam and those like him.

Niahm finds herself attracted to the tall, copper-headed boy, who becomes her friend and then her support when tragedy strikes. Soon, she begins to realize that there may be more to Sam than she ever suspected… much more. But what he truly is, she can’t begin to imagine

Bennett lives a most unglamorous life in the beautiful state of Utah. She is the author of several YA books in many subgenres. She’s the mom of two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and a son-in-law not to mention her three adorable grandbabies. She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheesy popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. Her favorite pastime–other than writing–is riding her Harley.

Q & A with the Author:

1.
did you find more difficult: writing the book or marketing it?
Why?
In this case, marketing the book was more difficult. I didn’t
know a lot about marketing, so I wasn’t sure of the best way to go about that.
Marketing continues to be a struggle for most authors. The landscape of
publishing changes daily which makes the best way to market constantly in flux.
What works today could be obsolete tomorrow. So it becomes necessary to
constantly watch what others are doing and change your strategies.
2.
What is the best advice you received growing up?
My dad used to say, “apologizing after you’ve hurt someone is
like pulling a nail out of a board and expecting the hole to disappear.” What
he meant was not that you shouldn’t or can’t apologize, but that you should try
to avoid the hurt in the first place because though you can try to make it
right, it will always be there. I frequently think of that and try really hard
to not hurt others to avoid leaving a hole in their heart or soul.


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Top 10 Favorite Things
1.
My family (as if it needs to
even be said).
2.
Friends (see #1). This includes
all of my fantastic author friends.
3.
Lazy days in bed watching
movies.
4.
Snuggling up in a blanket with
a good book when it’s raining outside.
5.
Thunderstorms (see #4).
6.
Dark chocolate. Who am I
kidding? All chocolate.
7.
My dog, Phoebe.
8.
Writing, especially when I
manage to kick out a really amazing scene, or when I type “the end”.
9.
Getting good news.
10.
Travelling to new places. Or,
you know, just travelling anywhere.
 
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