Saturday, March 12, 2016

wait til next week

Thursday was my day to write the next installment of The Mental Ward. Then I got called into work on Thursday. And now it is Saturday, and I'm tapping out this pitiful excuse on a phone so you guys know I haven't forgotten you. I'm out of town at the moment, but I'll be home next week. And I'll work on the next piece of the story then. I can hardly wait to share the finale with you!!!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Mental Ward - Let Her Go (37)

      Beth went completely limp, her short hair sweeping across her forehead.  Emery screamed and flung herself at the officers.  Fingernails, elbows, teeth -- she fought like a madman.  But then two strong hands grasped her shoulders and held her at arms' length.  She looked up into the angry face of Thompson.
      "Don't care who you are, but if you assault an officer that is cause for punishment."  He cocked his head at her.  "Spend a night in my jail and you'll never try a stunt like this again."
     "Let her go." Emery lowered her eyebrows, putting all the authority possible into her gaze as she met the officer's eyes.
     He stared into Emery's face until Emery could feel her ears turning red.  Then he grinned.  "No."
     Emery flung herself backward and lifted both feet, thrusting them against Thompson's stomach with all her might.  Some sound between a grunt and a gasp erupted from his mouth, and his grip loosened just enough for Emery to wrench free.
     Off-balance, Emery toppled to the ground.  Instantly, she rolled to the side and scrambled to her feet.  She heard the officers behind her and felt an furious hand brush her leg and miss its grasp.  Emery's scream echoed through the air; and she tumbled, half-running and half-falling, toward the cool metal gate.
      "What's going on out here?" a gardner's voice demanded, as the gate latched swung loose under Emery's hand and she dove into the Carlyle gardens.
      "Catch her!  Catch her!  Stop her!" Thompson's voice shouted.
      The officers poured through the gate behind her, and the gardner joined the officer's pursuit.  Emery screamed again, running with all her might.  Her lungs burned.  Branches reached out and smacked her face, clawing down her arms as she tore through the shrubbery.
      The mansion loomed ahead of her, glowing white in the moonlight.  Emery pounded across the manicured lawn, with the sound of men's boots right behind her.  Up the white-stone walk, onto the porch.  She stumbled on the steps and almost fell.
     "Gotcha!" a voice said, in her ear.  Rough hands grabbed her, shoving her into the steps.  Pain shot through her body and Emery felt all the air smacked out of her lungs.
      Air rushed in again and Emery screamed, rolling to the side and trying to escape.  Her hands hit the railing of the porch, and she wrapped her fingers around the slats as an officer tried to drag her away.
      She screamed again and the officer swore.  Light suddenly flooded the porch as the front door was opened.  "What on earth?" A woman's voice.  Cultured.  Swimming with shock and disbelief.
      "Not to worry, ma'am.  Escaped criminal.  You're quite safe.  Please accept our apologies for disturbing you." Thompson's voice was barely recognizable through his winded wheezing.
      Another hand touched Emery's shoulder, rolling her body to face up.  It was the gardner.  A wrinkled, sun-tanned face that looked vaguely familiar.  His eyebrows puckered incredulously.  "Clayton?  Are you the Clayton girl?"
      Blackness circled Emery's vision and suddenly all the voices sounded far away.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Inspiration from Author Emily Ann Putzke

Hi everyone! I’m Emily Ann Putzke, author of It Took a War, Ain’t We Got Fun, and my newest novel Resist which released this week. Today I’m going to share five of my favorite writing websites.

The Online Etymology Dictionary is a wonderful resource for historical writers. If you find your characters saying things you’re not sure are historically accurate, this site is your friend. It will tell you the year the word was first used.

Helping Writers Become Authors is a great website chocked full of advice. Peruse their site for advice on both the writing and publishing process. The author, K.M. Weiland, also posts daily writing quotes on her Facebook page that are either encouraging or downright funny.

I love the layout of She’s Novel. I especially liked her post on deep point of view, and overcoming writing doubts.

I’ve been a fan of Go Teen Writers for years. There’s timeless advice on all aspects of being a writer, contests, giveaways, and more.

And finally, Pinterest. Storyboards are super helpful and fun to make, whether they’re public or private. I love finding quotes and character pictures that resonate with my story. Check out some of my storyboards HERE.

About the Author:

Emily Ann Putzke is a young novelist, historical reenactor, and history lover. You can learn more about Emily and her books on her blog, Goodreads, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. 

              Be sure to check out the giveaway!  Winners receive an Amazon gift card!

Purchase your copy of Resist:

Rooglewood Announcement and Upcoming Posts

The day has finally arrived!  The winners to the Rooglewood contest were announced this morning.  Hurray!

I recognized three titles in the top 10: Guardian of our Beauty, The Brightest Thread, and Freeze/Thaw.  And you have no idea how excited I was to see those names!!!  I'm so proud of you guys!

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!  I'm looking forward to hearing more of your stories soon!

If you haven't yet, please head over to Rooglewood's page to see the winners list and the other five finalists!

For those of you who won the contest, you will now be plunged into the exciting world of editing and publishing.  But the rest of us have to wait on the stories that will emerge this summer.

What do we do while we wait?

Keep writing and read some good stories, of course!!!

To help us with that, my friend, Emily Ann Putzke, will be on my blog this afternoon to talk about her favorite writing websites.  Emily has three published novels and the latest one, Resist, was published last week.  Come back later today for some inspiration, and be sure to check out Emily Ann Putzke's books!