Happy Month of May Older Americans Month. I love the idea of celebrating a whole month for the elderly Americans. You may not be there yet but one day you may wake up and find you’re a grandparent just like me.
It’s also almost Sunday and time to share our snippets so let’s have at it. My story is titled Spreading Her Wings. Sally Kirkwood is the friendly neighborhood reporter who helps Teresa find her daughter Misty, self involved in preparing for a Broadway audition.
As many of you know I was an actor in NYC for years. My take on this story is very real.
excerpt in eight:
In the darkened theatre, several men sat talking, computers on laps, taking notes while the director and his assistant rubbed their hands in anticipation.
Jerry Kaufman, the chief producer’s job was to gather the money to get the play up and running and already the men here had already pledged a bunch of dough.
The last man to arrive came up the aisle with a gawky girl in tow.
“Oh shit, please tell me she’s not the daughter he wants as the lead in the play.”
Seymour, his assistant, nudged him in the arm and said, “Jerry, she’s the girl O’Malley wants as the lead
and right away I can tell she’s a triple threat; can’t dance, can’t sing, can’t act.”
“The nerve of him coming in late when all the boys and girls are already lined up.”
“Money makes the world go around, Jerry so work with it and say hello at least.”
Jerry rose from his slump in the auditorium; “Hi Mr. O’Malley. How are you and who is this young lady?”
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Spreading Her Wings is available in all eformats and also in the River’s Edge series Trio Volume 2
Enjoy the entertainment world of Broadway in this story.
Kindness to Strangers in River’s Edge rubs off on all who live there. Sally Kirkwood responds to an emergency call from a friend one early morning. A daughter is missing and with Sally’s skill as a reporter, she finds her at an audition in NYC. Thus begins an adventure of show business, unfaithfulness, forgiveness and success.
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Very cool snippet. I’m interested to see how your inside knowledge of acting plays out. I’m an orchestral musician, and once long ago I wrote a romance between conductor and oboist. Sales were abysmal…but acting is much more popular than oboe playing. Personally, I don’t understand that at all, but c’est la vie.
Show business can be great and there’s always a nasty side that exists like everything in life. I wrote a story titled Before the Final Curtain, funny and another side of this magical world.
What a fun bit of insight into the theater world! I can just see these guys sitting around, being snarky.
Snarky is the word for nasty just like the ladies who lunch. Where would we be without conflict?
I am looking forward to watching this unfold. I hope they get to take back their comments!
Not after fights and whole to-do. It’s one of my faves.
The gal might be much more talented than they are giving her credit for, but I can understand their resentment if they believe they have to kow-tow to the guy for his financial backing.
So true, Chelle. Follow the money even if you hate who gives it to you.
Oh the power of the mighty dollar. Hope it works out for the play 🙂
Ashley ever the optimist. You are a sweetie.
Is that actually Misty? If so, she’s gonna blow ’em away! 🙂
Not Misty. This girl is an investor’s daughter. He has the most money and they need it. Not the daughter.
Awe, I bet she rocks the lead in the play though. Maybe she’ll learn to sing? I guess since her dad has the money, she gets an easy in, huh?
You know my motto-Kindness to strangers. More next week, Neva. Tune in.
I agree! A fun bit of insight into the world. I too am now wondering how she does, now that they’ve already sized her up. Great excerpt!
Thanks Joanne. Surprises coming .
Wow, I’d hate to be in her position. Daddy’s favor doesn’t sound like much of a favor to me. You do a great job of setting up all kinds of conflict here.
Well put, Alexis, with insight. I used to run away from conflict and learned you can’t have a good story without it.
Interesting eight! Love the theatre scene and her being described as a triple threat hehe Great visual snippet Charmaine!
I so love taking the reader into the book. That’s what it’s all about. Thanks, Sara.
I have a feeling this girl will more than prove her worth! Great conversation.
C’mon over, Gemma. You can read the book and see what happens. Otherwise, tune in next week for a tidbit of surprise.
Nepotism isn’t fair, for sure–but how can he tell she can’t sing, act, or dance? He’s seen her for less than a minute!
Poor girl. She probably doesn’t want to be there.
There’s the rub, Dani. You nailed it.
So… Misty’s going to have a fight on her hands, and all because of money, it looks like.
Hi Eden. What can I say. Misty has all the talent. The other girl’s father has a batch of money. Both are needed for the show. Let’s see what happens. The book-a long/short story is available on all eformats-really inexpensive and so good.
I completely understand that both are needed. But with Misty being so new to all of this… does she have what it takes to stand up for what she really wants…
It’s on my wishlist now. I’ve sworn to not buy anything new until I’ve finished/removed tat least five books from the pile by my bed (at my husband’s request… he doesn’t understand readers). That said, short pieces are at the top of the list.
Show business, Caitlin. They can tell by the way you walk if you’re a dancer and your poise shows other important facets of personality.
Tough spot for Jerry having to play nice. Nice way of poking fun at him. Good snippet!
The producer has a tough job. He’s the money man making the show come to life with major bucks. He needed a jolt and indeed , it is amusing. Thanks, my pal.
The producer does have a tough job indeed!
LOL, triple threat-cant sing, cant act, and cant dance. love this
They don’t miss a thing. When I auditioned it was go for a 10 with head up and pour myself in to the part. It often worked. When it didn’t, there was a reason. They wanted younger, blonde, red hair, freckles but I always got a call back.
Love the sound of this, Charmaine! Can’t wait to see how your background influences the story. Wonderful job! 🙂
Thanks, Evelyn. I so appreciate your comment.
I always relish the glimpses you give us of the magical world of theater (along with the realities, like today’s no-talent daughter of the investor). Excellent excerpt! Off to add the story to my kindle TBR…
It’s not sci-fi but there’s a similarity in the craziness of what goes on. Let me know when you read it. 5 star review so interesting. How are you, my good GF.
I bet stuff like that happens all the time. Nice excerpt.
With a touch of my fiction but yes it does including the casting couch.
Can’t wait to read the behind the scenes of the world of theater. Enjoyed the banter. Secretly I hope the gal surprises them with talent. 🙂
Karen, let’s trade stories. I’ll get in touch or you do. Thanks for all your support.
I’m always amazed at how many romance writers have a background in the theatre! Bravo on your snippet! It had a very familiar ring to it. 🙂
Jenna, you’re a peach. Thanks for the music to this writer’s ears