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12/30/14 WEWRIWA

It’s not only WEWRIWA day but Don and I are celebrating 12 years of wedded bliss. After eleven years of Shh-living together-don’t tell our kids- The widower and the widow met at a recycling single men party in NJ and that was IT for us.Enough of getting to know you with strangers, we hit it off.

Today I continue with my WIP, Breaking New Ground-thank you Evelyn- After thinking about the story, I realized I was moving too fast, making it too sweet and losing conflict we all like. So I did a bit of editing and let me know what you think, my friends. The housing complex is already well under construction when a snag comes up.

Max cleared his throat, “The company can’t build on one section,” he gestured to the wooded area close to her home, “because you’re on the grounds; I mean your house is built on part of the property necessary to the plans and owned by James Chandler, president of the construction company’s”
The widow laughed, a hearty one that rang in their ears and said, “Tough tushies to your company and to you so scat, I have work to do,” and turned her rigid back to them.
“But Mrs. Brown, our company is prepared to relocate you to another part of River’s Edge where you’ll be comfortable with air conditioning and new appliances and whatever you need.”
This time when she faced the young men she held a broom in her hands, a determined look crossed her face, “You go back to the clunk head of your company and tell him I have no intention of ever moving from the home we built fifty years ago, brick by brick, board by board, nail by nail. Let him build his community for adults-only and what the hell kind of place is that without kids because family is the life’s blood of our country. Take a few apples from the baskets at the door; we planted those trees” gnarled hands gestured toward the side yard, “when we moved in. The apples are sweet as sugar but you wouldn’t know about that.”
As they left, Max and Frank heard a child’s voice call out. “Granny, I need your help for some homework.”

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10565219_10202759512405320_3484045201100648786_nLast summer. Don was undergoing radiation and has now completely recovered from prostate cancer. Yippee!

Happy New Year to all and to all a goodnight. With love from Charmaine

11/30/14 WEWRIWA

Neither storms nor ice and sleet kept us from enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Always grateful to be alive with our loved ones, we drove to daughter’s to put the finishing touches on a splendid meal. and here we are to enjoy another WEWRIWA Sunday where constructive critique is the watchword.

Last week Sally Atwood had an offer she couldn’t refuse from the sophisticated owner of a Cable Company. Watch out for men named Lance, ladies. She’s talking strictly business and he’s talking monkey business with big bucks! She returns home, hurries to find an old book to search for an answer.

Sally used a step stool to reach the top shelf in order to skim the titles and there, tucked into a corner, was the book about the stages of women’s growth.
Curled up in the comfortable old leather chair, Sally searched for the chapter she had to read to understand what happened with Lance Jordan today and why he’d be attracted to a middle aged woman.
She read: The middle years woman is just coming into her own, blossoming after years of caring for her family instead of the focus turning inward on herself.  Is she content to stay at home and be the caring wife and homemaker or does she choose to go out in the world to follow a dream of being an artist, a writer, an actor? Look in the mirror, dear lady and see there is a depth to you now from life experience.  You have a scent about you and I’m not referring to perfume; the answer is pheromones. This comes from personal sex with your mate; you are comfortable and other men feel it.  Look your best even when you go to the grocery store and see how many heads turn in your direction.

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11/23/14 WEWRIWA

Hi Gang. So far so good regarding the weather but oh boy, Buffalo, NY folks are suffering. And it’s only November. Here we are snug in NY ready for another WEWRIWA Sunday of constructive critique. The quality of writers is outstanding so come join us.

Continuing with Help Wanted, Book 3 in the River’s Edge Series: Last week Grace and Scott called Sally with a proposition. They had heard about Jerald  Adams rudeness and want to introduce Sally to a powerful man in Rockland County where he owns a cable TV station. Eager to move on, Sally drives with Scott to meet Lance Jordan. After his staff watches the interview Sally did with Grace and the sad Saluki, the boss is impressed.

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“I’m overwhelmed by your talent,Ms. Atwood; Scott, both of you please come to my office and let’s talk business.”
Sally packed her bag and followed Scott through a long hallway to a bright flower filled room where she made herself comfortable as the boss suggested, in a tweed visitor’s chair. .
The tall imposing man stared hard at Sally from his perch at the edge of the wide desk.
“Ms. Atwood, here comes one of the greatest lines from The Godfather, can you guess what it is?”
” Lance, you’re making Sally an offer she can’t refuse, right? So get to the point; we have a long ride back to River’s Edge and Grace expects me at The Pet Emporium.
Lance scowled, “With Ms. Atwood’s permission, I prefer discussing business in private so  my driver will take you home before too long once we hammer out the particulars of an agreement.”

After shaking hands all around, Scott left when suddenly the fragrance of flowers filled the room and moving fast, the lanky graceful man sat next to Sally in the lush chair Scott just vacated.
“ For a first timer, you have a gift for sincerity, a way of bringing out the best in people,” he touched her cheek, ” you, Sally Atwood, I want you,“ he paused, “on my staff to interview politicians, celebrities, distressed citizens and whatever else comes up and for each job, I’m prepared to pay you one thousand dollars.”

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11/16/14 WEWRIWA

Too cold here in NY but who is complaining. I am, for one. I miss the ease into each season and now it’s an inundation of frosty days and a touch of snow. Enough with the whining. I’m happy to be alive enjoying life, family and friends. And the wonders of writing.  Today I move along with Help Wanted. Book 3 in the River’s Edge Series. Last week  Sally spoke up for herself when Jerry Adams refused to see her. My heroine is spreading her wings or trying to. What happens next in the Atwood household? Read on. It’s the following morning.

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6 a.m Lunch box filled and ready to go, Steve sat eating scrambled eggs and toast as he thought about no apple dumplings in months when Sally seduced him with food so they’d check out River’s Edge, a small town she’d read about.   One glance at his watch and he headed for the door calling to her, “Sally, I left bills on top of the check book in the office since I’m working, you take over the job of bill paying; have a nice day, honey.”
Too late she ran down the stairs to catch him but the truck drove off and turned the corner gone for the rest of the day.
“What the hell?” in a fury over the orders and attitude that she had nothing else to do but clean house and pay bills to add to chores even though he appreciated her new found talent, Sally stomped around the kitchen.  Into the sink went the frying pan with remnants of scrambled eggs, crumbs from toast were left on the table. Rice Chex and blueberries were enough for her.
The phone rang; “Grace Trumbull here, calling because Scott and I heard Jerry Adams at the Cable company was rude, didn’t even look at your interview and we’re furious and have a plan. Do you have time to meet for breakfast at the diner in about half an hour?”

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Steve and Sally Atwood have some big adjustments to make when they move to River’s Edge. Steve has lost his career in the corporate world and finds work painting houses. Sally flings off her apron and pursues her lifelong dream to be a reporter in the small town with a big heart, where the motto is ‘Kindness to Strangers’. Afraid he is losing Sally to a more exciting world, Steve panics, but despite Sally’s lecherous new boss, together they rediscover all the love of their thirty-five years together and the excitement that brings.

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More good news is that Volume 1 of the 3 book River’s Edge series was just released. Both print and eformats are available.

She Didn’t Say No, Housebroken, Help Wanted all in one one volume. I’m excited . Happy Dance here.

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11/9/14 WEWRIWA

Baby, it’s cold outside but are we worried? Not a bit. I’m delighted with sales rising for my latest book, Help Wanted. Readers want to move right into River’s Edge where the motto is Kindness to Strangers. Just like the good old days where neighbors took care of friends in need and children played outside without fear.

Today I continue with Sally Atwood returning to the cable company thinking she’d knock Jerald Adams socks off with the Grace Trumbull interview with the sad Saluki and give her the promised job.

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The same receptionist checked the appointment book and with a sour look meant to pierce a heart, glowered at Sally; “You don’t have an appointment.”
Using her new authoritarian voice, Sally said, “Mr. Adams requested that I come in as soon as possible since I have fulfilled his assignment to obtain the in-depth interview with Ms. Grace Trumbull; I have it right here.”
“Oh. Just a minute. ” Out and in, she returned, a smug look on her face to say, “Mr. Adams said he’s not interested in such an interview and thanks you for your time.”
The words from the movie Dirty Dancing popped into Sally’s mind, “Nobody puts baby in the corner.”

Sally Atwood stormed through the door, eyes blazing.
The large imposing man sat, feet crossed at the ankles up on his desk, puffing on a cigar, king of a small kingdom, eyes widened at Sally’s unexpected intrusion.
“In good faith, I followed your assignment with a promise for a job and after I fulfilled my part I find I’ve wasted Grace Trumbull’s time and she’s an important member of River’s Edge Counsel.”  Sally spun on her heels and left Jerald Adam’s office.

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11/2/14 WEWRIWA

T’was a cold and rainy Halloween but who cares. I found a mini Baby Ruth bar outside. We live in a QUIET neighborhood with no kids around. Yet every year husband says, “did you buy candy? And he doesn’t eat candy. Not  a single trick or treaters came by. What are we to do with those cute little Tootsie rolls calling to me? I ask you, my friends. It’s a puzzlement.

Meanwhile it’s wonderful WEWRIWA Sunday and you know me. I write, no matter what. Chelle Cordero came up with the title Help Wanted, Vanilla Heart Publishing said send it over and now it’s available. So yippee and Happy Dance-here’s another eight. No longer a WIP but a published story. Last week Sally was allowed to watch and record a session with a sad Saluki and Grace Trumbull known as the dog communicator, owner of the Pet Emporium. Afterward, Sally meets with Grace for a private in-depth interview in the alcove where it’s quiet.

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A breathless Grace entered the small room about ten minutes later and said, ” I refused to let Sammy go home with her until she buys another companion Saluki to keep him company.  ” Pouring tea and munching on a brownie, she continued, “I hope she takes my advice or she’ll have to sue me for custody.”

Camcorder on,Sally began,“You found River’s Edge how, if it’s not too personal.”
Grace’s big brown eyes focused on a middle distance, “The kindness of strangers led me here and here I’ve stayed to open the Pet Emporium with Jim Trumbull.
“And your gift, people call you the ‘dog whisperer or communicator, and watching you with the magnificent dog, I could swear you understood each other.”
Frowning, a few beats passed before Grace answered, her face a study of deep thought and Sally let the camcorder capture her mood.
“I call it a communication just as you and I are doing now, not a mystical talent as far as I’m concerned.

As for Jerry Abrams, that S.O.B., he waved a carrot in front of your nose by saying get an in-depth interview with reclusive Grace Trumbull so we’re going to knock his socks off with this interview and you’ll get the job.”

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Steve and Sally Atwood have some big adjustments to make when they move to River’s Edge. Steve has lost his career in the corporate world and finds work painting houses. Sally flings off her apron and pursues her lifelong dream to be a reporter in the small town with a big heart, where the motto is ‘Kindness to Strangers’. Afraid he is losing Sally to a more exciting world, Steve panics, but despite Sally’s lecherous new boss, together they rediscover all the love of their thirty-five years together and the excitement that brings.

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10/26/14 WEWRIWA

Hi and welcome to our Sunday’s at WEWRIWA where talented writers post eight sentences and wait for constructive critique. I look forward to this day and so will you. Don’t be shy. Just jump right in and make friends from all over. If I can do it, so can you.

I continue this week with my WIP. Chelle Cordero suggested Help Wanted as a title. My publisher and I said “Way cool” so that’s the title. We even have a cover to be revealed next week. Moving along, Sally Atwood is about to get an interview with the dog communicator, Grace Trumbull at the Pet Emporium. Grace’s husband Scott leads Sally into a room where the communication has just begun.

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Heart hammering with excitement, Sally walked behind Scott to the designated spot and watched, hand held the camcorder trained on a magnificent medium size dog. The sad pooch pressed his nose against the cheek of a lean youthful woman, to let out a low mournful sound.

She stroked his head all the way down the lush furry back several times murmuring in his floppy ear, repeating the process over and over.

Rubbing his nose against her fingers, the saluki gave her a few laps like kisses with his tongue and the silent conversation continued.

Grace nodded, listening and gave her full attention to the sleek graceful unhappy dog.

When he lifted a paw to her face to pat as if saying thanks, Grace embraced the silky haired canine in need of comfort.

Sally, the observer, felt  tears fall with the beauty of the moment and blotted her eyes with the white sleeve of her new shirt.

Abruptly the atmosphere changed when the Saluki’s owner barged in ending the consultation so Sally turned off the camcorder and hurried to the alcove to wait.

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9/28/14 WEWRIWA

Welcome, dear readers and friends to another glorious fall day, toward the end of September. Weekend Writer Warriors are a community of writers who enjoy constructive critique and welcome newcomers.

I continue with my latest release Housebroken. Steve and Sally have had a major setback when the major corporation he worked for many years gave Steve him his walking papers. OUCH! Devastated , Sally sees her dreams of moving to the lovely town of River’s Edge fade away as she comforts her husband. The mood changes in this week’s eight and I do mean 8.as promised.

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“Hiro San firing me is an omen like an ill wind that sometimes blows good.” Steve sat up straight, resolution in his face and said,” I’m tired of traveling every week and since 9/11, air travel is complicated.  I’m sure we’ll manage the move to River’s Edge with some help from our new friend, Claudia.

With a sigh of relief, Sally said, “Oh, Steve, now what can I do to make you feel better if just for a little while?”

Steve got that gleam in his eyes as he tugged off her running bra and helped pull down her shorts after she kicked off her sneakers. “Lose the socks, Sally, while I peel off this damn suit ’cause  I sure hope my next job doesn’t require a tie.”

In the sweet afterglow, Steve revealed a secret he’d kept hidden from his wife and himself for a long time. “I have a confession to make, honey and I beg you please listen and don’t hate me.”

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9/21/14 WEWRIWA

Welcome, dear readers, writers and friends to another Sunday with Weekend writer warriors; we who hole up with computers in our snug nest typing away with fictional characters hovering over our shoulders. We laugh and cry and write The End only to begin again. Join the love fest. We’re a community of writers who welcome constructive critique.

Continuing with Housebroken. After Sally and Steve have fallen in love with this unusual town, River’s Edge in upstate NY where the credo is Kindness to Strangers, they’ve found the perfect house. This snippet takes place the next morning. It’s one of those -Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water moments. . .

Sally arrived home after the best workout in months to find Steve’s car in the driveway and stopped, frightened.

Fear flooded through her as she raced in the house calling, “Steve, Steve,” and up the stairs to the bedroom she ran to find him lying there on the bed face ashen, tie askew.

He struggled to sit up; “I got to work to find  a note from Hiro San the top boss left on my desk that said  he wanted to see me early in the day so I hurried over to his closed door.

“Steven San,”my superior  said with a smile, “We must close your division of the company therefore you are now retired.

Hiro San, the snake, I never liked him, pushed a paper across the desk and said, “Sign here, keep pen.”
“What did you do?” Sally’s hands clenched to hold back tears of the indignity he’d suffered after years of service.
“I had no choice; I signed, accepted a folder with pages of information and with much bowing on his part, I left—out of work for the first time in my life.”

Shocked by the sudden turn of events, Sally said, “Steve, we’ll find a way to survive. Let’s look at the damn folder and figure out how we’ll manage before you get a job and I can work. This is no time to move.” Her dreams of River’s Edge faded.

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9/14/14 WEWRIWA

Welcome to Sunday at wewriwa. Chrysanthemums in every color blooming, leaves beginning the annual gorgeous display of Autumn.

I continue with a couple more weekends of Housebroken to move onto my WIP, Book 2 of the River’s Edge series. Claudia Wilcox, the too good to be true realtor, proves to be one swell woman taking the Atwood’s to the perfect Adult community, no kids allowed except for short visits.

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The Atwood’s piled into Claudia’s comfortable BMW SUV. She pointed out places of interest including the well known The River’s Edge Restaurant overlooking the falls. Before long she made a right turn into a wooded community with separate homes, well -tended lawns and an activity center.
“This is a mature adults only community, fifty five years and up, no grandchildren living here only to visit.That building,” she gestured to the white circular structure, “houses the activity center where they have comprehensive daily programs, writing seminars, cooking classes, a pool and eight HarTru tennis courts so easy on older bones.”
She pulled up to a home and Sally’s heart beat faster, her eyes widened taking in the spring flowers, a flagstone path without weeds growing between the flat stones, tulips pushing the way through a garden alongside daffodils and multi-colored tall gladiolas.

Check out the inside, how much, can they afford it and what time can they move in, Sally thought or maybe someone was murdered there and no one wanted to buy it so this was a bargain they couldn’t refuse. NOT!
Claudia opened the door with a key,  “I always think it’s silly when a realtor points to the bathroom and says this is the bathroom so I suggest you take your time to wander around and call for me when you have questions.”

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