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7/6/14 WEWRIWA

God Bless America. When I read the history of how our country came to be, I’m awed by the efforts put forth in creating our United States of America.

Welcome to Sunday at WEWRIWA. Today I continue with the reawakening of Beth Malone. Rising from the ashes of a disastrous marriage, she moves on. Beth reaches out to daughter Susie in today’s eight. Susie is a teacher who lives with her boy friend, Javier. She’s always been daddy’s best girl and just knows that her father is going through a mid-life crisis and will return to Beth before long. Susie is stopping by to have a sandwich and cookies before Parent’s night at her school.

 

excerpt in eight:

Susie kicked off her shoes and headed for the comfortable kitchen sniffing the air.
“Thanks for taking the time to bake my faves, Mom, I really appreciate the effort.” Chomping on a cookie, she said,“Javier thinks you’re very brave and mothers should be revered and taken care of, especially in time of need and that I better clean up my act.” Susie bit into another cookie, swallowed and started in on the toasted ham and Swiss cheese Beth prepared for her.
Beth thought for a moment and said,”That’s lovely of Javier for understanding this has been the worst time of my life and I’m virtually alone in dealing with my loss.”
But Susie, I’ve always loved you and felt left out when you and your father had secret jokes and special times together.”
“Mom,” Susie stood up ready to leave, “Unfortunately, I have to get back to school but you’re right and Javier is right and please don’t take all the blame for what’s happened in the past ’cause I’m old enough to admit I’ve been acting like a brat.”

Hopeful afaf06a-tbc_flat_front_to_work_with_copyter her daughter left, Beth prepared for tonight’s dinner with her only friend so far, the pool guy, Maverick.

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6/29/14 WEWRIWA

Today I begin with the dedication in my latest release Farewell, Hello, formerly titled She never Said yes. A few months ago, the story was my WIP and you all helped me coax half the story into shape, especially when I ran into a major snag. When Kimberlee Williams, Vanilla Heart Publishing, asked for the dedication, I wrote the following:

Farewell, Hello is dedicated to Weekend Writer Warriors, an amazing supportive online group of writers begun a year ago by Teresa Cypher, Marcia Kuma and Dana Renelt. When I sent out a cry for help one Sunday, that my WIP-work in progress- needed comments, support streamed through and my mind sorted out the problem.
A huge thanks to WEWRIWA. http://www.wewriwa.com

I’ll be gone until later in the Sunday afternoon and then leave comments. Don’t think I’m neglecting you, my friends.

Today I move along with Beth Malone in To Be Continued. Last week she met and paid the pool guy, Maverick. The phone rings as he leaves and she hears her husband’s voice on the message. Beth never learned to program the phone but she knew Frank’s voice didn’t belong there anymore so she runs out to catch Maverick and ask him to help.

Excerpt in eight:  “I’m basically a techno-dummy and machines have always been my mortal enemy,” Beth fidgeted thinking don’t suck your thumb, nitwit. She rattled on, “I know it’s an imposition and you have a busy schedule but
no one’s here to help me and I must change the message on my answer machine or I will lose my mind and kill myself if I hear his voice in my home again.”
He packed his equipment in the van, locked the doors and said,“Okay, it’s easy to change the message, I’ll show you.” They walked along the garden path where Maverick commented on the forsythia bushes in full bloom as daffodils and tulips Beth nurtured over the years competed in a beauty contest and they entered the house.
A few buttons pressed, Frank’s voice deleted forever and Maverick said, “Okay, time for you to record your message.”

“My name is Elizabeth; Frank called me Lizzie but I like Beth and now I don’t know who I am.”af06a-tbc_flat_front_to_work_with_copy

Maverick said, “My name was John and one day I thought to myself I had enough of John so I became Maverick and I’ve been feelin’ good ever since so Miz Malone, if Beth is what you want, be Beth.”
She watched the white van with the whimsical logo painted on the side, drive off; a large calf, head looking over the shoulder, no brand to be seen, a maverick separate from the herd and realized Frank had separated her from the herd when he fargin’ left her without warning.

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6/22/14 WEWRIWA

Hi gang, slick on some sunscreen and enjoy this glorious summer weather. But first take time out for our intrepid weekend warrior writers where snippets of eight sentences await your perusal and constructive critique.

This week I move along with To Be Continued. Beth Malone takes hold and makes plans for a future without a husband. Once a star swimmer, she forced her husband to let her have an Olympic size heated pool paid for by herself-the one battle she’d won in forty years. The weather forecast indicated a string of good weather for March. Time to call the pool guy. Beth never met him. Frank took care of business. Time to step up to the plate and make the call.

excerpt in eight:
Beth sat by the glass slider doors in a daze watching the pool guy thinking what’s his unusual name; Martino, Mercutio, uh, no, Maverick, yes, his muscles rippled as he worked strong and capable.
A knock at the slider door interrupted her reverie; his energy filled the room making Beth feel insignificant by comparison.

“All finished; added a big dose of Shock to clear the water, be back tomorrow to vacuum, add chemicals, get the heater going so by the end of the week you can swim.”

His deep voice rattled off information she’d never thought about before and then she heard, “Miz Malone, Doctor pays the first bill today, if you don’t mind.”
She stared into the kindest blue eyes she’d ever seen; “Monthly bill?”
“Opening the pool is a separate fee paid at the time I do the work and this pool is so special . . .”
She glanced up to see Maverick, tee shirt stretched across his tan muscular upper body, arms folded
across his chest, waiting.

The Doctor’s gone,” she said, “gone like he flew the coop, gone like bye-bye, hasta la vista, ciao, fare thee well, auf weidersehn, have a nice day” and with a helpless gesture of her hands Beth giggled and couldn’t stop as she wrote a surprisingly large check for the upkeep of the one thing she’d fought for years ago and Frank finally had to give in.

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6/1/14 WEWRIWA

Yippee! It’s Sunday. I just finished She Never Said Yes and must reread before sending it to the the fearless leader. Thanks, lovely friends, who helped me through the agony and ecstasy of the WIP.

Today, I will take you on a journey, my very first book, To Be Continued, Vanilla Heart Publishing. Never dreaming a few years later a production company would call offering an option for a television movie. I’ve heard from them recently. It’s still in the works and that’s fine with me. One of the reasons I’m reliving this book, parts of it, is to spread hope and good wishes to all my writing pals. Never give up. Love what you write and keep going.

Elizabeth Malone wakes up the morning after an amazing night of passion with her husband of forty years to find a note: Dear Lizzie, it’s not you, it’s me. Abandoned by her husband, disappointed in daughter Susie’s casual attitude Dad’s having a mid-life crisis, Beth decides to re-establish herself as the winner she once was. When Frank Malone returns, he’s in for a big surprise!

excerpt in eight:

Sun sneaked through blinds, her eyes shut tight not quite ready to open, Elizabeth Malone wanted to revel in memories of the great sex she and Frank, her husband of forty years, had last night; at his insistence, for God’s sake. She practically had to seduce him before they did it anymore; was on the verge of suggesting those little blue pills the girls talked about, when out of nowhere he became amorous.
Fingers crept along the sheets searching for her mate as they groped to where Frank could be found most early mornings except on golf days or scheduled surgery.
Turning her head, she called his name and at the same time she saw an envelope lying on top of the pillow.  A smile tugged at the corners of her mouth and she sat up, a heap of green satin lay on the floor next to the bed, evidence of last night’s pleasure.
Stumbling off the bed, letter clutched in her hand, she groped for reading glasses, found them, dropped them, on hands and knees patting the carpet, found them again she read:
Dear Lizzie, It’s not you, It’s me: I have decided I must make a change in my life so I sold my half of the practice to George, left the house to you and signed my portion of divorce papers so whenever you’re ready, call Bruce.”
  She leaped up—made it to the toilet and after retching she cried, “Oh God, What an I going to do?”

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Review by LASR:

Rising from the ashes of a burned-out marriage, Elizabeth feels like forty years of her life went up in smoke. Her successful husband, Dr. Frank Malone sneaked away in the night leaving only a note.

With a daughter that “pooh-poohs” the whole thing as just a temporary mid-life crisis and “friends” that avoid her, Elizabeth must rely on herself. Even her longtime lawyer turns out to be a stinker.

The Elizabeth that once was, before subverting her aspirations and becoming Dr. Frank Malone’s wife and Susie’s mother, begins to find herself–and what a self it is. The emotional journey she makes magnifies that life is to be continued, even if old dreams and an old marriage die.

Everyone should be fortunate enough to have a new friend like Lisa, a pool man like Maverick (WOW), a new lawyer like Elise Bergen, and a Sister Mary Margaret type to help rekindle the fire to be a “winner” after feeling like a total “loser”. Besides these supportive new people in her life, Elizabeth’s life is influenced by a tempting but troubled psychiatrist that wrote a book entitled “Get A Grip”, a remarkable son-in-law, and some super guests at “The Night for Possibilities” not the least of which is Sam Taylor.

Charmaine Gordon brings the characters to life with humor, decisive action, shared tears and stories. In To Be Continued Ms. Gordon takes the reader from a situation of despair to one of joy and love with lots of living done with mature and some not-so-mature exuberance.

To Be Continued with a survive-and-thrive attitude is captivating.

And Then She Said. . .my grandest granddaughter is growing up

65191_4183432700510_2056845522_nDetermined to watch the final of the Women’s Open Tennis Championship yesterday even though my five and a half year old came over, I did the unheard of and put my wishes before hers. First time! And then she said, “Explain it to me, Granny. Who’s our fave?” I pointed to the strong beautiful athlete closest to us. “What’s her name?” “Serena Williams. I love her. I’ve watched Serena and her sister Venus play since they were teens and one time, I talked to Venus, just for a minute.” “What did you say, Grans?” She climbed on my lap that’s held so many children over so many years.

“You can do it. You can win.”

Her blue eyes sparkled. “You always say that to me, too. And then what happened?”

“Venus won the championship that year when no one thought she would.”

“’cause she listened to you?”

“No honey.” I kissed the top of her head. “Because she listened to herself and probably said ‘Yes I Can’.

P.S. Serena won against a younger tough marvelous Victoria  in three sets. Grandest and I watched every glorious moment of the battle as I explained the rules, the game I love and competed in for many years. She yelled, “Good girl” and “Go Serena” and “Too bad, girl.”

Next year, if she’d like, I’ll buy a small racket and teach her how to hit the yellow ball.