This is going to be the last teaser from my current MS…just for a little while. I don’t want to give away too much but I still wanted you all to have enough to get a feel for the MS’s tone. Once I get near completion, I’ll have more to share. But until then…enjoy this semi-final piece and get ready for the new and old in weeks to come.
The aide watched Vincent research like a mad man; her eyes pierced through the book shelf, curious about his studies and weirdo-ism. Photos of lab equipment and infinite text appeared on pages as each leaf extended from the spine and smashed against the inner cover of the book by Vincent’s sweaty palm. His frustration grew with each reminder that his e-reader and pocket touchscreen notetaker weren’t yet invented. After spending six hours exploring each science book regarding the space-time continuum and quantum physics, Vincent surrendered to the demon of exhaustion. His wrists stiffened and his eyes could bear no more weight. He slammed the final book shut and collected his illegible notes written with a pencil and on a notepad left unclaimed on the table when he first arrived.
“Oh, I’ll put those books away for you,” said the aide, leaping from her post. “You look tired. Go home.”
Vincent could only nod at the generous young girl. Her slanted eyes melted with sorrow as she could not offer an obviously troubled Vincent the answers he sought. As he dragged away from the study table, the aide leaned over to gather the books for restocking when the last book collected seized her attention—How to Build a Time Machine by Paul Davies. The aide inspected her surroundings. Noticing Vincent stepping into the elevator and no one else nearby, she stuffed the book into the back of her pants and covered it with her oversized sweatshirt. She reshuffled the remaining books on the table into a single stack and hauled them away to their original homes on the shelves.
Let me be the first to announce (well, who else is going to announce it?) that I have completed the manuscript for my second novel, We’re Family…Right?. (Yes, you can cheer, do cartwheels, and go streaking while painting the town red. Okay, maybe not so much the last one.) It has been a long journey but gratifying task to complete the novel with life’s interruptions and challenges tripping me up along the way. I just picked myself up and kept racing to the finish line, without jeopardizing my novel’s quality of course.
Because I love all of my readers almost more than I love chocolate (sorry, y’all—you just can’t trump the orgasmic flavor and effects of chocolate 😉 ), I have made the first three chapters available online for your reading pleasure and review. (Link is provided at the bottom of this post.) Tell me what you like, but feel utterly free to tell me what you don’t like. I do write what it’s in my heart and in the direction my fingers type, but if I don’t write what interests my readers, then I need to stick to writing in my depressing journal. Since that, of course, is not what I want, your reviews [positive, constructive, critical, praised] WILL be read and taken into account when preparing my manuscript for submission.
For those who don’t enjoy it, no worries; you only had to endure three lousy chapters. For those who do, pass the word along. There are 18 more chapters available, and by popular demand only, they will be available soon enough.