Excerpt Monday – How to Survive Anything

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Once a month, a bunch of authors get together and post excerpts from published books, contracted work or works in progress, and link to each other. You don’t have to be published to participate–just a writer with an excerpt you’d like to share. For more info on how to participate, head over to the Excerpt Monday site! or click on the banner above.

How To Survive Anything – Women’s Ficton


My mother is the queen of multi-tasking. When I got into the car after my latest treatment, my mother was simultaneously on her cell phone and giving orders to my older sister Irene. I eased into the backseat, with the help of Irene, still nauseous and dizzy from the treatment. Mom has taken her to be her personal flunky since Irene took a leave from work after my cancer diagnosis.

“Make sure the photographer uses a warm gel, maybe some pink to get across the theme.” My mother said into the phone before turning to my sister, “Make sure Natalie has a decent suit something in blush or coral, pinkish but not overtly so. And since Derrick is insisting on being at Jeremy’s arraignment. Make sure he is sober, clean and has a proper fitting suit. It’s bad enough we have to go through this. We don’t need him casting another black mark over us.”

I closed my eyes, tried to block out my  mother’s voice. All I wanted was to go back to the house and rest.

“Sit up Natalie and put on some makeup. Do something with your hair. You’re going to have to get yourself together and presentable for the photos.”


“Yes. I told you we had a lot to do today. Posters for the benefit, you’re lucky your treatment didn’t interfere with my schedule.”

I bit back a laugh. Or it could have been nauseau. It was hard to tell with my mother. I was the one with breast cancer and she had made it about her, and the family, as usual.

“Links to other Excerpt Monday writers”

Note: I have not personally screened these excerpts. Please heed the ratings and be aware that the links may contain material that is not typical of my site.

Joining us this week:

The Excerpt Monday hosts:

Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R)

Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG13)

Kaige, Historical Romance (PG13)

Jeannie Lin, Contemporary (PG13)

RF Long, Fantasy Sword and Sorcery (PG13)

Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG13)

Debbie Mumford, Flash Fiction (PG13)

Jo Lynne Valerie, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)

Kendal Ashby, Erotic Contemporary (R)

KB Alan, Erotic Paranormal Romance (R)

Penny Dune, Romantic Suspense (R)

Cate Hart, YA Paranormal (R)

Inez Kelley, Contemporary Romance (R)

Jeannete Murray, RomCom (R)

Christa Page, Regency Paranormal (R)

Michelle Picard, Paranormal (R)

Jeanne St James, Erotic Rom M/M (R)

Danielle Yockman, Historical Romance (R)

Sara Brookes, Fantasy (NC17)

Emily Ryan Davis, Erotic Contemporary Romance (NC17)

Ella Drake, Erotic SciFi Romance (NC17)

Angeleque Ford, Erotic Contemporary Romance (NC17)

Jamal W Hankins, Dark Fiction/Fantasy (NC17)

Bryl R Tyne, Transgender M/M (NC17)

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Nano – Day 14

We’re at the two week mark for NaNoWriMo. And I am happy to say that book 1 of the Faery Dance Troupe series is done. Well the first draft is done. I’ll start the editing/revision phase/draft toward the end of January or early Feb.

Final word count on book 1 is 32542.

I also am planning two free reads. One I will post with the next EM free read. It’s a first kiss, first love story. The second is about lasting love and making love last in the face of difficult circumstances. The second will be a serial read I post on the blog. When the final chapter is posted, I will post it on the site as a complete read.

Quickie Post – Writing Update

I will update my word count on the NaNo story this weekend. And I will also be updating the project page. I have two free reads planned and will be providing info on those as well.

But overall, I am still having fun writing. And that is the point or it should be. Writing should be fun.

Before I was stressing myself out to much and worrying to much about submissions (don’t worry I’m not giving up on submissions). But the worrying took some of the joy out of writing as I tried to force myself into different boxes instead of writing for myself, for the joy of writing and allowing the story to unfold.

Excerpt Monday – Liar Liar

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Once a month, a bunch of authors get together and post excerpts from published books, contracted work or works in progress, and link to each other. You don’t have to be published to participate–just a writer with an excerpt you’d like to share. For more info on how to participate, head over to the Excerpt Monday site! or click on the banner above.

Liar Liar – Urban Fantasy, Young Adult


Liar liar pants on fire…

The childhood taunt echoed through Cara Harper’s mind as she talked with her boyfriend, Gerald Ko. Gerald and a few of their friends were spending the week in Ohio at one of the water parks and Cedar Pointe on his parents’ dime. The trip had been a graduation present from his parents and a way to show they were, now, approving of their relationship.

But as it grew closer to her eighteenth birthday, Cara wanted to stick closer to home.

“It’s better if I’m not there.” She sighed.


It was safer that way. For everyone.

“And I know you’re disappointed. I am too. Plus, momma’s been kinda weird lately with the whole graduation and going off to college thing.”

Not to mention I’ll be eighteen in less than a month, about to come into a whole slew of powers I know nothing about. Or how to deal with.

She had lied to him so much that she’d lost count of the number. Actually, she’d lost count at lie number 9,999.

“This was supposed to be our chance to be together. Be alone without the parents interrupting.” Gerald reminded her.

“I know that but…”

“Unless this is just a lie? Renee suggested that you might be seeing someone else. Is that true Cara? Is this just another one of your blow offs?”

I’m not seeing anyone else. It’s just that I’m not human.

“Ugh. Why do we have to keep doing this?” She threw her hands up and the lights flickered throughout the house.

Because you can’t very well tell him that you’re a daemon.

“Cara!” her foster mother, Karin yelled from the first floor.

“Sorry.” She thought, knowing Karin would hear her. One of the benefits of having a foster mother who was a Guardian. She could talk to her foster parents without having to actually talk to them. That was also one of the problems. If she didn’t have her shield up, they could read her just as easily.

“Renee has never thought I was right for you. If it wasn’t for the fact she’s dating your best friend I’d think she was after you herself. You know I’d give anything to be there with you, swimming in the lake, showing off my new bikini. Heck it’s even in your favorite color. But I can’t. Even if I could convince momma to let me go. I still need a way up there.”

Cara stood by the window, watching the people standing at the bus stop across the street from the foster center. She should have taken Tansy up on the offer to create a program to keep track of her lies. At least then, she’d be able to remember what she’d said to whom, when and why.

“I can come back to get you.”


“And that’s sweet of you to offer baby but that’s so much driving. Stay, have fun. Maybe we can do something when you get back.”

“I noticed you didn’t deny Renee’s accusations.”

“Fine Gerald. I’ll tell you the truth.”

“That would be nice for a change.”

Someone is trying to kill me.

“My biological parents are coming into town and I didn’t need the distraction.”


“That came out wrong.”

“I should hope so.”

“I meant. I don’t know what I meant. Just this is big for me, you know? Meeting them. And…”

She heard the distinct clink of metal against metal. Listening closer, she heard the rapid sound of tires against pavement.

“What are you doing?”

“What do you mean?”

“I hear jingling. Like keys? Are you in the car?”

“Damn it.”

She heard his hand hit the dashboard of his car.

“Yeah. I’m on my way back home. I should be there in about an hour or so.”

“Why? You can’t. I mean, you should go back. Spend some time with the gang before we all go off in different directions.”

“Look, I spent time with the guys. But that isn’t what this trip was about them. It was supposed to be about us. And I’m guessing if you’re biological parents are coming then you’re going to need me there with you more than they would.”

“Fine do what you want.” She grumbled. “Look,” she lied, “Tansy is giving me the evil eye. She wants to use the phone. I’ll just talk to you when you get back.”

“Okay. Bye.” He paused, “Oh and Care?”


“I love you.” He paused and sighed when the sentiment wasn’t returned. “It doesn’t matter Cara. You don’t have to say it back.”

She wished she could return the sentiment but instead remained silent. Her thoughts on the drama of her life, centered on the dual identities she was forced to live.

“Links to other Excerpt Monday writers”

Joining us this week:

Jane Bled, Yaoi/M-M Erotica/Vampire/Paranormal/Horror (PG 13)
Heather S Ingemar, Dark Fantasy (PG13)
Babette James, Fantasy Romance (PG13)
Cynthia Justlin, Contemporary Romance (PG 13)
Kaige, Historical Romance (PG 13)
Julia Knight, Fantasy Romance (PG 13)
Jeannie Lin, Historical paranormal romance (PG 13)
R.F Long, Fantasy (PG13)
Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)
Debbie Mumford, Fantasy (PG 13)
Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG13)
Megan S, Paranormal (PG 13)
Rosalind Stone, Women’s Fiction (PG 13)
Jo Lynne Valerie, Paranormal Romance (PG 13)

Kendal Ashby, YA (R)
Jax Cassidy, Contemporary (R)
Cate Hart, YA Paranormal (R)
Inez Kelley, Romantic Comedy (R)
Aislinn Kerry, Fantasy (R)
Jeanne St. James, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R)
Cherrie Lynn, Paranormal Romance (R)
Jeanette Murray, Romantic Comedy (R)
Christa Paige, Paranormal (R)
Michelle Picard, Fantasy Romance (R)
Mary Quast, Contemporary Romance (R)
Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R)
Zora Stout, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R)

Sara Brookes, Erotic Sci Fi (NC 17)
Emily Ryan-Davis, Romance (NC 17)
Ella Drake, Historical Paranormal Romance (NC 17)
Angeleque Ford, Erotic Dark Urban Fantasy (NC17)
J.W. Hankins, Dark Fiction (NC 17)
Annie Nicholas, Paranormal Romance (NC 17)
Kim Knox, Erotic SF Romance (NC17)
Michelle Polaris, Erotic Futuristic Romance (NC 17)
Bryl R. Tyne, Contemporary M/M (NC 17)

Note: I have not personally screened these excerpts. Please heed the ratings and be aware that the links may contain material that is not typical of my site.

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Nano – Day 3

I think I am hitting my stride on nano so far. The first story in the faery dance troupe series is really starting to take shape. And I am enjoying what I have written so far.

Favorite line from last night:

Ultan, blood trickling down his gray forehead, from an open gash near his hairline stumbled into the ballroom, his hair vanilla hair matted to his forehead where the blood begun to dry.

The word count post at the top has been updated. I originally planned to work on both stories. And I have made small progress on True Darkness.

But writing is fun again. It’s not because of Nano. And may even be because of the story. But I think it’s that I’m allowing myself to just write, create the story as it unfolds (even with the twists that are being thrown at me cause of my wild imagination and the “what-if” factor).

Word Count Meters

I will be updating this post and adding new stories as these are completed. So I’m going to sticky it to the top in case you’re interested in my progress.

Story 1:

Fairy Dance Troupe Series
30542/90,000 words ~ 33.94% done!

Note: Stories will probably be about 30K instead of the originally planned 25K each. So just over 33% done for total series, 101.81% done for book 1.

Note 2: Book 1 is obviously over 30K, depending on what happens in the editing/revision stage (which I will tackle in January or February) then I say the final word count may be between 45 and 50K. I’m gonna finish off this scene which will more than likely stay as the end. So I’m estimating roughly 32K for the final rough draft.

Story 2:

True Darkness
2000/80,000 words ~ 2.5% done!

Nano Day 1

Today is the first official day of NaNoWriMo.

I’ve participated in the past, but am bad about updating my count on the site. I plan to do better this year because I plan on (will attempt to) blog every day that I write during Nano.

So far I’ve written just over 3100 words on a planned YA high fantasy series about a fairy dance troupe. It has mystery and romantic elements.

Fave line so far: Practice would come later, right now the fairy dancer wanted to touch the clouds and get lost in them.



My name is Danie.

I write young adult and women’s fiction in a mix of genre’s contemporary, fantasy (high and urban) and paranormal (light and dark).

I’ll be blogging my way through Nano (more on that tomorrow). And will keep you updated on the progress of my current writing projects and of course any sales (of course).

And in the spirit of full disclosure, I also write erotic romance under a pen name.