*Okay, I came back two days ago and my birthday is tomorrow. I will try to do some writing today, but I’m not even looking at my email till the 19th, because no. And also no. I’m trying to adapt to this “late 50s” thing. I need a moment. Also, honestly, I’m trying not to come down with yet another cold, because these days it takes me forever to recover. I’m sure my faithful vignette-challenge-creators sent me a word, but since I’m not opening the email, I don’t have it. (I’m not even expecting anything bad. I just don’t wnat to deal with a week and a bit of email until after my bday) So. The challenge will be images. The rest is normal. – SAH*
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FROM RUSS MITCHELL: Malik The Pawn.
Malik’s star is rising. The village boy’s bravery nets him an award far beyond his station — the chance to serve the Moon Daughter’s Temple for a year. But serving a Goddess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Malik finds himself possessed and in possession of dangerous secrets, as devastating changes come to a world he hardly comprehends. He will travel with a bitter, taciturn huntress and a healer who’s chained to a past he can’t escape, as Malik struggles to regain his freedom — and his soul.
FROM MARY CATELLI: Oath Keeper.
Eadwin travels through through wild lands. There, he learns of a ghost, a oath that was broken, and one that was kept.
And thus his decision, which thane to serve as a knight, grows harder.
FROM ALMA T. C. BOYKIN: Eerily Familiar: Familiar Tales Book Seven.
Something hunts the hunters . . .
Something waits in the shadows, watching. Lelia Chan and her Familiar, Tay, hear vague rumors of trouble among the shadow mages. Everyone’s heard rumors before, and keeping her boss happy is more important. Then a painting tries to capture her friend. When her mentor and good friend André and his Familiar Rodney both go missing, Lelia has to take charge.
She’s not ready. No shadow mage ever is. But she’ll find a way or die trying.
Things worse than than death hide in the shadows. And they LIKE meeting over-confident young mages . . .
FROM MICHAEL J. HOOTEN: Till the Conflict Is Over (Enlisted Book 2)
Peter Wright not only survived the most deadly space battle in US Navy history, he also managed to defeat the enemy as well. He’s hailed as a hero, and everyone wants to know his story, but all he wants is to avoid everything that reminds him of that day. Instead he endures interviews, cotillions, and the ever-surprising demands of being a celebrity. And also anxiety attacks, suvivor’s guilt, and funerals. Through it all, he wishes he could just be a normal sailor again.
Be careful what you wish for.
FROM BLAKE SMITH: An American Thanksgiving.
It is Thanksgiving Day, 1865, and Margaret Browne isn’t feeling very thankful. The war is over, and her grown-up sons have returned from the fighting, but her beloved husband remains absent, last seen a captive in a notorious prisoner-of-war camp. The Browne family muddles through their uncertain path, lost without their leader, but when everything begins to go wrong all at once, Margaret must hold together the farm and her family, and turn a disaster into a true day of thanks-giving.
And now for the writing challenge:
Take one of the two pictures below; assume they describe an essential aspect of a novel, that is either character, setting or conflict.
Now write me a couple of first paragraphs that will hook me and make me want to read your novel: