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The Paragraph Challenge

I wanted to reach out to other bloggers and readers by doing something a little bit different.  I invited a few friends who have released a book, or who might be releasing a book, play or poetry in the near future to participate in a mini Blog-Hop. This adventure was inspired by the fact that a friend of mine, Joss Landry, is about to release her first novel. I wondered what it might be like to ask for a paragraph that included the word, ‘longing’ or some other derivation of the word. What a nice way to introduce each other to different styles of writing conjured by one just one word…

Joss hails from Montreal. She has a degree in commerce, and has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies to launch their business. Now Joss has written her first novel. Her new book offers Danger & Romance…a winning combination.

This is Joss’ paragraph. Amazon Links to be released soon.

“Don’t you dare, Pierce Bonner! I’m not a baby. I can take care of myself.” He heard the loud breath Kat expelled. “Listen. I’m sorry. I don’t want to be the cause of another big fight between us. I know you’ve got tons of work to do and I know you worry about me, but don’t. I’m going to be the one worrying if you don’t go back and help my dad with the ranch, please. I’ve got to go. Charles just walked in. I’ll talk to you later.” She hung up the phone quickly.

Pierce grabbed the extra pillow and slapped it over his face to muffle a frustrated growl. The woman was infuriating. She was like an untamed filly about to run wild, and no rope seemed long enough to lasso her back to reason.

He rolled onto his back, facing the ceiling, searching for what to do next. Even as angry as he was, he still longed to kiss the breath out of her. Helplessness dragged a moan out of him. He knew it was too late to call anyone.

And this is my very short paragraph from my own book: Orange Petals in a Storm. http://on.fb.me/rE1B8g

The fire sparked, igniting tiny flames that licked, danced, and cast more light about the room. She stared into the flames. They shape-shifted into the image of the house she had lived in with her mother. She saw herself walking towards the house. She saw the lights glowing in the windows. She saw the garden and the rose bushes. She longed to be there again. An idea leaped from the flame image. She would escape the cold cellar and go there this night!

Participating bloggers accepting The Paragraph Challenge 

5th November: Jennifer Kiley http://thesecretkeeper.net  @occultguardian
6th November: Shawn MacKenzie http://mackenziesdragonsnest.wordpress.com/  @saki11
8th November: Tonia Marie Harris http://passionfind.wordpress.com/ @TMarieHarris
10th November: Joss Landry http://josslandry.com/books/mirror-deep/@josslandry
Susie Bertie: http://sooziebird.blogspot.co.uk @soziebird

Join in! Will you take the Paragraph Challenge? let me know and I will send the details.

About Dr Niamh

I am doing what I love most: writing children's books. As a child, learning new words was a delicious delight. Tasting them roll around my tongue, practicing pronunciation, then trotting them out whenever possible, made me feel very clever indeed. Children of today are no different. They love saying new-really-difficult-to-pronounce words, (useful for spells or superheroes). So, I prefer not to censor broader vocabulary. I believe we should never 'talk down' to shapers-of-the-future but encourage them always to think their best and realise their astonishing potential. If pushed to blow my own trumpet (better than blowing someone else's and which, will only happen when forced to sell something), I would say I write modern children's classics: content rich with great vocabulary and little gems of wisdom that might keep us company into adulthood. I hope you and your children will enjoy reading my stories as much as I love writing them. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination.

7 comments on “The Paragraph Challenge

  1. Steve Corn
    November 3, 2012

    The fifty degree match last night
    has set the sassafras and sumac ablaze,
    walnuts and cherries
    are withering and yellowing
    before the flame.
    The oaks and hickory aren’t far behind,
    all are soon to be consumed.
    The circle of life must rest
    and wait –
    longing for
    the Sun’s fiery rebirth
    to fuel its’
    Spring Awakening.


  2. Steve Corn
    November 3, 2012

    I just post in some writers groups and occasionally on Pantheism and Unitarian sites. I am enjoying your site.


  3. Joss Landry
    November 3, 2012

    Thank you so much for the blog promotion, Niamh. It’s just perfect, and simple to replicate. I will join in with mine on Saturday, the 10th. I will send you my blog links. Again, I so appreciate all your help.


    • ontheplumtree
      November 3, 2012

      I wish you every success, Joss. And thank you for the wonderful reviews you gave me for both of my books. I am looking forward to this blog journey and to meeting new bloggers.


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