Friday, January 13, 2012

Sweet Saturday Samples - Jan 14


During the past few months of Sweet Saturday Samples, we followed our friend Peggy, one of the three protagonists—June, Kiki, & Peggy—from our book, I.O.U. Sex.  Today we’re introducing you to June, whose old high school diary inspired a pact between the three friends. They’ve vowed to find their former steadies and pay them back for all those sexual refusals when they were teens. In this excerpt, June, with her dog Daisy for company, considers what she wants to do.

        By the time Peggy and Kiki left that morning they'd read most of June's diary entries from their Rayburn High senior year. The diary brought back memories of how much fun they'd had as Rayettes, dancing during halftimes at football games and marching in the Dallas Cotton Bowl Parade--"a big honor," according to her January 2nd entry. The everyday details revealed in the pages made them realize how different their lives were then. Pay phones, sleeping in curlers, driving to the DQ with their boyfriends, just to buy a cherry coke. And woven through it all were their high school loves--Denny, Greg, and Mark.
        Then June's thoughts jumped to Kiki's crazy idea. She wondered if her friend was serious about this boyfriend search. Would she really go looking for Greg? Knowing Kiki, she probably would.
        What about Peggy? Yeah, she agreed to the search, but it was probably the booze talking instead of her sane brain. She'd be surprised if Peg really went hunting for Mark.
        Her thoughts sobered and she snuggled Daisy in her arms.
        More importantly, what about me and Denny? It's not the same situation for me as it is for Kiki and Peg--not so simple.
        She'd thought of her old boyfriend a lot since moving back to Dallas, wondering what she'd say if they should accidentally meet. The last June had heard, Denny was running his dad's garage in their same old Dallas neighborhood, but that was years ago. She wondered if the business still existed. Maybe she'd look in the phone book later, when she wasn't so tired.
        "It's time I talked to him, Daisy," she said aloud. "Past time. Maybe this crazy idea of Kiki's is just the encouragement I need."

Are you wondering what makes June's situation different from that of her friends? What does she need to talk to Denny about after all these years? In the coming weeks, we'll reveal more of her story.

You'll find more Sweet Saturday Samples here: Sweets

19 comments:

  1. Great sample! It left me wanting to know just what's in June's past with Denny.

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Lisa. We'll reveal all in coming weeks.

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  2. Intriguing sample! Drew me right in! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sweet Saturday Samples is always fun, isn't it?

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  3. I'll miss following Peggy, but look forward to discovering more about June.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. We try to give equal time to each of our three protagonists.

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  4. Great sample, Sandra! I like how she believes her break up is more complicated than her friends' break ups. :-)

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  5. High school emotional drama is still present in our memories.

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    1. Sometimes I wonder how we managed to live through high school.

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  6. I know what's different, but I won't tell. :) Loved this story and love revisiting it each week here. Great sample!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book.

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  7. Not only is this a great excerpt (and YES, I want to know ALL those things, thank you for asking! LOL) but it also makes me nostalgic to when my husband and I didn't have kids. (Now there are SIX of them. Going out to "grab a drink" turns into $17 at the convenience store, LOL.) Anyway, back to your story, let's hope she goes for it! (Of course she will!)

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    1. Hi, Sarah. Glad to hear the post made you nostalgic. It was fun writing about how different things were back in our teenage years. How did we survive without computers and cell phones?

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  8. I like the hint of a twist to her story. :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Rachel, and thank you for leaving a comment.

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  10. I definitely wondered what made June's situation different. That, and I wondered what different responses people could have after so much time apart. Very interesting premise!

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  11. Oooo sounds really interesting! Thanks for stopping by :)

    Amy @ Following the Reader

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