Friday, June 15, 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample - June 16



Welcome back, Sweet Saturday Samplers! Here’s another peek at my WIP, Elly and the Geriatrics.

Elly has been cleaning out her grandmother’s storage shed and she’s stopped for lunch. Since she is breaking the rules of the senior citizen community by staying with her grandmother, she hides in a bedroom when someone knocks on the door.
           
“Come in, Louisa Mae,” Granny said. “Electra, honey, it’s okay. You can come out.”
         Elly’s heart sank. Why was Granny calling out her name when her presence was supposed to be a secret? She’d been discreet all day, staying in the shadows at the back of the carport between the trailers, and now Granny was acting like it was no big deal.
         When Elly came through the door, carrying her dishes, her grandmother beamed. “Honey, you remember Louisa Mae from next door.”
         Elly pasted a wary smile on her face and nodded to the woman. She remembered seeing her several weeks ago, on the other side of the six-foot fence separating their properties, her hair as fine and fluffy as cotton candy and almost as pink. She’d bent down to hide and hoped the woman hadn’t seen her. Now it didn’t seem to matter. “Yes, I do. It’s good to see you again.” She glanced at her grandmother. “And I like to be called Elly.”
         “It’s good to see you too,” Louisa Mae said.
         Elly said nothing, wondering how much Louisa knew.
         Granny took a look at her granddaughter’s serious face and laughed. “Oh, don’t you worry, honey. Louisa Mae knows all about our little arrangement and she approves. She’s the soul of discretion and she won’t tell anyone, will you, Lou?”
          “Absolutely not. I’m delighted to have you next door, helping your grandmother. Ruth Ann and I were just saying yesterday what a blessing you are.”
         “Ruth Ann?” Elly’s heart sank one level lower. “Who’s Ruth Ann?”
         “Why, she’s our neighbor. Three trailers down thataway.” Louisa Mae pointed down the street. “But don’t worry, we’re all on your side, and we can all keep a secret.” She leaned forward and looked over her shoulder, as if spies lurked behind the Barcalounger. “The only one you really have to watch out for is that old busy-body Marybeth Bagley, but she’s as blind as a bat. Why, her glasses are as thick as the bottoms of Coke bottles!”
         “Thanks for the warning,” Elly said. She wondered how many other residents knew of her stay with her grandmother and how long her secret would remain intact.


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18 comments:

  1. :-) This made me laugh. When is a secret not a secret...

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. I'm glad I gave you a laugh.

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  2. Oh, my, as more and more of these ladies tell the secret to someone who is "discreet," how long before Elly is outed?

    I'm loving this story....and here's MY SWEET SATURDAY SAMPLE

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Laurel. It's fun writing about these ladies.

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  3. Uh oh. Won't be a secret long. You won a copy of my book so email me the address tou want it sent to. Send it to admin@elainecantrell.com

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    1. Wow! I won! I'm looking forward to reading NEVER TRUST A PRETTY WOLF.
      And thanks for leaving a comment here today.

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  4. I'm guessing that secrets don't stay secrets long in this little compound

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  5. Looking forward to reading more of this. So much for keeping her presence a secret. What will happen if she is found out?

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  6. I love the descriptions in this story. I wonder how many people will learn about this secret along the way.

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  7. I really like this, Sandy! I have to say, the premise is very unique! I've never read it before. This story has all the makings of a funny tale that tugs at your heart-strings. Going now to check out the book information. :-)

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  8. Okay, just bought it for my Kindle from Amazon. In the queue, now. After I read it--IF I can give it a four or five star review, I will leave one.

    I soooo love the premise! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! I hope you enjoy reading I.O.U. SEX.

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  9. Love the story premise! So fun and quirky!
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  10. Very cute! Keep up the great work, Sandy!

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  11. I love Elly's unease with the whole "so and so knows" going on. But I also love the sense of trust between Granny and Louisa Mae. Hehehe I wonder if Elly will have the misfortune of running into Marybeth. That'll make for interesting conversation!

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  12. Looking forward to reading more next week.

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  13. Oh, man. My heart sank with hers. No doubt this is the worst-kept secret in the neighborhood. ;cP

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