Flash Fiction: The New Guy

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The New Guy

By Sean C. Wright Neeley   

I noticed him immediately. He arrived here too soon, but they say the higher power knows best.

He was beautiful in varying shades of purple – violet, amethyst, and lavender.

He was diminutive, but fit.

He had flawless caramel skin and large, hazel eyes. The eyes had it. They were intense with a mystery I never wanted to solve. He had a beauty mark on his left cheek – the period at the end of a sexy poem.

I knew of him before he came here, but he knew nothing of me. I decided that I would go talk to him on a day that he looked especially stunning with the clouds swirling around him in all his purple glory. His guitar hung casually from his shoulder.

“Hello.”

“Hello.” His voice was especially deep; nothing like the falsetto I had often heard in song before.

“I’m Laura…”

“Prince,” he said with a shy smile.

“I know who you are. I-I was listening to your Sign O’ the Times album when the drunk driver struck my car. I only got to hear two songs. I was wondering if…uh.”

“You’ve been here since 1987?”

“Yessir.”

He smiled his cat-ate-the-canary smile, and put his guitar into playing position. “Say no more, Laura.” He performed his whole album for me. And all the angels gathered around to hear the small, beautiful man in purple play his guitar.

This short story is a tribute to one of the most prolific entertainers who ever lived: Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016). He was one of my favorite musicians, and his untimely death left me flabbergasted. He would have been 62 this month. Here’s my goodbye letter to Prince, as well. https://seanarchy.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/goodbye-prince-2/

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Book Recommendation: Skoll’s Diary

All this recent racial tension is salt in the wound that was already opened with the pandemic. I predicted that things would get this bad in 2016. Anyway, I wrote about a social experiment for my people, last year when things were relatively, normal: how would things look for Africans and African Americans, untouched by colonization and racism on another plant in the Milky Way? Give my science fiction novel, Skoll’s Diary, a read, and let’s talk about it. It’s available in ebook and paperback form.

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Title/Genre: Skoll’s Diary/Science Fiction

Plot: Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Length: 142 pages

Year published: 2019

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Book Recommendation: Honey Riley

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The Knowing came that Indian summer. Honey’s head ached and her limbs tingled. . . Honey Riley, born of violence, inherits the precious gift of clairvoyance. Her extraordinary talent keeps others from harm, but can’t protect her or the ones she loves from tragedy. Even though her heroic life often smacks of pain, Honey unselfishly remains loyal to her sixth sense in her 75-year journey. . .

Title: Honey Riley

Author: Sean C. Wright

Genre: Fiction/Supernatural novella

Length: 84 pages

Get the book here.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Book Recommendation: A Gathering of Butterflies

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Title: A Gathering of Butterflies

Author: Sean C. Wright

Genre: Short stories

Length: 121

Only $2.99 in ebook form. Get the book here.

4 tales of steely but vulnerable women of color will melt your heart while lifting your spirits…

A fierce grandmother keeps her grandson from the clutches of Old Scratch in Devil Does Dallas.

An alien abduction transforms a large, miserable woman in Hazel Hogan.

A country girl meets a city girl on her birthday, and struggles to decide if the girl’s heart is dark or light in Bubble Bath Twelve.

And methodical Genie forms an unlikely relationship in Heaven’s Halfway House while in a coma.

99-Cent Ebook Deal: April 7 – 10, 2020

Give the children something to take their minds off all the craziness with a good bedtime story.  I am offering one of my children’s books (number 3 in the series) in ebook form for 99 cents from April 7 – 10, 2020. Mary & Jerry Canary & Mrs. Polka Dot the Ocelot.

Please leave a review if you get it.

Get the book here.

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Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Presents: Better Ways to Say “Said”

 

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Avoid “teen talk” in your writing by saying “like” or “go” in dialogue. Examples:

I’m like, officer, are you kidding me? I was only going five over the speed limit.” And he, like, gave me a citation anyway.

Before we left for the dance, I go, “Diane, I have the perfect pair of earrings to match your blue dress.” And she goes, “Sweet!”

Yikes. And you’re NOT limited to “said.” Check it out:

“I don’t wanna eat my broccoli!” the toddler bleated.

“How about we order a pizza?” Todd piped up beside me on the couch.

“Thank you for pulling my weeds, and getting my mail,” the old woman happily squeaked.

“Did you just see that huge lightning bolt in the distance?” Monica nearly whispered with wide eyes.

See you next time!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Book Review: You Kill Me

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Title: You Kill Me

Author: Holly LeRoy (male)

Genre: Crime

Length: 251 pages

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This book had me at hello! Leroy weaves a tapestry of characters, masterfully. We always read about male cops as tragic hero-protagonists, but the author does a gender-bend, and does it well. I loved that he was able to crawl into the female psyche, and pour out its thoughts on paper, believably. He satisfied my badass girl craving. I love it when women aren’t always victims.

The action was nonstop, and edge-of-your-seat. And there is a funny scene about dog poo. I say give this a read. You’ll be glad you met Eve Sharpe. She’s a tough, tender character that every police force needs.

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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FREE Short Stories for You!

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I think we can all use a little cheering up, these days. If you’re home on quarantine, here’s something entertaining to read. If you’re not, here’s a freebie short story collection to brighten your day, no matter what. Simply click here.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Honey Riley: A Clairvoyant Tale

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Want a book about a strong female protagonist for Women’s History Month? May I suggest the novella, Honey Riley.

The Knowing came that Indian summer. Honey’s head ached and her limbs tingled. . .

Honey Riley, born of violence, inherits the precious gift of clairvoyance. Her extraordinary talent keeps others from harm, but can’t protect her or the ones she loves from tragedy. Even though her heroic life often smacks of pain, Honey unselfishly remains loyal to her sixth sense in her 75-year journey. . .

4/5 stars. Get the book here.

 

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Black History Month Book Spotlight: Waiting to Exhale

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Written by Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale chronicles the lives of 4 single black women who are looking for love in all the wrong places. You will laugh, cry, and cheer, as the quartet goes through a journey of self-discovery.

Get the book here.

The film made from this book is good too. Other phenomenal books of Ms. McMillan’s are Mama and A Day Late & a Dollar Short. Check them out, as well.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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