Friday Story: Home Country

I’ve had a really excellent response to this story in the one place it’s been posted. So I’d like to share it with you guys today. A sequel for it is also bouncing around in my brain and gaining momentum. I’m starting to look at this as the first part in a serialized story. (Make sure to sign up for my newsletter so you’ll get a notice when it comes out!) Let me know in the comments whether you’ve enjoyed this story! Thanks 🙂 Audio Version available here: HomeCountry (28 minutes long) Home Country By Ruth Madison Copyright 2011 by Ruth Madison When Priankya travels from India to America for an arranged marriage, she discovers why the groom’s family accepted her poor family and bad horoscope   Priyanka spent most of the...

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Blue Moon – Is it ever too late for love?

Blue Moon – Is it ever too late for love?

I wrote the short story Blue Moon from prompts given by the Romantic Friday Writers. I continued the story over three (or was it even more?) of the themes given out each week. I based it closely on my feelings for my first love and how I’ve dreamed that he would come back to me someday. This week I got a one star review of it! That hurt a lot. But hey, I’m a professional, I can take it. I’m curious, though. What do you think? Do you agree? Read the story and let me know what you think (even better, post a review on Amazon, whether you like it, hate it, love it, don’t care!) Get it free on Kindle here, or keep reading… Blue Moon by Ruth Madison Copyright 2012 by Ruth Madison *** “You’ll never guess who’s back in town.” Cindy bounced...

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Friday Excerpt: Actually, whole story

Friday Excerpt: Actually, whole story

I thought I’d keep myself accountable by adding updates on what writing I’ve accomplished during the week when I do my excerpt! So, what have I been working on? Well, my debut novel (W)hole and its sequel Breath(e) are being re-released with professional proofing and new covers in October and I’m adding new material to (W)hole, so it will be a second edition. I need to get the new stuff done so I can get it to my proofreader for it to be out on time for October 10th! I’m also editing last year’s National Novel Writing Month novel, which I think you guys are going to really love. I call it science-fiction, but it’s actually very light sci-fi, just parallel universes. And so it has some very large obstacles keeping the lovers...

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Friday Excerpt: More Stewart!

Friday Excerpt: More Stewart!

In my books and stories there is a character who recurs because people love him so much (and let me be honest, I’m pretty head over heels in love with him myself!). His name is Stewart and he defies the stereotype of what that name should mean. He’s a cool guy, at one time a pro-surfer, now taking classes to become a school teacher. He first showed up as the love interest in my debut novel, (W)hole. He had a small role in the sequel, Breath(e) and he’s shown up in a couple of his own short stories: Stewart’s Story (always free) and Stewart and Leah: Home for Christmas. Now there’s going to be an opportunity for even more Stewart! My books (W)hole and Breath(e) are being re-released by Dev Love Press, LLC. in October. Breath(e) will...

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Friday Excerpt: Stuck in the Middle

Friday Excerpt: Stuck in the Middle

This week’s theme for Romantic Friday Writers is really interesting! I’m going to quote directly from their page:  This prompt is about the others in the romance couple’s lives during the break-up. Inlaws, best friends, siblings and other immediate family – including the kids – the parents.  Anyone who has connected with the couple and is expected to choose sideswhen the relationship ends.  What we want to see is how “the others” feel or is changed by the ending relationship, and what they see as the strengths/weaknesses of the couple.  We want to live the romance through a second party. (This is also not a love triangle.) This section is still very much in rough draft form, but this is the novel that I’m currently polishing. Word count: 300 ###...

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Friday Excerpt: The Empty Stage

Friday Excerpt: The Empty Stage

From my work-in-progress, Be(Longing)… ### Dylan knew where he was going. Despite the whirlwind leaving, he had paid attention to where they were and he knew how to get back to the theater. It was quiet now, but the door was unlocked. There were men in the lobby sweeping the carpet. Even though it was a low pile carpet, it was still challenging to push on and Dylan felt the muscles in his upper arms starting to burn.  Past the lobby, he took the back way to the audatorium. He rolled onto the stage, empty now, and the wooden floor made his movement instantly easier. He glided smoothly out to the center. The dust from earlier in the night was quiet and still, no longer vibrating from the music. He could imagine the lights, imagine the crowd. If he strained he...

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