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And the novel continues…..Thursday Feature–“Let’s Talk Books”

Dear Friends,

Now for the good stuff…. the progress on my novel….

The title has changed from “Bethie’s Place” to “The Hensel House”. It’s still set in the Old West (circa Civil War era) and the story revolves around a dilapidated boarding house that has been bequeathed to the main character from her grandmother.

Now dear friends, I need your help. I’m torn between these two versions as the opening of my novel. Please let me know which one grabs you to want to read more.

Version 1: The boarding house had fallen into disrepair, and looked nothing like the tintypes her grandmother had sent her many years ago. The life blood that once traveled through The Hensel House had drained out onto the dusty road beneath her feet.

Version 2: Grandma was gone. It was as if the boarding house had died along with her.

Love and blessings to you all!

“Bethie”

The Hensel House — Chapter One

Chapter One

          Standing in front of Grandma’s pride and joy, it was the spring of 1875, six months after receiving the letter from Mr. Martinez, and what he had described in his letter was true. The life blood that once traveled through The Hensel House had drained out onto the dusty road beneath my feet. Nothing resembled the tintypes Grandma had sent when she first arrived in California a decade earlier. Now it was up to me to restore and run the once treasured landmark. I silently vowed, as I stood outside the door, to do whatever I had to do to make her proud. Exhausted and overwhelmed from my journey, I felt my knees begin to buckle. As I reached out for the door to steady me, I was surprised when the door easily pushed open. When my eyes finally adjusted to the darkness inside, the shadows of what I saw made me shiver. I reached out in front of me, searching for something to grab onto.

“Mrs. Hensel?”

To be continued….Stay tuned!

As I began my book writing journey last night……

The thought occurred to me that maybe you, my loyal followers and readers, would like to read my book as I go through the process. If so, would you answer the poll below?

I look forward to hearing from you regarding the poll and your joining me along the journey. I also welcome constructive criticism and any ideas to improve the storyline as I go along.

I remain your faithful blogger and friend! 😀

“Bethie”

And the novel begins…..

Okay everyone, I know you’ve been waiting to read what I’ve accomplished today, which was more than what I had anticipated (yeah me! — lol) but I decided to hold back a lot of it, in hopes that you’ll want to read more. So what I’m sharing is the opening sentence, a tenative title, and a setting. So without further ado:

First Sentence:
Nothing was the way she remembered.  When her eyes  adjusted to the dark, what she saw made her shiver.

The “working title” is Bethie’s Place. I’m thinking either diner,  restaurant, or boarding house in the Old West as the setting.

Please let me know your inital impressions. 😀

I’m off to write for a couple hours — time to do the dreaded outline!

Love to write. Making a plan/outline? Not so much!!

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