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This week’s Six Sentence Sunday is from the upcoming novella and second Bucket List story, ‘Caught.’

Amber has lured her BFF Lucy to the bed section of a large department store. It’s late in the evening, and no-one appears to be around.

She indicates the largest, softest bed in the store…

“I just love this bed,” she said,  “and I wondered how it would feel to share it with you – when we get our own place.”

“Our own – ?”  My question trailed off into a dry croak. 

“Are we going to have to move?”  I was crushed. 

I’d grown to love the big house;  wandering around its vast space, naked or clothed, I’d experienced a freedom that had been akin to childhood memories, when cares were few and quickly forgotten.

“Move?  Nah,” Amber grinned, then she frowned.  “You don’t want to move out, do you?”

“Course not.” My eyes stung with relief.  “Never…I love…that house.”  

I’d nearly said ‘I love you’ but that suddenly felt awkward.

All right, that was more than six…but I soooo wanted you to get the full flavour of the love between Amber and Lucy.

Forgive me?

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Ghostwriting – instant gratification or an opportunity to practice??

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As some of you might be aware, I spend a lot of my time ghostwriting – creating work that will (sadly) go on to be credited to someone else even as I count the dollars I earned for writing it.

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Ghostwriting brings in the cash; it is a short-term gain and can be quite lucrative.  However, it can be, if the writer becomes attached to a set of characters or a story idea, emotionally draining.  For each story created, the carefully-crafted characters (each of whom the writer has spent several weeks rattling around their heads) are sucked into the infinite vastness of the Internet, never to appear in sequels or author interviews.

They cannot even be traced – not by Googling, anyway.  On several occasions, my curiosity has led me to try, but no trail remains; no trace can be found.

It’s a bitter-sweet experience and probably best suited to a writer who can shrug off these characters like a coating of autumn leaves and move onto the next project.

I am not one of those writers.  Each story leaves its trace in my mind and I wonder, like a foster mother whose temporary charges have flown the nest, what became of them out in the big, wide world.

What a softy I am.

All this makes my experience with Steam eReads feel like a comforting blanket.  What I expected to be just another ghostwriting project blossomed into a full publishing experience.  I know what happened to Amber and Lucy and where they can be found on Amazon.  I’m able to craft additional stories for the BFFs – plus I can take note of any feedback and comments regarding the stories and know that readers are enjoying my work.

This has become my anchor in my rather frenetic sphere of writing; a bit of stability in an otherwise chaotic world.

Thank you Steam eReads for the opportunity to become a published author.  I will continue to ghostwrite for now, but only to pay the bills and perhaps improve my writing style.  I have found a new joy in seeing my name on the cover of a book.

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Annie

It’s aliiiive!

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16340884-the-bucket-list

I just found ‘The Bucket List Part One’ on Goodreads.

Wow! Wowwowowowowowow!

Darn, that makes me sound like a Yorkshire Terrier!

Anyway, I’m excited (if you couldn’t already tell).

After years of writing naughty stories for first my school friends (they giggled, but always wanted more), then to try to make ends meet, I finally get to see my name up in lights print.

Please note, dear reader, that the book won’t be available until March 1st.  But don’t worry, I will shout it from the rooftops.

Annie

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My new cover

I’ve just received a copy of the cover artwork for my first ‘real’ novella.

*Trembles with excitement*

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Isn’t it luuuuush?

I think the artist has caught my characters perfectly.  Amber is a devious mocha-coloured wildcat and Lucy is a shy blonde – until she gets horny and then she will party all night with no inhibitions.

I suggested that the editor might consider ‘My Sexy Bucket List’ as an alternative title as Google is literally stuffed with references to ‘The Bucket List’ and I think it would be a better reflection of the contents.

However, she seems happy with the title as it is.

I’m still as happy as a sex addict in an all-male sauna!

Annie

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My first real story…

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I’ve been writing erotica for quite some time now, ghostwriting a series of short stories between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length.

But I’ve just completed a longer project – a 15,000 novella with the working title of ‘The Bucket List’.

I’ve also provisionally tagged it as ‘Part One’ in the hope that the publisher will be interested in publishing further stories involving the same characters, my delicious mocha-skinned Amber and her girlfriend Lucy.

That’s girl friend as opposed to girlfriend, although they are very close. *Winks*

The Bucket List story / stories feature a ‘do before we die’ list that was created one wine-soaked night by the two girls, although Lucy had since forgotten all about it.

But Amber hadn’t.  She uses the list to prepare (in the first book) a surprise based  on the list;

“You remember number seven?” Amber whispered.  I [Lucy] frowned, trying to remember the nonsense we’d penned whilst giggling over the glasses of red. 

“Having sex whilst skydiving?” I guessed.

“No, silly,” Amber chuckled.  “Acting as the demonstration model at a vibrator party.”

And so the story unfolds;

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Annie