Story of the Week: Always the Good Kid

Always the Good Kid

By Sharon Poppen

Always the good kid.  Never one to fight the system, Tommy decided that he couldn’t graduate high school without breaking at least one rule.

Once coming to that decision, he thought hard about what to do.  It had to be something noticeable or it wouldn’t really count.  He knew he was considered a nerd.  He made a list of the reasons for his nerdhood:  straight A student, twelve years of perfect attendance, never a homework assignment or book report missed, no piercing, matching clothes, never a drink of alcohol, let alone drugs and he was still a virgin.  Yes, he thought, I’ve been a straight arrow.  The time had come to update his list.

There was a term paper due the next day, Tommy left it undone.

To miss his first period class, he decided he’d leave home on time the next morning so as not to upset his mother.  But, he’d spend an hour at a coffee shop near the school.

Sticking a needle in his ear brought tears to his eyes and a trickle of blood colored the sink.  The safety pin he fastened in the hole didn’t stem the bleeding, but a couple of ice cubes helped and eventually the bleeding stopped.  He hoped the band-aid and a tale of a zit would satisfy parental curiosity.

He slit the knees of his Levis with the scissors, then tore the slits into ragged holes.  He turned his red YMCA lifeguard shirt inside out.  A pair of shoes consisting of a white Nike and a brown loafer, but no socks, completed his ensemble.  He’d change clothes in the coffee shop restroom.

Tommy stuffed the items into his backpack along with an empty beer can he’d dug out of a neighbor’s trash.

Tommy drew the line at breaking the drug rule, even if he had known where to get some.

The virgin stigma required a partner, so that one he couldn’t change.

With his plans completed, Tommy tried to sleep, to hurry the morning.  But, his pending walk on the wild side had his adrenalin boiling.  He dozed fitfully, but was awake to see his clock move ahead hour by dragging hour.

Finally, his mother called from the kitchen.  Breakfast was ready.  Feeding five children kept his mother too busy to notice Tommy’s jitters.  He hurried through his cereal and left for school.

At the coffee shop, all went as planned.  He arrived at school just before his first period class let out.  His nerves got the best of him and he had to pee.  As he was finishing, the period-ending bell clanged and an idea popped into his head.  He reached in among his clothes and books and switched his Buddy Holly black rims for some Elvis shades.

It was now or never.  Making sure the beer can was visibly peeking out of his backpack, he took a deep breath and barged out into the crowded hallway.

He’d only gone a couple of steps when a blond cheerleader raised her eyebrows.  “Very nice,” she giggled.

A redhead from his science class grinned.  “My, my, the caterpillar is set free.”

Three hotties from his english class smiled and cooed, “Hi, Romeo.”

At this point, Tommy was in a confident strut and fully enjoying the smiles on the faces of girls who’d never looked his way before.

And so it went down the long hall to his trig classroom.  His friends Duane and Todd were already seated in their front row seats.

Duane’s eyes bugged out.  “What the heck are you doing?”

“Attracting babes!” Tommy boasted.  “They’re really digging my new look.”

Todd coughed and pointed toward Tommy’s middle.  “Yeah?  Well I gotta say you’re definitely looking.”

Tommy looked down to find his penis, uncaged and standing at attention.  In his nervousness, he’d forgotten to zip.

A hand clamped down on his shoulder just as he finished tucking in and caused Tommy to zip off a tender layer of skin.

He was ushered to the principal’s office and his mother was called.  The three-day suspension actually turned out quite well.  After a lecture from his mom and a Come-to-Jesus meeting with his father, Tommy spent most of his time on the phone with the blond cheerleader, the redhead and the hotties from his English class, among other calls from female classmates.

The final couple of months before graduation were the best Tommy could ever remember.  He was voted “most popular” in the senior yearbook and by graduation night, he’d crossed off the item requiring a partner from his rules-to-break list.

The End

“Deborah’s Story” Book Signing

DeborahsStory_ForWebJoin Sharon Poppen Saturday, May 9th, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hastings Entertainment, 321 Lake Havasu Avenue North, Lake Havasu City, Arizona. She will be signing her newest novel, “Deborah’s Story” which is the third book in the Farrell Family Saga.

Stop by and say “Hi!”

Join Sharon at KABAM! — Kingman Area Books Are Magic.

Sharon Poppen will be at KABAM — the Kingman Area Books Are Magic event on May 2, 2015.

Located at 315 W Beale at Grandview, in Kingman, Arizona, the 4 acre Metcalfe Park will be home to the Eleventh Annual book festival. Come join in the fun!

Authors…Books…Live Entertainment…FREE Family Fun…and a chance to meet and greet Sharon Poppen and many other local authors.

New Book: “Just For You”

Just For YouAuthor Sharon Poppen has put together a collection of her short stories Just For You, her readers. Some are funny, some are sad, some are sweet, some feature the dark side of human nature and some are just plain eerie. While most are pure fiction created from Poppen’s imagination, some are fiction based on fact. Several of the stories have won writing awards for the author. For the most part, they are quick reads for the busy reader during a work break, commuting or while sitting in a waiting room or for the reader that enjoys a late night read before slipping off into the land of Nod. So sit back, relax and treat yourself to the variety of people, places and things in this book of many stories.

For information on how you can order your copy please Click Here.

Welcome to the New Website!

Welcome to my new website at www.sharonpoppen.com . It’s all new thanks to the great creative work of Paul at Easytime Services at www.easytimeservices.com.

Been a little lax in my postings lately. I could blame the holidays and they did take up some of my time. However, been working on my book of short stories and at getting the sequels to ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ edited and ready for publication.

Remember, I certainly try to, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Edward Young, ‘Night Thoughts’

Sharon Poppen’s Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

‘The Band’ is the sixth in a series of books about the Farrell Family which started with my novel ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ which takes place shortly after the end of the U.S. Civil War.  The time frame for ”The Band’ is the 1950s and 1960s.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

At the end of book 5, titled ‘Stephen’s Boys’, the main character is a wounded WWII vet who is trying to raise four sons on a ranch in Maui, Hawaii. When I ended book 5, J.J., the oldest son, stayed in my mind. Being a child of the early rock and roll era, I decided to take the Farrell family into the wild and crazy world of teen idols and how they approached being teen idols, touring, fame and drugs.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Contemporary/Romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Channing Tatum could be J.J., Justin Bartha could be Johnny, Bradley Cooper could be Steve and Justin Timberlake could be Mikey.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A genuinely good man copes with the challenges of fame and fortune.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I have self-published one of my four novels and will not self-publish again. I have two potential publishers that are interested in the Farrell family series.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About one year. I would have liked to spend more time on it. In fact, if a missed a few days, my characters would invade my thoughts and lure me back into their realm. I was working on marketing my third novel ‘Abby-Finding More Than Gold’ and doing the final edits and prep for the release of my fourth novel ‘Regardless’ which was published in September of this year.

What other books would you compare to this story within your genre?

None come to mind at the moment. I started with a character who was a genuinely, dependable young man and took his character on a descent into wine, women and drugs, then tried to make my readers like him again. It will be interesting to see if this will pass the believable test with my editor.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Like I said earlier, the Farrell Family have always been almost ‘real’ people to me. In fact, one readers told me that he feels that the characters are so multi-dimensional real that he thinks I may have actually been a part of this family in a previous life. So, when book five ended, the oldest son basically said ‘My turn. Now tell my story.’

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The background story of the life, times and culture of the 1950s-60s as to interests, morals, locations and attitudes of the Baby Boom Generation.

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog! Your interest in most appreciated.

Now, if you’re still reading, I have two requests to make:

1. Drop by the blogs I’ve listed below to discover some really good and interesting writers.
2. Leave me a comment about my Next Big Thing post and on Nov. 22nd, I’ll put the names of all commenters in a hat and draw out one to win the $10 Amazon gift certificate.

Blogs to Visit:

www.regantaylorsworld.blogspot.com

www.christinelondon.blogspot.com

www.reginaandrews.wordpress.com

http://www.books-writing.com/interview-with-author-sharon-poppen

www.tracyriva.com

Author Kelley Heckart Shares Some Holiday Fantasies

Welcome to week two of the Winter Blog Tour. My guest today is Kelley Heckart. Kelley and I belong to the Lake Havasu City Writers Group so I’ve know Kelley for a few years. What I’ve pleasantly learned is that although Kelley resides on the earthly realm with her husband and two dogs, she always has one foot firmly planted in the otherworldly realm of mystical creatures, fierce warriors and magic. A psychic once told her she has an old soul and this comes across in her tales of long ago places. An avid reader, she turned her lifelong passion for Celtic Mythology into a way to express herself through writing. In her free time, she enjoys playing her bass guitar, writing poetry/lyrics, hiking, watching sunsets/sunrises and horseback riding.

Now, lets turn this over to Kelly –

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 1.27.09 PM Hi Sharon! Thanks for having me on your blog.
What is your favorite holiday food and why?
Pumpkin rolls. They are yummy!
You can have any person in history over for your holiday dinner. Who do you invite and what do you talk about?
I would invite W.B. Yeats. I love his writings on faeries, especially Celtic Twilight. I would want to hear his stories of how he gathered all of his information on faeries.
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 Kelley Heckart writes historical fantasy romances set in ancient on up to early medieval time periods. Her stories reflect her passion for history, storytelling and the supernatural. Inspired by the ancient Celts, her tales are filled with fierce warriors, bold women, otherworldly creatures, magic, conflict and romance. Kelley can be found online at http://www.kelleyheckart.com/.

Her latest release, Daughter of Night, is set in ancient Greece where two mortals are caught in the midst of the battle between the Titans and Olympian gods. Also, all three books in her Dark Goddess trilogy are now available in print, Kindle & Nook. Set in Dark Age Scotland, an Irish clan is tormented by a vengeful goddess and their only escape is to break an ancient faery curse. Buy links for all of Kelley’s books can be found here: http://kelleyheckart.com/BookShelf.html

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 1.28.35 PMPlease visit all our wonderful blog hop authors. Leave a comment and be entered to win a fifty dollar gift certificate!
Christine London – http://www.christinelondon.com

 

Regina Andrews – Holly Jolly Blog Tour – Week 3!

 Welcome to week three of our Holly Jolly Blog Tour. My guest today is Regina Andrews. So, let’s turn this right over to Regina and let her tell you a little about herself and then she’s going to share her thougts on Christmas gving and Christmas literature.

Hi Sharon! Thanks for having me on your blog.
Thanks for stopping by Sharon’s blog to spend a bit of time getting to know me!  I am Regina Andrews, Inspirational Author – but that sounds kind of stuffy, don’t you think?
Let’s try this — everyone calls me Gina and I love happy endings, I love writing, I love romance and I love God, so naturally I write romance novels with an inspirational point of view. After all, what’s life without a good dose of faith to carry us through those times when things are not exactly going the way we’d like them to be? I know I need it, most definitely.
During the day I am lucky enough to have a full-time writing job at a national jewelry company, specializing in high-end designer and Estate pieces – I’m the one writing what you read about all these one-of-a-kind treasures!
In my off time, I volunteer for the blind, work at the local children’s hospital and sing my heart out in the church choir. My hubby and I are proud ‘parents’ of a semi-feral cat named Queenie who really is in charge of the whole house. She loves Christmas — especially tinsel! — and so do I, so let’s get to the questions and kick off Week 3 of this fun and fabulous “Holly Jolly” blog tour!
Which charity is most deserving of your holiday generosity and why?

Absolutely, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For so many reasons, but most of all what really touches me is that no child is ever turned away. Each and every child is a precious treasure, and St. Jude’s not only recognizes this, they actively fight each day for every child. It’s a war against illness, despair and pain and these valiant angels are on the battle lines every day. I’m not one for ‘war talk’, but in this case – it really is a matter of life and death for the children and their families. http://www.stjude.org

What is your favorite holiday tradition in literature?

If I could count the Bible as Literature, then absolutely I would say my favorite tradition would be the theme of the quest for a home and, in a larger sense, the theme of the journey. By this I mean directly the way Mary and Joseph had nowhere to go and had to keep trudging along to find a place to stay. All they wanted to do was park it someplace for the night, to find a spot to rest. But they had to keep plowing along until there was a room – in a barn. They were very grounded, very rooted in reality and needed to stay put so Mary could have the Child. Similarly, but, actually almost the mirror image thematically, the Three Wise Men followed a star and traveled very far to find the Baby Jesus. They started out, traveling day and night. Following a star? How esoteric! Think about all this action – there was a lot of activity in that desert, lots of traffic! People roaming around to find a place to stay, others going out and embarking on a journey, and looking to find the real King. All this movement, and restlessness and unsettledness builds up the anticipation, of course, and the expectation. I think the common theme with so many different motives and unique backstories is why I love this tradition of the journey. Even today, we each take an individual spiritual journey every Advent.

Now if I can’t reference the Bible as Literature, I’d have to go with gift-giving as in O. Henry’s “Gift of the Maji”. Oh, that still gives me shivers!
‘Nuff said, I’ve probably gone on too long J But the irony – oh!
Thank you so much for hosting me, Sharon!! You can find out more about me and my list of published books at: www.reginaandrews.com and
Here’s the cover of just one of Regina’s books:
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Please visit all our wonderful blog hop authors. Leave a comment and be entered to win a fifty dollar gift certificate!

Christine London – http://www.christinelondon.com

Regan Taylor – http://regantaylorsworld.blogspot.com

Angie Dobson – http://loveromancesandmore.com

Regina Andrews –  http://worldofgood-gina.blogspot.com/

Meet Ann Tracy Marr – Holly Jolly Blog Week 5

Welcome to week five of our Holly Jolly Blog Tour. My guest today is Ann Tracy Marr who is the author of romance novels with a splash of magic.  So, let’s turn this right over to Ann and let her tell you a little about herself and her thoughts on Christmas in her novels and get a peek at her 2013 New Year’s resolutions. So, abracadabra, may I present Ann …

Ann Tracy Marr writes paranormal Regency romances. She may pretend to be a Christmas bah humbugger, but if she had $150,000 floating around, she would give the twelve gifts of Christmas as prizes for following this blog tour. (She would keep the ten lords a’leaping for herself.)  Anyone up for French hens? Visit her at www.AnnTracyMarr.com .
Are any of your books centered around Christmas? Tell us a bit about them please.
Sorry, none of my books even think about Christmas. Maybe I should rewrite A Christmas Carol and make it more real. Less sappy.

And for the New Year, of course: what are your 5 New Year’s writing/reading resolutions?

Only one resolution applies strictly to writing. I am so much more than just a writer.
1. Chug along. Isn’t that what everyone does?

2. Do better.
3. Work harder.
4. Relax and let it flow.
5. Borrow Shakespeare’s brilliance.
And my wish for the New Year is for my daughter to marry the beloved son of a major publisher. That will get me a solid gold IN in the publishing world. No more rejection letters!

Thank you, Ann, for this glimpse of you and your writing. For those of you who took the time to stop by, please leave a comment on these questions or share with us how you would answer them. Your comment might just win you a $50 Amazon gift certificate when we draw one lucky winner at the end of our blog tour.

And, I’d like for you to stop by Christine London’s blog http://www.christinelondon.com/ and check out my answers to the above questions.

Also, we invite you to visit the blogs of all the authors taking part in this Holly Jolly Christmas blog. Leave a comment for another entry in our fifty-dollar gift certificate drawing!

Regan Taylor – http://regantaylorsworld.blogspot.com/
Regina Andrews – http://worldofgood-gina.blogspot.com/
Angie Dobson – http://www.loveromancesandmore.blogspot.com/
Ann Tracy Marr – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-Tracy-Marr/114711658247?ref=ts