Weekend Writing Warriors: A Kiss Between Old Friends

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Abbey’s life has grown more complicated with her newfound telekinetic powers. She continues to practice, her daughter Zoë the only one aware of them, but even as she makes progress, she quickly discovers it’s the little things that derail her — like a visit from Tabitha, her stepdaughter’s godmother…


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The others were too engrossed in the conversation to notice Bradley, until the door opened and he walked in, asking whose car was parked in the driveway. Sara got up and pulled him to the table, prattling away about Tabitha. He smiled when he saw her…Tabitha, though, took it one step further: she threw her arms around him and kissed him on his mouth.

I was appalled: I knew she wasn’t shy but to walk into my home and kiss my husband like she was the one married to him…who exactly did she think she was? And to make matters worse, Bradley wasn’t as shocked as I was; on the contrary, he was holding her with disconcerting familiarity. 

Zoë tugged at my sleeve, an alarmed expression on her face. She nodded over to the counter, where several plates and a knife were rising above the surface. I quickly forced the plates and knife back down, then forced myself to relax; after all, it was just a kiss between old friends, right?


Synopsis:

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Abbey wasn’t always a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, she was just an average, single mother, whose life revolved around her two daughters. Then the handsome and charming Bradley Mauer came into her life and swept her off her feet. Abbey was ready to live “happily-ever-after” – until reality set in, bringing with it an incorrigible stepdaughter, newfound telekinetic powers and betrayal by friends and family. Not even the support of her stepmothers’ group was enough to belay her life from meeting the same fate as the fairy tale villainess. So with few options left to her, Abbey decides to embrace her role as a wicked stepmother and make her own happy ending.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Nothing

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Once a single mother with a simple life, Abbey is now living a real-life fairy tale, complete with an incorrigible stepdaughter, a stepmothers support group AND telekinetic powers. She wakes up with them one morning and initially freaks out. She tells no one about them, except her friend, Cynthia, the owner of a curio shop. She encourages Abbey to embrace them and even gives her a book with which she can practice her newfound strength…


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With the girls in their rooms, I propped my feet up on the coffee table in the living room and decided to practice. I spied a lamp in the corner — Grace had given it to Bradley; if I was going to break something that wouldn’t be missed, that would be it. 

Now according to the book, because the power rests in the mind, only the mind can control it — simple enough, I thought. I concentrated on the lamp and what I wanted it to do (levitate, not break). I didn’t know what it meant to ‘focus my energy’ on the matter, so I couldn’t do that (on purpose, at least), but I could look at it, while thinking about it — nothing.

I swung my hand out and up — nothing.

I yelled at it (in a high whisper, since the girls were upstairs) — nothing.

I wasn’t very good at this at all.


Synopsis:

SA

Abbey wasn’t always a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, she was just an average, single mother, whose life revolved around her two daughters. Then the handsome and charming Bradley Mauer came into her life and swept her off her feet. Abbey was ready to live “happily-ever-after” – until reality set in, bringing with it an incorrigible stepdaughter, newfound telekinetic powers and betrayal by friends and family. Not even the support of her stepmothers’ group was enough to belay her life from meeting the same fate as the fairy tale villainess. So with few options left to her, Abbey decides to embrace her role as a wicked stepmother and make her own happy ending.

Purchase the book at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo

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Weekend Writing Warriors: SMUG

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Fast forward a few months, and Abbey’s stepdaughter, Sara, is no easier to deal with. Abbey does her best to mother her but Sara wants none of that. At the end of her rope, Abbey decides to start a stepmother support group with Mercedes, her friend and another stepmother. The two get together to find a name for the group.


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“Step Mothers United against Grimms.”

I groaned, but Zoë asked, “What are Grimms?”

Mercedes leaned towards Zoë, who was on the floor on her stomach, and said, “Only two of the most wickedest men to ever walk the earth; they ruined the reputations of women like your mom and me by changing stories that had been passed down for generations,” she explained, rather dramatically.

“Wow,” Zoë said, impressed with Mercedes’ show of knowledge.

“What are you talking about?” I asked, glaring at her in disbelief.

“Look it up: the original villains in fairy tales weren’t stepmothers, but mothers – they changed the stories to protect the ‘sainted image of motherhood’, like we’re any less capable of taking care of our charges just because we didn’t give birth to them.” Mercedes wasn’t talking to Zoë anymore, though Zoë continued to listen; and while her delivery was outside her usual cheery disposition, her passion wasn’t.

“I never knew that,” I admitted, “but we’re still not calling it S.M.U.G.”


Synopsis:

SA

Abbey wasn’t always a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, she was just an average, single mother, whose life revolved around her two daughters. Then the handsome and charming Bradley Mauer came into her life and swept her off her feet. Abbey was ready to live “happily-ever-after” – until reality set in, bringing with it an incorrigible stepdaughter, newfound telekinetic powers and betrayal by friends and family. Not even the support of her stepmothers’ group was enough to belay her life from meeting the same fate as the fairy tale villainess. So with few options left to her, Abbey decides to embrace her role as a wicked stepmother and make her own happy ending.

Purchase the book at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo

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Weekend Writing Warriors: On The Record

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Picking up where we left off last week, Abbey decided to pick up her daughter Nicole and her stepdaughter Sara from the high school. Sara was not so accommodating and quickly reminded Abbey she was just the stepmother. Aptly humbled and humiliated, Abbey pushes forward and insists on taking her home. First, though, she has to get Nicole…


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Then I saw her amongst the students still pouring out of the school; I honked the horn a couple of times to get her attention. She didn’t look totally humiliated and that made me feel better; I gestured for her to wait where she was.

“Get in; we’re going to get Nicole,” I said to Sara. The door slammed shut and I threw the car into reverse.

I should note at this point in the two decades I’ve been driving, I’ve never had an accident (though I did bump into a parked car, but that doesn’t count), I’ve never gotten a ticket and I’ve never been pulled over by the police for any reason. Not that this excuses what happened; I just wanted that on the record.

I backed up until I heard a piercing scream. I hit the brakes and turned around to see Sara was not in the car–she was still outside and I had run over her foot!


Synopsis:

SA

Abbey wasn’t always a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, she was just an average, single mother, whose life revolved around her two daughters. Then the handsome and charming Bradley Mauer came into her life and swept her off her feet. Abbey was ready to live “happily-ever-after” – until reality set in, bringing with it an incorrigible stepdaughter, newfound telekinetic powers and betrayal by friends and family. Not even the support of her stepmothers’ group was enough to belay her life from meeting the same fate as the fairy tale villainess. So with few options left to her, Abbey decides to embrace her role as a wicked stepmother and make her own happy ending.

Purchase the book at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo

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Weekend Writing Warriors: You Are Not My Mother!

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Abbey had her misgivings after meeting Grace and Sara, Bradley’s mother and daughter, respectively. The meeting was disastrous on many levels, but Abbey doesn’t let it stop her from marrying Bradley. Fast forward past the wedding and the honeymoon; and Abbey decides to pick her daughters and stepdaughter up from school. Needless to say, things keep getting worse.


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Sara pulled her arm out of mine and said, with as much venom in her voice as a rattled adder, “You are not my mother!”

I had never considered the challenges of being a stepparent before I met Bradley but I had seen enough television to know that beyond the everyday struggles of trying to blend two families, there was the obligatory argument where the child corrects the stepparent and declares they are not their parent. This was it; and it had come barely two weeks after the wedding.

At least it was out of the way.

“Regardless, you’re still coming,” I said, trying not to encourage a scene. Lisa was still watching me and to be honest, I was beginning to get a little embarrassed myself. I took Sara by the arm again and literally dragged her to the car. She pouted the entire way.


Synopsis:

SA

Abbey wasn’t always a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, she was just an average, single mother, whose life revolved around her two daughters. Then the handsome and charming Bradley Mauer came into her life and swept her off her feet. Abbey was ready to live “happily-ever-after” – until reality set in, bringing with it an incorrigible stepdaughter, newfound telekinetic powers and betrayal by friends and family. Not even the support of her stepmothers’ group was enough to belay her life from meeting the same fate as the fairy tale villainess. So with few options left to her, Abbey decides to embrace her role as a wicked stepmother and make her own happy ending.

Purchase the book at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Not in Front of Her

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. oToday’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Abbey meets Bradley’s family for the first time and it goes as badly as she thought it would. In a quiet moment, away from everyone else, his mother, Grace, makes her opinion of Abbey known.


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“Young lady, let me make this plain for you: Bradley has a great career and a fine future in politics. Quite frankly, you would only be holding him back; you should end this relationship now, before it goes any further, you would be doing him a favor.”

I was too shocked to say anything, though looking back on it now; I probably should have taken her up on her advice.

Bradley stuck his head in the doorway and asked, “Anyone up for coffee?”

“That would be lovely, son,” she said, smiling, as though he had only interrupted a rousing discussion on needlepoint. Bradley looked at me and I nodded weakly; then he went back to the kitchen. Grace didn’t say anything else. I wanted to cry but I wouldn’t – not in front of her.


Synopsis:

SA

Abbey wasn’t always a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, she was just an average, single mother, whose life revolved around her two daughters. Then the handsome and charming Bradley Mauer came into her life and swept her off her feet. Abbey was ready to live “happily-ever-after” – until reality set in, bringing with it an incorrigible stepdaughter, newfound telekinetic powers and betrayal by friends and family. Not even the support of her stepmothers’ group was enough to belay her life from meeting the same fate as the fairy tale villainess. So with few options left to her, Abbey decides to embrace her role as a wicked stepmother and make her own happy ending.

Purchase the book at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo

#StepmothersAnonymous #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Fantasy #FairyTales #HappilyEverAfter #Stepmothers #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday