YA Indie Carnival: An excerpt from my current WIP

4 May

Happy Friday!!  Wooohoooo!!

Today on the YA Indie Carnival, we’re sharing the first paragraph or so from our current Work-in-Progress.

My current WIP is a brand-new book called Dante’s Girl (unless I choose to change the title along the way, which I have been known to do) and it has brand new characters.  It’s contemporary YA and I’m really excited about it.  It’s in a very rough first draft stage, so it could change before I am finished with it.

But anyway.  Here is the beginning:

It is impossible to look hot in the dingy fluorescent light of an airport bathroom. Or as my best friend Becca would say, hawt.

At this particular moment, I’m not hot or hawt.  I make this revelation as I vigorously scrub at my arms and face and then use a wet paper towel under my pits.  And what is it about peeing in an airport toilet ten times in a day that makes you feel so completely scummy?  I glance around at the crumpled tissues strewn about on the scuffed floor and the dirty toilets peeking from behind half-closed doors.  That answer is clearly ‘because of the germs’. Ack.

Trying not to think about it, I clean up the best I can.  After running a brush through my hair, I stick a piece of gum in my mouth, apply a thin layer of lip gloss and call it good.  I glance into the mirror and cringe.  It isn’t good enough, but it will have to do.  Very soon, I’ll put this dreadful four hour layover in Amsterdam behind me and before I even know it, I’ll be in London.

With my father.

For the summer.

It would be torture.

Just shoot me now.

* * *

So, there you have it.  The opening lines of Dante’s Girl.   It’s super-fun to write so far.  Since my work is usually darker or paranormal, I just wanted to try my hand at something light, airy and romance-y.
Anyway, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.  I’m just now recovering from a nasty flu bug that put me down for a few days.  Sidenote:  For winners of my contest from last week, I have not yet packed up prizes and gone to the post office because of that stupid flu bug.  But, rest assured- I will get them mailed out very soon.
Have a great weekend, everyone!  Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do- and don’t accept any wooden nickels.  <<—–  That’s just something my grandpa used to tell me.  To this day, I’m not sure of the relevance…..
Also, check out the first paragraph from some of my colleagues on the YA Indie Carnival here.  I know I’m going to.  :)
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6 Responses to “YA Indie Carnival: An excerpt from my current WIP”

  1. LizLong May 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    I literally LOL’d at the “hawt” in a bathroom airport. I can’t wait to read more!

  2. Autumn @The Autumn Review May 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Looks good!

  3. Priya May 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    LOLzz… This one sounds great!

  4. Carrie May 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    This looks great! I’m so excited! I love your contemporaries…:)

  5. Melissa Pearl (@MelissaPearlG) May 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Have fun writing in a different genre! That’s so cool. I really like your excerpt :)

  6. Patti Larsen May 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    sounds fantastic so far–your MC has a great voice–looking forward to this one!

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