In the past few months, I've had some amazing contest experiences. My middle grade novel, MOM WARS, won an honorable mention in the 2014 Rate Your Story contest. And I entered #Pitmad for the first time and had several requests for my other completed middle grade novel, THE COMIC ADVENTURES OF RUBY BELLA BROWN.
I'm grateful for the chance to enter another contest today--The Writer's Voice. It's a multi-blog, multi-agent contest hosted by Brenda Drake, Mónica Bustamante Wagner, Kimberly P. Chase, and Elizabeth Briggs.
Here’s my entry!
MOM WARS – 34,000 word humorous middle grade novel
Twelve year-old Jennifer Lauren Michaels longs to be part of a real family—living in a house with both parents, a sibling, and a pet. Instead, she and Mom have a tiny apartment they can barely afford. They constantly battle over money for much-needed clothes and Jennifer’s quest to contact Dad. The only way to survive without screaming back and getting grounded for life is throwing invisible food at Mom.
An unexpected babysitting job with two wacky kids and a ballerina guinea pig opens up a whole new world for her…especially when she discovers that the most hottielicious guy in the universe lives next door. But devastation strikes when Jennifer learns that her first-ever kiss (with the hottie) happened for the wrong reason. The sorta cute and totally sweet guy she started to depend on suddenly seems to have a dark side. And her search to find Dad unravels a mystery check and shocking secrets. Jennifer must decide if she’s going to escape back into her imaginary food-throwing fantasies, or finally find a way to dig beneath the surface to see things the way they really are.
MOM WARS - First 250 words
I dump my school stuff out of last year’s semi-holey backpack and open my drawers. Empty. Empty. Empty. Except for a pair of stretched-out sweats and a bra so tight it makes me look like I have four boobs.
Better find something to pack. Fast!
“Come here,” Mom calls. “I have a surprise for you.”
I dance into the den. I knew my twenty page list of reasons why I should go to South Carolina with Kelly would change Mom’s mind.
“I don’t want you to be bored all summer, soooooooo—”
“I’m going with Kelly. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I give Mom a gigantic hug. She just stands there.
My stomach flip-flops.
“You know we can’t afford it.”
“It won’t cost anything. They’re driving and—”
“I already said no.”
Wham! She slams a dog-eared magazine on the chipped computer table. “I’m not pawning you off on another family for the summer. This discussion is over.”
My entire body shakes. I can’t believe she’s doing this to me. “I bet Dad would let me go.” Omigod, did I say that out loud?
Veins pulse on Mom’s forehead. “DON’T. MENTION. HIM. AGAIN!”
Breathe. Bite my lip. Breathe. Bite my lip.
“You’re NOT going. One more word about it, you’ll be grounded for a month.”
She’s always punishing me. Trying to erase Dad.
Don’t scream. Don’t scream. Don’t scream. There’s only one way to stay out of trouble when she makes me this mad.
- Current Mood: hopeful