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11.24.2009

I just Pitched my YA Novel

Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest - I entered!



Just wanted to tell everyone that I took the plunge and entered the YA novel that I have been writing (on and off) since Katrina. 
The contest is to give the title and the first 250 words of the book - and I guess hold your breath.

Here is my entry:

Sassafras Sojourn and the Land of Spice

On an ordinary street, in a backwater town, sat a not so ordinary girl. Her name was Sassafras, Sassafras Sojourn. The un-ordinariness didn’t stop at just her name. Sassafras had a long list of not quite so ordinary characteristics that is a little too long to list in the beginning of her story. But this is normal, if someone was quite ordinary, and lived a quite ordinary life, than you wouldn’t be likely to read their story. So, this tale starts with a girl, who sits in front of her new home with tears in her eyes.

Sassafras isn’t that happy of a girl. On top of not being ordinary, she is stuck in the midst of a very large, yet, rather quite normal family. There is a mom, who likes to read romance novels, and make little funny shaped cookies, she even tucks her kids in at night, with kisses and sweet words. She is even Sassafras’ real mom, she is the only person that belongs to Sassafras, the problem is she also belongs to quite a lot of other people. Her name is Jane.

There is a dad. His name is Jim. He doesn’t belong to Sassafras. He came into Sassafras’ life a very long time ago, and if circumstances were better, she might have belonged to him, but circumstances were a little off, so she tried not to get in the way.

Then there were the other circumstances. There were six of them. First were the twins...





19 comments:

Ash. Elizabeth said...

sounds good : ) i entered that too a couple weeks back. good luck : )

Kris said...

Sounds really good! And hey if you get a book deal and then you get a signing then you better do a tour on the bayou(like houma at least) LOL! Nobody ever signs books down here!

Seriously though I like that blurb!
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StephTheBookworm said...

This is fantastic! I love it. Best of luck.

Book Junkie said...

YEA! So excited for you! Good luck and this one sounds great!!!!

StephanieD said...

I LOVE that name - Sassafras Sojourn. You can already tell she's going to have adventures down the way.

Best of luck to you, Rachel!

ParaJunkee said...

I ♥ you guys!

Lori said...

Would love to read more, PJ!
Best of luck to you in the contest. You should be extremely proud of yourself just for entering and keeping up with your writing.
BTW, I really like the name Sassafras Sojourn as well.

austenfan said...

It sounds great! Hope you continue to write it! :)

taraSG said...

Starts off great! Good luck!!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Good luck darling!

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] said...

That's a great start, my curiosity is peaked. Good luck!

Barbara said...

Cool name. Since I was computerless for a bit over two weeks I only just entered this myself. I figured I'd go for it and did it before I could talk myself out of it. Of course I'm not sure if it went through or not because Herbie went a little wonky but I think I did. Good luck! Sounds like a great story.

Cara Powers said...

Congratulations on taking the plunge!

june said...

I love the name of this character! The opening does leave the reader with a lot of questions. This is good. You have to keep reading to get them answered! What contest is this?

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Sounds cute! And very, very ordinary family, lol. Good luck! :)

Ivana said...

You got me hooked. Keep writing, and most important-have fun with it! I wish you all the best with this story!

I Heart Book Gossip said...

Keep writing and don't give up!

Alessandra said...

Intriguing character name. Best of luck with the contest!

Fionen said...

The beginning definitely caught my attention. I want to read it. Your writing style reminds me a little of Lemony Snicket. Good luck with your novel and any future writing. :)

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