If You Give a Mom an Hour

February 6, 2012

Completely different from my usually fare, but enjoy my latest offering.

Brief, but if you are a Mom, you can probably relate.

 

If You Give a Mom an Hour

If Dad takes the kids to the park and you give a Mom an hour…

She’s going to want a cup of tea.

She’ll turn on the tea kettle and reach for a mug in the cabinet.

Except, there won’t be any mugs.

So she’ll open the dishwasher that is full of clean dishes, because her daughter (whose chore it is to unload) hasn’t gotten around to emptying it yet.

She’ll pull out the mug, and then spot the dirty dishes in the sink, and decide to empty and reload the dishwasher.

When she’s done, she’ll go to sit down to wait for the kettle, and as she walks to the table, her foot will crunch on a Cheerio.

She’ll grab the broom from the laundry room and sweep the kitchen floor.

As she empties the dustpan into the garbage, she’ll notice that it’s pretty full, and she’ll take it out to the trash bins.

As she walks back into the house, she’ll notice a tricycle, left in a corner of the driveway.

When she wheels it back to it’s spot in the garage, she’ll find her 5 year old’s baseball cap.

She’ll pick it up and take it inside, and up to his room, tripping on a toy on the stairs.

After dropping off the hat, she’ll pick up the toy and take it to the basement, discovering the empty popcorn bowl from the night before.

As she brings the bowl to the kitchen, she’ll turn off the kettle, knowing it’s about to whistle, will grab a tea bag, and will pour the hot water into her mug.

She’ll know it’s too hot to drink, so she’ll turn to the pantry to find something to nibble on with her tea and will find an empty box of 100 Calorie snack packs.

She’ll break down the cardboard and will notice two empty cereal boxes on the counter, so she’ll break those down, too.

As she carries them to the laundry room, where the cardboard is kept, the dryer will buzz, and she’ll pull out the clothes and hang them, quickly, before they wrinkle.

Then, she’ll move the clothes from the washer into the dryer and realize she forgot to get the basket of dirty clothes from her room.

So, she’ll trudge back upstairs and head to her bedroom.

As she grabs the laundry basket, she’ll notice that someone probably crawled into her bed to watch television and she needs to remake the bed.

While she’s making the bed, she’ll step on an empty inhaler that she probably dropped there, in the night, after using it.

She’ll look in her nightstand to see if she has another, and when she realizes she doesn’t, she’ll quickly call the pharmacy to renew the prescription.

When she hangs up the phone, she’ll see her iPad and remember that she was in the middle of a good part in her book (on the Nook) when she fell asleep last night, so she’ll put the iPad on top of the laundry in the basket and bring it downstairs with her.

She’ll load up the washer, pick up the iPad, and walk back to the counter.

Her tea will be just the right temperature for drinking, so she’ll take the iPad and the tea to the living room, and as she sinks into the comfy couch, the front door will open.

“Mom!  We’re home!”


Keeping it Fresh

June 27, 2011

I recently finished reading John Sandford’s novel Buried Prey.

I loved it.

I think one of the reasons I enjoy his writing so much is that, while he writes his novels based on two main characters, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers, the stories are never repeated.

Yes, you get to know the characters and you feel as though they are long-time family friends.

You can anticipate how they will act in a certain situation, and are pleased to read that you are correct in your assumptions.

However, it never gets stale.

He always finds a way to change the game and bring a new perspective to a situation that could, very possibly, become old and trite.

In this latest novel, the bodies of two girls are uncovered, and it turns out, locating these girls was Lucas Davenport’s first case as a detective.

So, we flash back twenty years to his first days as a detective and see the case unfold.

This is a different Davenport.  A new, fresh rookie, looking at a crime scene with infant eyes, and it was excellent.

For about 1/3 of the books, we are introduced to a character we love in a new and fresh way.

I love this way of keeping the fresh in a beloved series.


Writing

June 10, 2011

I’ve been writing like a fiend, lately.

I just spent three months on maternity leave, with my fourth child, and found my creative juices to be unstoppable.

I think it is safe to say that my children, are indeed, my muses.

Which may seem strange, considering the subject matter of The Follow Through, however, with children, all things are fantastical and imagined.  It moves my own imagination and reminds me that, in your mind, anything is possible.

I’ve also begun the process, once again, of trying to market my novel.

I feel as though The Follow Through is calling out and begging to be read, and so I revisit the process of looking for representation, in the hopes that someone else will agree that this is a story worthy of being read by others.


Back to the Drawing Board

May 14, 2010

So, I didn’t win the contest, but I’m very proud of myself for making it to the Quarterfinal Round.

Today, after work, I am back to the drawing board. While I will still be actively trying to market The Follow Through, I’ve begun outlining my next novel. It’s an exciting time, as the thoughts are moving faster than my fingers can type, sometimes!

Wish me luck in this next writing venture!


I’m a Quarterfinalist!!!

March 24, 2010

As you may remember, a few months ago, I submitted my novel to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. They originally took 5,000 entries, and in the second round, narrowed it to 1,000. I was thrilled to have made that cut. As of yesterday, they have narrowed the field again, to the 250 quarterfinalists. I’m in!

In this next round, our excerpts have been posted on Amazon.com and are awaiting customer reviews. So, if you are so inclined, I would love if you could help me out!

If you go to Amazon.com, in the Search All Departments box, type in “Amy Bozza.” (Tee-hee…I’m on Amazon!) You will get a list and my excerpt will be first. There will be a tan box to the left that says “Thriller and Suspense” and then to the right of that is my name and the title, which is “The Follow Through.” If you click on the title, it will take you to the page for my excerpt. Here’s the direct link to my page.
You have to download the excerpt, but there is a catch. They only allow downloads to Kindle’s or to Kindle for PC. Imagine my dismay, as I don’t own a Kindle, however, I was able to quickly and freely download Kindle for PC. Again, it’s FREE. Took about two minutes. Once you download the program, you can go back and download the excerpt. If you have a Kindle, you can download directly to your Kindle.

This is the important part: After you have read the excerpt, please go back to Amazon and leave a customer review. I’m happy to take high-fives on the blog in the comments, but please keep the reviews “business-like.”

Thank you for your support!


Made it Through

February 25, 2010

I made it through to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest!

Someone, somewhere liked my pitch!

A few someones, somewhere liked my pitch!

I’m just thrilled.

Yes, I’m still one of 1,000, but I’m not in the 4,000 that didn’t make it, and that’s big!

So, wish me luck!