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Sunday, March 31, 2019

#WeWriWa - RESCUING MARA'S FATHER Father is Angry #sf #middlegrade #Giveaway

Each weekend, the Weekend Writing Warriors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

I'm sharing my latest release, a Middle Grade/YA science fiction adventure, titled Rescuing Mara's Father. The narrator is Mara, an almost 15-year-old girl who lives in a mining outpost on the Outer Rim. This snippet takes place shortly after last week's. After Mara and her friend Jako win their fight with the Dunpus brothers, her father leads her home, lecturing her over the fight. 

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited from the original.

Father makes me sit on a chair in the kitchen because the light’s better in there. He is gentle as he cleans my scrapes and bruises. He’s almost finished when I see his lips thin and his eyes harden, he tilts my chin and pulls aside the neck of the old shirt I’m wearing.
“You have bruises on your throat. That—” he calls the bully a filthy name, I’m surprised—he never swears or calls anyone bad names.
What he does next surprises me even more, he kneels next to me and pulls me into his arms. I can’t remember the last time he hugged me. He strokes my hair, and I think this is how it used to be . . . when he loved me. Tears prickle my eyes, and my throat thickens.

Rescuing Mara's Father released yesterday. Yay! It's available in digital format at:

Available in Print: Amazon

3 friends, a hidden starship, a quest

Her father is gone! Taken by the Queen of Compara’s agents. Mara has to rescue him before the Queen tortures and kills him.
Instead of the kind, loving father she’s always known, he’s become demanding, critical, with impossible expectations—not just as Father but also as the only teacher in their frontier outpost. Mara would rather scoop zircan poop than listen to another boring lecture about governments on Central Planets. Give her a starship engine to take apart or better yet, fly, and she’s happy. Now, he's gone.
Never mind, they’ve had a rocky road lately. 
Never mind, Father promised she could go off planet to Tech Institute next month when she turns fifteen, where she’ll learn to fly starships.
Never mind, she ran away because she’s furious with him because he reneged on that promise. Father is her only parent. She has to save him.
Along with her best friend, eleven-year-old Jako, and his brother 15-year-old Lukus, Mara sets off to find her father. An old spaceport mechanic and her mentor seems to know why the Queen captured Father. In fact, he seems to know her father well. But, does he tell her everything? Of course not. He dribbles out info like a mush-eating baby. Worse, he indicates he’ll be leaving them soon. And Lukus can’t wait to get off our planet. Mara’s afraid they will all leave her, and she’ll be on her own. Despite her fears, she has to rescue her father.



Many chances to win.


  1. Maybe she needs to learn that he still loves her.

    1. And he needs to let her know what's going on.

  2. I'm as surprised as she is and intrigued on why she's felt that way. Great snippet!

  3. Such a sweet and intense moment. I'm curious as to what caused this changed. Congratulations on your new release! I look forward to digging into it!

    1. Thanks so much, Jess. Congrats on your new release, too.

  4. Very powerful hint of how things have changed between them.

  5. Aww, sad. I'm sure there's more going on here than Mara realizes. Great snippet, best wishes on the new release!

    1. There is. He's still treating her like a child, keeping her in the dark. Thanks for your good wishes and congrats on your new release, too.

  6. Aww, I hope this is the start of a new relationship between them!

  7. Ooh, that last line was a killer. Wonderful moment here between them.

  8. You did a wonderful job conveying a father’s love and gentleness in a few sentences. The snippet reeled me in - wanting to learn more about their relationship. Congrats on your new release. Wishing you all the best, Diane!


  9. What a tender moment. You shared the emotions of both of them so well.

  10. I love the emotion in this excerpt.


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