The “Look” Challenge ~ A Sample from the 2nd Forever Girl book! #books #amreading

Posted by on September 13, 2012 in For Fun | 8 comments

Wendy Russo posted a “look” challenge on her blog, and tagged the people she thinks is awesome. Like me. The idea is that you open your manuscript, search for the first use of the word “look” and post the paragraphs surrounding it. I’m posting mine, then I’ll tag more authors at the end. I’ve selected a sample of my work in progress for this one. Enjoy the teaser!


Nobody wants to talk about what Pa did to me.

Mama and I sway on the porch swing, drinking the sun-brewed iced tea she has sweetened with cane sugar and chilled with ice from the freezer tray. We talk about the weather. Well, Mama is talking about the weather. If it was up to me, there would be no talking.

During our talks, her gaze flits around, never settling on anything for too long. Especially not my stomach and definitely not my eyes. She can’t look at me without getting that pained, watery gaze. I think she must not like shutting her eyes, either, because there are dark circles under them.

Maybe she doesn’t sleep anymore.

“Nice day today,” she says.

The words mean to fill the air between us.

I stare at the muted days and pale skies, the dirt roads and faded grass. Forever in the sun, the dusty, bluish-white paint peels away from the decaying oak boards of our porch. The muggy air, dead of a breeze, makes my skin itch. The weather’s just another pressure in my life, suffocating me, and the swell of my uterus against my lungs isn’t helping.

Mama tucks a grayish blonde strand of hair into her sunhat. It’s not fancy. Just something she wears to hide her unkempt hair.

“Georgia summer,” she says, all breathless-like. “That’s why I like it here. I like these Georgia summers.”

I don’t like Georgia summers. They smell like animal piss and grass and wet concrete cooking in the sun. But it’s not just the summers. I don’t like anything about Georgia. Georgia is home of the Darkness.

Hope you enjoyed the sample! You can sign up for book release notification HERE.

I’ve invited the following authors to give us your first “look” too!

S.M. Boyce

Riley J. Ford

R.P. Kraul

Brandon Luffman

Jennifer Sosniak

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Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author. Her bestselling Forever Girl Series is available at online retailers and has been optioned for film with Witten Pictures. The Hungarian edition has been published with IPC books and the German edition has been published with Darkiss, a Harlequin imprint.


  1. Wow. That’s pretty heavy. :)

  2. Neat-o! I like games like this. Kind of like the thing we do on Facebook, where you grab the book nearest to you, turn to page X and find the n-th sentence and post it as your status. LOL!

    Totally going to do this with the current draft of Frostwalker!

  3. Love it! Can’t wait for it to come out. :)

  4. Heh. Georgia is home of the Darkness. :)

    Nice imagery in this!

  5. Love it… this means Sophia will be re-bonding with her mom??? can’t wait to read part 2

    • This story follows a different character, so it’s not Sophia 😉

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