Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday's Thirteen: Windswept Shores Excerpt Contest

Thursday’s thirteen: Windswept Shores excerpts.
My hubby said I was making my contest too easy, so I'm sorry but this one will be a little harder.
(But not too hard. *wink* Just don't tell my hubby)
Read carefully afterwards there will be a test for the contest. The winner gets a free download of my book, yay. :)

1. If she had to spend one more day on this godforsaken island, she'd go stark raving mad. The thought spurred Megan into rolling a large log with one foot then the other, until it was near the bonfire. "God, this thing is heavy." With a grunt, she lifted one end until it teetered upright then gave it a shove. It landed in the fire, embers swirling in the air.
Breathing hard, she flicked a glance at the teal-colored sea. She'd thought a vacation to the Bahamas would be the perfect getaway, would be a solution to the problems she and Jonathan had faced. She'd been wrong—dead wrong. Tears of grief filled her eyes. The never-ending crash of the waves on the beach and the cries of the seagulls seemed to mock her with the reminder she was utterly alone.

2. She'd felt like a tiny speck of sand last night when a violent storm had swept across the island. It had made a mess of her meager campsite, which had taken all morning to fix, and had demolished her seaweed SOS sign. She'll have to recreate her SOS. Sighing, Megan trudged toward a pile of kelp. As she got closer, she saw a figure wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt. Her stomach lurched.
Oh, God, it’s another body washed up from the plane wreck. That would be number twelve. As always, she couldn't help but wonder if the next one would be Jonathan. He hadn’t been wearing jeans on the plane, so she knew she’d been spared seeing his corpse this time. Thank God. She approached the body with dread. Tightening her resolve, she knelt. Suddenly the "dead body" coughed and rolled over. With a scream, Megan jumped back. She clutched her chest and pressed a shaking hand to her mouth.

3. He’s alive!
Biting her lip, she stared down at the still-breathing man. His drenched t-shirt molded against his broad shoulders and well developed upper body. Short, golden brown hair stuck out in all directions.
Megan, get control of yourself. Don’t wet your pants the first time you finally see a living person. She got on her knees, plucked the seaweed from him and wiped the sand from his face. His day-old whiskers scratched her palm. Reddened skin stretched across both cheekbones and over the bridge of his nose. Her thumb caressed his parched full bottom lip.

4. She patted the side of his face. “Hey, are you okay?” That’s a dumb question. He isn’t okay.
“Hmm?” Gray eyes fluttered open. He stared at her a long moment, frowning slightly. “G’day.”
“Hello there.” She hated the sound of her voice. It sounded rusty, unused.

5. Abruptly he rolled away from her to heave onto the sand, making a loud, ugly retching noise.
 He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand, then looked at her. “Sorry, mate, I swallowed too much sea.” His gaze went over her shoulder in the direction of the bonfire which crackled and popped not far from them. “Mite big for a barbie.”

6. Sitting back on her heels with her hands folded in her lap, Megan followed his gaze, then back to him. “My signal fire.”

7. “Signal for what?”

8. “Help.”

9. His accent intrigued her. Was he English or Australian?

10. “G’darn,” he looked around, “where the bloody hell am I?”

11. “Don’t know. There’s no one here to ask.” Megan shrugged helplessly, but couldn’t contain her curiosity. “Are you from England?”

12. “Naw,” he rubbed his eyes, “I hail from Sidney, but my port of call these days is Fort Lauderdale.” He blinked up at her. “You?”

13. Ah, he’s an Aussie. “I’m Megan Lorry, from Anaheim, California,” she said, barely loud enough to be heard above the sounds of the surf and the roar from the fire. “Are you a survivor of Air Bahamas flight 227, too?”

Here's the questions:
1. Where are they?
2. Why did Megan gets scared when she first saw Seth?
3 .What was her fire for?
4. Where is Seth from?
5. Where is Megan from?

Answer the questions right I will add your name to drawing for to be held on Sunday, June 13th.
So check back on Sunday to see if your the winner.

The prize is a free download of my ebook, Windswept Shores.

Go ahead and post your answers in the comment section.


Joy Tamsin David said...

Hello, followed you from Divas.

1. A godforsaken island
2. She thought it was another body.
3. He's from Australia
4. She's from California.
5. The fire is to signal help.

(the answers might be out of order, doing this from memory.)

Happy Thursday!

Kimberly Menozzi said...

I'm not entering the contest, but I wanted to let you know I'd dropped by! :) Happy TT! Good luck to all the contestants! :)

Darla M Sands said...

Plan to buy and give others a chance to win. :) I've been so lucky lately that it doesn't seem fair. Best wishes!

Paige Tyler said...

Great excerpts!


My TT is at

Tatiana Caldwell said...

1. They're on an island. They don't know where, there's no one to ask.
2. She thought Seth was another body from the plane crash.
3. Her fire was to signal for help.
4. He's from Sidney, Australia.
5. She's from Anaheim, California.

Inez Kelley said...

Cool idea! Like an open book quiz!

Nicole Zoltack said...

1. They're on an island.
2. She thought Seth was another body from the plane crash.
3. Her fire was to signal for help.
4. He's from Sidney, Australia.
5. She's from Anaheim, California.

Janice said...

Hi Joy,

Your are correct. I have you down for the contest. Thank you for playing.

Hi Kimberly,

Thanks for dropping by.

Hi Darla,

Oh that's fine, and thank you. It means a lot to me that you plan on buying your own.

Hi Paige,


Hi Tatiana,

You are correct! I have you down for the contest.

Hi Inez,

Thanks. That's the idea. ;)

Hi Nicole,

That's correct. Your in the contest.

To everyone who played along please check back here, on June 13th, for the winning drawing.


BecK said...

Hello Janice,

The answers are:

1. They're on a godforsaken island
2. She thought he was just another dead body, and in fact he wasn't. She'd discovered a live one.
3. Her fire was a signal for help.
4. He's originally from Sidney, Australia but his port of call these days is Fort Lauderdale.
5. She's from Anaheim, California.

Happy Thursday!

hollie said...

1. An island but they don't know where.
2. She thought he was another body.(eww)
3. The fire is to signal for help.
4. He's from Australia
5. She's from California.

I said i would get here, i'm going back to CTR to play there for a while


Janice said...

Hi BecK,

You are correct and I got you down for the contest.

Hi Hollie,

Thanks for playing here for a while. I got you on the list.

The drawing is Sunday, June 13th.


Alice Audrey said...

1. An island
2. She thought he was dead.
3. To signal for help
4. From Australia
5. From California


1. an island
2. she thought it was a dead body.
3. the fire was for help
4. Sidney, Australia
5. Anaheim. Ca.


Brenda J Weaver said...

1. Where are they? On a deserted island
2. Why did Megan gets scared when she first saw Seth? She thought he was dead.
3 .What was her fire for? S.O.S signal fire
4. Where is Seth from? Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
5. Where is Megan from? Aneheim California

MarthaE said...

1. They are lost on an island...she'd been headed for the Bahamas.
2. She thought Seth was another dead body that she was dreading to see but she was scared and screamed when he rolled over!
3. The fire is a "signal fire" to attract help.
4. He's from Sydney, Australia.
5. She's from Anaheim, Californa.
Oh - I just figured out why the excerpt paragraphs were numbered! That is the Thursday Thirteen. Cool. Thanks for the fun.

Janice said...

Hi Alice Audrey,

You got it right. I have you down on the list.

Hi Loretta,

Correct. I've put you down on the drawing list.

Hi Brenda,

Great seeing you here. Correct. I have you down too.

Hi Martha,

Yup, you got it. And yes it is a Thursday's Thirteen. ;)

Thanks for playing along.

Okay, this Sunday, June 13, please check back for the winning drawing.


Heather said...

Read it, but don't enter me in the contest - let someone else have the chance, my TBR pile already teeters, lol. Have a great weekend, Janice!

Janice said...

Hi Heather,

Well darn, if you had entered I would have had an even ten.

Have a great weekend too.


Adelle Laudan said...

Great idea for a contest, but next time make them visit your website for the answers. *wink You are on my list to buy next payday. Looking forward to reading it.
Happy T13!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Mmmm answers.
On an island.
Because he's not a dead body, he coughs.
A signal fire.
Originally from Sidney, but now he's from Ft. Lauderdale.
Anaheim California.

Jennifer Leeland said...
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Janice said...

Hi Adelle,

Thank you so much, that means so much to me. *sniff*

Thanks for the advice, I'll keep that in mind for my next contest.

Hi Jennifer,

Yup, you got it. Your down on the list for the drawing.


Elise Logan said...

heh. I think i'm late to play, so I'll just say that the excerpts are interesting.

stranded on an island... I'll bet they're wishing they'd paid more attention to Bear Grylls' survival lessons.

Anonymous said...

Where? A godforsaken island
Why scared? She thought it was going to be another dead body.
Why the fire? To signal for help
Where is Seth from? Assuming the man who washed up on shore is Seth, he is from Sydney, Australia.
Where is she from? Anaheim, California

*By the way, I'm hooked! Gotta read the book!

Janice said...

Hi Elise,

Actually your not. I'll take entries up until Sunday morning. I'll do the drawing Sunday June 13th at noon.

Hi deenar116,

Thanks for playing. Yes, Seth is the man washed up on the beach. I have you down for the drawing.

Please check back on Sunday, June 13th, for the drawing.


Mark Damaroyd said...

Hey, I love this stuff. Good luck

Janice said...

Hi Mark,

Thank you. Um, didn't you want to play?