Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hope

 Wherein Jack is a day late.

 I was very sick last night and went to bed early to try and sleep it off. So therefore, I didn't post. But here I am today, trying to finish my Ren Faire dress and post at the same time.

 And now I am even later because I fell asleep. So I will keep this short and sweet.

 Skye won the ecopy!

 And now here is a little something for all of you. Thank you for all who have read my book!

 (This is a short afterward story for Brothers-in-Arms and is therefore full of spoilers. You've been warned.)

 
Japhet's legs were shaking and he had to keep one hand on the wall. Franz stood beside him, watching him like a hawk but Japhet didn't feel any better. His knees felt like jelly and he had to remind himself to take a breath of air in and then let it out.
Women have been doing this for generations,” Franz finally told him, “Susan is going to be fine.”
Of course she is,” Japhet said, his voice cracking as it had a habit of doing even though he was now twenty-five. “She is great at everything she does.” None of that reassurance made his legs solidify any.
Just breathe or you're going to kill over,” Franz ordered.
Japhet filled his lungs with air, then coughed, bending over to catch his breath. He lost his hold on the wall and almost crashed to the floor but Franz caught him and held him up.
Japhet!” he snapped, steering him over and shoving him down into a chair. “Come on! After everything we've been through you're not going to die on me here, now, before you see your first kid!”
Mention of his first kid didn't help any with his breathing and Japhet coughed again. Franz slapped him on the back so hard his lungs stung and he tried to shove his friend back just as a nurse entered. She raised her eyebrows at them as Japhet leaped to his feet and stood ready.
Mr. Buchanan?” she asked, looking from one to the other of them.
I'm-” Japhet not only forgot if he was Mr. Buchanan he also forgot how to speak once that one word was out.
Franz rolled his eyes.
He's Mr. Buchanan,” he said, shoving him.
The nurse nodded. “You can see your wife now,” she said.
Stumbling and staggering, Japhet hurried after her, down white washed halls. For one brief moment he was back in the basement restaurant, hanging between two Nazi soldiers, his body so weak and beaten he could not stand on his own.
Shaking his head, he killed the memory. None of that mattered anymore. He was safe now. A Christian Jew living in America with his family and his wife and new child.
Child. He was a dad. His legs sagged and he placed a hand back on the wall to keep from falling over. He half wished Franz had come with him to hold him up.
In there.” The nurse pointed to an open door and Japhet slowly crept toward it.
Inside, the lights were dim and Susan was laying on a hospital bed. Her curly hair was rumpled and falling over her shoulders. Her face was red and her eyes shinning like they had the first time he'd kissed her. Judith stood beside her, her grin as wide as it had been when she had held her first baby in her arms.
Well?” Judith asked when Japhet had stood, leaning in the doorway for a full minute, unable to take his eyes off Susan and the small bundle she was holding. “Aren't you going to come and see?”
Some outer force propelled his feet forward and he stumbled over to the bed and kissed Susan's upturned face.
You look beautiful,” he whispered.
So do you,” she replied, her awkwardness coming back with her over abundance of joy. “Do you want to hold your daughter?”
Daughter?” Japhet slowly took his eyes off Susan's blushing face and looked down at the sleeping bundle wrapped in a soft white blanket. A light whiff of black hair covered the baby's head and her long eyelashes touched the tops of her cheeks as she slept contentedly in her mother's arms.
She has your hair,” Susan whispered.
Japhet had never seen a more beautiful sight in all his life and broke. Both hands flew to his mouth in an attempt to cover his sobs so they would not wake his new baby girl. Tears spilled down his cheeks as he was unable to take his eyes off the round face in front of him.
Our daughter,” he finally managed to whisper as Judith rubbed his back in that big sisterly way she had.
Our daughter,” Susan said, her voice squeaking. She held her up, stretching her arms.
For a moment Japhet didn't trust himself to hold the little treasure his wife was so willing to place in his arm. His hands were shaking and he feared he would break her, but when the little bundle was nestled in his arms it was the most natural thing in the world. The soft body cradled against his chest, the baby snores escaping her small mouth, everything that had ever happened to him faded and for the first time in years he felt a surge of unimaginable joy.
What will we name her?” he asked, his voice cracking again. He knew they had decided on names already, but all he could think about was the little body he was holding in his arms. The little life that was now his to protect and love as only a father could. His baby.
Hope,” Susan reminded him. “Hope Sarah Buchanan.”
Lifting his head, feeling eyes on him, Japhet looked toward the door to see Franz was standing there. His brother was holding to the frame the same way he had been and Japhet smiled weakly at him.
Franz, come see,” he whispered.
Inching forward, Franz moved in front of him and looked down at the bundle. Tears filled his eyes and all Japhet could do was to continue smiling.
Meet my daughter,” he said, “Hope.”
Franz said nothing, just gently hugged both him and the baby.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Banner is my favorite avenger."

 In which Jack had to fight for her dinner.

 Also, she has So. Much. To. Do!

 But look at her posting! *Cheers*

 First off, Dog wanted my tuna fish dinner so I had to fight her for it.

 Second off, I need to write letters but have so much else to do. I will get my letters done though, they are important. I also need to get the printer out tonight....UGG.

 Third, TADA! I posted!

 Be sure and come back Friday! I will announce the winner and have a short story for everyone! 

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Monday, May 21, 2018

"What, you didn't see that coming?"

 In which Jack didn't see that coming.

 I saw Infinaty War. This is spoiler free....so I will say nothing besides OUCH.

 I spring cleaned my cabin on Saturday. It looks much larger now, mostly because my kitty tore down my wardrobe. 

 I went AWOL again. I am terrible about that. I plan on fixing it. I also am going to do my audiobook release celebration this Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to make it easy. Between now and Friday, all commenters on my posts will be entered into a giveaway for a free ecopy of my book. (I would do the audiobook if I can figure out how to go about it between now and then.) I will also be releasing a short afterward story here on my blog.

 Be sure and come back for it 8-D

 Now I must be off. Lots to do.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

"Okay, I'll talk."

 Wherein Jack is easily....CHOCOLATE!

 The Ren Faire is coming up in a few months so I decided to be ambitious and embroider my dress. I am going as an Elf this year, even though I am not tall, fair, or graceful. 

 Still working on my new book when I have a spare moment. This week those are few and far between, but oh well. I will make time.

 I am editing another book again. And trying to get up the nerve to edit my Tuskegee Airman book. I love that book and those characters, but I fear I haven't done the real men the justice they deserve. 

 This is another short post. Likely all will be like this for a while, just until I sort out life problems and get back into the hang of things.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

"Yeah, because you've got nothing to prove."

 Wherein Jack has had a rough few weeks.

 I have come to the conclusion that I don't enjoy drama. I have always known this, but all the drama at my jobs lately has solidified it forever. I am very tired of drama at work. I would like to just stay in my snug Hobbit hole and never leave and write and bake bread. This likely isn't good for my though which is why I need a job, but doesn't change the fact I would prefer to not leave my house.

 I have started to bake my own bread. I love it. Everything about it. But mostly the kneading. That's the best part.

 I am working on several lovely projects. One is embroidering a dress. I find it relaxing and usually watch Tintin or Captain America while I work.

 I am still writing. If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen some hints about my new book. If you aren't on Facebook I can start posting the hints here as well. Which I should do anyway. It would help me remember to post more often.

 And lastly....CHECK THIS OUT! HERE!!!!!!!!!!!
 I am so happy with this. I love how it turned out. There is going to be a giveaway coming soon which I am doing with Jessica Greyson who also had one of her books turned into an audiobook. So stay posted for that. And as a special treat, I am releasing an Afterward Story I did from Brothers-in-Arms. I will be posting it here on my blog at the end of the giveaway.

 Now I should log off and have some breakfast before work.

 I hope all my readers are well and drama free!

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Monday, April 09, 2018

"You think I can't hang posters!...It's upside down, isn't it?"

 In which Jack once again gives up being an adult.

 Who wants to join me for ice cream in my tree house?? Maybe we can watch Voltron.

 Does Jack have a reason for giving up being an adult?....Does she need one?

 Quick Life update.

 I am working on sewing a summer cloak.

 Still writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 And more or less editing.

 Mostly though I have been listening to records and getting my yard ready for grass and spring.

 BECAUSE SPRING IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Which means I can plant flowers soon. I am so excited!!

 That is all. More to come soon.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

"I hope we can find the eggs in all thiis snow!"

 Wherein Jack has spent all day on the computer

 And it wasn't to write 8-(

 But it was for book work. I have been listening to the Brothers-in-Arms audiobook so I can approve the files.

 This. Means.

 THE AUDIOBOOK WILL BE OUT IN APRIL!!

 The End.

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