Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bella's Point Blog Challenge

To celebrate Bella's Point's release, the wonderful Elizabeth Seckman is hosting a blog challenge. Check out the details HERE. You can win prizes!

The basic rules:
1. Write something with the prompt: The year was 1865...
2. Display the blog hop badge, sign up on the linky list, and post Elizabeth's links.
3. Post between July 15th - 31st.

My entry is one where YOU get to pick the ending:

The year was 1865 when I saw a woman's ankle for the first time. Slender and delicate. The few freckles adorning it made it seem all the more exotic. My voice changed from a boy's to a man's in that second.

Did she even realize I watched her as she dipped her toes into the water? Perhaps she did, displaying what was forbidden. A soft smile turned up her lips as I hid my flushed face under the wide brim of my hat.

When I closed my eyes to sleep that night, all I could see was her lovely ankle. So many times did I dream of her, I felt we were closer than lovers. I had never known a desire so grand. It enveloped all my thoughts and directed all my actions.

I saved my pennies, and one year later, dressed in a modest gray suit, I asked her to marry me.

She said no.

What happens next:
a) Does our hero not give up and keeps attempting to woo her until he has captured her heart? (The HEA ending)
b) Does he go to the big city and becomes a famous cobbler of woman's shoes seeing many delicate ankles in his lifetime? (The fetish ending)
c) Does he go mad from a broken heart and creates an army of steam-powered spiders to take over the world? (The wicked steampunk ending)
d) Create your own option. (The _______ ending)

Isabella Troy Stanley is a divorced, slave freeing pariah surviving in the shattered post Civil War south the only way a fallen debutante knows how. She heads to a Yankee prison and buys herself a husband. 

Jack Byron is the former Troy plantation stable boy and object of young Bella's affection. He rejected her then, and he's still not sold on the idea of marrying her now.   

It’s complicated.

Though to Bella, it’s simple: make Jack love her, marry her, and live happily ever after. The plan seems to least until her secret is revealed.

Elizabeth is a wife, a mom, and a writer. She has four wonderful boys, one dusty house, and three published books to her credit. Feel free to check them out and buy them HERE! Erm, the books, not the kids or the house... though all things in life are negotiable ;)

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  1. I'm wavering between a and c. Since I'm in a good mood today, I'll pick a. Great piece.

  2. He either keeps trying or he goes and finds a girl with more to her than just nice ankles.

  3. I think he goes and makes a name for himself in some way but is never able to forget her. They meet again and . . . She has a beau, he isn't convinced she doesn't just like him for his new "status," etc. He proves his love by caring for her through some crisis that sent her beau running (or maybe he goes after her when she's kidnapped and the beau is too much of a coward), but he still isn't sure she could ever love him for who he really is. He's ready to give everything up and move away just to get away from the pain of seeing her and not having her, but she turns up at the steamer and goes with him, off to a whole new life!

  4. LOL!!! Oh Christine, each of those options just got better. Whew! I want the second and third, please. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

  5. Oh, I liked this... a lot. The pining over an ankle is really great stuff. C has an appeal to it...

  6. Oh, I liked this... a lot. The pining over an ankle is really great stuff. C has an appeal to it...

  7. I'll go with 'A'. I'm a hopeless romantic that hopes the guy finally gets the girl of his dreams.

  8. I have to go with 'A.' You know me and my HEAs...

    Great entry! :)

  9. I love it!!! What a clever gal you are!

    I'm making my own ending. He gets rich, marries her sister, and makes her be envious the rest of her life. That's what the trollop gets for showing off her ankles and being a tease ;)

    So much fun! Thanks Christine!

  10. I'm so happy that you all like it! :) I like your endings. Make sure to check out Elizabeth's books. She's a wonderful writer!

  11. The romantic in me says A. The little devil on my shoulder says C. So maybe B. Not sure it works that way.

  12. Love your story! I think B, but that's only the beginning.

  13. I like a--happy endings are my favorite.

  14. I think he becomes a famous cobbler of woman's shoes.... the possibilities are endless from that point onwards...

    I love your tagline!
    Twisting the Tropes. Perfect.

  15. What a neat idea:) I'm going for c because I'd love to see those spiders. And what an awesome way to start a villain


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