Wyatt and other Books

If you’ve read Behind the Closet Door and Blood Brothers, you’ll enjoy Wyatt. As the third installment of the series, Wyatt delves into the lives of Rex Roland and Henry Peterson. Wyatt is grown now and is searching for answers. Here’s an excerpt.

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Wyatt sat by the edge of the creek on a large boulder
watching the trout. They were just out of reach, their
spotty sides shimmering in the afternoon sunlight. He was
distracted and a bit disappointed that his work had
followed him out here, and on such a beautiful day.
Wyatt was thinking about his name at the moment. He
realized that he didn’t hate it the way he used to. A leaf
fell into the water and circled around like a little boat
caught in a storm. He cast his line and the fish scattered.
He chuckled and went back to his thoughts.
His name had been difficult for him to accept because
of where it came from. When he was a boy, he’d gone on
a search for the truth about his past. It seemed strange to
dislike something that was such an integral part of who he
was. “What’s in a name?” he said and looked thoughtfully
at the water. If not for his past, he probably wouldn’t have
given it a second thought. It defined him, even though
most new age gospel would have said you shouldn’t let it.
Wyatt figured anyone who ate tofu couldn’t be trusted
anyway.
He was working on a new case and it wasn’t going
well. He’d had three recent successes and at twenty-three,
he had been gearing up for a promotion. Instead, he got a
transfer.

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If you haven’t read the first two, here’s an excerpt.

Henry stood gazing at the closed door, his shoulders
hunched as though an invisible weight pushed them
forward. His day had been quiet before this. He had been
in a stupor because of the rain. It had been pouring
buckets for days on end. He wondered if he should start
building an ark. This thought made him chuckle, the
corners of his mouth turning slightly upward, making him
appear quite handsome for a moment.
Henry was not usually noticed, a smile on his face a
rarity. He was twenty-four and had lived a nearly invisible
life in Lakeland for the past six years. His apartment was
nice enough, a little run down perhaps. His parents had
been middle class but they were gone now. He had no
other relatives so there was no one left to criticize his
living arrangements.
The door led into a closet. It was a standard walk in,
not big by any means, but large enough to store boxes.
There were hangers for his clothes and a bit of extra room
to spare. Henry’s was a closet filled with the typical items

for day-to-day living, as well as boxes of books and other
bric-a-brac left over from a time in his life that was best
left forgotten.
It was a closet in which his girlfriend stood, on the
wrong side of the door, clawing and scratching wildly.
This made him smile, broadly this time. He was not used
to this kind of attention. No, his girlfriend had barely
noticed him these last few weeks, but now she was
shouting his name to the rafters. Some of the words were
unpleasant, but he was starting to think that the tradeoff
might be worth it.

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Here’s a blurb for the second book in the series, Blood Brothers.

Henry Peterson is trying to change his ways. After his escape from the nightmare he created in Virginia, He is turning over a new leaf. After committing one last crime as a favor to Rex Roland, he heads to Florida.

He meets a pretty girl named Shelby and they hit it off. He’s happy for the first time in ages and relieved that his tortured past is staying in the basement where it belongs. The sunny weather, Shelby’s friendship and her dog Misty, all seem to help Henry become a better person and keep his inner demons at bay. The voices have stopped as well as most of the nightmares.

Wyatt Courtland is an eleven-year-old boy on the run. He’s on a quest to find the brother that doesn’t even know he exists. Wyatt has always carried the burden of rumors and speculation that his Dad is somehow tied up with Tom Willin who later changed his name to Henry Peterson. Finally, his Dad admits that Henry and Wyatt are brothers. Wyatt is an extraordinary boy whose lucid dreams sometimes predict the future. He uses these dreams to help him find the person he thinks will lead him to Henry, ex-cop Rex Roland.

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Featured writer this month

I’ve been featured again this month in Aneis De Vida magazine. But, before you read my latest essay, check out the essay I did for the December issue called “Fed a Strange Baby an Orange. It’s a funny slice of life story. Y’all will enjoy it. Here’s the link.

 

Featured Writer

Hi all, just wanted to say that I’ve been featured in the wonderful magazine, Aneis De Vida – The Circle of Light. Check it out here.

http://aneisdevida.co.za

I wrote about how to make a Christmas Centerpiece. There is also one of my recipes featured this month. It’s a great magazine and free. Click the link to read the current issue. They also have back issues that feature other stories I’ve written as well as a few humorous essays.

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Writing, Writing, and More Writing

I don’t know what it is about fall. Suddenly my energy level goes up, my annoyance level goes down and I feel inspired to write. I just recently noticed that four of my five books take place in the fall. I finally figured out it’s because that’s when I write most of them. In the long, dark, cold winter comes re-writes and then a spring mania of editing. It’s the circle of life.

So, I’ve just published a new book. Instead of publicizing it, I’ve started on the fourth sequel in the series. This is why hardly anyone has heard of me. My parents have although they haven’t read my books. Sigh… Why is it that family can be so weird? I gave a copy of Through the Cane Fields to my Mom and she was so proud and happy that she put it right on her bookshelf and it’s been there ever since.

So, the new book is really fun and I hope those who read it will enjoy it. It’s a thriller but not too heavy. It’s like the series is getting lighter with each book. The first one, Behind the Closet Door, was quite the somber little tale about a guy named Henry who after being jilted, locks his girlfriend in the closet. The whole thing takes place over a rainy weekend.

The second book, Blood Brothers has a faster pace. My husband Rog likes that one best. I’m partial to the first one, but that’s probably because I love writing Henry. He’s a fantastically creepy character to write. In the second one, Henry’s little brother Wyatt who is only eleven goes on a search to find the brother he’s never met.

The latest book called Wyatt is about Henry’s little brother who is now grown up and working as a cop in Lakeland, the fictional town where the series takes place. He gets caught up in a cold case and re-connects with Henry who helps him. I enjoyed writing this one a lot and as with all the others, it takes place in the fall.

The new one I’m writing now will be called Dear Prudence. It will be a departure from the others in the sense that it is written in the first person from the perspective of the main character, Prudence Ravenswood. It’s definitely the lightest of the four and is more of a mainstream fiction novel rather than a thriller. I’ve finished the first draft and am now fleshing out some stuff. Guess what? It also takes place in the fall. I think I’ve just had an Ephiny.

So, pick up a copy of Wyatt and let me know what you think. Even better, leave a review on Amazon if you can.

Also, to all you authors out there, I am totally open to a review swap. I’ll send you my book if you send me yours. Email me and we’ll talk about it at shariandbodie@gmail.com. I think it’s a fun idea and we’ll see what happens. It’ll be totally honest feedback. If I think your book is not worth at least three stars, I’ll email before I leave a review.

Well, I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day. May you have a lovely fall full of pumpkin flavored everything.

Here’s the link to Wyatt.

Cheers, Shari

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http://www.amazon.com/Wyatt-Shari-Rood/dp/1613097646/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1443038056&sr=8-3&keywords=shari+rood

New Book! Wyatt.

My new book is out at last and I’m already busy working on the next one. I love to write, it makes me feel alive and it gives me that rare opportunity in life to do what I want no matter what anyone thinks. Still, I hope you’ll enjoy it. If you haven’t read the first in the series, it’s called Behind the Closet Door. The second one is called Blood Brothers and the new one is called Wyatt. I’ve added the link below if you’re interested. Here’s an excerpt from the book.

Wyatt sat by the edge of the creek on a large boulder
watching the trout. They were just out of reach, their
spotty sides shimmering in the afternoon sunlight. He was
distracted and a bit disappointed that his work had
followed him out here, and on such a beautiful day.
Wyatt was thinking about his name at the moment. He
realized that he didn’t hate it the way he used to. A leaf
fell into the water and circled around like a little boat
caught in a storm. He cast his line and the fish scattered.
He chuckled and went back to his thoughts.
His name had been difficult for him to accept because
of where it came from. When he was a boy, he’d gone on
a search for the truth about his past. It seemed strange to
dislike something that was such an integral part of who he
was. “What’s in a name?” he said and looked thoughtfully
at the water. If not for his past, he probably wouldn’t have
given it a second thought. It defined him, even though
most new age gospel would have said you shouldn’t let it.
Wyatt figured anyone who ate tofu couldn’t be trusted
anyway.
He was working on a new case and it wasn’t going
well. He’d had three recent successes and at twenty-three,
he had been gearing up for a promotion. Instead he got a
transfer. He learned a hard life lesson. Sometimes, if you
rise up too quickly, someone will beat you back down. He
never saw it coming.

http://www.amazon.com/Wyatt-Shari-Rood/dp/1613097646/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1443038056&sr=8-3&keywords=shari+rood

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Wyatt Cover

Very excited to get the cover for my new book, Wyatt due out in September 2015. It’s the third installment of the Closet Door series. If you haven’t read the first two, check them out!

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New Book coming in September. Wyatt!

So, the latest in the Closet Door series will be available September first 2015. I’m excited to see the third installment of this series come out. If you haven’t read the first two they are both available on Amazon.com and Barnes&noble, smashwords and other online sites. There is also info on goodreads as well.  I’ll post a cover photo as soon as I have it. Have a wonderful week! BloodBrothers-WEB (1)BehindThe ClosetDoor-WEB (2) (2)