First Campaigner Challenge

And so it begins. Check out our first challenge in Rachael Harrie's Writers Platform-Building Campaign:

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count. If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count). For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!

Yay! I did it in 200 words exactly! Here goes my first attempt at flash fiction...

The door swung open, the sweet scent of roses wafting into the quiet hallway. Scott scanned the room. Just like he left it.

“Oh, Scott. It’s beautiful.” Celina smiled up at him, love shimmering from her face. She’d changed out of her wedding gown and swirled her long hair up into a clip.

He couldn’t resist. He tugged at the clip and chestnut hair cascaded down her back in gentle waves.

“You’re beautiful, Celina.” Scott framed her cheeks with his hands, awe filling him that this long-awaited night had finally arrived. His lips met hers, at first light and teasing, tasting her sweetness, then deepening, growing anxious for more.

Her hands tightened around his back. A low moan escaped her throat.

Desire throbbed through his veins. He broke the kiss and pulled back reluctantly. “Let’s go inside. Are you ready?”

Her head bobbed. “Oh yeah.”

“That’s my love.” He scooped her up into his arms and nuzzled his lips against the creamy expanse of her neck. Her short breaths fanned his ear. Thank You, God, for helping us wait.

“I love you, Celina.” Scott carried her into the room and nudged the door with his shoe. The door swung shut.

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Fiction Faith & Foodies: First Campaigner Challenge

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Campaigner Challenge

And so it begins. Check out our first challenge in Rachael Harrie's Writers Platform-Building Campaign:

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count. If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count). For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!

Yay! I did it in 200 words exactly! Here goes my first attempt at flash fiction...

The door swung open, the sweet scent of roses wafting into the quiet hallway. Scott scanned the room. Just like he left it.

“Oh, Scott. It’s beautiful.” Celina smiled up at him, love shimmering from her face. She’d changed out of her wedding gown and swirled her long hair up into a clip.

He couldn’t resist. He tugged at the clip and chestnut hair cascaded down her back in gentle waves.

“You’re beautiful, Celina.” Scott framed her cheeks with his hands, awe filling him that this long-awaited night had finally arrived. His lips met hers, at first light and teasing, tasting her sweetness, then deepening, growing anxious for more.

Her hands tightened around his back. A low moan escaped her throat.

Desire throbbed through his veins. He broke the kiss and pulled back reluctantly. “Let’s go inside. Are you ready?”

Her head bobbed. “Oh yeah.”

“That’s my love.” He scooped her up into his arms and nuzzled his lips against the creamy expanse of her neck. Her short breaths fanned his ear. Thank You, God, for helping us wait.

“I love you, Celina.” Scott carried her into the room and nudged the door with his shoe. The door swung shut.

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21 Comments:

At September 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM , OpenID raelynbarclay said...

Oh, this is so sweet. Excellent job with the challenge!

 
At September 6, 2011 at 8:12 PM , Blogger Jessica Therrien said...

Thanks for the great news Dora! I loved your story :) I just got married in July.

 
At September 6, 2011 at 9:01 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Hey Raelyn. Thanks. I can't wait to read your entry! Love the pix of your furry creatures, btw.

 
At September 6, 2011 at 9:13 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Congrats, Jessica. Great job on your story, THE SOULLESS.

A newlywed, eh? Congrats. My hubby and I are working on year 23. He still makes my heart race. Nice to meet you, Jessica. Thanks for stopping by.

 
At September 6, 2011 at 11:23 PM , Blogger Alleged Author said...

Great build-up!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM , OpenID bridgetstraub.com said...

I enjoyed this. Nicely done. Mine has to do with a wedding as well-sort of. It's #72

 
At September 7, 2011 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thanks, Alleged Author. Difficult to do with a 200 word restriction. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoyed checking out FULFILLMENT.

 
At September 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thanks so much, Bridget. I checked yours out, too. Definitely a cliff hanger. I LOVE 'em!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM , Blogger Damyanti said...

This is the kind of Romance I loved to read...and which I hardly see around anymore! Great entry to the challenge.

Would like to invite you to take a look at the The Rule of Three Blogfest ---a month-long extravaganza in the fictional town of Renaissance this October, with some great prizes in terms of Author appearances. There would be comment love, of course, and some fab writing in a shared setting.

Would love to have some of your existing characters come play at Renaissance!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 3:22 AM , Blogger AliB said...

Hi Dora

I’m a fellow campaigner and for this challenge I have been given ten blogs to ‘judge’ and asked to short-list five. I'm not a big reader of romance, but your story is so beautifully and expertly written I’m putting it on the shorlist!
I have informed the powers that be.
Well done and good luck in the next round.
Ali B
http://debutnovelist.wordpress.com

 
At September 8, 2011 at 8:03 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thanks, Damyanti. I haven't seen too many romance lovers on the "challenge" trail. The number of entries is overwhelming, isn't it? I appreciate your kind words.

THE RULE OF THREE BLOGFEST? Sounds intriguing. I'll skip over there and check it out. Thanks for the invite!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 8:14 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

AliB...I know how tough it is to read a genre you don't typically enjoy, so I appreciate your comments.

Thanks for selecting my entry to move forward! Yay!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 10:07 AM , Blogger kmckendry said...

I love this! I think you've captured the newly wed sensations perfectly. My hubby and I are working on 17 years!

I'm entry #236

 
At September 9, 2011 at 12:58 AM , Blogger Katie Dodge said...

So sweet! Glad to be in the Historical Romance group with you!

 
At September 9, 2011 at 7:59 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Why, thanks, Katie. And congrats to you for moving on to the next round!

 
At September 9, 2011 at 7:12 PM , Blogger 1000th.monkey said...

Very sweet :) You've got some really nice images like the hair swirled up into the clip :)

Congrats on being shortlisted!

 
At September 9, 2011 at 8:12 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Wow! Thanks, 1000th.monkey. I appreciate your kind words. Thanks for stopping by.

 
At September 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM , Blogger Nadja Notariani said...

Dora ~
What a sweet yet passionate encounter! You conveyed the emotion of fulfillment quite well! Congrats on being shortlisted! ~ Nadja

 
At September 10, 2011 at 2:11 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thanks, Nadja! I enjoyed the emotion packed in your 200 words as well. This has been quite fun. Not sure about the next one, though. I'll have to look up the definition of a haikus.

 
At September 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM , Blogger Maeve Frazier said...

So nicely written. Great job!

 
At September 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thank you, Maeve. Congrats on being shortlisted on your story. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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