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Saturday, November 3, 2012

[Excerpt] A Part to Play by Jennifer L. Fry


Title: A Part to Play
Author: Jennifer L. Fry
Pages: 261
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Release Date: August 10, 2012

When fifteen-year-old actress Lucy Carter loses her older sister in a car accident, her mother shuts down and her father can’t hold the family together. Their only choice is to ship Lucy off to the Edmond School for Performing Arts. But boarding school is no cure for Lucy’s grief. With failing grades, wooden stage performances, and curfew violations, Lucy is threatened with expulsion. For the once talented Lucy, it feels as though she has nowhere to turn.

One night, Lucy hears mysterious music drifting through the school’s old heating system. The music leads her to a troubled but passionate songwriter whose brilliance gives her the strength to perform like never before. Yet their intense relationship puts Lucy in a precarious position: if she follows her muse, will she lose herself? And if she breaks it off, can she stand on her own again?

Excerpt:


Curious, Lucy stood there, still lost in the character. Suddenly, a bright light blinded her. Chris had turned on the spotlight, which, in the dark auditorium, had quite an impact. "Action!" she heard him call as he walked down the aisle toward her, script in hand.

It was scary, but also inspiring. He read the first line and Lucy responded, finding a new edge to the character of Eva. Everything clicked; Eva's motivation, her pain, her humor. When Lucy finished the scene, still standing in the intense light, Chris clapped. Then he jumped up on the stage and swung her around in a big circle.

"You were the best Rapunzel I've ever seen," he whispered in her ear. She was touched at his remembrance of her childhood story, the first that inspired her to be a performer.

Lucy had no words to express her gratitude, so she just wrapped her arms around his shoulders, pulling him to her. This was the first time she initiated this type of kiss. The type with heat and tongues and heavy breath. They stood in the spotlight, alone on the big stage, and their world was reduced to only the two of them and the circle of light at their feet.

About the Author:

Jennifer L. Fry is a writer, artist, and teacher in Marin County, California, where she lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable dogs, and orange tabby cat. Though she has been writing since she was young, A Part to Play is her first novel.

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