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Excerpt from Victory (My Novel)

December 29, 2012

Blog Hop with “Look”

I’d like to thank Joss Landry for inviting me to blog about my book Victory. Her blog is

The rules were simple: post an excerpt from the book with the word “look” in it.

For a bit of background on the story, Victory is a town where the people love their country and their neighbors. It’s a friendly town, but when two visitors come to town, things change. One comes with fear and control, slowly and deliberately taking away the freedoms the people love, and controlling their lives. The other comes with faith. An eight year old orphan holds a key to the outcome when darkness overtakes the town. Who will have Victory?

Victory started as a NaNoWriMo project in 2007. My older son had challenged me to try NaNo that year and I finally agreed. Writing 50 thousand words in 30 days seemed an insurmountable goal, but I accepted his challenge. After I finished it, the manuscript sat in its raw form until January 2012. With help from some dear friends, it was polished up, and the publication date was set. On December 5, 2012, Victory was released.

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Victory cover“Oh, I almost forgot. Shirley said to give you this note.” [The child] pulled the envelope from her jeans pocket and handed it to Rebecca. She gently took the barefoot child by the hand and led her across the rug-covered hardwood floor to a large overstuffed chair near the fireplace. The fire was blazing and inviting, especially to the cold child. She wrapped a warm, soft wool shawl around Brown Eyes and told her she could sit there and get warm, and that she would be right back.

Rebecca trotted up the stairs and returned quickly with a pair of warm woollen socks and a sweater. She

tenderly put the socks on the child’s cold feet.

“The sweater is just a little big, but it will be fine. It will keep you nice and warm. Would you

like some cocoa? I’ve got some almost ready on the stove.”

“Y-Yes, ma’am.” said the child, hesitantly. She wasn’t sure why she was here. She knew she

liked it, and she had always liked Miss Rebecca, but she thought she was here to help Miss Rebecca

work around the house. At least that’s what she thought Shirley had said.

Rebecca disappeared into the kitchen. Rebecca’s heart pounded

with joy as she took in a tray with two cups of the steaming liquid, and a plate of cookies–Christmas

cookies. Brown Eyes looked at the cookies, then at Rebecca.

“It’s okay, child. He doesn’t have control of my house. We celebrate Christmas here, every day

of the year!” Rebecca handed the largest cookie to the hungry child, who ate it quickly, as though it

would be taken from her at any moment.

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Victory is available at at

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  1. Jean permalink

    It sounds really good DeEtte.

  2. I wish you and your book the best in 2013, DeEtte. You deserve the best of everything.

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