Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Special Treat from Author Jennifer Fromke

Today's blog post is a special treat from Jennifer Fromke, author of A Familiar Shore. She provided the photos for our "Where in the World is Magnificent Hope?" contest for Week 2, and now, she has written a scene involving two of the minor (but oh-so-popular) characters from her book - the twins, Jane and Janell! My apologies for not posting this over the weekend - but I hope you enjoy it anyway! And be sure to take note of the clues - they'll help you enter to win the contest! Thanks, Jennifer!

Janell jumped up and down. The wood floor beneath her creaked in rhythm. “Living in North Carolina is such a blast!”

Jane twirled her ponytail around her finger. “I know! And it’s only been, like, less than a year!”

“Do you think we’re gonna like the race?”

Jane shrugged. “I like watching the sailboat races on Lake Charlevoix, so I guess this might be as much fun as that.”

“Yeah, but at least the sailboats have to round certain buoys and they have to switch sails and stuff. I don’t really get the whole ‘driving in a circle all day thing.’”

“Well, Cody says there’s a lot more to stock car racing than just driving in circles. It’s like . . . science.”

Rolling her eyes, Janell crossed her arms. “No way.”

Ponytail bouncing, as usual, Jane nodded, solemn. “Swear. They tinker the engines and other things to try to get a tiny bit more speed out of the car than the other guys are getting. And sometimes that makes a difference in who wins.”

“And sometimes they crash.”

“Yeah, I know. That’s pretty bad.”

“Yeah. And I feel guilty for wanting to watch for crashes. Cuz, it’s like the only exciting thing you can see while you’re watching a race, but I don’t want to wish for a crash, cuz those poor guys!”

“I know! Sometimes they get hurt really bad.”

“So why are we going to this race anyway?”

Jane shut down the computer and turned lights off around the old Charlotte house-turned-law-office. “Cody is photographing the race today. It’s the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the season, I think. He has press passes for us and everything. We might even get to meet some of the drivers.”

Janell followed Jane through the door and pulled out her key to lock up. “We already met Trevor Colt. He’s pretty short.”

A giggle erupted from both twins. “I think he’s not the only short one, either.” She elbowed her sister. “But they’re pretty much all taller than us, and that’s what matters, right?”

They nodded one giant nod in unison. “Right!”

“Here goes nothing . . .”

“Charlotte Motor Speedway or BUST!”

Congratulations to Kasey Kahne, winner of the NASCAR'S 2012 Coca-Cola 600!

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