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Six-Sentence Sunday #1 – Forgive Me, Alex

Okay, so this is a simple but great idea. I must give credit where credit is due: I first saw this on author Alex Laybourne’s website, according to which he first saw it on Darlene Steelman’s website. Maybe Darlene has started something here.

The idea is to give you a small taste (6 consecutive sentences) of one of my pieces, but a compelling one. So, is the excerpt below effective? No clue. Only you can tell me that.

Six-Sentence Excerpt – Forgive Me, Alex (A Psychological Thriller Novel)

Alex’s vacant brown eyes and perpetual frown, his continuous soft sigh and the musty smell of sweat and tears on his Scooby-Doo pajamas, the way his chin rested continually on his chest—these left me utterly heartbroken.

I could only pray that the dark Christmas of 1975 would slip into history as the worst I would ever experience. Surely, Dad, Alex and I would recover our happiness, our optimism, as our futures unfolded according to a new plan, albeit a motherless one.

That little executioner’s waltz I’d performed on the street in front of our house in August would no doubt be my last dance.

Little did I know: more monsters roamed the world than I’d ever imagined.

They weren’t finished with me.

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  1. Darlene Steelman

    Oh My Gosh!!! I love these six sentences!! What a wonderful excerpt and now I am off to buy the book.
    Thanks for the shout out.. enjoy the rest of your Sunday. 🙂

    • Lane Diamond

      Thank you, Darlene, for both the great blog idea and your enthusiasm for my excerpt. 🙂

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