A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2013 has most bloggers tired out by now. I hope you got as much as you put into it — bloggers as a community are generous, which is what has kept this challenge going into its fourth year! I’m co-hosting it on Amlokiblogs, so drop me a comment there if you have something to say about the challenge itself. On this blog, I’ve been featuring mostly indie-published book excerpts for all of April. I love reading, and supporting author-friends, and this is a good way to do both.
Today, for Y, I give you a juvenile/christian/ fantasy: Xeno Oaks by Marjorie B. Hill
Elevator Pitch: Separated from her family after the death of her mother, Molly struggles with life’s questions and finds the answers in the most unexpected places.
Aunt Tess’s angry voice snatched her back to reality. Molly hurried down the hall, opening the screen door, holding her head high. She stepped onto the porch and gasped.
“I told you to take care of this…this animal!” Aunt Tess sputtered angrily. “This is the last straw. He has to go.”
“She,” answered Molly, staring at Aunt Tess, not believing her eyes. They she stared at General.
“What–?” Molly tried to say, but instead, ”What–?” turned into a gurgle, then laughter, until she was whooping with tears streaming down her face. That didn’t make Aunt Tess very happy.
“What in the world?” Grandpapa B. asked, coming onto the porch from the library. He stared and then threw back his head, laughing.
Sassy was covered in flour, a white raccoon with black, beady eyes. General, covered in flour, held a wriggling Sassy. She reached up to pat his floured face.