The past week I worked on a contest entry. I finished it; however, I didn't like it enough to spend $19 on the entry fee for the reading. Nice prizes. Rather, I had a chance to practice writing the blurb and first page of Chapter One.
Here's the blurb
Mario Simpson's murder sparks Brice Frankel hatred against crime lord Nachine Bautista who ripped apart his teen years. Demanding justice for the dead and peace for the living he commits to his private mission Jailed Nachine. Will he succeed in destroying this thriving parasite?
First Page of Chapter One
Cut his first class or cheat on the English test. Brice ditched class. He broke a rule in his eleventh grade year. Shawn and Yasmine would back off teasing him about being the teacher's pet. The incident had him smirked in his dream, reconstructing the injustices of his that year. Mrs. Morgan wronged him by handing him a perfect attendance award in front of the class and capturing his picture. Labeling it Best Student Ever, to further damage his emerging rep. Didn't teachers stop giving those awards in elementary. He realized he needed to force himself to wake up. This day he desired to lock away in his memories. He tried to turn his body to roll out of bed but it stiffen. He drifted deeper into sleep and that day was real again.
The Cody security guard, who came down on a kid for being in the hall without a pass, noticed him. Brice pushed his bottom against one of the double doors, separating the Cody and Everett Buildings. He planned to sneak himself into the Everett to lose the guard. The doors had divided the Cody three-story high building that had more security guards from the Everett two-story one with a guard on each floor. Cody's windows provided sunshine. Its beige and white walls offered additional brightness. Everett had the dull green walls with peeling paint and dim lights, creating soothing gloom.
The Everett symbolized his neighbors who survived the layoffs from the auto companies, his father included and the criminals. Detroit failing economy gave birth to Nachine Bautista a drug dealing crime lord who recruited his friends and classmates to commit carjacking, selling drugs and more. She sought to chip away the calm and the peace of his neighborhood by setting up Inheritance Corporation in abandoned houses.
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