The R.A.N.C.H excerpt

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I had to place an excerpt of the project I was working on with the Camp NaNoWriMo website that I joined. I thought I would share it here also.
The R.A.N.C.H. Project
Research Agency of the Neural Cerebral Hemisphere
The Ranch’s Objective: Growing humans for political projects and creating human weaponry for personal and national gain

Laying in the cold dampness of the cellar dungeon, soaked and dried in their own blood lay Jase and Colin. The maniac that roamed around upstairs treated them no better than stray pets that were a nuisance. The difference being, the man keeping them captive wanted these men alive, but why?

Colin was still concerned that Jase was dead. Enough light had peered in from upstairs that now he could see Jase’s limp and bloody body in the corner adjacent from him. He would watch as the man upstairs would periodically check on his ‘pets’ and this made Colin think that Jase was alive, at least for now or their captor would have not continued to check on them both. Jase must of suffered some sort of head trauma, maybe rest was all he needed? At least this is what Colin had prayed for.

Colin knew he needed to break free. Possibly start a dialog with the man when he comes to check again. Something he had avoided till now. He wanted to break free, check on Colin and give his captor a surprise he would not see coming. He had tried every which way to break out of the chains. Whoever this crazy man was, he knew how to hold a prisoner tight.
That’s when Colin saw it, his snow pants, hanging from a hook above a wooden workbench. At least that is what he thought he saw. He could be wrong, but they certainly looked like it. This gave him more hope than he had since the plane took its final dive into the treetops.
The transceiver that he had turned on the morning Jase dropped him off was in those pants, a tiny compartment that zipped near the bottom of the right leg. Was it still there? He had never turned it off and now he was hoping that if this lunatic had saved his snow pants, his gun and other belongings would be close.

Colin heard a moan come from his battered friend, “Jase! Jase can you hear me?” He heard Jase take a deep breath and he went silent once more. This waiting and not knowing if Jase was brutally injured was more torture than Colin wanted to remember. Scenes like a movie reel kept playing through his mind of his time he was a POW and when he didn’t know the status of his men. He could do this, he thought; he would get Jase out of here alive.

The man upstairs must of heard Colin call out to Jase and immediately rushed to the trapdoor. Jase could hear a series of locks being turned and twisted out of their steel casing. Soon the mysterious man descended into the makeshift prison.

Copyright © 2014 by Neasha Hill

What My Summer Reading List Consisted of in 2014

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Believe it or not I did get a lot of writing done over the summer for the writing projects that I have almost completed– ALMOST. Hopefully, I will be adding more to the word counts on those ‘said’ projects in the next few months with the kids back in school. I also added a lot to my reading lists that I would like to share. Maybe you are looking for a much needed break with a good book or perhaps you are looking for something to do while you wait for your son to come out of football practice late- – No? That must just be me!

Here are just a few of the books I read:

Lindsay Buroker has a great series called the Emperor’s Edge that I have to admit I found hard to start. I read the first few pages and I couldn’t get into it. Maybe it was what I had going on while I was reading or perhaps it was the Industrial- Steam Punk genre she writes in (not sure that is a genre but I am sticking with it). I put it down several times in just the first few pages. Once I picked it up and had some quiet time to myself I couldn’t put it down. Lots of places in the book that made me laugh OUTLOUD. She really sucks you into this make-believe world and I have since downloaded the others and the short stories. I highly recommend this series.

Patricia Strefling is another author I have fell in love with. Her books are very Christian based and the 2 book series ‘Ireland Rose’ is a great read. Strefling establishes a very strong female character in Ireland Rose and you will find yourself cheering for her one moment and having a hurting heart the next. Lots of twists in these books and I couldn’t put them down till I was done and had a mental completed story of her life.

Heather B Moore, author of Hearts of the Ocean was another book with a twist I never saw coming at the end. This was a book I thought I had figured out halfway through and I was completely wrong!! I am sure you will enjoy this as much as I did 

Family Vacations and Bad Pictures!

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Since about the time my children hit the teen years they stopped smiling for pictures. They do however smile for pictures when they are goofing off and they think it will get a laugh. They can be laughing and having a great time and if I pull out a camera to snap a family picture you would think by the looks on their faces we were in the 1800’s, living in a dirt floor cabin, poor, hungry and wearing itchy potato sack underwear. FAR FROM THE CASE! At least that is what the frowns say that I capture! I found the best pictures I have of them is with their backs turned to me. I know the smiles will come back when they get older and when they realize it won’t kill them to show a toothy grin but until then I will keep snapping pictures. I am a mom, it is what I do.

This picture is at the Parthenon in Nashville this summer- backs turned to me of course!
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