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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Excerpt & Multi-book Giveaway from Barbara Silkstone!

Yesterday, Bonnie featured a guest post from Barbara Silkstone on "Fairy Tale Therapy," aka, what to do when life "tips your tiara," and how her stories came to be. Today, Barbara has offered up an excerpt from The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters, as well as a giveaway for all of you!


9:00 a.m.  A bell rang and Leslie moved to his seat. The bailiff called the Court to order and the judge entered. We all stood.
The judge was female, about fifty-five, with a stubby body. She wore a long white wig like the judge in Alice in Wonderland. Bum luck pulling a lady-judge. I’ve learned that women are usually less compassionate with other women. She wasn’t going to be sympathetic to my flights of fancy. The worst part was she was probably in Leslie’s pocket.
As I slipped into position at our table my straight skirt rose up my legs. I tugged at the hem catching my bracelet on my pantyhose at mid-thigh. I struggled to free the gold links from the tougher than steel fibers of my run-resistant hose. My every movement succeeded in tangling me with myself. My right wrist felt permanently attached to my right thigh eight inches short of being obscene.  
As the true horror of my situation sank into my brain, I watched the lawyers take turns going up to the podium to announce their names and whom they represented. Dallas Little was attorney for Leslie Archer. Glick waddled up to the stand, “George Blackstone Glick for the plaintiff, Algernon Green” he said in a big, booming voice.
“And for the Defense?” the judge asked.
I was sweating. I couldn’t stay in my seat. You had to walk up and announce yourself. I edged out of the chair bent over, hobbling, wrist on thigh, and skirt way up where it shouldn’t have been. I tried to act as professional as I could under the circumstances. I flashed the judge a self-deprecating smile.
“Alice Harte. I am here today in my own defense, Your Honor. I am pro se.” I couldn’t reach the microphone on the podium, so I spoke as loudly as I could considering my face was on my stomach.
The courtroom was silent; you could have heard a lawyer drop.
The judge looked flabbergasted. “Are you mocking me?” she snapped.
“Your Honor I have a problem. May I go behind the bench?”
“The correct terminology is ‘May I approach the bench?’”
I hunched forward, pigeon stepping toward her. There were twitters of laughter in the courtroom. The judge banged her gavel. “Silence.  Ms. Harte if you are attempting to make a mockery of this court, I will not take it lightly. Now straighten up.”
The judge’s bench was a good three feet taller than my head. I waddled as close as I could and mouthed the words ‘Panty hose are stuck.’ She didn’t get it.
I figured if I could get behind the judicial platform I could take off my panty hose and roll them up with the bracelet and be done with it. The bailiff was one step behind me as I slipped around the bench and under the judge’s chair. I guessed he’d never seen anyone act that way in court before because he stood there dumbstruck and then broke into gales of laughter. The spectators joined him. The noise was so loud the judge’s gavel-banging couldn’t be heard. It was twenty minutes before they all got quiet and I felt secure enough to walk out from under the judge’s chair. I did so with all the dignity I could muster. I pretended I was Joan of Arc going to the stake.




****GIVEAWAY****

To celebrate Fairy Tale Fortnight, Barbara has offered up ebooks of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters and Zo White and the Seven Morphs, as well as an audiobook of Wendy and the Lost Boys! This is not a prize pack, there will be 3 separate winners! Giveaway ends May 10th, 2014 at midnight. Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter.
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4 comments:

  1. I'm so interested in Wendy & the Lost boys! And it's an audiobook, which I haven't experienced yet. It'd be exciting to try! And oversea readers don't have to worry if it's U.S.-only giveaway~
    But I really like the cover for Secret Diary of Alice! That face just makes me laugh!

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  2. Enjoyed the excerpt. I love that it is written as a diary. A long, long time ago I read Bridget Jones Diary and fell in love with this format. It seems that when writing a book as a diary that authors allow their characters to reveal more about themselves.

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  3. now I need to read more!!!

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