Weekend Writing Warriors – Donuts in an Empty Field 4#WeWriWa


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Donuts in an Empty Field is a contemporary, realistic fiction, and Young Adult novel about two best friends, the local food challenge, and letting go of anger.

This excerpt is from chapter one.

After last week when Vanessa first opens the room to her late father’s office, she is tasked with cleaning everything out and boxing everything up with her mom and her best friend, Nichole. Vanessa’s mom just cried out from the other room and the girls dropped everything in their panic to make sure Mom is okay.


Nichole bumps into me in our haste to make sure Mom’s okay and we both fall to the floor. My world turns upside down and I bang my head against Nichole’s knee. I’m panting and scrambling to disentangle my limbs from Nichole’s. Mom still hasn’t answered.

We run out to see what happened. Mom’s in the kitchen, her hands braced on opposite sides of the sink. For a moment I’m immensely angry that she didn’t answer when I called, scaring the bejesus out of Nichole and me, but then I notice she’s crying. Shame at my anger crashes down on my shoulders.


Why is Vanessa’s mom upset? Tune in next week to find out.


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Local young adult writer, Rachel Barnard, will release the first novel in her young adult For the Love of Donuts series titled Donuts in an Empty Field with Life’s a Book Publishing, June 3rd, 2016 (AKA National Donut Day). Order your copy HERE.

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s son from a burning building. Nessa blames the boy, but her best friend Nichole thinks it’s time to let go of the past. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge will bust her out of her shell. A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.


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