Weekend Writing Warriors – Donuts in an Empty Field 7#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 found a hidden piece of paper behind a photo on the wall, a last memento of her Dad.


I read through the scribbles and turn to Nichole in confusion. I show her the note.

July 22, 2002

  1. Get a dog.
  2. Win a food challenge.
  3. Shoot a gun.
  4. Ride a motorcycle.
  5. Skydive.
  6. Perform a kind deed without expecting anything in return.


Why is one of these items crossed off? What does this list mean? Tune in next week to find out.


Purchase the book HERE.


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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14 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors – Donuts in an Empty Field 7#WeWriWa

  1. Okay, Rachel. I want to know why the list was hidden, if the rescue that cost her father’s life was his effort to fulfill #6, and how all the other items tie in. Now I’m hooked.

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