Visceral Fears

I bow my head at what I’ve become,  deep, dark death, a fallen one oozing onyx blood and tears presaging deathly fears on winged journey from a bedimmed army I arrive dripping tears, onyx daggers icing prayers crescent wings enfolding visceral fears we depart together immortal soul and dark angel to another sphere    …

Lurch from Trance

Excerpt from Chapter Thirty-Seven of  By Chance Desperate for a better view, Leanne strays toward the side of the home. Above an outdoor generator, a window is slightly ajar. Hoisting her weight atop the steel box, she stoops beneath the window. From her crouch, she rises and peeps over the windowsill, spying a laundry room…

Grainy Worldview

I woke to a grainy view bigotry speckled a gray hue I woke to a grainy stain bloody murder shaming a foul reign I woke to a grainy rebuke dodgy words of a grand-duke I woke to a grainy pain deep-seated hatred, black and white Will it ever wane?   Copyright 2017 by E. Denise…

Eye-Catching

For several months, I’ve created numerous book cover designs for my latest novel, A Blog Affair. It’s not a willy-nilly process, performed in a jiffy, but a careful, well-thought out effort inspired by the unfolding story. You’re probably wondering why I wouldn’t invest in a professional graphic designer. Well, I actually enjoy creating my own…

Organized Protest

  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead     Art: Courtesy of Pinterest Daily Prompt: Organize

Illicit Delivery

I’d set a deadline for the release of A Blog Affair for the summer. But with many interruptions, life got in the way. So, I’ve set a new release date for early Fall 2017. This novel has been challenging but little by little it’s coming together. Excerpt from A Blog Affair I never leave recruits…

A Blustery Evening With Spicy Chai

    Excerpt from Chapter 23 of Chasing Victoria I wonder how long the note lay on the counter. Did Aiden write it during his last visit, perhaps months or even a year ago?  No matter how long, he knew I’d find my way back home. With a sudden urge for tea, I fill the…

The Morning After

Today’s daily prompt, amble, is a word I’ve used and overused in the past when I can’t find a better word to describe a character moving or walking slowly. But to amble is to move at a relaxed pace which doesn’t describe my character’s excruciating, hungover state as she descends a flight of stairs. I’ve…

Shimmering Pool of Tears

Every now and then, I like to revisit old friends. Not the flesh and blood real life compadres, but characters I formed a close relationship with while giving birth to their world. While revisiting my novel, By Chance, I discovered the word shimmer was used many times. Hmmm . . . I guess it was a…

Casual In Charleston – By Chance

Excerpt from By Chance, a Supernatural Thriller by E. Denise Billups One day in class, Adam sat beside her, leaned over, and whispered, “Aren’t you tired of this?” The moment she heard his voice, she’d lost the game. For the first time in her life, her guard came down, but she didn’t relent so easily,…

The Storm

The sun sits at one o’clock in the western sky. Aria sets her watch, hoping to circumnavigate Loch Leven’s seven-mile cross-country trek before sunset without her workout partner. She syncs her sports watch and enters the park at exactly 1:01 P.M. unaware of strange brooding clouds gathering over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Four miles later,…

I’m Not That Shallow

  Excerpt from A Blog Affair, coming Fall 2017 “I don’t know how you do it. All that heartache day in and day out, I’d be so discouraged with marriage.” “Uh huh, well . . . Mom and dad already ruined it for me.” “Is that why you chose to become a divorce attorney?” We…