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Feedback from ‘The Bakery Assistant’

My novel in progress (under the pen name Elizabeth Harris) is ‘The Bakery Assistant’.  It’s the story of Claire Fischer who’s stuck in time after her parents were involved in a fatal car crash on the way to her 16th birthday party.  She meets Aaron Ricci, who sweeps her off her feet, although he comes with his own baggage.

I brought the end of Chapter 5-in which Claire and Aaron have their first fight, and the beginning of Chapter 6- where Sid (Aaron’s roommate and best friend’s girl) a hairstylist does her hair.  On another note Sid is by far the most autobiographical character I’ve ever written: loud mouthed, lively, and a highly talented hairstylist.

One of my favorite things to do after my weekly critique circle with the Houston Writers Guild is to memorialize the good notes I get from the group.  It’s always nice to look back over all the praise after numerous rejections in the literary world, and something I recommend for any author.

Below are some of the highlights. I’d like to thank the authors in my cc, and the Houston Writers Guild.  I wouldn’t be half the writer I am now without them.

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Stay tuned for my debut novel ‘Blood On The Potomac’ due this spring from Inklings Publishing.


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Where in the world is author Mel Algood?

This year will be a big one for me because my debut novel ‘Blood On The Potomac’ will be published by Inklings Publishing.

Throughout the year I’ll be posting updates about the release, but if you’d like a taste of what the world of assassin Samantha Locke and ex Navy S.E.A.L. Matthew Hale looks like then you can read about it in the short story ‘Blood On The Potomac’ which inspired the novel.  Pick up your copy of the anthology ‘Eclectically Carnal’ which includes the short story from the Inklings website or from my Amazon author page.

The first event that I’ll be at this year is the Supernatural Convention held in Houston, Texas.  You can find out more about the event by clicking this link.  I’ll be there, in costume, on Sunday February 14 from 10 am to 6pm.  This won’t only be the first event where you can meet me in person -and have me sign your book-it will also be the first time I ever cosplay.

I won’t ‘explain’ what that is, seeing as I’m by no means an expert.  Let’s just say that while I’m at the convention I’ll ‘be’ the bubbly, Hermione loving, hacker Charlie Bradbury.

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I hope to see you there.  Keep reading, and when you love a story be sure to write a review for the author.



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Notes on a scene from ‘The Bakery Assistant’

Here are some of the best reviews I got on a party scene at the end of Chapter 5 of ‘The Bakery Assistant’.  I appreciate the Houston Writers Guild and their critique circles for all their help.

By the end of the month I’ll post another scene from the novel I wrote for NaNoWritMo-50,000 words in 22 days.  I hope that you enjoy reading about Claire as much as I enjoy writing about her.

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Reading of my poem ‘Snowfall’ under the pen name-Elizabeth Harris

I know there have been some problems with the link to my readings.   What can I say?  I’m a writer, not a web page designer.  Hopefully everyone will love my first thriller in a series, ‘Blood On The Potomac’, which will be out May 2016, and then I’ll be able to pay a professional.

My poem ‘Snowfall’ was originally written when I was 14, and can be found in print from Spider Road Press in their collection ‘IN THE QUESTIONS’. They’ll also be publishing my award winning flash fiction piece ‘Thomas’ this year, so keep your eye out for that.

You can view the video of my reading here.IMG_2110

You can view my amazon author page here which is where you can purchase any of my short stories, or poems.

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A selection from ‘The Bakery Assistant’ written during NaNoWritMo

This is a scene I wrote during the NaNoWritMo challenge during November 2015.  Writers strive to write 50,000 words in 30 days-but I did it in 22.  Below is something that I find to be very good, and doesn’t ‘give away’ all of Claire Fischer’s secrets.  I’m still working on ‘The Bakery Assistant’ but I’ll finish it in 2016.  Until then I plan on posting tidbits so you can get a fell for my newest character.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.





There was something truly American about watching the fireworks celebrating our Nations birth while lounging on a picnic blanket under The Washington Monument. The irony wasn’t lost on me that my father would love this newfound country pride that had encroached around me after he died. My mother always found the nuanced traditions of the country overstated, she would have preferred to tour The National Zoo, or take a stroll around The National Botanical Garden.

If they were still able to take me to Baltimore I would have demanded to go to The Aquarium. My mother always told me that I must have been a mermaid in a past life considering my obsession with the entire universe under the waves. I’d never gone scuba diving because my father was claustrophobic, and submerging his entire body in water was not his idea of a good time. Although I could stand up right now, leave Aaron and our friends behind to travel to Bora Bora and live out my dreams of living under the sea.

Instead I gazed into my boyfriend’s ocean blue eyes.

“You know it’s not polite to stare,” Aaron said.

“You’re the one who’s staring,” I giggled and threw a handful of purple grapes at him.

Aaron chuckled in the late afternoon sunlight. Even in the heat he wore his beanie, and black jeans. Although he wore a plain white t-shirt that stuck to his abs when he leaned back and lay on army green picnic blanket and looked up at me.

He closed his sketchbook and put it under his head like a pillow, tossed the grapes in the air and caught them in his mouth, then threw me an overstuffed smirk before he crushed their tender skin with his teeth.