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Arthur Levine (wolert123p) | 32 comments Disabled Vets and Lovers Return - Excerpt Sequin Boy and Cindy

Sequin Boy and Cindy is the story of two young people who go to war, come home as disabled vets and their struggle to successfully reintegrate into civilian society. I think you will find it heartwarming and spiritually uplifting. Please check it out.

Cindy and I suffer a lot of phantom pain—when you think that the limb you lost is hurting—and when it rains our wounds hurt like hell, but other than an occasional over-the-counter extra strength Advil, we are pill free, and our love life is terrific again. I was a little shy at first about Cindy seeing my stump, but the heat of passion soon rids me of that hang-up. Cindy says she’s happy I haven’t lost any other body part. All of a sudden my gal has a sense of humor.

I think Cindy is getting used to the loss of her hand. She has an artificial one, but can’t really do much with the damn thing, which is really for cosmetic effect. Her face is another matter. The droop bothers her. She tries to hide it with her good hand. I keep kissing her face on the bad side, which only serves to make her remember that her face is deformed. Sometimes I’m not too swift.

Homecoming to the local community and our apartment is a gas. Our apartment is secure due to a liberal monthly disability allowance from the Army and a landlord that really feels sorry for the nice young couple who live there. When we get home, compliments of Army transportation all the way including a direct flight on an Air force C 17 cargo plane to an Air force base in New Jersey, and door-to-door Army Jeep service, we find the apartment stocked with every conceivable kind of food courtesy of our local merchants and the building super who let them in. The refrigerator is full of fine French meats from the local butcher and a beautifully roasted chicken. The fruit store stocked the place with melons, lettuce, string beans, and out of season white peaches. The community has gotten together and bought us a real king sized bed whose mattress goes up and down electronically. Of course there are more cigars, which Cindy secretly smokes, all the latest magazines, and a gift certificate for Cindy to the local beauty parlor. She at first refuses to go, but I eventually convince her. I grab Cindy’s good hand and say, “Life is good. We’ll have to take a walk tomorrow and thank everybody for our great welcome home.”

We needn’t have bothered. The local community is planning a big home coming parade for us. We are a little embarrassed, but we feel great to be home. The only problem I have is when the snows came later in the month. There are four steps out front leading to our apartment and I tend to slip on my artificial limb. I have to lean on the guardrail to go up sideways grasping the railing for support, and walking together as a couple at first is awkward. I have to walk on Cindy’s left side to hold her good hand and that means my artificial limb on my right leg is on the inside. I still use a cane. We practice together and work it out. Both of us use each other for support and I keep the cane in my left hand.

One morning, a few days after we came home, Cindy wakes to find me lying on my side of the bed facing her and listening to her breath. Tears are running down my cheeks. “I thought I lost you in Iran. I was so scared, I didn’t want to live without you,” I say.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085M3BZ6

Regards,
Arthur [book:Sequin Boy and Cindy|14741265


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Larry Moniz (larrymoniz) | 4 comments Arthur, did this have the benefit of a critique group and/or professional editor?


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Arthur Levine (wolert123p) | 32 comments Larry wrote: "Arthur, did this have the benefit of a critique group and/or professional editor?"
Hi Larry, I was away for 2 days so just catching up. I had a Beta reading group or critique group if you prefer who I credit in the beginning of the book.
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Regards,
Arthur


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T.K. Geering (flowingwithgo) | 100 comments I haven't been on here for a while folks as I have been writing another MS.
I came back hoping to see all my friendly writers I enjoyed chatting with. Instead I come into a full scale argument filled with insults......
This is awful folks. It's not even the usual 'just an opinion and friendly disagreement'
I used to love this forum (Tim Greaton)but it will be a long while before I'm back.
Teresa


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T.K. Geering (flowingwithgo) | 100 comments Virginia wrote: "It's okay. As long as I refrain from participating everything will be fine. And I will. Don't take it out on Tim. I apologize for leaving a bad impression with you."

I wasn't taking it out on Tim Virginia as I have the greatest respect for all my fellow writers. I just think it's incredibly sad. No need to apologise at all.
I wish you all the best of luck with your work.


message 6: by Tim (new)

Tim Greaton | 195 comments Mod
Hey, everyone. Teresa, I just caught this by email and agree. Agression on discussion threads is a real downer. I have been so busy, I really haven't spent any time in here but I think it's time we all got back to the business of being friends and being supportive. If anyone posts, I'll make the time to answer...and I'll make the time to eliminate mean spirited jabs. Virginia, we're happy to have you here. Let's all just watch our tone and brighten each other's days :-)


message 7: by Tim (new)

Tim Greaton | 195 comments Mod
Teresa, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'm glad to be getting our discussions flowing again :-)


message 8: by T.K. (new)

T.K. Geering (flowingwithgo) | 100 comments I also caught it by email Tim...
Each of us has so much to offer and I just felt incredibly sad about it all.


message 9: by Tim (new)

Tim Greaton | 195 comments Mod
Teresa wrote: "I also caught it by email Tim...
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I think we're back on track, Tee. I only wish I had a few clones to keep up with all these sites :-)


message 10: by Tim (new)

Tim Greaton | 195 comments Mod
I'm pleased to introduce friend and author @CELemieux to my forum. He talks about his novel "Loving Deacon" http://bit.ly/N3ES5Q


message 11: by T.K. (last edited Jun 30, 2012 01:21AM) (new)

T.K. Geering (flowingwithgo) | 100 comments Tim wrote: "Teresa wrote: "I also caught it by email Tim...
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I think we're back on track, Tee. I only wish I had a few clones to keep up with all these sites :-)"



..............Clones would be good Tim OR I could send Bertie Bassett along. He should be able to sort it and if y'all wonder what I'm talking about take a lookee here. ~Second interview down at the moment.

http://www.timgreatonforum.blogspot.c...

A bit of promo for Tim and I.


message 12: by Tim (new)

Tim Greaton | 195 comments Mod
'Hope you had a great weekend, Tee. I've been about as busy as can be and had my best sales month of the year so far :-)


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T.K. Geering (flowingwithgo) | 100 comments Tim wrote: "'Hope you had a great weekend, Tee. I've been about as busy as can be and had my best sales month of the year so far :-)"

Hectic but enjoyable thanks Tim. I've been preparing a promo pack for an American web cam link up at end of the month...Eeek! Also Shasta Summer my other novel is on promo in Romance Reviews blog (American) for the months of July/August.

... Fantastic news on your sales Tim. Lets hope that bodes well for the rest of the year as well.


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