Marvelina Chapter Four Part One

…Queen Square was lying on her back in her four-poster bed, her mouth wide open. Her long curly blonde wig was arranged around her shoulders. She was wearing a red silk night gown that was spread out in a circle around her. Her dainty feathered slippers had fallen from her feet to the white carpeted floor…

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Why am I posting Marvelina on Wattpad?

Marvelina has been a labor of love ever since I created the radio drama for WBAI Radio decades ago. I could never let the story go, but I didn’t find the time again until several years ago to recreate the story, and move it far beyond the radio drama, in the form of a novel. The difficult truth is that I have been knocking on doors for years now that I have not been opened to me and I feel discouraged. It’s hard to get anyone to even read the book let alone talk about publishing it.

I know creative people are trying all kinds of platforms on the Web. One of the reasons I chose Wattpad is because it’s exclusively for readers and writers. If you don’t want to read then you’re not going to go to Wattpad. I like that idea, that I’m posting for readers and not people who like to like pictures. Also, there are mostly new adults hanging around there, and I believe that that is the target audience for Marvelina, although I could be wrong about that. I’m not so up on the whole marketing thing either, honestly. Why can’t a writer just write?

I’m not sure if the fact that most of what’s on Wattpad is fan fiction, and a lot of it is mediocre, is a negative for me or not. Since my novel is not fan fiction maybe it has more of a chance to stand out. I have found that a lot of women post there and some of it is very interesting. And as I suspected, my book is relevant as women’s literature. At this particular moment it is ranked 196 out of 10.8k under the tag #women. They call that my most impressive ranking.

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Marvelina Chapter Two Part One

Lorelei wondered how the young girl had evaded STs and SSFs. The clothes she put on, several sizes too large, exaggerated her petite stature. She had a clear complexion, manicured nails and the brightest, reddest hair that Lorelei had ever seen. She handed the girl a mop and watched her clean up the water from the floor. When she finished, she looked down at her scratched feet and wiggled her red toes on the cold floor.

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Marvelina Chapter One Part Four

Marvelina strained awkwardly to pull out her diary, thinking that writing would keep her from drifting off to sleep again.

girls serve 

wine and meat 

clean sheets

treats 

sweets 

distractions for 

the main attraction 

the man in charge 

he feels large 

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Marvelina Chapter One Part Three

Marvelina thought that she understood their downcast looks of embarrassment. She remembered her own shame. She had wondered how Nanny Florence could have failed to tell her anything about marriage. She felt like she had been deceived her entire life. For a moment she considered that the STs looking for her might think that one of these girls was her, then she was ashamed of herself for wishing her trouble on someone else. She turned abruptly in the opposite direction toward the Market…

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Marvelina Chapter One Part Two

Marvelina shuddered at the thought of becoming a ghost slave. Her mother had told her that Shavana was a witch, and her army of ghost slaves hated Aristocrats because they couldn’t stand the light of their souls. But Marvelina still wanted to get beyond Outer Wall.

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Marvelina Chapter One Part One

She heard her husband’s grating laugh from within as the back window rolled down. His hand reached out from the interior and grasped at the sheer silk of her dress. He tore it away, stripping her down to her lingerie. She dropped her book and reached down to pick it up. Her breasts broke free from the top of her low push-up bra cups as she looked up to see her frilly white dress fluttering in his grasp. The limousine sped off, spewing exhaust in its sudden hurry….

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Grandmother Spider

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This little snippet is from Episode One of the radio drama. The video was made by Crystal Clear Waters for #MarvelinaMonday on Instagram.