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Tell me a story… (Contest)
Thursday, October 13th, 2016

UPDATE: The winner is…Stephanie Davies!

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People always ask me where I get my ideas. And I have to say I get them everywhere. From the news, from snippets of conversations, and sometimes, I get them from pictures. This past month, I’ve been taking advantage of a special bargain depositphotos.com has where you can purchase 10 photos a day for a month for just $79.00. The first couple of weeks, I devoured the site for pictures I knew I needed—hunky, bare-chested males, pretty women, couple clenches, some background photos. The past few days as I near the end of my buying period, I’ve been picking up photos that simply catch my eye, hoping one will spawn a story.

Here’s one of those intriguing photos…

So, let’s play. For a chance to win an Amazon gift card, tell me a story inspired by this photo. It doesn’t have to be long or complete. Just have fun!

13 comments to “Tell me a story… (Contest)”

  1. Shannon Nemechek
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    · October 13th, 2016 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Aurora, an elfen priestess who possesses the power of magic and reigns as Queen of the Daerwen elves. Daerwen is small but has many enemies. Daerwen has been under seige by the Bellethiel elves for many centuries. It has been this seige that has forced Aurora into a marriage she neither wants nor accepts. She is in love with a dwarf prince who has captured her heart but dwarves and elves are bitter enemies so their love can only happen if she can defeat the Bellethiel elves who are also the sworn dwarfen enemies. Aurora had devised a plan to meet with the Bellethiel emissary, who is also the Bellethiel prince she has been betrothed too. She will meet with the Belletheil prince and capture him to force a peace between the two nations so she can finally be with her one true love.

    there is my quick off the cuff story. lol lol



  2. RO Ingram
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    · October 13th, 2016 at 5:28 pm · Link

    This lovely picture makes me think of what I Dream of Jeannie may have looked like before modern times with Larry Hagman. The glow of the bottle tells me someone has just rubbed the bottle for a wonderful wish that is about to be fulfilled. 🙂



  3. Angela
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    · October 13th, 2016 at 5:53 pm · Link

    She is a Queen ready to rule here Kingdom, with everyone on her side the Kingdom will prosper with the help of the magic bottle. Only one thing she need, she must choose a King to be her consort and partner.



  4. Cyndi Faria
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    · October 13th, 2016 at 6:19 pm · Link

    Delilah, what a fun treat to make up a story from single photo. Here’s my take and I hope this crude blurb gives you a laugh or stokes your imagination for a next fun read. Cyndi Faria

    When a deathbed confession reveals Clara, a Sidhe Princess, married the wrong identical twin brother and the human she fell in love with, Edward, was killed at the hands of his evil twin 80 years prior, the Sidhe princess makes a desperate choice to emerge from hiding. Once a faery always a faery. Clara concocts an elixir that spins back time. Youth returned and secrets exposed, Edward wants nothing to do with her. With time running out, she has two days to stop a killer and prove to Edward his life hangs in peril…but where will time leave her heart?



  5. Jen B.
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    · October 13th, 2016 at 7:06 pm · Link

    In a world between worlds, a young woman holds the key to either saving or ending all the connected worlds. She must work through trials and wars to grow and decide the fate of all.



  6. ButtonsMom2003
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    · October 13th, 2016 at 8:36 pm · Link

    I have no imagination at all – which is why I read books.



  7. Kim Brown
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    · October 13th, 2016 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Each time Liliana held the Djinn’s bottle it glowed with a strange warmth that reach straight to her core. She would listen to the whispered promises of sensual delight that will end her lonely existence if only she will release him. He calls himself Sindar but he has had many names written in the scrolls of the ancients. Even knowing the dangers that she has studied about the Djinn, still he calls to her even invading her dreams filling them with a passion she has never known.



  8. Mary Preston
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    · October 14th, 2016 at 1:04 am · Link

    The world was full of magic once more.



  9. DebraG
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    · October 14th, 2016 at 4:52 am · Link

    She is really an underwater queen waiting for her entourage.



  10. Stephanie Davies
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    · October 14th, 2016 at 5:27 am · Link

    The funeral would take place in three days. Lydia had to act now, while everyone was asleep. She hadn’t much time.

    She slipped from the room and carefully closed the door. It was only one large, empty room in her aunt’s large, empty house – far from the servant’s quarters, and from the room in which her father was sleeping, but Lydia suspected someone would be by to check on her by morning nonetheless. She turned the iron key in its lock and dropped it into the pocket of her pinafore, running a finger along the smooth thing already lodging in her apron. It flexed responsively.

    Her stockinged feet were silent as she made her way down the corridor; she was still dressed for dinner. All that could be heard was the occasional rustle of her velvet dress and the thin chains of her headdress faintly clinking.

    It was down here. If it hadn’t been moved, it would be here.

    Ahead: the library. Thankfully unlocked. The creature in her pinafore uncoiled, snaking a languid head over the hem of her pocket. Lydia collected the serpent in her hand. “There it is, see?” she murmured, indicating the blank expanse of wall. A black tongue flicked back at her by answer, tasting the air in the dark. The young woman returned her pet to the warmth of her pocket. Kneeling beside the wall, she began to pull at stone and mortar until it gave way.

    Behind the brick was the vial, just as Lydia knew it would be. She tilted it and watched the honeyed, glowing legs roll down the inside of the crystal, behind the filigree. Watched the light escape between her fingers.

    She unstoppered the bottle and drank.



  11. Colleen C.
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    · October 14th, 2016 at 12:02 pm · Link

    Hmm, brings to mind a young woman and magic… Maybe getting ready for a battle…



  12. Delilah
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    · October 15th, 2016 at 6:53 am · Link

    Goosebumps, y’all! Terrific jobs!! So, you going to write those stories? 🙂

    The winner (chosen by a random number generator) is…Stephanie Davies! Congrats! And email me at delilah@delilahdevlin.com to arrange delivery of your prize!



  13. lisa kader
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    · October 15th, 2016 at 8:06 pm · Link

    The Princess of Amazonia is holding a magical light in her hand. The light foretells the wisher that they will meet their true love. The Princess is trying to find her true love so that she doesn’t have to marry the evil wizard that is trying to destroyer lands. She has wished upon the magical light. Now it is leading her to her true love. The light leads her to a dark cave were she must fight her way through a convoy of Imps. Once she defeats the imps the Princess then goes forward into the cave were she has to fight some Fae. The Princess isn’t so sure about trying to find her true love if she keeps having to fight for him.