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Chapter 1: The Five

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“I will be selling the clubhouse,” he said.

The room full of press were eagerly waiting for him to continue. They held their tongues as the photographers continued to flash away.

“I will be selling the clubhouse to one chosen individual. That is all,” he ended.

The lack of information sent the journalist bursting into a frenzy of questions, questions he ignored as he casually strolled out of the room. Taking his spot on the podium was his assistant, who immediately promised to provide all needed information. That information did not include the commonly asked question of why.

Days after the press conference, every member of the elite clubhouse signed a special form to express their interest in buying over. Some included business proposals while some offered a hefty price, but none of those made any difference. The owner, who was also the president of Greengrass Global, a well-known property developer, did not seem interested in selling his clubhouse to the highest bidder. He was more interested in the right one.

So a month later, there were five; five members of the clubhouse sitting in a small, private, empty lounge on a quiet Wednesday evening. None of them spoke, as they found no trouble in occupying themselves and ignoring their competitors. The silence between them comfortably lingered, as they waited for the main door to open.

Sitting closest to the door was Richard. Richard was a 26-year-old heir to his father’s world-renown law firm despite having failed the bar exam twice. It seemed like he was more interested in fashion, as he was dressed ready for a catwalk. Richard paid no attention to the world around him as he tapped away at his phone, chatting with a girl he just met the day before.

A few feet away from Richard was Guinevere. She was seated by the empty bar, with her legs crossed, body upright, and her long hair falling perfectly down her red dress. 27-year-old Guinevere had been the talk of the town as her recent engagement had graced the covers of magazines. She was now the fiancée of the young CEO of a large bank, but their happy engagement was merely a façade of a business deal. Her family was in the insurance business and marrying a banker was insurance worth buying.

Leaning against the bar and clearly not interested in Guinevere was Matthias. Unlike Richard, Matthias graduated with a double degree in law and business. His overly formal attire reflected who he was, a shareholder of Greengrass Global and a man ready to own the clubhouse at his young age of 26. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he clearly had plenty of silver spoons now.

Back against Matthias in an armchair was Jodie. Jodie was an entrepreneur, and a very popular one for that matter. She started her publishing business at the age of 19 and six years later, she became the owner of the world’s biggest publishing house that has produced more bestsellers than any other. Creativity was her forte, not dresses and flirtatious eyes.

And then, there was Zach. Zach was the oddball in the group. He was not successful nor did he grow up in a well to do family. His old and faded suit depicted a recently unemployed 28-year-old, and it was a fact. Zach could have never stepped into the clubhouse if not for the lucky draw that won him a one-month free membership. Hence he felt very out of place, even though the other four did a good job at ignoring him. Zach is where this story will start.

As Zach thought about the little money in his bank account, he wondered how much he should pay if he was chosen to buy the place. Would a hundred dollars be enough? Zach knew that was all he could spare. He could have paid more if the company he had worked for did not go bankrupt. But even so, what he had to offer could not compete with the rest. He did not know who his competitors were before that day but he knew who these people were long before, and comparing himself to them except for rich boy Richard, he felt ashamed. And the more he thought about it, the worse he felt.

Zach knew that silence was not his best friend, as silence always had a way of making him feel bad about himself. When the world quieted down for him, the voices in his head would stir up conflict. No, he was no schizophrenic. Zach was simply struggling with himself and somehow he knew he was not alone. Despite being the only ‘loser’ in the room, he was not the only ‘loser’ in the world outside the clubhouse. That was as optimistic as he could be. With the wait for the owner’s assistant to make an appearance expanding the moment of silence around him, Zach had the strangest urge to start a conversation. But who should he talk to? Which of the four would actually spare him a few words?

Zach could not stand the silence any longer. Zach needed to choose one.

(For the chapter list, visit here.)

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The Clubhouse © 2014 – 2015 by Jeyna Grace.
All rights reserved. No part of the mini series’ may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from Jeyna Grace.
 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Original Works

 

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Win A Paperback Copy Of The Battle For Oz

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Yes, you heard me right! I have decided to give back.

If my crowd-funding project for The Battle For Oz is a success, I would get a few copies of the book in paperback myself. AND I intend to give those books away to 10 lucky subscribers!

I would write you a personal message, sign the book, and mail it to you. I hate going to post offices, but I will go anyway.

Note: This is only open to the subscribers of my blog, why? No legitimate reason. 

So, how do you enter?

#1 Visit The Battle For Oz crowd-funding page and fund a minimum of 5 USD. (Payable via credit/debit cards)

#2 Once you do so, I will receive an email with your name and contact. I will then email you a confirmation, as I do get contributions from non-blog subscribers as well.

#3 You can fund as many times as you like, which will increase your chances of winning the paperback copy.

Once the project is fully funded and the books are delivered to me, I will do a video with me drawing names out of a box to choose the winners :)

Now, you’re probably wondering, is this really a giveaway when you have to put in at least 5 USD?

The answer is yes and no.
Yes, because to get a paperback, you need to at least fund 25 USD, but now you only do so with 5 USD.
No, because your 5 USD goes to supporting me in achieving my dreams :)

And who knows, when I make it as a best-selling author one day, that book can be sold as the only 10 autographed first editions in the world! It’s an investment worth considering, no?

This contest will run from now till the book is fully funded. So the faster you guys enter this contest, the faster you would receive the book and the higher your chances are of wining it.

Stop hesitating and visit the project page now!

*Jonas L., Douglas R., Kirsten L., & Michelle P., your names have already been added into this giveaway for funding this project before the announcement of this contest. If I missed your name, send me an email :)

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Others

 

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Introducing The Clubhouse!

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What is The Clubhouse?

Clubhouse is a story set in today’s era surrounding the lives of five different individuals on a quest to buy the world’s most elite clubhouse.

Over the course of two months, these individuals will be given tasks and their performance will determine their chances of buying the clubhouse at whatever price they wish. Along the way, they will not only tackle troubles with the given tasks but also face conflict among themselves, as these unlikely individuals are somehow connected through their past and future.

How does The Clubhouse work?

There will be a chapter every Thursday that will end with a poll. The poll will determine which character point of view the next chapter would be written in and the fate of the characters involved.

The voting period for each chapter will open from Thursday to Sunday noon (Gmt+8).

What is the concept behind The Clubhouse?

The Clubhouse was inspired by TV dramas. I’ve watched a lot of Hong Kong and Korean dramas, and I love Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids and of course, Downton Abbey.

The concept behind The Clubhouse is a relational drama between the five main characters and how their lives are somehow interconnected with one another. The only difference between what you see on TV and what you will be reading is the chance to change the fate of the characters along the way. You get to decide what happens to them, whether they fail a task, seek revenge, or fall in love.

You can finally play God and help your favourite characters out!

Why The Clubhouse?

Because I want to challenge myself by coming up with an intriguing character driven story. I’m a very plot driven writer, I love creating twists, and sometimes I don’t build my characters enough to make them memorable. So this is where I start training myself to pay more attention to my characters.

I know producing good chapters with interesting cliffhangers in a short period of time is not easy, but I believe I can do it. Yes, I might be digging my own grave but it’s one challenge I’m excited to take on. I do hope that you will join me on this new journey!

The first chapter of The Clubhouse will be out next Thursday and the voting will start then. It’s going to be a fun and bumpy ride, with a few twists and turns that every drama has up its sleeve :)

(Click here for all published chapters!)

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The Clubhouse © 2014 – 2015 by Jeyna Grace.

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Original Works

 

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Busy & Blessed

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Let’s start with the blessed part of this post first.

I’m blessed to have all of your guys as my readers. Today, I’ve officially hit the 5,400 subscriber mark! A big thank you for all of your support and readership. I honestly don’t know what else to say, because there’s only gratitude for your subscription :) I hope you will continue to support me in my future endeavours, as there are bigger adventures to come.

Now on to the busy part of this post.

I’ve been rather busy these past 10 days; contacting everyone I know, asking for funding for my crowd-funding project. I’ve exhausted my email and Facebook contacts, and I’ve even gone through 2,400 subscribers’ gravatar profiles in search for emails to send a personal message regarding the project. If you’ve gotten an email, please do consider funding me, if you have not, I’m so sorry. I could not find your email, but please consider funding me too! *I’ll still be going through the other 3,000 gravatar profiles, but it’ll take some time.*

So, how has the funding been going? Rather well actually.

In the first 10 days, today being the 10th day, I’ve hit 40% of my goal! So a huge thank you to all my family, friends and readers who have supported me so far. No matter what amount you guys gave, you helped me get this far in such a short period of time. For those who are still on the fence about backing this project, I would be so happy if you would hop on board and give me a hand. In other words, I NEED YOUR HELP! With your help, the project will be completely funded in no time! And that would mean a lot me :)

Click HERE to go to the project’s page.

The incentives have been tweaked to cater to smaller backers. Now, you can get an e-book for 5 USD and a paperback for 25 USD! If you would like to be the first few to read The Battle For Oz novel, don’t waste anymore time and visit the project page right now! Or at least check it out :)

Anyway, that’s all for this short post. Please do check out the project and thank you once again for all the support. Stay awesome guys and have a wonderful weekend!

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Others

 

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Help Me Debut!

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Don’t worry, I have not forgotten about my blog project. I will release the introduction next week, as I do not want to crowd my blog with too many posts.

Now, you might be asking why; why did I push back the exciting blog project I have been talking so much about? Well, it’s because of The Battle For Oz.

If you did not read my last post, this will seem new to you, but if you did, I hope this post will nudge you to check out the project. I honestly do not like to repeat the topic of my posts, but I have to be certain I did my best to raise funds for my book.

So, what’s going on with The Battle For Oz?

I have put the novel up on a crowd-funding publishing website.

What is crowd-funding?

Crowd-funding is when you and everyone else decides to fund my book. If the funding goal is met, the book will be published. If it’s not met, you will be refunded.

Inkshares is similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, except it is only for books.

How much is the goal?

$7,700. That is why I need all of your help!

What happens after the project meets the goal?

The Battle For Oz will be professionally edited, designed, printed, and distributed to bookstores.

What do funders (a.k.a backers) get?

Depending on the amount funded, some will get e-books while others will receive paperbacks delivered to their doorsteps.

How do you fund this project?

Click HERE and you will be taken to the project page. There, you will be able to read about the project and select an amount to give. You can give any amount you like by clicking ‘Back This Book’.

Inkshares accepts funds through credit and debit cards.

*Minimum funding is 5USD, but with that you can get an e-book.

Until when can you fund this project?

The campaign runs from Oct 2nd 2014 to January 5th 2015.

But from today till October 11, the publisher will add an extra 5USD whenever a person decides to fund the project.

If 1,000 of you fund 5USD in the next few days, the project would be 90% completed. So you see, the minimum can make a HUGE difference! 

I hope this simple break down answers any of your questions. Thank you for all the support you have shown so far and I hope you would consider supporting me in this endeavour too. I also appreciate all the Facebook shares, re-blogs, and tweets on this project. You guys are amazing!

Keeping this short and sweet, I’ll end with a shout out to all my current funders/backers: Joan Tan, Mrs Roberts, Calvin Ng, Jonas Lee, Fuibee, May Foo, Tony To, Mr Ray, Jay Low, Yean Ching & Greg, Kenny Saw, Mei Mei Yap, Angelyn Looi, Douglas, Sharon Lim, Kok Kin, Peng Sheng, Katherine Law, Elaine Ong, Cheng Yee,  and all those friends who have said they would back me up. Thank you for believing in me :)

Have a nice day!

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Others

 

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Would you… invest in me?

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Hey there!

Yes, you over there; the well-dressed human with good looks staring at this screen. Oh, don’t be modest. I am indeed referring to you. The very person I know would give me a few minutes to make this pitch. So, how was your day? Good? Well I sure hope so, but let’s not dilly dally, I’ll get straight to the point.

So… if you’ve been following my blog, you would know that I write. A lot. I’ve also released a few books, but most of them electronically. Today, I hope to change that. How? By starting a crowd-funding project! I’ve decided to take one of my works, The Battle For Oz (novel), and put it on a platform where you, yes you, still speaking to you, can help fund! Think of it as an investment :)

TBFO6You’re probably going, what’s an investment with no returns? I can only say, the returns would be tons more of my work, and The Battle For Oz in paperback! Doesn’t sound compelling enough? I’ll put it this way, if you invest in me, you’re finally helping an indie author go global. There are a handful of indie (a.k.a self-published) authors that have managed to make it big, but they would not have been able to do so without their readers. I’m hoping that you, my dear awesome reader, would consider backing me up this time. If one person donates 2 USD, I would be well on my way to getting this book out. 2 USD might be a lot to some, but please do consider. That amount would go a long… long… way.

Are you sold by my terrible investment pitch? If you are and would like to know how you can fund my book, these are the steps:

#1 Visit The Battle For Oz project page.

#2 Pledge any amount. Any amount would do. Yes, ANY amount! (Certain amounts will have perks though.)

#3 Spread the word! Clicking share will determine how successful the project will be.

I’m doing this project on Inkshares, a crowd-funding publishing platform. If my project is a success, they would edit, design, print, and distribute my books worldwide! It will be a huge deal to actually have a successful project! I know the monetary goal seems huge, but Inkshares sets the optimum amount for a well published book. (Fellow writers, be sure to check Inkshares out!)

I do hope you seriously consider in giving this project a shot. It would mean the world to me to finally see a book of mine in bookstores! I know some of you have asked if you could find my books in your countries, well… this will give me the chance to say ‘yes, you can’. For those who are planning on funding The Battle For Oz, thank you in advance! I really appreciate the support, I really do :)

If you would like to read the first 1/3 of the book, you can download it here for free. The free copy is just a teaser, collaborated with an artist. Do note there will not be any in-book illustrations in the complete novel, as that would make the project goal too high.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t think too much now, just check out the project!

***For the first 10 days, starting today, Inkshares will donate 5USD to my project every time a person backs it. SO, it would be a huge help even if you’re donating 1USD in the next 10 days. 

(Tl;dr? Read bold words.)

Thanks for reading!

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Others

 

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Hannah Sears vs. Jeyna Grace

Jeyna Grace:

Only a few days in and it has been a close fight! Be sure to check out the stories and vote for your favourite :)

My story is titled The Duffle Bag. I hope you guys like it and would love to hear what you think of it, so leave me a comment below!

Originally posted on Write Club Fight Club:


Please take a moment to look at both fighters, which one appeals to you more. The titles will link you to their story. Fighters names are removed to try and even out any odds and are reflected in no particular order. Feel free to add comments below for their improvement, as well as the improvement of WCFC. Don’t forget to tell us who won!


 The Duffle Bag


Crescent City


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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Others

 

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