Weekend Writing Warriors 8 – 5/3/2020 – The Five Barred Gate

Welcome back, Weekend Writing Warriors. I’m glad you’re back for this week. It was exciting to introduce you to the antagonist of The Five Barred Gate, Official Edwards. I hope you enjoy it and that it whets your appetite enough to want to explore The Five Barred Gate even further.

TFBG is set in a Dystopian world where it is illegal to be offensive. Federal laws exist that prohibit people from saying certain things. As you witnessed first hand, Jacob faced severe consequences by violating these laws. Of course, there are some… {cough, cough…no not corona…Edwards} that take this to the extreme.

Now that we know what our characters are up against, Let’s find out what they are fighting for. Jacob is our main character. He is in a battle within himself. As you have read the last couple of weeks, he has a mouth on him. It is one of the things he struggles with. But if you also remember from past snippets he meets Eric while in this prison. (past snippets were from later on in novel, I backtracked to introduce Edwards) So, you also know that he does get out of this. (Yes in three months, just as Edwards said. –At least hes a man of his word.)

This is where we pick up this week. After Edwards, After meeting Eric in prison. After his release. What is Jacob fighting for? What matters to him more than anything? Let’s take a look:

The Five Barred Gate Synopsis:
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Non-Offensive Movement in the United States became federal law? What would happen to the freedoms guaranteed to us through the Constitution? This is the story of Jacob Andrews. He is faced with the decision to follow his heart and disregard what the law says about how he should live; even if it means his life.

Snippet:
Fifteen minutes and two glasses of water later, a dark green Civic pulled up to an open space at the far end of the lot. Here she comes. Jacob’s heart skipped a beat as he watched her, sitting in the car for several minutes. He was afraid she would change her mind and drive away, and prayed she wouldn’t.

At last her door opened and she stepped out. Her beauty took his breath away, and he remembered how he felt the first time he saw her. He cursed himself mentally for all the stupid, thoughtless things he’d said to her; things that hurt, things that demeaned, things that crushed her spirit.

She walked toward the diner alone. True to her word, she hadn’t brought Michael.

If you have ever been in the situation Jacob finds himself in, estranged, then you know the feeling of seeing the woman you love approach you. Jacob has experienced a real life change, Renae just does not know this yet. So love is the one thing he will have to fight for. Ahh, but the bigger question is What does Edwards have to do with all of this? Hmmm….

The Five Barred Gate is available for purchase on Amazon. The link is at the bottom of this post.

You can also purchase direct from me by visiting the Home Page of this website. There is a link to buy now at the bottom of the screen. The benefit of buying direct is that you will receive a signed copy.

Below that link is my Children’s book series Elissa the Curious Snail. It is a series of books about an adorable snail that teaches children about prayer and believing in themselves. Series at 4 books.

You can also read about updates regarding my next novel due out in August of 2020, Little Reminders of Who I Am as well as my current Untitled work.

****I have also started a multi-contributor-journal that will document the events of Coronavirus2020. This is a message board forum. While I plan to input regular entries, I hope you will leave messages in the comment field at the bottom. I encourage you to share what you are going through where you are at, as we all have different points of view across the country, and possibly the world. Please take the time and visit the link, if not to read what others have written, to leave your own comment and share what’s going on with you regarding the Coronavirus2020 Pandemic.****

In His Exciting Service,

Jeff S. Bray


The Five Barred Gate is Available on Amazon


Elissa the Curious Snail Series

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12 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors 8 – 5/3/2020 – The Five Barred Gate

    1. Will the violins play and they kiss and make up, will an arguement ensue that is the same ole thing, or will secrets be revealed and worlds fall apart? Tune in next week.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. I do have to laugh though at the abundance of cliches I use throughout the novel. They do impart the emotion needed for the scene, but now I look back and I know I could do better, and so much more with these phrases.

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  1. I found this passage kind of ironic, considering the theme of the book: “He cursed himself mentally for all the stupid, thoughtless things he’d said to her; things that hurt, things that demeaned, things that crushed her spirit.” The impetus for political correctness, before it got carried to extremes, was to avoid things that hurt, things that demeaned, things that crushed a person’s spirit. You’re kind of showing the other side of the coin here.

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    1. It is not so much as being politically correct as it is having a change to where you realize the pain you cause someone by the things you say. Being politically correct is more about not saying things out of social acceptance versus an inner conviction. Jacob at one point in his life had no filter, but there is a reason for this, and his personality trait is addressed in the book. His transformation causes the inner conviction to turn on, now he has guilt over past offenses: saying the “thoughtless, hurtful, demeaning, crushing” things to his now-estranged spouse. So yes, he is living out both sides.

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    1. This event is early on in the novel, and we both know IF things do work out, they take time. I hope you get to read your copy soon. I know it is on your list. I look forward to your feedback and Review.

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