First Page Feedback – Murder Most Unusual

Ooh, a great title and compelling opening! 🙂 Thanks, Michelle Somers (@msomerswriter), for an exciting start to the day! They make it look so easy in books. Murder the victim, move the body. Stacey Holland adjusted her grip. Puffing the hair from her eyes, she squinted through the vast darkness. She could have been curled up…

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First Page Feedback – Leaving Louisiana

Alison sent this in without a genre chosen–it’s a moody, intriguing opening for sure. Either YA or New Adult perhaps…. Or maybe this is more of a prologue? Interesting in any case! JAMIE It saddens me to think this is the last time I will ever sit on these swings. I will never have Jared…

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First Page Feedback – Aflame

This if for Harlequin E Historical Romance. SJ Cameron opens the story with definite action!  A moan. He paused on his way back to the box for a moment wondering if someone was hurt. There it was again, a tone he knew so well, followed by a whispered, “my love”. The wide theatre corridors were empty of…

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First Page Feedback – Animal Instincts

Here’s a Superromance submission. Lauren James knows pets are always appealing!  Straddling a sexy hunk of a man on the freshly mown grass of her local park should be a dream come true for Charlie Morgan. Instead, she wavered between pissed off and turned on. But that’s the thing about dreams, reality never meets expectation. In her…

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First Page Feedback – Trust

Oh, we do love some space opera stories! Here’s an intriguing one by Maya Aodhan (@aesa_K) that is definitely out of this world!  “This is the Monte Cristo, requesting docking permission,” the pilot spoke into the ship’s comm. “Acknowledged, Monte Cristo. You are clear for docking bay B16.” “Should be parked in moments, Captain.” Rafe Ibán’s…

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First Page Feedback – Ink Slapped

Another HQN first page! @Authoramjones (A.M. Jones) has sent in a page with a very intriguing title….    It’s only the first day of searching, and I find him. Shock courses through me as I pause in the door. My character has unique coloring and a large build with shoulderswept, chestnut hair. It feels like my brain…

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Addison Fox on archetypal characters

  Addison Fox had written nearly fifteen titles before coming to Harlequin Romantic Suspense with her Steele family series! As a writer she’s fascinated by the archetypal characters–why readers respond to them, and what you can do to make them your own.    What’s So Appealing About Certain Characters? Whether we call them hooks or stereotypes,…

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First Page Feedback for Colonial Cousin

Here’s another Historical–@IsabellaHauthor (aka Isabella Hargreaves) features a potential Australian setting–very interesting!  1817 New South Wales The road from Emu Plains to Parramatta was unusually quiet on this warm November day. William Wardell was almost home – home being his verandahed Georgian house overlooking the Nepean River. He was eager to see his daughter Katherine again after three long…

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First Page Feedback – The Boxer and the Madam

And another Harlequin Historical submission for our First Page Feedback. @JewelCourt certainly has an engaging title! New York City 1880 Grace gathered her skirts and stepped carefully around the puddle of blood soaking the sawdust floor of the Hurdy Gurdy. Atop the blood floated a yellowed tooth. She looked away, coming face to face with the tooth’s…

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Katherine Garbera Can Write Just About Anywhere…

  Katherine Garbera is someone you most definitely pencil in her address in your contact book! But somehow she’s managed to write over 45 titles for Harlequin while on the move. Here are some of her secrets…   The View From Where? I like writing, actually I love it. What I really dig about it…

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