Working on: Captured By The Cowboy
Listening to: nothing at the moment
Reading: Cordero's Forced Bride
Well, I have read all the pitches, I chose the final five, and those five writers sent me a first chapter. Yesterday, I read all five chapters and critiqued them and had the job of agonizing over picking just ONE to be the winner of the contest.
Before I give you the name, I have to say that reading yesterday was a great pleasure. I think all five voices are publishable and they all have the ability to make it. I had only intended to read one chapter each day this week, but after reading one wanted to read another and before I knew it I'd done all five!
There was a lot of strong writing; many things done right. But in the end, it came down to one story, one that I couldn't get out of my head and that I enjoyed so immensely!
So.....(drum roll please).....
Congratulations to Sri Pammi with her first chapter of The Greek Tycoon's Substitute Wife!
Sri's got solid conflict and characters that leap off the page. Her hero is a fantastic alpha male that is ruthless and sexy all at once, and her heroine is independent and spunky despite being faced with a terrible task at the beginning. I love how they went toe to toe and the sexual tension shimmered.
Sri will be sending me the rest of her partial for critique, and then I'm here when she needs me over the next year as hopefully she gets this manuscript into the editors in Richmond. I'm pleased for her and very excited to be working with her!