BRING THE RAIN by Lizzy Charles … cover reveal & ARC giveaway!
Jan21

BRING THE RAIN by Lizzy Charles … cover reveal & ARC giveaway!

Lizzy Charles Young Adult Coming February 17, 2015 Synopsis One summer to make the choice of a lifetime… Everything is waiting in Paris for Autumn—her new home, her mom, the Louvre, and a life where she can experience art, and not just look at it. But to get there, she’ll have to survive the summer in the least colorful place she can imagine — her father’s Oklahoma cattle ranch. Autumn finds the perfect summer distraction in Colt, the one cowboy hotter than the July sun. But Colt is her father’s ranch hand, and he won’t go for the Manhattan-style fling that she’s used to. The closer they become, the more she questions which side of the ocean she belongs. Then her father reveals an unforgivable secret, and Autumn’s illusions shatter. Will the secret destroy everything? Or could Oklahoma hold the greatest masterpiece of all—a love that could mend her heart?   Goodreads   Excerpt Light arms make for easy dancing, even to drawn out country tunes. Turns out, cowboys aren’t bad dancers. They know where to put their hands on your waist to help you sway. They share well too, making sure a new hat accompanies each tune. When my chest burns, I know I’ve hit my limit. “Sorry,” I say to the only guy at the party wearing a baseball cap. “I need a break.” “I can take you outside if you want?” This brown-haired-brute’s eyes are a bit swollen, and lips raw. I swear I saw him making out on the steps during my last spin on the dance floor. “No thanks, I’m good on my own.” I quickly zigzag through the crowd and slip out the back kitchen door. If it wasn’t for the couple making out in a hammock, I would’ve barreled right into the gray weave. There’s a deserted tree a few hundred yards out from the house. Brushing my ballet flats through the crisp grass, I do a quick snake check. Phew. I take a seat, tilting my head toward the sky. The darkness is alive and glittering. I breathe out, the beauty above. Stars like this never happen at home. Here, Hercules and the dippers are too obvious. And, with a jostle of my memory, I can find the Queen and the Dragon too. I wish I had my paints and a canvas so I could try to capture it. I’d make my own Starry Night, but my brush strokes would be looser here than Van Gogh’s. A breeze moves through my hair, reminding me to take a deep breath. It instantly relaxes me; somehow one breath here is better than any...

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Query & 1st Page Workshop with Chimera Editing Services … Day 5
Jan21

Query & 1st Page Workshop with Chimera Editing Services … Day 5

15 critiques for ’15! My wonderful critique partners have started a new freelance editing business and agreed to sponsor my January workshop. Jami Nord and K.T. Hanna have helped me spruce up my manuscripts and now they’re helping fifteen lucky and brave writers with theirs. The winners have already been picked. In the next few days, stop by and read Jami’s and Katie’s critiques and learn from their advice. Today we have our next two critiques up. We aren’t mentioning names or titles. It’s up to the writers if they want to reveal themselves. If you’re interested in hiring Chimera Editing Services, go visit the website to learn more about their reasonably priced services … Chimera Editing Services     Critique by Jami Nord…   Query: Dear (Agent), (Personalization goes here) Seventeen-year-old Ryan Fisher is a liar. She lies to her friends about the huge scar on her chest. She lies to her parents about her new job. She even lies to herself about the future she doesn’t want. (I really like this repetition here. It’s a great opening.) The only people she doesn’t lie to? The police, when they arrest her for property damage and assault. It’s not like she killed anyone; she was only trying to help a stranded sea turtle. The arrest is only the crest of a tidal wave for Ryan that began with a life-altering heart surgery. (I don’t see the connection between the arrest and her dream job. It seems like this is missing a connective line, like, “But when the manager of the Gulfarium approaches her, impressed by her quick thinking and offers her a job, she thinks her dreams have come true.” This would also fix the wordiness in the line after.) So when her dream job falls into her lap, she doesn’t pass up the chance, even though it’s the last thing her micro-managing parents want for her. It’s at the Gulfarium, wWorking alongside the dolphins she loves, that Ryan runs into her ex-best friend, Grayson Finley, the boy who left town—and her—without a goodbye. Doing what she does best, Ryan lies and tells her (micro-managing) parents she got a job at a health clinic(,) and then spends her afternoons at the Gulfarium doing grunt work with her new care-free friend, Brooke. She’ll do anything to keep one foot in the future that she’s dreamed of. But when her mom finds out about the lie? Bye-bye dolphins and dreamy ex-best friend. But the eternal grounding Ryan receives can’t stop her when a hurricane barrels toward the coast, threatening not only the Gulfarium, but (and) the only people who see the...

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