Tuesday, 10 January 2012

TUESDAY'S TEASER and the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The planting of Heartwood Forest has begun
For the Were whose home has been
encroached upon in the urban sprawl, eventually
there will be more space to run free.

I’m reading two books, it’s a split personality thing ;)

Tuesday’s Teaser asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

If you decide to play along, it's a good idea to share the book’s title so everyone can find it in the nearest book shop, somewhere that gets a name check later on or down at the local library, when the section you have posted has drawn them in and has them desperate to read a whole lot more :D


I loved the hook that reads:

Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.

The opening contains the cringing moment when a person declares undying love to a best friend only to see their eyes widen in shock -  and not just before puckering up for a kiss. This is followed by public humiliation and finally the hot kind of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. And all that's before Chapter 2.

pg 2 line 10

“But we’re mates, Rom…”


The single line which could be the sub-heading is: The price of glory

That’s such a layered sentence. I’m anticipating that the price of glory will not be all-things-full-of-joy.

Chapter 1 starts with the frail, faithful old advisor painting us a portrait of the unlovable Lord whom he obviously adores. It ends with a desperate act that should have been a murder and the ultimate sacrifice but it doesn’t pan out that way.

pg 2 line 10:

King of a smoking rock in the great salt sea, yet a king nonetheless.

Book 1 - It Started with a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson

Book 2 – A CLASH OF KINGS by George R.R. Martin

I’m entering the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, because this is a competition that's FREE and because I read about it on Erica and Christy's Blog. ;)

Ages ago, I decided to write more bite and earlier revelations into EGWARE. The process has been feeling more like recycling that a revision.

It’s odd how much more manipulation there is when Jess is an Education Student on her first Teaching Practice in the school where Ric is a Senior starting his final year.

If you decide you want to enter this competition the submissions start on 23rd January.

You need your whole package ready to go at the same time:
  • a 300-word pitch with a matching description
  • a 3,000-5,000 word excerpt
  • and the fully completed manuscript

I think the fact that the competition winner is announced on my birthday is potentially significant ;)



  1. Great teasers! And good luck with ABNA. If I can get my novel ready, I plan to enter it as well.

    My teaser is here: http://surroundedbybooksreviews.blogspot.com/2012/01/teaser-tuesdays-trouble-under-tree-by.html

  2. Hi Cherie
    Thanks. I'm going to come over and check out your Teaser :)

  3. Intriguing teasers--especially the second one!

    Good luck with ABNA!

  4. Darn! I'd love to enter the competition, but I'm still not done. Sigh.

  5. Good luck with your entry, Elaine! I don't think I'll be ready in time to submit. I'll be rooting for you!

    Right now I'm reading Rampant by Diana Peterfreund. It's been in my TBR pile for a long time. Really enjoying it so far.

    Happy reading!

  6. Hi GE
    I love the deep - and heavy - fantasy world of George RR Martin ;)

    Hi Misha
    I'm struggling to get it all polished in time.

    Hi Jamie
    Happy Reading to you too.
    Rampant: that is a title for a novel! ;)