Guest Post Until Darkness Comes by Melynda Price

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Title: Until Darkness Comes
Author: Melynda Price
Series: Redemption Series (#1)
Genre: Fiction/Romance/Paranormal
Publisher: 5 Prince Books
Release Date: April 2012

A guardian angel… A forbidden love… Eternal consequences… 

Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.

The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s ever known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.

But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart

Polish it Until it Shines…  (My advice to new and aspiring authors looking for a publisher)

I read the first three chapters of my current WIP today, and tried to look at it with a fresh eye. I pictured myself being the overwhelmed literary agent or publisher with hundreds of queries, just looking for a reason to hit “delete” and flush my hopes dreams down the toilet. I analyzed every sentence, every word, and then I became nauseous.

After taking a Zofran and chasing it down with a glass of wine, I contacted three of literary friends—all of who are amazing writers. I put their critical eyes to the beat up, overworked, pages of my latest labor of love.

My personal goal is to have my reader hooked within the first five pages. Would I have them snagged and offering to beta this book for me? Have I avoided the clichés and little nuances that drive editors crazy? A personal pet peeve for me is when I meet someone for the first time, and I know their entire life story within in the first ten minutes of meeting them—writer’s need to be careful not to fall victim to this as well. Where's the mystery? It's a tough line to walk sometimes, the balance between intrigue and oversharing.

My main priority in these first three chapters is to make sure the reader can you feel the personality of my characters—because if you can't feel them, you can't bond to them. Weave all this into grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation… Whew! Who ever said writing was easy?

So you have roughly 25 pages to make the magic happen—25 pages to convince a critical, tired, literary agent or acquisition editor that they want your story. That's a lot of pressure.

If you’re a new author, one of the things I'd suggest is to get 3 or 4 books of similar genre and read the first three chapters. Compare their structure and try to pick out what it was about these books that hooks you. Look at character development and plot building. Research, research, research… :)

Good luck making your first three chapters shine! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

An avid lover of paranormal romance, Melynda was inspired to write her own series after reading the Book of Enoch. She’s always had a fascination with stories about angels, and the role they’ve played in the history of our multi-dimensional world.
She attended Bethel University in Minnesota and graduated in 2003, holding AA, ASN and BSN degrees. 

She lives in Northern Minnesota where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua, and a hot cup of coffee, to write. She’s blessed with two amazing children, and a wonderful husband of seventeen years.

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