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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Far Too Familiar -Snippet Sunday

It's Snippet Sunday, a Weekend Writing Warriors'  blog hop!

I'm alternating snippets between this blog and my mainstream romance pen name. This week, my snippet is a sly disguise for a question! The book is Compromising Connections, a contemporary erotic romance released some time back. It fell by the wayside during the decline and closure of the publisher. I'm trying to decide whether to resurrect it.

Quick synopsis: When Gillian receives an erotic striptease video text meant for someone else, she winds up in a sizzling cell phone romance unlike anything she ever dreamed of. Kent stirs things inside her that are too good to be true. Then she gets a company transfer…and Kent turns out to be her new boss.
She wants to show him she’ll take any position he offers, but his one hard, fast rule is no company fraternization—a policy he won’t even bend for her. Lonely nights are destined to return for them both unless there’s a way to steam up the boardroom without jeopardizing their careers.



Setup for the snippet...
(Edited from the original to fit the snippet format)
Gillian arrives at her new job location after the company transfer only to find out the boss is refusing to see her. The secretary confesses that he didn't even check her paperwork. He got one look at Gillian and informed his secretary not to let her in. Angry, Gillian refuses to accept this and pushes past the hapless woman...


Gillian stormed the closed door, half prepared to break it down if she were to find it locked.
“Wait!” the secretary shouted, but Gillian ignored her and pushed her way in to a wood-paneled office.
“I’m sorry, sir,” the secretary said toward the large, tan chair that was turned away from them. “I told her you couldn't see her.”
“It’s all right. Close the door on your way out, please.”
Something in the tone prickled against the back of her neck, and the woman did as she was asked while Gillian approached his desk.
“You can’t be here, Gillian,” the faceless voice said in a tone that was far too personal, far too…familiar.
When the chair swiveled to face her, the mouth already open to spit out a reply dropped wider. “You?”



...Now for my question. Should this book be given a new lease on life? I primarily write paranormal /urban fantasy, and the only other contemporary I still have in publication is a menage, not MF. So I can't decide whether to just let this one slip away into oblivion. Thanks for your input!


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30 comments:

  1. This opening has potential for a good story. I say go for it.

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  2. Interesting situation you've set up here in the snippet! I guess my tendency always is to publish a book, if it's good (which I'm sure yours is - you write so smoothly and well). Why not? And if it sells well, perhaps you'll go back and write more of them....I know there are costs to getting anything published but why walk away from a potential source of new revenue? Put it out there and see, is usually my answer. Best wishes!

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    1. Well now, there's definitely some logic in that! Thanks for this.

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  3. This sounds like a unique and interesting premise. I say go for it!

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  4. As a writer with two pennames I understand your conundrum but don't really have solid advice to give. I can tell you that your premise interests me and it would be a shame to leave it in a drawer forever.

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    1. It is...but your feedback definitely helps! It IS a shame to leave a finished work by the wayside.

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  5. I love surprise confrontations like this one. Regarding your question, the plot has definite potential, but ultimately it's your call. You had a reason for writing it as you did, and a reason for putting it aside. I'm in sort of the same position with what would've been the 4th book in one of my series. I'm on my third attempt to salvage the good parts and exorcise the bad. Wish me luck.

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    1. Definitely wishing you good luck! I've got a manuscript I've been trying to salvage for some time (not the above one, but an unfinished draft). Every time I think I'm going to nail it, something else crops up. Hopefully you'll iron out the kinks soon.

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  6. I love surprise confrontations like this one. Regarding your question, the plot has definite potential, but ultimately it's your call. You had a reason for writing it as you did, and a reason for putting it aside. I'm in sort of the same position with what would've been the 4th book in one of my series. I'm on my third attempt to salvage the good parts and exorcise the bad. Wish me luck.

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  7. Yea, I agree with the above opinions to go for it. I like the premise!

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  8. Such an intriguing introduction! Co-worker/Boss romances still seem to sell, so why not? :)

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  9. What have you got to lose if you publish this? The book isn't doing you any good if it's sitting in a drawer.

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    1. Just not sure if it'll be confusing to readers if I suddenly put out a contemporary...but maybe not.

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  10. I think it sounds fun so far. Why not? (Also, he's a silly man, because workplace romances are unavoidable. Though, yes, you shouldn't be involved with someone who's your boss/staff.)

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    1. Yes, we'll see how far his plan gets him. But he's at least trying to follow policy. heh

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  11. Quite a field of landmines for both of them.

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  12. Well who it is!? You can't just leave us hanging on that. Sounds intriguing.

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    1. LOL! I didn't *really*, since the blurb confesses the answer. :)

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  13. I agree that this makes for an intriguing storyline. Erotic is not my field, so I am not really qualified to offer advice. Go with your gut/intuition!

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  14. I agree that this makes for an intriguing storyline. Erotic is not my field, so I am not really qualified to offer advice. Go with your gut/intuition!

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