The only distraction is the heat my written words generate! My distractions involve the day job and family matters. I’ve made a decision, one more month and the day job is history. I’m going to focus on writing and a number of home improvement projects that I’ve stuck on the backburner for a couple years. My birthday is coming up. So is my anniversary and my very dearest friend’s birthday.
To celebrate all of the above, I’m announcing a big contest – In five hundred words or less, and believe me this is major challenging, write the opening paragraph or two of your romance novel. (I won’t ding you if you go a few words over.) Email your entry to Julia@JuliaRachelBarrett.net
***Wait…hold on…stream of consciousness here…refining contest: sell me on your story in 500 words or less. I’m asking you to do the same thing I have to do with my works except I get 250 words or less. Let me give you an example from Captured:
Mari never expects to find herself caged in a cargo hold on a spaceship. She quickly learns from her captors she’s headed to the meat market. When they try to return her to hypersleep, she resists. After allowing her to stay awake, Mari realizes her survival depends on connecting with the male in charge, Ekkatt. She must make him see her as a sentient being or she will end up as dinner.
Ekkatt has never spoken to any human. They are valued for one thing, the money they bring at auction. The Attun race are vegetarians, but other species prize human flesh and bring in good money. Then the female with red hair speaks to him and forces him to admit she has a name. Mari throws Ekkatt’s entire life into question, the biggest question…can he watch her sold to the highest bidder?
Prizes: Ten lucky writers will receive a signed hard-copy of The Cougar Book containing my story You Might Just Get It.
Two lucky writers will receive an ecopy of Beauty and the Feast, two more lucky writers will receive an ecopy of My Everything, and one lucky writer will receive a raincheck for Daughters of Persephone, books 1,2,3 and 4!
The contest runs through April 21! Happy writing! Julia