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|The Trophy Wife||graymartin||Novel||Thrillers||8||n/a||May 6, 2013|
Summary:When cosmetic dermatologist Jake Goodwin meets Briana Caulder, she leaves a lingering impression, and it’s not a good one. Beautiful. Entitled. Obnoxious. In short, his new patient is the caricature of a Fairfield County, Connecticut trophy wife. But when Briana returns days later, she’s a transformed woman: soft-spoken, polite, shy. And terrified. Goodwin immediately suspects she's a victim of spousal abuse. Trapped in his own faltering marriage, he can’t help but reach out to her. But when friendship turns into something more, Briana’s powerful husband retaliates, with deadly consequences. Suddenly, Goodwin stands to lose everything: his career, his family, even his life. But can he trust Briana to help him? Or does she have her own dark, hidden agenda? All feedback is welcome! I shelved this for a while and wouldn't mind getting guidance from new sets of sharp eyes...
|Queen of Schnapps||tina_dc_hayes||Novel||Commercial Fiction||3||n/a||May 1, 2013|
Summary:This novella has 13 short chapters (plus an epilog) and a main character who is batshit crazy. :) I'm having trouble deciding which genre to pitch this as, but suspense fits pretty well. All suggestions, feedback, and comments are greatly appreciated.
|McCaffey's Wife||WV_Writer||Novel||Commercial Fiction||3||n/a||Mar 14, 2013|
Summary:Estella James and Harold McCaffey meet and so a caustic relationship begins. Desired Feedback: In some ways, I think this work lacks direction and/or focus. I have labored over every word, and writing is coming so slowly that I can't seem to pick up a natural focus on the course of events. Also, I have never stuck with a longer piece of writing like a novel. There are some similes/metaphors, word-choice, transitions, and descriptions that I'm not sure work.
|Client Relations (Final)||GPyrenees||Novel||Commercial Fiction||6||n/a||Jun 26, 2012|
Summary:Casey Lang is a 34-year-old lawyer whose personal life doesn't interfere with her rising star status at a large Manhattan law firm. A high-profile case with large fees will secure her career. Celebrity chef John Zambelli hires Casey after his wife has kicked him out of the house and barred him from the kids, courtesy of a court order. As the case escalates into a full-blown custody battle, Casey and John’s attorney-client relationship heads into mea culpa territory. Casey is on a fast track to self-destruction. But she can't forget that in a custody case, there are kids to consider.
|Involuntary Revenge||IMAwriter||Novel||Commercial Fiction||13||n/a||Jun 20, 2012|
Summary:INVOLUNTARY REVENGE is a contemporary tale of corporate angst, pitting Libby, a discontented insurance rep in her late-twenties, against a relentless boss-from-hell and an assortment of conniving, uncooperative and sometimes creepy coworkers. She is tortured by frequent dreams of killing her boss---in every way imaginable. She has no current boyfriend (working on it) and her support group consists of a “shopanista” best friend, a diet-and-dessert-obsessed gay friend, a laid-back therapist and a difficult, widowed dad. The story, which takes place over a tumultuous four months, shifts from reality to dream, often unexpectedly. As the infuriating encounters with her boss and the unsettling nightmares increase, Libby finds herself looking at handguns. Will the pressure cause her to cross over that shadowy bridge between the subconscious and the conscious world? The answer to that question is both startling and ironic. I rewrote the entire novel since submitting the first three chapters last year. Your comments are appreciated. Good luck to all of us! IMAwriter
|Knower (Strongest Start)||Jem McAfee||Novel||Fantasy||7||n/a||Jun 18, 2012|
Summary:Time travel, Danger, Eternal Love... Careening between modern times and 11th century Europe, Grace must endure persecution, predators, and a broken heart as she battles along side her fellow Knowers to save the Earth. Sole survivors of an immortal race, the Knowers’ homeland has vanished. Orphaned, using their supernatural powers, they blend with humanity and persevere. Powerful and pure of heart, Knowers feel human emotions deeply, longing for the love that was stolen from them when their precious race was destroyed. Join Grace, Hilde and Aron as they battle against Demon and Evil to preserve humanity. Will the humans they partner with prove as resilient and trustworthy as they appear, or will history repeat itself and betrayal and devastation ensue? Meet the Knowers at: http://theknower.wordpress.com/excerpts/
|New Beginnings - Book Two in a Trilogy||Lakefront Muse||Novel||Romance||1||n/a||May 29, 2012|
Summary:Feedback requested: Would you buy/read this book? Workaholic real estate agent Carol Brock can't seem to find a good man. Her first husband cheated with a law clerk less than half his age. Then she found herself in a string of bad relationships with unscrupulous men, including a con man and art thief, who shredded her professional reputation and strained her relationship with her college-age children. Carol has sworn off men and is determined to reclaim her life and career on her terms. But, when Boston’s most eligible bachelor, restoration specialist Devin Elliott, puts in an offer on a charming Victorian, Carol admits she’s attracted. Devin’s offer unwittingly unleashes a psychopathic rage in an ex-girlfriend that spills into Carol’s life. As she and Devin try to stay one step ahead of violence, Carol must decide whether she's ready to risk her heart again.
|LEGACY OF PAYNE: Epiphany||symbolicangel||Novel||Commercial Fiction||11||n/a||Apr 11, 2012|
“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”
For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.
Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.
Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.
|The Black Key||Mallot||Novel||Mystery and Crime||9||n/a||Jun 26, 2011|
Summary:An ancient evil dogs a young heiress pushing her into destiny and her greatest fear -- to die . . . willingly. The Black Key opens in Kansas City during the early 1960’s. Samantha Gates is a very young child when she is brought to the mysterious twenty-first floor of the Ferrara Building. There she is indoctrinated with an array of information that she, a child, can not comprehend. Nevertheless, from that time forward Samantha has nightmares born of those lessons imposed upon her at the twenty-first floor.
|Children of Light||CharlieB||Novel||Fantasy||4||n/a||Jun 16, 2011|
Summary:This is different for me, but I've always wanted to write something like this. Skylar Crandon is like any rebellious teenage boy, enjoying his youth. Then on his seventeenth birthday, everything in his world changes. His body has transformed, the world around him appears different, and no one is there to answer any questions. Until Eva. She knows what he is, and she offers answers if only he follows her to a secret underground group filled with others who are just like him. A vastly new world is presented to him, along with the knowledge that he could never go back to his normal life again. But he does have a choice. He can stay with people like him, and become what he was always meant to be, or he can live on the run in the world he doesn’t want to give up. He knows he’s never going to stay in a world he was so forcefully pushed into, but the more time he spends learning about them, and spending time with Eva, the more he realizes that his decision is going to impact more than just his life. I changed the rating to R because of graphic violence and the language that Skylar and Aaron use.
|A January Rose||Unbar||Novel||Young Adult||7||n/a||Jun 3, 2011|
Summary:Rose Schneider's quiet world is shattered one summer day when a friend rapes her. Discovering she is pregnant, Rose runs away to Chicago in an attempt to escape her small-town fate. A story of love and pain, set in the 1980's, it combines romance, drama, suspense, faith....all the stuff I love to read about myself! I'd love to get feedback on my voice, since it is in first person. The main character is 17 when the story starts, but is retelling it from an adult perspective. I'd like the book to appeal to young adults as well as adults. Descriptive words of your take on the "feel" of this novel would be much appreciated, ie., boring, mysterious, exciting, whatever....tell me what you really think while still being polite. Also, I reciprocate reviews for those who review my work. Thanks and enjoy!
|Kings & Queens||amarie||Novel||Thrillers||1||n/a||May 21, 2011|
Summary:In the semi-small town of Cedar Creek, some people don’t care to lock their doors, even though the woods hold secrets and the children are terrified to venture into them. The warm sense of security is shattered for Majesty Alistair, a feisty but grief-stricken teen, when she uncovers a mass murder plot deep in the thick. She struggles to find and defeat the would-be-killers before they act, but they have an agenda far bigger than she ever assumed. Violence rocks the town, leaving residents reeling and drawing Majesty into the middle of it all. With danger always pressing, police seemingly getting nowhere and those closest to her looking guilty, she continues hunting and charges into an evil web, but the truth and her actions threaten to haunt her forever, especially since she’s left with blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves.
|The Shepherd||jackjack||Novel||Thrillers||4||n/a||Mar 21, 2011|
Summary:Here is my (crappy) query. Obviously not ready to send to agents, but enough to give y'all a sense of what my ms is about: One by one, the Shepherd is collecting lambs and sacrificing them up to the heavens. His temple is slowly filling with the blood of his sheep. It is with these offerings that he is trying to gain favor with the Lord he has disappointed in the past. Everything is falling into place. His flock is growing. He is getting stronger and closer to achieving spiritual fulfillment. But something has changed. The house next door, vacant for the past ten years, is now occupied. A strange but beautiful new neighbor has moved into his quiet neighborhood, complicating his plans and putting his life’s mission on hold. She is a distraction. And yet, feelings are being stirred within him that he thought had died years ago. He is torn between letting her help forget his pain to embrace a new life, or letting the fever inside him take over. -Hello! I am new to this site and happy to be a part of a new writing community. I've been working on this novel for almost two years and hope it's close to being ready for query. Looking forward to all you eagle eyed critters giving my ms your once over. Thanks!
|My Friend, Jim||Shelter Somerset||Short Story||Young Adult||6||1.48||Jan 9, 2011|
Summary:This is a children's Halloween tale about a young boy who moves to a new town and has trouble making new friends--until Jim comes along....
|Dangerous Distraction||Anne West||Novel||Romance||6||n/a||Jun 28, 2010|
Summary:Art historian Wiley Jones enjoys a mundane existence in the protective cocoon of academia. Surrounded by volumes of manuscripts and dusty artifacts, her carefully orchestrated life is thrown into chaos when she is encouraged to join an art recovery project based in Croatia. The moment she and her unwanted protector, undercover FBI agent Scott McCormick leave Chicago they quickly find themselves immersed in a shadowy world of dead ends and misdirection. Scott enjoys the thrill of the chase as it relates to both Wiley and their ensuing investigation. On the surface it appears a cache of pre-World War II art and artifacts have been uncovered during the demolition of an old school. But as Wiley and Scott dig deeper they soon realize that many of the pieces in the collection don’t belong. Rather that they appear to have been recently added to the find. When Frank Hamilton the current project director winds up dead, they find themselves in a race against the clock to unwind the mystery before they are either forced to leave the country or wind up dead themselves. As they struggle to sort through the confusion surrounding the art work and their relationship they come to realize that the only safe harbor may be each other and that leaves far more at risk than they thought. Thank you for any feedback. I am particularly intersted in story line continuity and voice.
|Dropping Like Flies||amarie||Novel||Young Adult||2||n/a||May 13, 2010|
Summary:Just days ago, Madelyn Jacobs thought not getting into any of her top three colleges or snagging the guy who serenaded the summer stars were the biggest nightmares in her life. That was before being raped by her best friend’s boyfriend. That was before being put in a coma by the jealous bitch when she misinterpreted the scene. That was before trying to function after waking up all broken and torn, only to have a demon or something bust into her bedroom and tag her as The Keeper of some freakin’ list.
When the first person of ten dies in her presence, that’s way weird. The second time, it’s bloodcurdling. She can't avoid people, she tries. She can't run, she tries. An unseen hand always ushers her to the next demise, randomly shows her the list, in windows, in mirrors, on scraps of paper, even behind closed lids, and makes her feel more powerless than ever. And the sweet singer she loves now stands at number seven. As tattered as she is, can she find a way to break the curse before others die and the lover of her heart is gone forever?
|DIRTY WAR IN A BOX||Mister Mustard||Novel||Literary Fiction||0||n/a||May 4, 2010|
Summary:A Brooklyn teacher named Charlie Maiks retells at gunpoint the story behind his current predicament while in a separate but related story line a character's life in Argentina during the Dirty War develops into one of the root causes of the Charlie's nightmare.
|Aaliya's Song||JHawk||Novel||Action and Adventure||4||n/a||Jan 15, 2010|
Summary:Mankind faces Armageddon as terrorism, war, and the reality of civilization gone mad is thrust upon the world when atomic weapons fall into the hands of Al Quida terrorists. That is the motivation that transcends religious belief, culture, and the foreign affairs of nations as Aaliya’s Song unfolds against a backdrop of a world living in fear. Aaliya’s Song, is a historic novel in the classic style that captures the essence of America’s Middle East experience and blends it against its own mélange of violence and political intrigue in a manner similar to how James Clavell’s Shogun romanced the conflict between the divisions in European Christianity and Samurai Japan, and how Tai Pan epitomized the struggle of racial and political extremism. Spread across the panorama of greed, revolution, political difference, and religious cataclysm, Aaliya’s Song brings home the fears and half-truths of a half century that has cast a pall of terror and evil across the planet. But in this chilling environment, heroes arise and overcome their religious and political beliefs in an effort to save mankind from nuclear holocaust. Aaliyas Song brings this powerful endeavor to life as it tells its story through the eyes of two very different main characters. For Major Brian Scanlon, a U. S. Marine Corps aviator, the Islamic world was an alien and hostile place filled with zealots, fanaticism, and oppression. For Aaliya bint Qudamah, Princess of Dar and Noori, and daughter of the Emir of Rabeè, America is a foreign dogma that threatens to bring her father and her nation to its knees. Thrown together by the intrigue that surrounds a country’s civil war, and a world grappling with the dark cloud of terror, Scanlon and Aaliya join their forces and lives in an effort to stop the death of her country, and a coup de état in the United States; acts that can only lead to a worldwide Jihad . . . a third world war. To win, they must overcome the Iraqi military, the schemes of Islamic clerics bent on returning the world to fundamentalism, an ages-old family of assassins, treason at the highest levels of the United States government, and the transfer of atomic weapons to Al Quida zealots. Eventually, these two young patriot-warriors find themselves questioning their beliefs, their religion, and their heritage, but never that which, above all else, they must have faith in . . . each other. Aaliya’s Song introduces and maneuvers a rich and fascinating cast of characters in Ryanne Littner, the first female President of the United States, and Jamie Simmons, U. S. Secret Service agent. These characters, along with Prince Rashid bin Qudamah, and Qudamah Abu Shareef, Emir of Rabeè spin a web of intrigue and ambition that the world is obligated to live or die with. Virulent nationalism, and ancient ethnic and religious hatreds fan the flames of war, this time with nuclear weapons in the hands of Al Quida as the ultimate threat. The story of a love so powerful that it transcends religion, politics, and the hatred born out of difference, Aaliya’s Song has the immediacy and punch of today’s fears and tomorrow’s headlines. Exciting, frighteningly plausible, and absolutely believable, Aaliya’s Song is an ambitious and explosive story of life, love, and intrigue.
|Two Worlds Apart||Sideman||Novel||Commercial Fiction||6||n/a||Jun 29, 2009|
Summary:Because this novel does not fit into any specific genre, I am going with Commercial Fiction. It has equal elements of Romance, Love Story and Drama. Suspense and humor are no strangers to the story, either. To me, it is a drama fueled by the quest of two lovers to find one another after a very lengthy separation. Two young lovers, Randy Harris and Brenda Chandler, are separated by totally unexpected circumstances beyond their control. They are taken from their small-towm roots of rural Kansas, Randy to Georgia and Brenda to Texas. The year is 1963. Weeks turn into months, months into years. Each starts a new life of his and her own. However, rarely does one completley forget about the other. But Randy and Brenda face substantial, and sometimes horrific, challenges in their new, seaparate lives. The drama and tension hover around every corner. Randy goes to jail, charged with the brutal slaying of his dearest friend. And that's not the only major trauma in his young life. Brenda's life moves in a most unexpected direction for a naive farm girl. She has her own tragedy to deal with. The untimely deaths of people they love torment both of them. In Brenda's case, the death leaves her with a heavy burden of guilt she can't seem to shake. Each enjoys moments of joy and rewards. But it seems there is always something lurking around the corner that wants to dampen those moments. But you will fall in love with the quirky humor of old Pop Johnson and the compassion of Bruce Armstrong. They are sure to make you smile between the tragedies and challenges. And there are a couple of places where you might want to have a Kleenex handy. Pop's story of his early days in Georgie will almost certainky bring a tear to your eyes. Randy's return from Vietnam culminates in a gut-wrenching discovery. There is quite an unexpected twist at the end. You probably won't see it coming! All comments, suggestions and nits are welcome. And thanks in advance for your time to read and comment, should you choose to. PS: The improper grammar in some of the dialougue is intentional.
|Lafayette Clinic||oddryan||Novel||Humor||3||n/a||May 13, 2009|
Summary:Would like to know if people find it humorous, how I could improve on it or any feedback you desire
|Sapphire Reign||amarie||Novel||Commercial Fiction||9||n/a||Apr 20, 2009|
Summary:*** THIS IS THE SEQUEL To KINGS & QUEENS *** Still reeling from the repercussions of the church shooting plot she got jerked into ten years ago in high school, Majesty is shattered, having also lost her daughter, Mikayla, in a preschool gas explosion and her marriage to a slut. So, when she receives a bizarre glimmer of hope that her little girl might actually be alive, she fights heaven and hell to reclaim the happiness that’s been stripped from her. But her hunt sets five others on a collision course with disaster: Crystal, an eleven-year-old who’s trying to escape a hellish facility filled with mindless kids, her fifteen-year-old sister, Skye, who’s out to expose the supposed magical secret society at her high school, her former best friend, Vivien, an art therapist, who hopes to unlock her daughter’s turmoil as she suddenly stopped speaking and began slipping into catatonic states and drawing gruesome pictures, and Chance, a guy imposing as a wealthy recluse while trying to recall his forgotten past and eliminate his enemies. In their dark world, nothing is what it seems and these seekers of truth may not like the answers they find. And little Mikayla could very well be trapped in this web of deception … or truly gone forever.
|Tunnel Vision||Phoebe Miller||Novel||Commercial Fiction||4||n/a||Apr 4, 2009|
Summary:This is a story of bullies, revenge and a class reunion all entangled in a twisted love story. Oh and there might be a bit of redemption in there too... I have more chapters coming... :-)
|Mascara Masquerade||Sideman||Novel||Commercial Fiction||8||n/a||Oct 25, 2008|
Summary:Any comments or suggestions to make this a stronger story would be greatly appreciated. Don't be bashful! Young Amy Dickson does not know who her father is. Her mother never would tell her. But Amy has dedicated her life to discovering his identity and to make him pay for the for the misery she and her mother endured because of him. Becoming a prostitute at just thirteen years of age, by necessity, only added fuel to her quest to find her father. What she does not know is that he is the most powerful Senator in the U.S. Congress. And when at last she does find him, the encounter ends in the most unexpected way.
|This Time You Lose||Chris Stralyn||Novel||Thrillers||13||n/a||May 21, 2008|
Summary:Lisa Kaamp operates a small childcare business out of her home in the sleepy little town of Nogeksum, Michigan. Highly respected and known for going the extra mile for her daycare kids, Lisa thought she had handled every daycare emergency possible. But nothing prepared her for the nightmare she now faced. Lisa awakes one morning to find herself bound and gagged, four strange men in her home, and the daycare children being held hostage in the next room. Terrorized by her captors as the authorities work to meet the ransom deadline, she tries negotiating with the men for the release of the children, and soon realizes that at least one of them has no intention of letting anyone go. With the deadline quickly approaching, Lisa must do the unimaginable to protect the children and get everyone out alive.
|The Wanderer||John E. Wood||Short Story||Thrillers||12||1.84||Mar 25, 2008|
Summary:This is the start of a series of stories about a young man that makes a tragic mistake but benefits from it and has to deal with the struggle between guilt and the desire to live.
|Hitch Haiku #2||touch1stone||Poetry||Mystery and Crime||4||0.04||Sep 28, 2007|
Summary:Time for another installment...I had so much fun the first time around.
|Contempt||touch1stone||Poetry||Horror||6||0.53||Jul 28, 2007|
Summary:Taking a page from Poe...shades of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat.
|KEYHOLE||Odin Roark||Novel||Literary Fiction||16||n/a||Feb 17, 2007|
Summary:There's a doorway into the not-too-distant future. It's right there... you can see it at the end of the hall. Behind it, the matrix of thinking computers and lustful futurists bent on creating the perfect human being. Lean down and take a look through the KEYHOLE. --- AS A RESPECTFUL REQUEST, PLEASE START ANY REVIEWING WITH CHAPTER ONE.
|WHO KILLED LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE Part Two||rlvs||Short Story||Mystery and Crime||5||0.37||Jan 1, 2007|
Summary:The murderer of a beautiful child, lost in the foggy mist.
|DELIVERY: HELL||knighthawk||Short Story||Non-Fiction||15||1.18||Mar 15, 2006|
Summary:Yes, this really happened; no I didn't exaggerate.