A Double Contest and ROW80 Check In

Disgruntled Bear, aka Kate Kaynak, author of the Ganzfield series, is hosting a contest - win an in-depth critique of your query letter and the first ten pages of your fiction manuscript.

Post a comment before Friday with the following information:
Awesome Line

Exactly. Therein lies the rub. I need an awesome line and I'm not very good at coming up with tags and blurbs and so on.

Followers one and all, can you help me come up with an awesome line for Out of the Water (historical romance, set in 1492)?

Given this back cover description:

Exiled from her Spanish homeland by the Inquisition and separated from her family as they flee their home, 18 year old Rosa must place her life in the hands of a stranger from the Ottoman Empire. Baha, estranged from his own father and returning to his homeland after ten years, is her one hope of reaching Constantinople and reuniting with her family. The fact that he's attractive and tender is an unexpected pleasure.

As they travel together, her burning drive to be reunited with her loved ones is matched by a deepening desire for the man at her side -- but all too soon they may run out of time to be together. Rosa's family will likely not accept her marriage to a man of different faith, let alone one who has been renounced by his family. Yet before she can even introduce them, their reunion is cut short by the arrest of her father and brother at the hands of the Sultan's Grand Vizier. Rosa and Baha are the only ones that can rescue them, and together prove that their love can withstand their differences.


If I end up using your suggestions, there's a prize from me, too - choice of a free critique of your first page or 10$ through PayPal (in case you want to support a local bookseller instead of Amazon).

Just in case you hadn't noticed, the letters are all in support of everyone doing the A-Z Challenge, you brave people you! Despite some minor distractions, I've - nearly - been meeting my goal of editing a page a day. I'm on page 105 of 195 in editing in paper, and have entered all the changes up to page 65 in the manuscript.

Still a worrying number of square brackets. I really know next to nothing about Medieval/Humanist/Renaissance clothing...

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