Making It Real

Back to Reality

It’s good to have friends. It’s even better to have ones that tell you how it is, without worrying about your ego or offending you.

I was writing a scene for “Loved and Lost” a short story written especially for my subscribers, and I had a scene where the main character hears gunfire in the distance, realizes his woman is in danger, and drops everything to run to her.

Five miles.

On foot.

Towards gunfire.

It’s a majestic scene, full of emotion, anticipation, danger.

One virile, ex-military hunka hunka running to save his love from the baddies. He’s got his rifle in his right hand and his K-Bar (a military knife popularized by movies and tv) in his left hand, moving through the brush, sexy and lethal.

Whew, wow, well that did it for me.

Hold everything.

Enter friend, stage left. Guy has been overseas, seen combat, and he writes…

“No one just runs around with a K-Bar other than fools who watch too much tv.”

Cue the scratch of the needle across the vinyl record.

Suddenly I see what my friend sees. The virile, ex-military guy tripping, the knife flying from his grasp only for him to impale himself upon it or shoot himself in the head with the rifle he’s got his finger on the trigger of.

Literary Love

And then I heard back from my editor/proofreader friend. She had been kind enough to turn around an 80k word proofing gig in less than five days and sent it back to me full of praise.

I told her she was awesome and she wrote:

Oh honey I don’t think you understand. I have missed proofing for you!
It’s always my pleasure and your smut is excellent. A perfect mixture of romance and naughty.

I do proofread a fair amount of this kind of thing and yours is excellent! I am going to laugh so hard when this makes more money than all your other stuff b/c I remember us talking about you doing this!

So that all made me incredibly happy. I’ve gone through the edits, and now I’m giving the book one more serious read-through, out loud, before sending it off to Amazon for publication.

Hired Gun – Available on March 31st!

With those last edits in place in just a few days, I will be looking for ARC readers. Are you interested? An ARC reader reads the early copy of the manuscript, and…

  • Might find errors, typos, or inconsistencies that the author and editor missed
  • Provides personal feedback to the author
  • Is highly encouraged to leave an honest review of the book on Amazon

If you are interested, please contact me at: shuckchristine(at)gmail.com and I’ll be happy to send you a copy in pdf, rtf, epub, or kindle formats.

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