You can't imagine the biggest fear for an author if you haven't been there. THE PITCH! I guess it's akin to an audition for an actor or a solo for a singer. A lot of writers have manuscripts collecting dust under their beds for fear of putting themselves out there. So for all those writers who do, this Fearless Friday is for you. Tell us about yours, C.B.
On the day of the pitch, I dressed in what I hoped was a professional looking outfit. I had my lucky penny in my pocket, took a deep breath, and plastered a smile on my face. I was prepared, I was ready…until it was my time to pitch. My heart raced, my mouth dried of all moisture, and I forgot the plot of the work I’d spent the past year writing and endlessly revising. I giggled several times and fidgeted in the chair, crossing, and recrossing my legs until the editor took pity on me, and we chatted about something inane. (I don’t remember what.) Finally, I resorted to reading the notes on my index card. Incredibly, in spite of my botched pitch, the editor requested the full manuscript, and I was euphoric.
That publisher didn’t acquire my manuscript. Neither did the next one, or the next one. But finally, an editor did, and now I have eight published romantic suspense books. Pitching hasn’t gotten any easier. I’m still nervous, but I remind myself that editors and agents are just people. Most of them are compassionate and understanding. They want to hear about your book. That’s their business.
When small-town college instructor Candace Cooper discovers bloody, bare footprints in the snow while running in a state park deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it brings back the horrific nightmare of her past.
Detective Aiden Farrell is determined to redeem himself in his new position in Colorado, even if that means ignoring his growing feelings for the beautiful professor he meets during an investigation. His fear that the footprints she saw are connected to a recent spate of missing teens intensifies when Candace is assaulted on campus.
Aiden and Candace join forces, but as they start unraveling the truth, they get closer to each other—and to a killer who'll stop at nothing to achieve his nefarious goal.
Caught between duty and love, Aiden fights in a race against time to save the woman he loves.
Candace Cooper’s breath fogged out in plumes in the frosty, late afternoon air as she pumped her arms and loped along the narrow trail. Yesterday’s rain had turned to sleet, and overnight, two inches of fresh snow blanketed the trail.
Something caught her eye, and she slowed to a stop, turned around, and walked back three yards. What the heck? Indentations—a heel, the pad of a big toe, and the four, smaller indents of the other toes—were clearly formed in the smooth dusting of snow. The set of small, narrow footprints tracked along the snowy trail, veering into the deeper shadows of the forest. Someone had walked in his or her bare feet down the cold, snow-covered path.
The wind gusted against her damp face, and she shivered. Late November was too cold for anyone in their right mind to be out in the mountainous backcountry of northeast Colorado walking around without proper footgear. She squatted for a closer look. A smear of dark red, stark against the white snow, marked the heel depression of each left footprint. She touched the red splotch with the tip of her gloved finger. A rust-colored smudge stained the light blue cotton. Her heart rate kicked up.
FYI, readers, I've read this book, but I haven't had time to post reviews lately on Discover... Do yourselves a favor and Discover this book. It's an entertaining read. I'll get the review up soon.
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Forging Forgiveness is award-winning author, C.B. Clark’s eighth novel published by The Wild Rose Press. When she’s not busy traveling around the globe or hiking and camping in the wilderness near her home in northern British Columbia, she can be found in front of her laptop plotting her next story.
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