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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

In the Mood for Romance?

Are you in the mood for a little romance? You couldn’t have picked a better time. Spring may not be in the air, but you wouldn’t know it judging by the number of romantic writings collected at Gather.com right now.

That’s because the Gather First Chapters Romance Writing Competition is in full swing.

Romance authors have posted their first chapters and are waiting for you to read, rate, and comment on their work. Some improvements have been made since the last First Chapters contest. To deter the effects of drive-by ones, the only votes that count are the 10s. In other words, you either think the chapter is worthy of moving on (a rating of 10) or you don’t (a rating of 1-9).

There are plenty of romantic beginnings in the contest. Far too many to wade through, unless you’re making this a full-time job. But here are a few first chapters to get you started. Some of them need a little help. Others seem to be drowning in votes already. But they’re all worth reading, so give them a go.

In fact, everyone brave enough to bare their creative talents and enter this contest deserves a look. So, time allowing, move beyond these entries and explore your own favorites as well. And be sure to share them – your favorite first chapters and their links – in the comments below.

To read, rate, and comment on these first chapters, you must be a registered Gather user. If you’re not, registering is free and easy—just go to Gather at the following link to set up your profile.


While you’re there, check out my articles, including my weekly literary column, Lit Bit.


And here are a few romantic chapters to get you started …

Safe Haven by Judy T.


Dancing With My Dream by Dena S.


Courage of Fear by Barbara B.


Badeaux Knights by Stacy C.


In Over Her Head by Judi F.


Here's to a happy ending for these romance writers!


Blogger Judi Fennell said...

In Over Her Head
...just when you thought it was safe to fall in love...

When Erica Peck, one terrified-of-the-ocean marina owner, finds herself at the bottom of the sea conversing with a merman named Reel, she thinks she's died and gone to her own version of Hell. When the Oceanic Council demands she and Reel retrieve a lost cache of diamonds from the resident sea monster in return for their lives, she knows she's died and gone to Hell.

When they escape the monster and end up on a deserted island, she amends her opinion – she's died and gone to Heaven.

But when Reel sacrifices himself to allow her to return to her world, she realizes that, Heaven or Hell, with Reel, she's In Over Her Head.


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September 05, 2007  

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