Happy Monday, everyone! I've posted the revisions for the September workshop entries below, and Lisa and I want to invite EVERYONE, writers and readers (especially readers) to comment. Tell us (kindly and constructively) what you like and don't like, comment on voice or plot or whatever. Help whip these entries into shape. Treat these like the first pages of five books you picked up at the bookstore. Would you want to read them? Would you buy the hardback or wait for the paperback? What makes the difference for you in general.
Comment -- again, because it bears repeating, kindly and constructively -- and I'll put you in for a random drawing of Caroline Bock's awesome novel LIE.
Want to know more about this book? Here's what Goodreads has to say:
Seventeen-year-old Skylar Thompson is being questioned by the police. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, stands accused of brutally assaulting two young El Salvadoran immigrants from a neighboring town, and she’s the prime witness. Skylar is keeping quiet about what she’s seen, but how long can she keep it up?
But Jimmy was her savior. . . .
When her mother died, he was the only person who made her feel safe, protected from the world. But when she begins to appreciate the enormity of what has happened, especially when Carlos Cortez, one of the victims, steps up to demand justice, she starts to have second thoughts about protecting Jimmy. Jimmy’s accomplice, Sean, is facing his own moral quandary. He’s out on bail and has been offered a plea in exchange for testifying against Jimmy.
The truth must be told. . . .
Sean must decide whether or not to turn on his friend in order to save himself. But most important, both he and Skylar need to figure out why they would follow someone like Jimmy in the first place.
Please note, the giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian entries only, although we welcome and invite comments from everyone.
Thanks so much! Happy reading.