Friday, August 4, 2017

Editing Round Showcase - Mo Parisian

After seven weeks of working with their ShoreIndie editors on developmental and substantive edits, the Round 1 winners have submitted their revised blurbs and first pages for the Judging Round. Here's a taste of what the judges are reading! (Please note that the revised entries have not yet been copy edited because copy editing is included in the Grand Prize and Runner-Up prize packages.)

Title: WHAT WE KNOW NOW (formerly A Mother's Guide to Living)
Category/genre: Adult Women's Fiction
Author: Mo Parisian
Editor: Katie McCoach
Original version here.

Book Blurb

According to her five-year plan, Grace Foster’s life is right on schedule. After marrying her college sweetheart, she has fought to earn her dream job of evening news producer at WKND. When a story breaks, and her husband is suddenly arrested, she flees for the last place she thought she’d ever find solace: Her mother’s home. The picturesque cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan appears to be the perfect hideout, or is it the battleground she left ten years ago?

Being the daughter of Julia Dunham, best-selling self-help author, has always made Grace cynical. But watching her mother go through her own personal crisis, Grace experiences compassion she’s never felt before. With support from her family and friends, Grace begins to follow the steps in her mom’s latest best-seller to rebuild her own life. Will what she learn give her the courage to let go of the past and move forward, or will Julia push Grace out of her life for good?

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Editing Round Showcase - J.E. Purazzi

After seven weeks of working with their ShoreIndie editors on developmental and substantive edits, the Round 1 winners have submitted their revised blurbs and first pages for the Judging Round. Here's a taste of what the judges are reading! (Please note that the revised entries have not yet been copy edited because copy editing is included in the Grand Prize and Runner-Up prize packages.)

Title: MALFUNCTION
Category/genre: Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian Biopunk
Author: J.E. Purazzi
Editor: Sione Aeschliman
Original version here.

Book Blurb

When Menrva, a geneticist in the subterranean city of survivors known as Bunker, responds to a call from help from Cowl, her former best friend, and Bas, a renegade cyborg, she makes a vital mistake and places all three of them in danger. As they struggle to escape City guards, cyborg soldiers, desperate scavengers, and ravenous aliens, they find in each other something they never expected: family.

During a battle, an attacking cyborg manages to overcome her programming just long enough to deliver a cryptic message. The trio is forced to decide if they will risk death - or worse, capture - to seek out the truth about the City, or if they will fight only for themselves.

This fast-paced, gritty first book of the Malfunction Trilogy introduces a future caught between destruction and oppression, where it is unclear whether the ends justify the means.

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Editing Round Showcase - Jenny Lynn Lambert

After seven weeks of working with their ShoreIndie editors on developmental and substantive edits, the Round 1 winners have submitted their revised blurbs and first pages for the Judging Round. Here's a taste of what the judges are reading! (Please note that the revised entries have not yet been copy edited because copy editing is included in the Grand Prize and Runner-Up prize packages.)

Title: THE MEMORY VISIT
Category/genre: YA Dystopian
Author: Jenny Lynn Lambert
Editor: Carly Hayward
Original version here.

Book Blurb
All a person needs to escape the bombed-out cities and tormenting thirst of NorCoast is a fifteen-minute Memory Visit. Seventeen-year-old Rain has heard plenty of horror stories about Memory Visits—stories about addiction, brain damage, even insanity in clients looking to relive their glory days. But Rain is not looking for an escape; she needs answers. When flashbacks of her twin brother’s drowning start to overtake her life, she relives that horrible day via a laser probe straight to her brain’s hippocampus.

What she discovers in the Visit is even worse than she thought; her twin brother, Dal, was murdered, and she is a mark, one of the remarkable people who can alter the past through her memories. Using her newfound ability, Rain attempts to save her brother only to become a target of the assassins who killed him. Soon, she must decide whether rescuing a brother she barely knows in the past is worth risking her life and the lives of people she loves in the present.

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Editing Round Showcase - Nicole L. Ochoa

After seven weeks of working with their ShoreIndie editors on developmental and substantive edits, the Round 1 winners have submitted their revised blurbs and first pages for the Judging Round. Here's a taste of what the judges are reading! (Please note that the revised entries have not yet been copy edited because copy editing is included in the Grand Prize and Runner-Up prize packages.)

Title: UNDER WESTERN SKIES
Category/genre: NA Inspirational Romance
Author: Nicole L. Ochoa
Editor: Elizabeth Buege
Original version here.

Book Blurb

Sarah Hardy can hardly wait for her boyfriend Jeremy to return from his snowmobiling trip and follow through with his interrupted marriage proposal. Five days later, when he goes missing, Sarah’s world and her faith in a loving God collapses.

When Sarah can’t find her way out of the depression that has plagued her since Jeremy’s passing, her concerned family ambushes her with an emotional intervention. At the suggestion that she get out of Wyoming and away from the memories haunting her, Sarah hesitantly agrees to spend a few months in California visiting her cousin. Hoping the change of scenery will be just the thing to begin the healing process, Sarah packs her bags and boards the plane.

Within hours of her arrival on the coast, Sarah feels her ragged heart respond to a brooding surfer who pulls her from the waves. She fights the urge to run—she came to California in search of peace, not love. Why bother with love when it will just end at the grave? As Sarah’s broken heart begins to mend, she will have to deal with her shattered faith and decide if a second chance at love is worth laying to rest the memory of her blue-eyed cowboy.

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Editing Round Showcase - Lora Couch

After seven weeks of working with their ShoreIndie editors on developmental and substantive edits, the Round 1 winners have submitted their revised blurbs and first pages for the Judging Round. Here's a taste of what the judges are reading! (Please note that the revised entries have not yet been copy edited because copy editing is included in the Grand Prize and Runner-Up prize packages.)

Title: ABANDON
Category/genre: Adult Paranormal Thriller
Author: Lora Couch
Editor: Kisa Whipkey
Original version here.

Book Blurb

Student loans suck, and Emma Lytle is in neck deep. Sick of struggling to pay the ever-ballooning payments and ready for financial freedom, Emma commits to a two-year student loan forgiveness plan in backwoods Bundance, KY. She leaves fast-paced Chicago; the only life she’s ever known, with nothing to lose.

However, honoring her recently deceased mother’s request to return to her roots comes with an unexpected twist: horrid nightmares seen through the eyes of someone else. More than just simple dreams, these memories belong to a young girl, memories that point to the realization that Emma’s family tree is steeped in rotten soil.

The strange happenings aren’t the only distractions Bundance has to offer. Dr. Grayson Smith is humble, hot, and everything Emma shouldn’t be falling for, especially when she plans to flee Bundance as soon as she’s served what she refers to as her two-year sentence.

Now, amidst a budding romance and escalating nightmares turned hauntings, she’ll have to unravel the mystery behind Bundance’s dark urban legend before she loses more than just her mind. A missing girl from decades past is crying out from the grave, and only Emma can find her.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Editing Round Showcase - Sandra Budiansky

After seven weeks of working with their ShoreIndie editors on developmental and substantive edits, the Round 1 winners have submitted their revised blurbs and first pages for the Judging Round. Here's a taste of what the judges are reading! (Please note that the revised entries have not yet been copy edited because copy editing is included in the Grand Prize and Runner-Up prize packages.)

Title: TAKING UP SPACE
Category/genre: YA Contemporary
Author: Sandra Budiansky
Chosen by editor Julia A. Weber
Original version here.

Book Blurb

Skyler Montgomery wants to be in love. Well, she wants to be in love with someone besides Cole, her best friend's boyfriend. So when she meets RJ, a cute skateboarder, who seems to like her, 'curves' and all, she will do anything to hold onto him. But when his affection turns abusive, she has trouble deciding what kind of love she wants and what she willing to give up to get it.

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Editing Round Showcase - Jacy Sutton

After seven weeks of working with their ShoreIndie editors on developmental and substantive edits, the Round 1 winners have submitted their revised blurbs and first pages for the Judging Round. Here's a taste of what the judges are reading! (Please note that the revised entries have not yet been copy edited because copy editing is included in the Grand Prize and Runner-Up prize packages.)

Title: JUST ONE YOU
Category/genre: Adult Commercial Fiction
Author: Jacy Sutton
Editor: Rebecca Heyman
Original version here.

Book Blurb

If happy enough is enough, then Elle and Beth have it all.

College professor Elle has a sexy young boyfriend who keeps her satisfied, at least in the bedroom. When she meets a new man who challenges her intellect and her assumptions, she has to decide if upending her life is worth the effort.

Beth married her high school sweetheart. She’s never even kissed another man. There was one guy, a long time ago, who tempted her... and he just got back in touch. Getting reacquainted with him could be thrilling, but it may threaten the only love she’s ever known.

Beth and Elle’s stories have eerie parallels that lead back to a mysterious shared memory -- and a single, life-changing choice. Only the past can reveal how each woman has arrived in the present, and what it will take for her to be happy.

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