Teaser Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: 

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

My Teaser is from The Third Scroll (Hardstorm Saga) by Dana Marton.   Here is what the author says about her book:

I began Tera’s story ten years ago as a project towards a graduate degree in writing. When I finished, I sent it out to a few publishers, and amazingly, they even got back to me. This does not happen a lot to unpublished writers without agent representation, so as I was dancing in the street, I envisioned a fat publishing contract, followed by a straight journey to the top of the bestseller lists.

Of course, I would have been equally happy with someone willing to print just a hundred copies of my book. I just so wanted to see the story in print and hold my very own book in my hands.

Reality brought those dreams to a screeching halt. The editor-in-chief at a major NY publishing house really liked the story, but told me it wasn’t exactly what they published. Another editor at another house told me she wasn’t sure how to sell it to her marketing people, but she loved it too much to reject it. Many years later, I still haven’t received a rejection letter from her. Yet, another editor at a big publisher read the first three chapters, loved them and requested to see the rest of the book. By the time I sent the full novel, she moved on from her job.

I’m guessing you have picked up on a pattern here: lots of love, no contract.

In the meanwhile, I wrote other projects and became successfully published in a whole other genre. But I never forgot THE THIRD SCROLL, and neither had some of the people who read it. From time to time, I would receive an email from a friend who read the manuscript when I wrote it, telling me they were still thinking about the characters, asking when the book was going to be published.

Well, with the advent of direct publishing, THE THIRD SCROLL is now on its way to readers finally. And I’m back to dancing in the street. I would so love to know what you think of Tera’s story. I hope you’ll think it was worth sticking with for ten years. 

And here is my teaser:

“I placed them into the infected wounds and bandaged over them, not too tight so they could breath.”

“The wound, good living flesh, I cleansed once again and treated with an herbal poultice that warded off further infection.”

I am reading this on my Kindle and am 18% into the book.  So far it is keeping my attention and I am enjoying the story.

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