Thursday, May 3, 2012

Entry for The Writer's Voice Competition

Oh! I'm so excited! I've been lucky enough to land a spot in The Writer's Voice, a contest hosted by these amazing folks: Cupid of Cupid’s Literary Connection, Brenda Drake of Brenda Drake Writes, Monica B.W. of Love YA, and Krista Van Dolzer of MotherWrite Repeat.


Below is a summary of my novel DOWNPOUR and a peek into the story.
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DOWNPOUR - 60,000 Adult Romance

It’s just us this morning. I can’t help peeking at him as I work. He’s taking off his thick woolen jacket and gloves, mopping the rain from his hair. He looks unkempt; my mind drifts to thoughts of him sleepy-eyed, sluggishly climbing from my bed. He always looks like he’s just woken up and rolled out of bed in search of caffeine. I’m sure Clinton must have a girlfriend or boyfriend, or both, at home, curled in his recently vacated sheets. No one this kind and pretty is single. And from what I’ve seen since I’ve been out, rarely gay, either.


He approaches the counter with a grin. "The usual."


"Anything for you, Clinton," I reply in my feeble attempt at flirting.


He’s been in every morning. I had noticed him in a few classes and here at the shop, but couldn’t muster the guts to talk to him much. He has a solid routine which makes me happy since I’m as retentive as a twenty-two-year-old can get without medication. Now, I see he looks more tired than usual, making him seem older. Ella and I started debating his story after he left one morning and she caught me making “googly eyes” at him. Her words, not mine.


I’ve thought up scenarios about him in my mind: he’s a science nerd like me taking advanced classes or working on his thesis. Ella thinks he’s a spy with a torrid background in hiding from the KGB. I’ve since asked her to stop reading so many Tom Clancy novels.



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Markus Simmons, a pre-med student who moonlights as a barrista, narrates as he and his long-time crush, Clinton Stewart, begin their relationship. Although Clinton is savagely attacked just after his first amazing night with Markus, it’s not only Clinton who suffers. After Clinton is brutally beaten by three men for being gay, Markus describes his relationship and how helpless he feels watching the man he’s falling in love with deal with the residual pain. He learns how Clinton came out to a hateful family who turned their backs on him, but he found solace in the boy who made his coffee every morning. Trying to protect himself and not wanting to need anyone, Clinton tries hard to keep Markus at arm’s length. He soon discovers he has no choice in who his heart loves or who his body desires.

When many would walk away from the pain and mounting stress from a trial and school, the new lovers choose to move forward. Once, Clinton felt he had lost his hope and his family, but with Markus and his friends, he realizes that you can become a family when your own is no longer an option. Markus never gives up on Clinton, helping him figure out that because of his boyfriend’s love and his new family, he is truly not alone. Markus and Clinton are our leads, but there is a hilarious cast of characters that help tell the tale from swoony first date through a tense, emotional trial and into the happily-ever-after.

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Bella

15 comments:

  1. Hi Bella, I'm stopping by from the Writer's Voice Contest to wish you the best of luck! Nice to meet you.

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  2. Stopping in - my novel also has a LGBT theme.

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  3. Looks like a great entry! Good luck in the competition!

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  4. Great entry! Nice to see something different in TWV contest. GL!

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  5. Absolutely loved your first couple of paragraphs, and I could see Clinton so clearly. And as Katie said, it's great to see something different. Good luck in the contest!

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  6. I love familial problems in stories, and yours got me right away! I imagine the familial angst Markus must be going through, and it helps me realte to his characterization in the query. Nice job, and good luck!

    SC (#159)

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  7. Oo, this sounds like borderline NA. :) Good luck!

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  8. Best of luck in the contest :-)

    Ashley #78

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  9. Good work, and good luck in the competition!

    Krystalyn #87

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  10. Good luck! Interesting theme!

    Brandi #199

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  11. Not your run of the mill entry at all. I like the subtlety of your intro. Good luck.

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