Friday, February 6, 2015

First Impressions - Summer's almost over


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Today we have the first page of  SUMMER'S ALMOST OVER, an adult romance from Liz. As always, you can find out what Dianne K.Salerni thought about this first page at her place.




 SUMMER'S ALMOST OVER


Sophie pasted on a fake smile as she leaned out the window of her taco stand—The Sandy Tortilla—and handed an order of carne asada quesadillas (should this be italicized?) to a woman who was obviously one half of a newlywed couple.
She’d been working the stand for enough summers to recognize the glow of the newly hitched, even without the enormous diamonds . (does Sophie know they're real diamonds? Can she tell or does she guess?) The way they looked at each other with moons in their eyes; how the men couldn’t stand more than two inches away from their wives; the women in their honeymoon swimming suits.
Yes, Sophie she'd had seen enough newlyweds to overdose on sweetness without even getting a taste of sugar. Her stomach lurched (lol!)as she returned to the orders hanging above her grill. She focused on tossing the chicken onto the flattop, slathering the cilantro spread on the tortilla, and crisping up the chips. Love this paragraph.
With her utmost concentration on her cooking, she didn’t have room to obsess over Mark. Aha!
“Chicken verde,” she called out the window, and a teenage girl stepped forward. At least she wasn’t in her mid-twenties with a huge rock on her finger.
Sophie glanced down at her left hand, where, until recently, she had worn a gold band with a single diamond on it. With a little imagination, she could see a tan line where the ring had sat for nine months.
Mark didn’t want to set a date, something that frustrated Sophie. She liked deadlines, and making lists, and meeting goals. Without a date for the wedding, she couldn’t plan the event.
Which is just fine now, she told herself as she dropped an order of taquitos into the fryer.
“We’ll need more chips,” Jenna said over her shoulder as she put up yet another order.
“On it.”
Jenna had one year of high school left, and Sophie knew she needed money for college. Sophie was more than happy to help her—she was tan and blonde, which attracted customers. Even better, Jenna was never late.

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My thoughts: Aside from what I noted, I really liked this first page. My only suggestion might be to move  the third paragraph to the second position so we get to see who Sophie is sooner. I really like the way this is set up, too, with Sophie cooking and thinking about what's going on but without telling us everything, which makes us want to read more. I sure want to know why Sophie isn't wearing that ring anymore!

Nice first page, Liz! And thanks for sharing :)






8 comments:

  1. You're right, that third paragraph is great. Either move it higher or make the ones before it zing with the same personality.

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  2. I love the voice here, and I'm already wondering what happened, but I think it could be tightened up. Give your readers credit for figuring some things out on their own...and keep more of a mystery so they turn the pages. Remember, every single word should be necessary to the story. If you can get along without it, then do. I hope you don't mind, but I took a stab at it. Regardless, let me assure you that this IS a story I would want to keep reading.

    Sophie pasted on a smile as she leaned out the window of The Sandy Tortilla and handed an order of Carne Asada quesadillas to a woman who was obviously half of a newlywed couple.
    She’d been working the stand long enough to recognize the glow of the newly hitched, even minus the enormous diamonds. The way they looked at each other with moons in their eyes; the men standing no less than two inches from their wives; the women in their honeymoon swim suits. [What is a honeymoon swim suit?] She’d had seen so many newlyweds, she could about overdose on their sweetness. Sophia returned to the orders hanging above her grill and began tossing the chicken onto the flattop, slathering the cilantro spread on the tortilla, and crisping up the chips.
    “Chicken verde,” she called out the window. A teenage girl stepped forward. At least this one wasn’t in her mid-twenties with a huge rock weighing down her finger.
    Sophie glanced down at her left hand, where a white line glowed on her fourth finger.
    “We’ll need more chips,” Jenna said over her shoulder as she put up yet another order.
    “On it.”
    Jenna had one year of high school left, and she needed money for college. Sophie was more than happy to give her the work—she was tan and blonde, which attracted customers. Even better, Jenna was never late.

    And also, this made me hungry! :)

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  3. I posted on Dianne's page but I'm swinging by to tell Liz again how much I enjoyed her excerpt! :)

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  4. me is a bit hungry now..

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