We have winners! Willa won the $10 gift card. Elena and Crystal won an ebook. Congrats! If you want to see the matches to the snippets, scroll down and you’ll find them. 🙂
I’m a big fan of “The Voice.” For those of you who don’t live in the US, it’s a talent show for singers. To choose their teams, four judges sit in high-backed chairs that face away from the stage while the singers perform. This allows the judges to choose singers for their voices. Not for their appearance, their figures, their age, their clothes. The only thing that matters is their voice.
An author’s voice is important, too. But just like a great song can trump an awful voice (name any Bob Dylan song), so can a great story trump a mediocre and stiff voice (name any Dan Brown book). Telling a damn good story is the number one important part of being a writer. But I love books that combine a great story and a great voice. All of my fellow Magical Musings bloggers have both. I thought it would be fun to give an example from a book by each author, including one of mine. You can see the snippets below, and below that, the authors’ names. The person who matches the most authors to the correct snippets will win a $10 gift card either Amazon or B&N. If there’s more than one winner, I’ll use Random.org to pick the gift card winner. The others will have their choice of one of my ebooks. The winners will be announced here on Wednesday morning, along with the correct match-ups, including book titles.
Have fun and good luck!
1. This wasn’t her room or her bed, and it sure as hell wasn’t her body. Tears welled and trickled slowly from eyes not her own. Then the pain started.
2. I could feel the vibrations of his stress in the claw-like grip he had on the steering wheel, the pale cast to his knuckles, the way he punched the buttons to change stations when one radio signal grew too weak, the ropy tautness of his neck and the steely intensity riveting his eyes to the pavement.
3. Average shelf life for demons is not much longer than it is for humans. Not because we’re susceptible to disease and old age, but because we live with the seven deadly sins.
4. It was a damn sorry night to die, but then, Zane Wynter didn’t plan on dying. Killing, yeah, that was a possibility, but not dying.
5. Actually, so far, the afternoon had passed by in a perfectly normal fashion, with the glaring exception that no one had tried to murder me—yet.
6. She stepped inside. Saw him sitting at his desk, writing. Felt the hum of tension that seemed to grow stronger every time they met.
7. He could practically see the cynicism in her eyes. The knowledge that men usually did have an idea, and it often involved nudity.
8. The first thing this business taught a person was that the idea of true love was a ridiculous myth that housewives clung to in order to give meaning to their mundane lives.
9. New Year’s might have been a few days away, but Lyric Whetstone had already decided on her resolution: find a man.
10. Rianna felt her blood catch fire, her heart slam in her chest. The sensuous images transfixed her, the room fading from her consciousness.
11. Everything about the woman was a contradiction, as mysterious and uncomfortable as the intense desire throbbing through him. For a crazy second, he wondered what she tasted like.
a. Liz Kreger
b. Misty Evans
c. Lori Brighton
d. Jennifer Estep
e. Edie Ramer
f. Virna DePaul
g. Robin Bielman
h. Michelle Diener
i. Dale Mayer
j. Cynthia Eden
k. Marilyn Brant
Authors who match the snippets:
1) Dale Mayer
2) Marilyn Brant
3) Misty Evans
4) Cynthia Eden
5) Jennifer Estep
6) Michelle Diener
7) Edie Ramer
8) Lori Brighton
9) Robin Bielman
10) Liz Kreger
11) Virna DePaul