Romance / Contemporary

She Wants His Baby – But Will His Family, and The Law, Stand In The Way?

September 24, 2014
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Theresa Rizzo

Jenny Harrison has made some poor choices in her 28 years, but marrying Gabe was not one of them. In fact it was the best thing she’d ever done. They had the perfect marriage — until a tragic accident leaves Gabe brain dead and Jenny’s world in ruins.

In Theresa Rizzo‘s novel “Just Destiny” as Jenny is coming to terms with her loss, she decides to preserve the best of their love by conceiving Gabe’s child. But his family is adamantly against the idea, even willing to risk exposing long-held family secrets to stop it.

Caught in a web of twisted motives and contentious legal issues, Jenny turns to best friend and attorney Steve Grant. Steve wants to help Jenny, but he has reservations — and secrets of his own.

When something so private and simple turns public and complicated, will Jenny relent? And what is Steve willing to sacrifice to help her?

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The Indie Author Life

Theresa Rizzo shares her expertise with her fellow indie authors on her website and blog. In a recent article she offers “Advice On Story Openings“:

I always tell beginning writers openings must do three things. 1) Introduce the main character, 2) Show us what she wants (goal), 3) Why she can’t have it (conflict). And in most cases this can be (should be) achieved in the first couple of pages. You do that and you’ve got a solid start.

…Subjectivity is an undeniable dominating element in this business and rules definitely can be broken (if one is skilled enough to do it v-er-y well), however dynamic openings are pretty unanimously recognized—just as problem openings are.

And one thing to always keep in mind, is your reader’s expectation. What do readers of the genre you’re writing in expect in your opening? If it’s a mystery, it’s a dead body in chapter one. If it’s a romance, the reader wants boy and girl to meet fairly quickly. If it’s a historical, the reader wants to be immersed in accurate setting, dialogue, and facts immediately—and stay immersed. If it’s a fantasy, magic must be present. And so on.

Read Theresa’s complete article here.

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