I just read Sabrina Philips’ post about the opening of Presents stories on I Heart Presents.
Scary reading. Because I’ve been working on editing my first chapter, and I’m realising just how not Presents it is. Especially how much not Modern Heat it is.
The heroine’s life gets turned upside down, and yet nothing really happens. They sit around and talk!
How can I make something happen?
I can’t have strangers kiss, like the delicious start of Kate Hardy’s Surrender to the Playboy Sheikh. That’s because my heroine is somewhat plain and has a Cinderella transformation, through not quite as extreme as the one in Julia James’s The Italian’s Rags-to-Riches Wife. There’s no revenge or past history to hot up the opening scenes.
Despite the hot sex, maybe this story is really a Sweet Romance after all?
Not that I think sweets don’t have lots happening. I just see them as more a slow burn than the instant explosion of a Presents/ Modern.
Damn! I really wanted this story to be a Presents, and it’s not headed that way at all!
Edited to add- if you are reading this for the first time, make sure you read the comments! There is some don’t-miss advice in there.