I just read the first chapter of Sharon Kendrick’s new Presents, The Prince’s Chambermaid (the link should take you straight to a reader where you can browse the first chapter).
She commits several of the “sins” mentioned by the editors in their feedback to the Presents competition entrants, but does them so wonderfully well. What an amazing first chapter kiss! I want to read more. I want my writing to be so lush and sensual.
My competition chapter looks sad and pathetic in comparison, a little brown sparrow next to a bird of paradise.