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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review and Author Posting of Returning the Favor by Priscilla Shay

Returning the Favor 

Book Blurb:
At thirteen, Lady Catherine James fell out of a tree and into Colin Barringer’s heart. Now six years later, he’s determined to secure her hand in marriage, but will a childhood tragedy keep them apart?

Angie J's Review:

OK OK Deep secret reveal here.....I am a big time Historical Romance Fan....GASP...what you can't believe it??  Yes, I do love to read about the big puffy dresses and the "proper" manners while the girl from the wrong family falls for the handsome, bachelor ever single gold digging woman wants to marry.  I know I am a closet Historical Romance girl......so when this book came into our review emails , I JUMPED!!!  The Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas is one of my most favorite series (thanks Susan).

So this is a very short, easy and quick read but very adorable.  So basically Colin has a craptastic family life and is befriended by Matt.  Matt drags Colin home for the summer and in the first day he literally "catches" Catherine.  Well for 3 years she does everything imaginable to get his attention but he totally rebuffs her because Matt's Family is HIS family and he doesn't want to ruin anything......can you blame the guy???  Remember the part about a craptastic family life with his real family......

Well, Colin has decided now that Catherine is of marrying age, he WILL marry her.  He begins courting her and it is rather funny how she can annoy and infuriate him.  Catherine has her doubts about his "true love" of her versus "marriage of convenience". 

My only complaint is I wish it was longer. Because it was a short story I feel like I missed a bit but I totally loved the story.  I would love to see the story developed more and see some more encounters with Colin and Catherine as they were 'dancing around their feelings" when they were younger.  But all in all, you don't miss anything of their feelings with the short story.  

Author's Posting:

Hi, my name is Priscilla Shay and I’m a Pantslotter.
What does that mean?

A pantser is an author who starts writing without a set plot in mind. They write where the flow and characters takes them. On the other hand, a plotter is an author who, before writing, sits done and pinpoints major events. They organize exactly how the story should happen.


I’m a pantslotter.

When an idea – usually a very emotional scene – pops into my head, I scribble it down as quickly and in as much detail as possible. THEN, I develop characters and a plot around that scene.

It’s an odd method, but it works for me.

This is actually how I came to write RETURNING THE FAVOR. I had graduated undergraduate a few months before, didn’t have a steady job and wanted to get serious about publishing. Someone retweeted the Boroughs Publishing Group short story contest and I thought, why not? Even if I don’t make it through round one (I really didn’t think I would, but I did!), I’ll have another story written and be one step closer to publication.

The contest was “Love @ First Sight”. I had (and have, as my editor recently discovered) a lot of half written or unedited works. But of course, none of them were Love @ First Sight. It needled at me. I wanted to enter the contest, but didn’t have a plot! I was thinking about BPG constantly – dreaming about them.

One of the most emotional parts (for me and the characters) of RETURNING THE FAVOR, where they’re both vulnerable and stripped down, was actually the first scene I wrote before I even knew who they were. (It’s a really intense argument.) There were a lot of ‘he’s’ and ‘she’s’ before Catherine and Colin were formalized and I scribbled (I keep saying scribbled because I work better with pen and paper) away until my hand ached. But, once that scene was on paper I started plotting around it.

This is why I say I’m a pantslotter.

Other authors plot around a character, a particular trope, or even an event. *I* plot around random scenes that pop into my head. It seems to be working so far =]

When you’re reading, what sticks out for you? The characters, the plot, a scene, the setting?
Thank you for having me! If you read RETURNING THE FAVOR, I hope you enjoy it. If not, hope you enjoy the next book you read,

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About the Author

 Priscilla Shay

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She is fascinated with all things historical and the only way she can explain it is by claiming she was – clearly – born in the wrong century. (Although, she has been dabbling in the Paranormal and Young Adult.) She holds a B.A. in English: Creative Writing, Honors (with a minor in History) and currently lives in New York pursing a M.A. in History. She is also a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America). When not writing she can be found in a corner crafting, drawing, or baking.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for having me, Angie! And I happy to indulge your not-so-secret-anymore reading pleasures :)