Synopsis Hell by Maree Anderson (for Writers Gone Wild)
I'm in synopsis hell.
Started out with an 11 page, double-spaced synopsis. Got it down to 5 pages. Yay me.
Managed to write an okay blurb this afternoon. Yay me, again.
But now I'm trying to summarise a 56,000 word novel in 4 sentences. And I'm failing dismally.
As someone told me in an email today: "The business end of writing sucks."
Amen to that.
Anyways, here's the blurb I've come up with for FROM THE ASHES:
Calista’s a freelance space courier recovering from a disastrous marriage during which her ex tried to sell her as a slave. Sure, she’s emotionally damaged, but you should see the state of her ex! She’s also an expert pilot who can illegally reprogram and augment all manner of tech. She's been ripping off the system and flying under the radar her entire life.... Until now.
Asher’s her “cargo”, the mouthwateringly gorgeous Phoenixae alien who accidentally hatched from the egg she was transporting, and bonded with her. He’s been bred as a sex slave and he can read her mind. Which wouldn’t be so bad if 1) she didn't abhor slavery and everything it represents, 2) she wasn't horny as hell, and 3) he wasn't doubly tempting because of his extra er, male parts! Oh, and then there’s the small issue that if Asher is killed and his body burnt, he can be resurrected. He’s one hot commodity that illegals will kill to possess.
One sexually frustrated female who's risking everything to free a slave. One sexy alien slave who knows her deepest desires, feels her pain, and lives to please her in every way. A ruthless ex-husband intent on vengeance. And a sadistic Libertine noble who will do anything at all to get his hands on a Phoenixae.
From the ashes a hero will rise....
That's all from me this week, folks--back to the four-sentence summary. Sigh....
(Who is considering blowing off dancing for the 3rd week in a row, in favor of getting this bloody summary done and dusted!)