Some tips from Shirlee McCoy: It’s important to write your book before you pitch it. I’ve met many aspiring authors who have written a few chapters, pitched the idea to an editor or agent, received a request for the complete manuscript, and then not been able to finish the project. My advice: don’t open a door you won’t be able to walk through. It becomes a missed opportunity and makes a poor first impression. When the request comes – and it will – the manuscript should be ready to send. Now how about a love lesson?
Love Lessons Learned: Real life romance lessons learned from Secrets and Lies.
In Secrets & Lies, Ariel learns that she must let go of old heartache to embrace new opportunities. This is a valuable lesson in love and in life. Sometimes, we cling to old hurts and let them color our view of the world and the people around us. Ariel is like that. She’s been hurt many times. Her marriage was not what she’d hoped for or wanted. When she meets Tristan, she isn’t planning on falling in love. She’s determined to raise her daughter on her own. Because of her past, she’s unwilling to see Tristan for who he really is. Or, maybe, she is just unwilling to believe that he is the man he seems to be. As they struggle to solve the mysteries that surround Ariel, she sees again and again that Tristan can be trusted with her emotions and with her heart. Eventually, she begins to understand that her past is coloring her view of the present. To love again and to love completely, she must choose to release the pain she is clinging to. I think that sometimes we wear our heartaches and disappointments like badges of honor. To live our fullest and most fulfilling lives, we must do exactly what Ariel did – look hard at the past, learn from it, and then let it go.
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And to check out Dottie’s 5 Heart review of Secrets & Lies, click here.