Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy--which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.
She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime.
Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.
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Hi, all! Jennifer here. Thanks so much for hosting me today!
Let’s talk reading--from the first time you pick up a book to the time you read the last word.
You know, beginnings and endings.
I raised this topic a few years ago on my own blog, but I thought it’d be fun to discuss it again—especially since people’s opinions always change.
Obviously as a writer, it's very important to have both those two things going for you: a strong beginning and a strong ending. Duh. Otherwise, who would read your book? (I mean, besides your mother)
But...if you had to choose, which do you think weighs more heavily on a reader? The beginning or the ending?
Don’t answer yet!
Let me give you MY answer and reasoning first. I think the ENDING is more important than the beginning of the story. I know some of you are grabbing your hearts. But here’s why:
Scenario one: How many have of you have picked up a book, read the first 1/3 of it and loved it? Absolutely loved it! Then something happened along the way and then by the end, you wanted to throw the book up against the wall.
Got that? Ok. Would you give that author another chance?
My answer would be no.
Scenario two: How many of you picked up a book, wasn't that thrilled with the beginning but somehow decided to persevere and continue reading only to be overjoyed that you did because the rest of the book and the ending was phenomenal?
Got that? Ok, now, would you give that author another chance?
Ah. Kind of hard to answer now, huh?
I was reading a book once and was so-so with it for about 5 chapters into it then by the time I got to the end I was SO glad I kept with the book because when I finished, I loved it. And after that I did read other books by that author.
The feeling I’m left with is very important to me. Because when I close that book the ending is going to be in my mind for a good long time.
What about you? IF you had to choose, which do you think is more important, the BEGINNING or the ENDING of a book?
Kendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life—pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie's older brother, Brad, who is decidedly off limits.
Brad can't seem to get his little sister's best friend out of his mind. He and Kendall used to be close friends, too, and as a local policeman, Brad can't help but play protector, looking out for Kendall. When he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their friendship—and their attraction—flares back to life.
Amid the temptation of doughnut muffins and blueberry cobbler, a new temptation draws them both closer. Can they take a chance on love when it means risking their friendship, even when not doing so risks everything?
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