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Dust it Off Blog Hop

May 3, 2012 by Suzi

The 3 day Dust It Off Blog Hop starts today, hosted by Cortney Pearson and Theresa Paulo. Check out their sites for the rules and to find the other participants.

From Theresa’ site: We’ve all had those manuscripts that we poured our heart into, fell in love with the characters and still think of them at random, but unfortunately had to shelf. Now it’s time for a little spring cleaning. Take out those manuscripts and Dust It Off!

Title: Beyond the Wake
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Words: 93,000 (yes, cutting is needed)
Status: Waiting to be revised

One summer. Two lives. Who will be the one to change?

When seventeen year old Jason unexpectedly falls for his best friend’s younger sister, he must decide if he can give up his partying ways to be the guy that Alexis needs.

Fifteen year old Alexis is flattered by Jason’s attention, but as the summer progresses, she must decide if she’s willing to surrender her values for the guy she’s fallen for.
Check back on the 5th and the 7th for the rest of the Blog Hop. I’ll be posting an excerpt and what I learned with this project.


  1. Kyra Lennon says:

    Yikes, 93K is a lot! 😀 I think that sounds like a good story, and a great pitch!

  2. Danielle B. says:

    Oh the battle of should I or shouldn’t I for love cause no one wants to settle. Sounds like a really great romantic read.

  3. I love the falling for the best friends sibling. Its classic but you can always put your own twist to it.

  4. E.Arroyo says:

    I love conflicts in romance. Nice. =)

  5. My first WIP was 106,000 words, if it makes you feel better, lol! And this sounds great, is it a dual POV? (Don’t surrender your values, Alexis. Stay strong, don’t do it! :-p)

  6. This sounds like an interesting read. Good luck with your revisions.

  7. Morgan Shamy says:

    Great tension! I thought the pitch verrrry well done. Nice work, Suzi! 😀

  8. Great story! Love a good best friend’s younger sister love conflict story!
    The pitch sounds great!

  9. ilima says:

    Ooh. Choices choices. I love it. Nice pitch.

  10. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    Oh, I’m so glad I’m not a teenager anymore! Nice job. :)

  11. Well thought-out pitch. Nicely done. That’s a big word count for a YA, but it gives you a lot of wiggle room during revisions!

  12. Nice conflict and great set up! If you have a dual POV, an easy way to cut work count is to make it one person’s story. Best of luck with it! I look forward to your excerpt :)

    • Suzi says:

      Funny you should say that. This will be up in a later post, but it started out with just the girl perspective. But then I wrote the boy’s and combined them into a bigger mess. I’ve cut since then to get to 95,000, but obviously need to go lower. I absolutely love his character and don’t want to get rid of either of their perspectives.
      So the cutting will have to be elsewhere. Lots of work ahead of me.

  13. Kelley Lynn says:

    Very interesting stakes. Well done!

  14. It sounds like such a cute story! I think I could easily love both Jason and Alexis.

  15. Theresa says:

    The first ms I ever wrote was about a girl who fell for her best friends older brother, it was loosely based on my teen years and like most people’s first ms’s turned into a series. I almost used it for this hop, but didn’t even though it was my inspiration to create the hop.

    So obviously this is totally my type of story. That first line is awesome! Concise and intriguing. Can’t wait to read the excerpt!

  16. This is so up my alley – I would read this!

  17. Avery Marsh says:

    The WIP I’m using for this bloghop is almost 120k… so don’t feel so bad. 😉

    The pitch did it’s job. I’m already dying to know how it’s going to turn out.

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