As a critique partner, there’s a certain thrill that comes from being a part of the whole process of a novel coming into fruition, maturing, and going out into the grownup publishing world. It’s a bit like being an aunt, I suppose, watching from afar, encouraging, and occasionally getting the treat of spending time with the child/story.
As the release date draws nearer, I’ll share more about Wishing for a Highlander. Until then, let me share the two things that make critiquing for Jessi such a joy.
First, her characters are wonderful. I have read a number of romances, historical romances specifically, and rarely encounter characters as relatable and likable as those Jessi creates. Her heroes are a joy to fall in love with, and, more, they are men of noble hearts and worthy of respect. Her heroines are girls I actually enjoy spending time with. So often in a novel, the heroine does little to nothing for me. I usually end up reading for the hero. However, Darcy and Melanie from Wishing for a Highlander are as real and as enjoyable of people as you could hope for in a Scottish historical romance.
Second, Jessi Gage is a fantastic person and a real joy to work with. She’s a great balance between brutally honest and encouraging and compassionate. I am a much better writer for her involvement in my books. I hope I have helped Jessi even a small fraction of that.
Get ready to start next year with Wishing for a Highlander by Jessi Gage. It’ll be the first thing on my Kindle in 2013.