Sunday, August 29, 2010

Book Teaser: "Elsie"

This is the teaser for the book I've been working on. It's supposed to be what you would read on the back cover of the book. Let me know if it sounds like something you would want to read. I'm almost done with the revision process (only a few more chapters to go), and will soon be contacting writer's agencies. I still need to come up with an awesome title.

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Elsie is an incredibly intelligent woman in an age where members of her sex are grossly under appreciated. The year is 1757. King George II is on the throne and his reign is coming to an end.

The illegitimate daughter of a baron, 15 year old Elsie has been physically abused for most of her life. When her father informs her that she is to be married to one of his peers in order to resolve his debts, she is forced to act upon a plan she has been fine tuning for some time.

In the dead of night she fakes her own murder by ransacking her room and stabbing herself with a shard of glass leaving blood stains everywhere. She cuts her hair, dresses like a boy, and then runs away to begin a new life free from the oppression she has known.

Although her journey is much more difficult than she imagined she finds a little girl who is even worse off than herself. Joy McRae is an orphan, barely five years old. With winter approaching Elsie cannot bring herself to let the little one starve to death. She takes the girl with her and convinces everyone that they are siblings. Little does she know that this one act of charity will have a positive affect the rest of her life.

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