Sunday, 22 July 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Another six from my contemporary romance, ‘Changing the Future’.
Paul and Lisa are both shocked to see each other again at Hillside College. This six comes at the end of their barbed conversation about why they are both working at the college.

He knew she wasn’t telling him the whole truth but there was no point pressing her any further. Her animosity was palpable, and he didn’t want to provoke a full-scale confrontation or go over all the old ground again. “So how are we going to handle things?”

“Handle what things?”

“We have to work in the same place for a few weeks. Does it have to be war all the time?”

Blurb: Lisa Marshall is stunned when celebrated volcanologist Paul Hamilton comes back into her life at the college where she now teaches. Despite their acrimonious break-up several years earlier, they soon realise the magnetic attraction between them is stronger than ever. However, the past is still part of the present, not least when Paul discovers Lisa has a young son. They can’t change that past, but will it take a volcanic eruption to help them change the future.

'Changing the Future' is available at $3.99 on Amazon

The latest 5* review said:

I loved this book. I rarely read straight up romance, but after reading snippets of this book on the author's blog, I thought it really sounded good.
It wasn't mushy-sweet, and had this great tension between the male and female main characters.
The characters were well developed and delightful to read. Their flaws brought them right down to earth.
The pacing was great. I could have read it in one sitting if life didn't get in the way.
Truly enjoyable story. Great job, Paula Martin. Romance: five stars.
(Thank you, Teresa!)

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  1. I happen to have read this book and really enjoyed it, so I hope this six sentence taster will draw other readers too. They won't be disappointed.
    Good luck, Paula.

  2. Many thanks, Manic!! And thanks for your 5* review on :-)

  3. This one's on my TBR list. I may just have to read this next. Great six, Paula.

  4. Yes, how are they going to survive working together? Great six! :)

  5. Boy, is he in for a huge shock when he finds out exactly what she IS keeping from him! Great six, and totally awesome review! Congrats!!!

  6. I love the underlying tension in this, and I love that he's trying to work things out. Fantastic six. This one's on my TBR pile as well. :)

  7. I have a feeling she'll settle for 'war' :)

  8. Ooooh, sounds like he needs to bend as much as she does, but he's not ready yet. Great six, Paula. :)

  9. Terrific the tension between them...and the stubborness!

  10. What things indeed. Oh boy, Paula. How are these two going to work it out? Fab 6.

  11. This sounds great! Sounds like it's a rough road ahead.

  12. They could try ignoring each other. Not that it would work...

  13. Well, I got the book for my iPad, but this week's been crazy busy, and next week's worse. Hope I can get past the first few chapters after that.

  14. Donna - thank you, and I do hope you will enjoy it!

    Jessica - Paul will suggest how they can do it ( next week!)

    K.E. - you're right about the shock he'll eventually get!

    Joanne - thanks, and the tension will continue ...

    Zee - more like outburst of 'sniping' LOL

    Siobhan - neither of them are ready - yet!

    Christine - yes, both are giving as good as they get.

    S.J. - it's going to take them some time ;-)

    Samantha - very rough - to start with!

    Kate - not easy in a small college!

    Sue - many thanks for buying it, but I know what you mean about finding time to read!

  15. They must muster up the strength to ignore the past and work together. Heck what am I saying? Impossible! ;)

  16. This is a great exchange, Paula! I love Lisa and Paul's characters. Such a great job you did!

  17. Expect that there will be some fireworks!

  18. I'm thinking a Cold War is probably inevitable for at least a couple chapters? :)

  19. So much tension. History can be a killer. Nice six, Paula.

  20. Can see these two are going to be fun to read!! Awesome 6!!

  21. I think these two still have a ways to go! Great six :)

  22. Quite fiery to have a past with a vulcanologist!

  23. I have a feeling things will begin to heat up!

  24. Carrie, the past can't be changed or ignored, hence the big question - can they change the future??

    Teresa - thanks so much, so glad you loved Lisa and Paul (so did I!)

    Cara - yes, indeed, plenty of fireworks!

    Sarah - you're right, Cold War and then some 'eruptions' (excuse the volcano related pun!)

    Monica - the history is 'complicated' with each having their own 'versions' of what went wrong and why.

    Sue - outbreaks of war interspersed by fragile peace LOL

    Jennifer - the reviewers of Changing the Future agree with you about these two!

    Lila - tension is always good, isn't it?

    Skye - you're right, they have a long way to go.

    Jessica - yes, it's fairly appropriate, isn't it?

    Sandra - only after I'd written it did I realise the analogy with volcanic action fitted their relationship!

  25. Great tension in this exchange. Well done.

  26. Thanks, Gem - and the tension will continue :-)

  27. Thanks, Sandra and Taryn - and there's a lot more to follow!

  28. Maybe it can be a small war before they work things out. Sparks can sometimes lead to great things. :)

  29. great six :) sparks are going to fly!!!

  30. He seems to be a sensible person but no matter what they do, fireworks will ensue, I'm sure. The book is in my TBR pile!

  31. I agree with Veronica, he seems sensible, but also very likable. The last line is great! Awesome job, Paula!

  32. This sounds like a great read. Your six hints at the obvious tension between these two. Great six!

  33. Boy, unless they relax, this is going to be a painful working relationship. Hope they can make it work between them--without killing each other. :) Tense six!

  34. Diane - there's both war and peace to follow, before more war again!

    Maryellen - you're right about the sparks!

    Veronica - thanks for buying it, look forward to your 'verdict' when you're read it.

    Thanks, Jess - glad he's coming over as likable - maybe even lovable by the time you get to the end of the story!

    Thansk, Cassandra!

    Cherie - yes lots of tension and more to follow.

    Jenna - they're going to try to behave as professionals, even though it won't be easy!