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When All Is Lost - The Black Moment
What is it that will make your reader turn those pages? It’s the worry and doubt that the book will end in the way it’s expected to, with the hero and heroine going off into the sunset in love and happy. That worry, that uncertainty that maybe it just isn’t going to happen will have those pages turning. Why? Because those pages will be full of the emotion which has been building throughout the story.
The hero will to work hard to prove to the heroine that he loves her and the heroine will to finally let go of all her doubts and tell the hero she loves him too. All the emotion the reader has encountered during your story will come to a head as the Black Moment is reached. The more conflict, tension and passion – for each other as well as their goals, the more emotionally intense your Black Moment will be.
When and where should the Black Moment happen in a book? There is no hard and fast rule here, but around two thirds or three quarters of the way through your story, but it will definitely be at the point where the internal conflict of the hero or heroine increases to such a level that he or she reaches breaking point. A point at which they would rather give up and walk away from love and a happy-ever-after.
How to intensify the Black Moment
* Make it only about the hero and heroine.
* Add time pressures. For instance, if the hero doesn’t tell the heroine he loves her now he will lose her forever.
* Ensure the reader thinks there is only the slightest glimmer of hope that all will be well.
* Allow the hero and heroines emotions onto the page. Let the reader feel all that heartache.
* It will also be a time for character growth, a time when the hero or heroine learns some home truths. For example, the orphaned boy, who grew up without love in his life, finally realises that not only can he love someone, but that he too is worthy of love.
A Child Claimed by Gold (One Night with Consequences)
A scandal of their own making
Nikolai Cunningham has kept his family history secret for seventeen years. So when photographer Emma Sanders is granted exclusive access to his childhood home, he returns to Russia to ensure it stays hidden.
Though she tries to keep her eye on the story, Nikolai's potent sexuality proves too much for Emma's untouched body to resist! But, convinced she only wanted a scoop, Nikolai casts Emma out, unaware she's pregnant!
When the consequence of their recklessness is revealed, Nikolai will legitimize his heir—with a gold wedding ring!
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