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Meet Your Other Half
"A cumulation of these issues, the Ma who isn’t a “ma”, the Pam who isn’t an aunt, the disjointed timeline, and the unsettling tone of the Pam/Hugh relationship all leave me confused and a bit perturbed. It might all become clear in the next few pages, but you’ve got to get your reader to those next few pages."
"I would probably give the story about two more pages before I decided if I wanted to keep reading or put it down and never look back."
Steve Jaffa Brown
"Talking this to a friend I described this submission from Steve as being “like a shot of 90 proof vodka after having been drinking a nice red wine all evening.""
"Honestly. I'm not even sure what I just read... With some work this might turn into something but unfortunately right now I feel like I just read a fever dream."
They're cute. They're brainy. And they're out to destroy the Earth.
"...this initial read did not have me rolling my eyes and muttering "nerd" under my breath. I sense a light-hearted, chuckle inspiring story is about to transpire and actually read all the way to the end of this submission."
"Young middle-grade stories tend to steer clear of "killing" humans as a plot device."
I Won't Miss
Some find out the hard way that a woman scorned can be the most dangerous thing in the world.
"I think it's important to tell stories like this one - stories of abuse and (hopefully) survival. Keep delving, tell more of the original love story, the time in the van and build to the abuse, there is a great concept here."
"Yes, I’d keep reading, and I’d love to see more authentic and tough work like this."