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I'm hesitant to post a traditional synopsis because it would necessarily contain plot turns that I don't want to post publicly. However, here's the back of the book blurb I've been working on. Hopefully, this will give you what you're looking for. Thanks for the question!

Wilmington DE, 1774
Sarah Stevens is the sheltered daughter of a Loyalist. Her father will do anything to protect his daughter, including marrying her off to a British officer. At least safely ensconced on his estate in England, she'll be far from the tempest about to erupt in the colonies. In an effort to escape her fate and her fiance, Sarah comes face to face with the notorious Jack Garrett. A stolen kiss on a deserted balcony has her questioning her resolve—in many ways. Little does she know, there will soon come a time when she may need Jack's protection from those she most trusted.

Unbeknownst to the good folks of Wilmington, Jack Garret is a rebel in name only. True, he's not fond of the oppressive yolk of parliament anymore than his fellow rebels, but he's seen enough violence in his lifetime. First his mother. Then his sister. If putting himself in the middle of the conflict can help him keep the peace and protect the people around him, then so be it. But this time, the one who needs him most is the enemy. Or is she?
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Mary Jean Adams I just keep writing. I mean, one can always go back and edit later, and I do! I must go through my novels 100 times before I send them to my…moreI just keep writing. I mean, one can always go back and edit later, and I do! I must go through my novels 100 times before I send them to my publisher. The first time through is just to get the story skeleton down. The I go through and flesh it out a bit. Third time through, my characters are starting to tell me who they are so I go with it. Fourth time, I add texture...color, sound, smells, tastes. Of course, I'm simplifying the process, and it doesn't always happen in such a logical sequence. But, at the end of the day, you can't be too judgmental in those first few drafts or you'll never get started. (less)
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Smitten, Chapter One

It all started with a tweet...

A couple of weeks ago, someone posted an incident on Twitter about a sweet encounter between her plumber and her cat. I replied that it sounded like a great plot device for a romance. It was an off-hand comment and certainly not the first time I've made such a comment. It drew well over a hundred likes.

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Oscar Wilde
“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”
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David McCullough
“According to Adams, Jefferson proposed that he, Adams, do the writing [pf the Declaration of Independence], but that he declined, telling Jefferson he must do it.

Why?" Jefferson asked, as Adams would recount.

Reasons enough," Adams said.

What can be your reasons?"

Reason first: you are a Virginian and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason second: I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third: You can write ten times better than I can.”
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David McCullough
“You have overburdened your argument with ostentatious erudition."
Spoken by Abigail Adams”
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Benjamin Franklin
“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
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