The beginning & The end


Hello again friends. Thank you for sharing some of your valuable time to read this posting on the Soul Mate Publishing blog. I am a SMP author, and I write historical romance mixed with suspense and mystery. My pen name is Wareeze Woodson, and I have five books published by Soul Mate listed on Amazon. Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman, An Enduring Love, A Lady’s Vanishing Choices, Captured by the Viscount and Bittersweep. Bittersweep is my historical western. I made another leap—into self-publishing. My titled, After She Became a Lady. I plan to never jump so far again.

I am so excited. I have one more book to offer listed for presell on May 3, 2021. That title is The Earl’s Scandalous Wager.

Please spare a few more moments with me, and I will get to the point of this blog. The middle of the story, but first, The blurb for The Earl’s Scandalous Wager below:

Won with the last roll of the dice, can  Emily escape her destiny? Will she find love in the arms of the earl as his wife or his mistress? Either way, her life is now in jeopardy.

Having been the recent recipient of the earl’s interest, could the lovely Annalise be the culprit or was someone else responsible for the attempts to snuff out Emily’s life?

Now for the middle of the story.

In some of my past postings for Soul Mate Publishing, we have discussed many writing topics, settings, dialogue, character traits, villains, heroes, and heroines. Today, I’d like to explore the middle of a story with you. As an added bonus, I plan to give you some gems from my editor.

There is always a beginning. Where the story starts must be interesting, holding the readers’ attention. If the readers’ interest isn’t captured very quickly, the book is closed and never opened again. The beginning is that important.

Hopefully the reader will be intrigued enough to continue to the middle of the story. Below, you will find the beginning of The Earl’s Scandalous Wager, my latest novel to be release  for presell May 3,2021.

Emily found the smells of melting candlewax, lamp-oil, and the overall scent in the room overwhelming, causing her to force down a gag. Aided by candles placed around the table to wash the surface with light, the close quarters sweltered. Beneath the lingering odors, nervous energy exuded from all the gentlemen anxious to claim the victor’s prize—her. At the moment, the wager had been placed, not a single gentleman objected to the pledge of her freedom to replace L100 which her guardian did not have to the ready.

Naturally, there must be a happy ever after ending. That is the only conclusion acceptable to me as a writer. The ending must leave the reader satisfied with the tale, not only the beginning, the middle, but especially the ending. I won’t post an excerpt from the final chapter in this blog. I wouldn’t want to spoil the book for you.

On to the middle, the most important part of the book. What happened to Emily after this beginning? Are we to learn what transpired when she followed the earl from the smoke-filled room? Certainly the reader will discover her what happened to her, not here, but in the book. However, I do have an exciting excerpt moving the story forward and catching the readers’ interest. The middle of the book must always have action both emotional and physical followed by reactions.


With an exasperated nod at his sister, Noble rode up beside Phillip. “Let’s allow the ladies to ride ahead to become better acquainted.”

Emily turned Firefly to ride alongside Mary. “At least, the gentlemen shall enjoy our dust instead of the other way around.”

Mary giggled. “Splendid. I hope we can become friends. London is very new to me.”

“To me, as well. From this moment on, we are friends.”

Emily heard the thunder of hooves coming up the path behind Phillip and Noble. She glanced over her shoulder to discover a new arrival. Under her breath, she uttered, “Annalise.”

Mary glanced back as well. “The path is not wide enough to ride three abreast. That doesn’t seem to bother the young lady.”

“No indeed. And we are not gnashing our teeth about her access to the gentlemen while we ride ahead, are we?”

Emily and Mary both laughed. A loud bang spooked Mary’s horse into a frenzied dash with her clinging to the saddle-horn. Emily kicked Firefly into a dead run after Mary. Emily heard hooves pounding up behind her, knowing Phillip would be in hot pursuit, but she didn’t yield. There wasn’t time. In the lead, she barely managed to catch the bay by the bridle a moment before the horse darted straight into the path of an oncoming carriage. She couldn’t pull the animal to a halt, but she managed to veer the out-of-control horse away from the roadway. Phillip rode up beside the frantically running bay and lifted Mary onto his lap. After a long run, Emily finally pulled the animal to a lathered stand-still.

Her heart beating like a drum, she waited for Phillip to catch up with her. Having left Mary with her brother, Phillip took charge of the winded horse and smiled at Emily.

“That wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned when I wished to judge your riding skills.”

This is an added bonus: The quote from my editor. ‘Whenever possible, avoid buffer words like heard, watched, saw, knew, felt, etc. They act as a buffer between the reader and the story, inhibiting deep point of view.’

Emily heard hooves pounding up behind her, knowing Phillip would be in hot pursuit, but she didn’t yield.

I’m sorry to say I used two buffer words. Another quote from my editor. ‘If it is on the page, she heard it.’

In a deeper point of view, the sentence would have been better stated: With the pounding of hooves behind her and Phillip in hot pursuit, she didn’t yield. There wasn’t time.

I hope I have shown a small sampling of what should go into the middle. This scene moves the story forward. Emily clearly displays; the foreshadowing of events to come. The action with the near accident and her ability to ride extremely well also moves the story forward between the hero and the heroine.

Thank you again for sharing your time with me. For further information on my writing, please visit my website.


Wareeze Woodson

About wareeze

I am a native of Texas and still live in this great state. I write period romance tangled with suspense. I married my high school sweetheart, years and years ago. We raised four children and have eight grandchildren, and grandchildren are Grand. At the moment, all my children and my grandchildren live within seventy miles of our home, lots of visits. My husband and I still love each other after all these years the stuff romance is made of, Happy Ever After! I lost my beloved husband on Dec 10, 2016 but my memories remain forever Happy Ever After!!
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