Contest – Agent Critique!

July 20, 2012 » Written under Agent, blogging, Contest, Excerpts, Give away, interview, Jeanette Murray, writing

After the awesome Q&A with Emmanuelle yesterday on the blog, and the short Twitter time we had, today we’re going for the really serious stuff…the agent critique!

One lucky winner will receive a 1 chapter critique to not exceed 7,000 words. Upon receiving the chapter, Emmanuelle will bounce the critique back to you in approximately three weeks. But be a little generous, as this is a busy travel time.

How do you enter? It’s so simple. If you have already read The Officer Says “I Do” then you’re a step ahead. If not, check out the book’s excerpt here. You see the sparks Tim and Skye are creating immediately upon meeting…and what those sparks (and a few drinks) lead to. Whew!

So answer the following question in the comments section of THIS blog post, and you’ll be entered in your chance to win the chapter critique.

Ladies: If you were Skye and a man you’d just met (but had serious chemistry with!) proposed, what would you say? (Let’s assume you’re single, of course.)

Gentlemen: If you were Tim and couldn’t resist a beautiful lady you were connecting with, would you ever propose after just meeting her? (Let’s assume you’re single, naturally!)

Answer in the comments section and you’ll be entered in your chance to win the grand prize! Contest closes on Monday, July 23rd at 11:59pm Eastern. Winner will be announced on July 24th on the blog, so come back to see if you’re a winner!

Updated 7/24/12: The contest is officially closed! While I appreciate your comments, the contest is over and so all comments from this moment on will not count toward the prize. Thanks to all those who entered!


  1. Bonnie K.

    July 20th, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Well…. I’m kind of that easy type of girl who believes “Wow, you have beautiful eyes!” means “let’s get married and live happily ever after together even though we’re just meeting in an airport at 1 a.m. after you’ve had a six hour flight”

    so, um. I would probably accept the proposal with a resounding “Let’s do it!” and run straight to an internet connection to start planning the wedding. LOL

  2. Voirey Linger

    July 20th, 2012 - 11:43 am

    I love the idea of instant connection leading to happily ever after, but I’m a practical gal. An impulsive Vegas wedding isn’t for me.

  3. Tina Green

    July 20th, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    I’d like to say that I could just jump in with both feet, but I’d be lying. Maybe after a few days or a week, but right then and there… not likely.

    Read the blurb and no surprise, I’m hooked. Looking forward to reading the rest of it.

  4. December

    July 20th, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    I’m a bit skittish about the marriage (took my husband a good 6 years before I’d say yes)
    but I’d be all in for a fun night of romping in bed!
    Fun read – thanks for sharing! Off to purchase now!

  5. Ami Hendrickson

    July 20th, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    When in college, I prank-called a guy I had never met. A 2-hour conversation ensued; at the end of it he said “I love you.” We went out a few times & he proposed. It freaked me out. I think my exact words were “No way! Are you kidding?” I told him if he was serious to wait a year and if we were still together to ask me again.

    He did. This year we celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. I know from experience that I didn’t believe in love at first sight. Fortunately, my husband did.

    • Tina Green

      July 22nd, 2012 - 7:58 pm

      awww.. how sweet!

  6. Marc Poliquin

    July 20th, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    First, I would make her a mixed tape. Then I would gauge her reaction to the mixed tape, and if she approved of every strategically selected song, then I would propose, for each song would be a reflection of my soul, and love is the music of the soul.

    Or maybe we’d just go to Vegas. 😉

  7. Ashley Turcotte

    July 20th, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    I’ve actually felt this instant connection before. The day I met my husband, the second our eyes met, I knew that was it for me. He proposed the day we started dating, and we’ve been together for almost eight years. We didn’t get married that day though…it was a pretty long engagement. Not sure I have it in me to have a shotgun Vegas wedding.

  8. Dave Harrison

    July 20th, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    If I was Tim – Yes!

    If I wasn’t – Maybe (if I was single) :-)

  9. Maggie

    July 20th, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    No way LOL. My answer would be no. We’re talking “till death do us part.”

    Love the excerpt.

  10. Giora

    July 20th, 2012 - 2:05 pm

    If I was Tim, then the answer is Yes. Beauty (an over-rated attribute by the way) + one hour of great conversation is enough for a man who knows what he wants and also smart enough to project the future. Best wishes for the winner and thanks for Emanuelle Morgen for her kind offer.

  11. Meghan

    July 20th, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    Love at first sight? Sure. I’m easy in that regard. Getting married? No way. Until a guy has met my dogs, friends, and family (in that order) and proven he’ll fit in with the rest of my life I couldn’t imagine getting married to someone. I’m looking for a piece of a puzzle, not a complete painting.

  12. Bonny Anderson

    July 20th, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    Lol, I would probably laugh at him and say no way! 😀 But I’ve never been impulsive, so that’s me. Thanks so much for having this contest, and thanks to Emmanuelle for offering such a great prize!

  13. Michele Rybak

    July 20th, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    Although it’s a wonderful fantasy, I would have to say no. My primary reason would be that he was leaving for Afghanistan and I would have seven months to doubt my decision and end up filing for divorce. I spent a total of two minutes with my first husband and told my mother I had just met the man I was going to marry. Although I gained two wonderful children from the marriage, the rest of it was a disaster. I even waited a year and a half to marry him but should have broke off the engagement because I knew that I wasn’t sexually attracted to him but thought I could work around that. I couldn’t. With my current husband, I literally felt a jolt the first time he put his hand on my shoulder and the sexual attraction was so intense that I knew we’d be having sex in the next hour! Although he asked me to marry him a few days later, I said no and waited 5 months to say yes. By then I knew we were compatible in more than the bedroom. But I’ll admit, those five months deciding and still six years later, what sizzled then still sizzles now. Thank you Emanuelle Morgen for piquing my interest. I’m heading over to B&N to buy the book now!

  14. Tina Hamilton

    July 20th, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    Ohh…loved this and hopeless romantic in me so wants that. My parents were pen pals while my dad was in Vietnam. She had several, he had one. He came into port for leave in Oregon, called her and asked her to meet him. They were married 24hours later in the same church as my grandparents and by the same pastor and were together until the day my dad passed away. I am a huge believer that fate leads us…and I hope mine will come soon.

  15. Angela

    July 20th, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    I love to read about instant connections, but I don’t have the guts to live that way.
    Kudos to the brave people!

  16. Shannon

    July 20th, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Great excerpt! Loved Skye’s pov, especially this line – What the hell, Fate? :)

    Now for my answer… I’d say yes.

    Back in the day, when I said yes to my guy (while he knelt nekid between my knees) I probably would have said no to a sudden proposal like Tim’s. I thought such a big, life changing decision had to be considered carefully and even tested some before it could be made reality.

    Now, after twelve bumpy wonderful years with the same guy (who still does the nekid thing pretty dang well) I know I’d say yes to a Tim-like proposal. Some things you just simply know. They don’t need to be questioned. So say “yes” and run away with your lover once in a while. Life is for living.

  17. Justin V. Gross

    July 20th, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    No, I wouldn’t. No matter how deep the attraction was or how solid the chemistry was going, proposing after just one day send a wrong message. In addition, it would make someone look completely desperate and the woman would feel “rushed.” It shows no patience and no desire to truly want to really know the person before getting into a lifelong commitment.

  18. Keri Ford

    July 20th, 2012 - 11:30 pm

    since this is all pretend, I’ll keep pretending and say this would be my second marriage and in that case—YES!

    why the 2nd? pfft. I married at 20 and wanted my big fat wedding with all the bells! So for that purpose only, I would have said yes to the marriage…no to the quick Vegas marraige and asked for a few months to plan. :)

  19. Lyric James

    July 21st, 2012 - 12:52 am

    I’d have to say no. I do believe in a “true connection” at first sight” but I’m not that impulsive. I’d have to know a little bit more about his situation, his background to do something like that.

    Great excerpt!

  20. Emily

    July 21st, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    I have read a lot of romance books over the last few months, and while I’d love to have that moment and just throw caution to the wind, I couldn’t do it. I know I’ve already told you, but I loved the book. It was a lot of fun to read. I can’t wait for the next.

  21. Emy Shin

    July 21st, 2012 - 11:02 pm

    That’s such a difficult question! As much as I would like to say yes, I think I’d ultimately go with “no” because I’m much too cautious. I believe in attraction at first sight, but love? Not so much.

  22. Kimberly Gabriel

    July 22nd, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    The night I met my husband, it was attraction at first sight. I also remember thinking he could easily be the guy I’d marry one day…but had he asked, I think I would have run the other way. I’m so not the cool, impulsive type. I’d much rather live vicariously through characters like Skye – I would have been angry if she would have said no! 😉

  23. Rachel Schieffelbein

    July 23rd, 2012 - 10:04 am

    I knew I would marry my husband within a week and we got engaged, and married pretty fast-but not quite that fast! :) (He was a Marine, too. They are hard to say no to.) 😉

  24. Tamara

    July 23rd, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    I’d probably say YES, thinking it was a joke. I’d go along with it for a while, then when I realized he was serious, I’d reassess. 😀

  25. Kadi Dillon

    July 23rd, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    If I were single, I’d like to say I would say YES. I’m probably being a little unrealistic, but something about taking that kind of risk, that kind of leap, excites me.

    BUT, in reality, I am much more grounded than that. I would think it to death before considering anything. And “Tim” would probably run away screaming.

  26. Wendy Knight

    July 23rd, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    I have always been the kind to way over think everything. It sounds exciting and uber-romantic to just jump in and say yes!

  27. Ashley Maker

    July 23rd, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    While I am a romantic and love the idea of being that impulsive, there’s no way I would actually accept a proposal that fast.

  28. Amber

    July 23rd, 2012 - 11:51 pm

    I’d say “convince me” :) Hey, if he can turn my brain to mush well enough, then he deserves his reward.

  29. Kel

    July 23rd, 2012 - 11:54 pm

    I’m hard to impress and I don’t like jewelry =). But if I’d just met someone, and it was meant to be, I’d say yes. Sometimes, you can just tell, you know?

  30. Emily Cushing

    July 24th, 2012 - 12:09 am

    My husband and I were only engaged for two months, but we dated for eight years. So although I’m good with short engagements, I think I need to know the guy for a little while before I say “I do”.

  31. Lea Griffith

    July 24th, 2012 - 12:12 am

    What does he look like? Just kidding! Love is a many splendored thing but I think deep down we all just kinda know if a person is someone we can love or not. Love is work and so is marriage. I’m always willing to put in the work so jumping into something that quickly isn’t as scary as it is exciting for me. I think Skye knew and was willing to work for what she wanted. I’d probably be the same way. Of course, you never really know until it really happens :)

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