The Introduction

I promised a sneak peak at LETTING GO, my first attempt at a Romance novel, and I’m here to deliver. I give you, the summary.

Sometimes what you think you want isn’t necessarily what you need. And sometimes what you need, doesn’t just land in your lap, it knocks you on your ass.

The one thing Celi Cooper wants is to be taken seriously by her boss. The last thing she wants is to become the victim of a hit-n-run. Unfortunately for her, she gets both. Though she survives the hit and the guy doesn’t really run, she wishes he had. Not only is the man infuriating, he’s her new neighbor and hot to boot. So when her boss assigns her an account all her own, Celi’s life is flipped upside down when the client turns out to be the stranger seemingly sent to do her in.

Bryan Riggs is determined to open his own restaurant and fulfill a promise. He knows his food will win over the customers, but first he has to get them in the door. For that, he needs help, but the last person he wants to work with is the crazy neighbor who won’t stay out of his way or his thoughts. With no other option and a truce in place, Bryan sets out to open his restaurant and ends up opening his heart.

In a story about headaches, heartaches and the ultimate healing, two damaged people go from enemies to friends to lovers. But if they’re ever going to find that elusive happily ever after, both will have to let go of the past and put their heart in someone else’s hands.

This is a brief introduction to my story. It’s rough and thrown together, much like my characters, but gives a pretty good summation of what this story is about.

To go a little more in depth:
Celi has abandonment issues. Men, starting with her father, have a habit of walking away from her and never looking back. As you can imagine, this doesn’t do much for a girl’s self-esteem.

One years ago, Bryan was engaged, picking out rings, and planning the rest of his life with the woman he loved. But in a split second, all that was taken away and the only thing he has left is the dream they shared of opening a restaurant.

Celi has no intention of ever giving another man the chance to walk away.

Bryan has no intention of taking the chance of loving and losing again.

Celi needs to make the launch of Bryan’s restaurant the biggest splash the town has ever seen in order to convince her boss she deserves a promotion.

Bryan needs his restaurant to be a success or he’ll not only lose his future, he’ll lose everything he has.

This seems like the perfect situation for them both. But, life is never quite that simple, now is it?

14 thoughts on “The Introduction”

  1. MsHellion says:

    Great “query” letter–good use of your voice and laying out the story while being interesting. (No book report here.) And I’m impressed–you’ve got some goal/motivation/conflict for us to admire! And you said it gives you hives!

  2. TerriOsburn says:

    I noticed that AFTER I wrote it. LOL! I read it back and thought, “Wow, there’s some motivation right there. And there’s some goals with a hint at a conflict. How about that?!”


  3. MsHellion says:

    See, you weren’t even trying! Now you’re just showing off!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Hellion. There’s wonderful conflict/motivation in this summary, and I’m wonderfully curious to read how the h/h learn to cope with their issues.


  5. Elyssa Papa says:

    Thanks for the congrats!

    Um, write this story now! Celi and Bryan. Sigh. I still remember that kiss you wrote.

  6. TerriOsburn says:

    D – I’m interested in seeing how they do that as well. 🙂

    Ely – You’re most welcome. And I’m working on it. That is one of my favorite scenes too. Now it’s a matter of making all the other scenes work as well.

  7. MistyJo says:

    Damn Terri, that’s good! Did Bryan’s girl die? I’m hooked. Hurry up and finish the story!!!

  8. irisheyes says:

    That’s totally awesome, Terri! That reads like a press release or one of those blurbs you find on

    You’re a natural!

  9. TerriOsburn says:

    MistyJo – Yep, she died. I’m working on it! Back to the grind tonight.

    Irish – Thanks! Comes from years of writing radio commercial copy. When you’re used to saying things in 30 secs or less, it becomes a skill. LOL!

  10. Terri, this sounds fantastic! 🙂

  11. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks, Maggie. It’s quite a relief that this writing thing is turning out to be fun once you have time to do it. 🙂

  12. Quantum says:

    I remember meeting Celi a couple of years ago….a delightful young lady!

    Its good to see that her development is now progressing so well.

    I was starting to worry that she might turn out to be a late developer.

    A kitchen certainly seems a promissing place to hatch an interesting plot.

    I can’t wait to taste the final dish …. I just know its going to be delicious!

    Do keep the momentum going Terri, for the sake of my taste buds if nothing else. 8)

  13. Tris says:

    That sounds wonderful (how late am I?)Your writing sounds gorgeous. I can’t wait to hear about the rest of your story and how everything turns out.

    All the best with that!!

  14. Janga says:

    Terri, I’m late too. You should tweet when you do updates. 🙂

    Your summary is great. Everything is there that you need to hook your reader. Your story has great bones. You have an eager reader here already.

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