Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Lost in Paris"

Cindy Callaghan grew up in New Jersey and attended college at the University of Southern California before earning her BA in English and French, and MBA from the University of Delaware.

She is the author of Just Add Magic (2010), Lost in London (2013), Lucky Me (2014), Lost in Paris (2015), and Lost in Rome (2015).

Callaghan applied the Page 69 Test to Lost in Paris and reported the following:
One of the things I’ve learned about my writing is that I want there to be action on every page. Page 69 of my latest book Lost in Paris is no exception. It has a very funny scene in which Gwen and crew are trying to solve a clue in order to follow a scavenger hunt around Paris. (The hunt is a race for special tickets to the world’s hottest band’s concert in Paris that night.) Gwen’s friend Brigitte, the unusual pet sitter, has a sack tossed over her shoulder. A rival team who is also racing to solve the clue stops to see what information that can tease out of Gwen’s group. It comes in wonderfully handy that there is a snake in the sack. Gwen uses Sophie (the snake) as a way to misdirect the rival team’s search, and to freak them out a bit. “What? Are you afraid of a pretty little snake?”

This is a nice demonstration of how I love to set up humorous situations. You have the good group and the bad group racing for the same thing. Add a snake in a sack, and Bam!, things get fun.
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