Whew! Two days and 173 pages. The first read-through of The Bartered Bride is completed. With blue Bic Crystal pen in hand, I read all twenty-five chapters and an epilogue aloud to my patient and encouraging daughter. She crocheted on her special project for gramma while I read aloud and made pencil (pen) edits to the manuscript.
I found a couple of style notes. The hero's brother had green eyes in one scene and blue in another. The secret meeting was in the Cassell building, then suddenly shifted to the Brooke Building in the following chapter. Little things.
My main concern is my spiritual thread throughout the book. It gains momentum as you read along and I'm concerned that it isn't evident enough up front. I'll be asking the crit girls to evaluate that as they read.
This was a really fun book, 50K words knocked out in 5 weeks. Not bad, says I.
What's the fastest you've ever completed a first draft?