The Pleasures of Summer has gone in at #1 in the iTunes market and at #9 in the paperback charts.

I'm half of Evie Hunter, the infamous duo who has writen The Pleasures of Winter, A Touch of Winter, The Pleasures of Summer, A Touch of Summer and Angels, Demons and Doms.

The Pleasures of Winter has sold over 50,000 copies so far, and we are hoping that Summer will do much, much better.
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Think about how important it is that the reader knows the character's exact appearance. Probably not very.
      Think of when you meet a new person. You form an overall impression, based on things like size, build, clothes, movement, rather than eye or hair colour.  Use the same method with your characters. Overall impression first, followed by smaller details as they become important.
      If you are describing your POV character, then you can ignore appearance until the character would naturally think of it. So if she meets someone very polished and elegant, she will be aware of her own mismatched clothes and lack of make-up.
Ctyolene commented on Bad ways to start a novel

Where does the action start? Most novels start with a couple of slow chapters of scene setting while they introduce the characters, and possibly a prologue as a sort of promise that something exciting will happen.  Start with the action, and that is often in chapter three.

Exactly. There is virtually nothing you can't do, and make it work. But if you clutter your story with stuff which is difficult to read, you need a good reason for it, and an exceptional story to make them keep turning the page. 
      In real life, people say all sorts of stuff which just don't work on the page.

The thing is, an ordinary name like John or Lucy does not come with a bunch of assumptions built in. So you're not telling the reader in advance, "This is the hero, this is the villain." It also doesn't come with a mental image. Call your character Angelina, and you convince the reader that she's small and mousy. Unless her second name is Ballerina.