Boy am I thankful for Friday. It has been a trying week and I want to thank all of you for your well wishes and support. I’m doing much better today. Feeling better and the tree is gone. Handymen are on their way to give quotes for fixing the damage to the house and deck. I’ve got my laptop running again and hubby suprised me with an upgrade to my phone! Yeah. Still getting used to it, but I love that it’s bigger so my clumsy fingers can type better.
I’m sharing this free read from the Take a Chance box set. As I mentioned, I’m working on number 4 in the series, Stay the Night, and trying to think about who should be in the fifth story. I mentioned in One Last Night that Maggie has a sister in the service. I’m thinking it may be time for another story with a female service member. What do you think?
Woo hoo, it is an exciting day! It’s the release day for the Take a Chance box set featuring Just One Night, One Special Night and One Last Night. Plus I’m just finishing up Stay the Night which should be out in early December! Unfortunately I had a laptop crash which slowed things down a little this weekend. 🙁
It’s hard to believe it’s Friday already! Whoa, the week went by fast. Today I’ve got a free read for you from ONE LAST NIGHT.
First, however, I hope that those of you who are in the NY/NJ/PA area can make it to tomorrow’s Philly Author Fest!
More than 40 best-selling and new favorite authors will be there on November 8, 2014 at the Hyatt House, King of Prussia, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for readers. I’m really excited about the event and hope to see some of you there.
Now back to today’s #FreebieFriday, a free read from ONE LAST NIGHT
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I’m busy working on the next book in the Take a Chance series – Stay the Night. I’ve been having an interesting time of it since this is the story of a married couple who have grown apart over the years of Rafe’s military duty. Elena, Rafe’s wife, has been home and growing and changing over the years while Rafe feels like he’s been left behind, especially when he comes home to a very different, sexier more independent woman, and the home she’s just bought for them. It’s a lot of conflict early on as the couple have to decide if the passion that forced them into a marriage as teens has enough love to let them build a future together.
In an early scene in the book, Rafe is recollecting the first time he and Elena made love on the beach. I was looking for photos for today and this one caught my eye. I could picture a young Rafe resting beneath a pier, waiting for Elena for another of their passionate night time encounters.
It’s been a while since I wrote DANGER CALLS in The Calling Vampire Novel series. The hero in that story, Sebastian Reyes, is a computer specialist and definitely not the kind of big, bad ass alpha hero that you see in a lot of paranormal romances.
That was a tough call for me, but I knew that Sebastian was the perfect man to deal with the heroine in that book, Dr. Melissa Danvers. She needed a sensitive man who could understand her and be supportive. A man who wouldn’t mind being younger and dealing with a woman whose profession required a lot of time away from home.
Not to mention a lot of time being the keeper to vampire Ryder Latimer.
Sebastian was very much a beta hero when I wrote him, but morphed into a slightly more alpha hero during revisions on the book.
Jasmine “Doc” Reyes is very similar to Melissa Danvers in some respects. Driven, compassionate and not above risking her life for others. Serious, maybe too serious, at times.
I knew she needed a man who would make her smile and could help her heal. She needed someone strong and protective, but not in that big macho alpha kind of way.
Enter Tommy de Salvo with his big smile and even bigger sense of humor. Tommy is the kind of man who can take away the shadows in Jasmine’s eyes and help her feel whole again.
Tommy is the kind of hero that I wanted Sebastian to be, but just couldn’t get away with in a dark paranormal story.
In ONE SPECIAL NIGHT, a sexy tale of two strangers coming together, it was totally possible to finally explore a very different kind of hero. I hope you’ll take a chance and check out this novella.
It’s really tough to say what inspires a book. When I wrote JUST ONE NIGHT, it was really just intended to be a standalone novella, but by the time I got to the end of the book, I wanted to see more of what happens with Jase and Nickie and I also wanted to find out more about Tommy. After all, he’s Jase’s best friend and Nickie’s brother, but beyond that, he was not only able to see that they were right for each other, he was also able to push Jase to do the right thing and finally confront those feelings.
It made me wonder about Tommy and what he was really like. Why could he see those feelings? Did he have feelings of his own for someone? Was he going to get his happily-ever-after?
Dealing with Tommy’s future also meant dealing with Jase and Nickie. What would be happening with them? Would their one night become something more serious? Would Jase’s military service impact the relationship and if so, how?
Of course, Jase’s military service inspired the heroine, “Doc” Jasmine Reyes. I liked having a military connection in the first story because I honor and respect our military men, women, and their families. I knew the second story (and also other ones since I realized just two wasn’t going to be enough to satisfy me! LOL) would also have a military hero.
“Doc” was the perfect choice! Jasmine is a real hero and I loved letting her have her one special night and who knows, maybe more than one.
I hope you liked these behind the scenes look at the inspiration for One Special Night.