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In 2014, the creators of the 1Night Stand line put out a call for the authors attending Romancing the Capital. They wanted stories about an author or reader who would have their blind date during the convention. I decided to write one, but had no idea what the venue looked like. I guessed and hoped some aspects were accurate. After attending the conference, I learned some of my details worked, while others didn’t. Here are some pictures and corresponding excerpts to show how reality is not always as I imagine.
Excerpt: Melinda Rose tossed a quarter into the gleaming-white marble fountain near the porte cochère. I wish to find my soul mate, the man I’m going to marry, in the next year. She’d waited long enough, dated men of all ages and races, but had yet to come across her forever man.
Reality: No fountain near the porte cochère, but there was room for one if they removed the benches.
Excerpt: After a quick glimpse in the mirror to ensure he’d return to his human image, Cooper slipped on his shoes and grabbed his key card. He didn’t know Melinda’s room number, but he would acquire it. He rushed out the door and down the hall to the stairwell, no patience to wait for the elevator. When he reached the lobby, he sidled up to the front desk.
A balding, middle-aged man raised an eyebrow at him. “Can I help you?”
Reality: Except for the stairs from the lobby to the second floor, I never did find the stairwell. Plus, I never saw any balding, middle-aged men at the front desk. Everyone there was young and on Friday they wore Ottawa Senators shirts. I would have included that if I’d known.
Excerpt: At the ding of the elevator, he instinctively peered over at the opening doors. Melinda strolled out, her hair rolled up in a bun, and her lips a brighter red than when she’d left him in the suite.
Reality: The front desk was really close to the elevator, so I got this right.
Excerpt: She caught his gaze and spun the other direction, heading down a crowded hallway.
Cooper darted after her, dodging yet another swarm of women along the way. “Melinda!”
She didn’t turn around, didn’t even pause. She marched across the plush carpet, straight through a double doorway.
Reality: Melinda would have had to go up the stairs first to get to the conference rooms.
While the hotel in my story did not exactly match the venue of the first Romancing the Capital, it could match one in the future. I had a blast at the con, and hope it continues for many, many years.
Librarian by day, erotic romance author by night, Melinda Rose sets out for another exciting conference, this one in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. But all her plans go up in smoke when the 1Night Stand she applies for is set to happen at the same time.
Cooper Tate heads to Ottawa to meet a friend. When he learns of her deception, he is ready to head back home and vows never to trust her again. That is, until he sees a picture of his stunning date.
With the help of Madame Eve, can these two former neighbors become lovers? Or will extraterrestrial secrets rip away the hero Melinda has always dreamed of?
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Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.
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Hi, Wyatt! I’m so pleased you agreed to do this interview. The people here are Literary Lagniappe are super nice and I’m sure they can’t wait to meet you.
Why don’t you start off by introducing yourself?
I’m Wyatt Powell. My family and pack mates call me Hotah. I’m a Park Ranger in the Black Hills National Park and, since you probably already know, I am member of the Los Lobos wolf pack.
Being a Park Ranger has to be exciting. Tell us about the scariest moment of your life.
Actually, it had nothing to do with my job. It was the day my father was killed. I realized some years later that if my mother had not insisted I help her in the garden that day, I might have been killed also. Those were dark days. Our previous pack leader was mad and more than one pack member suffered under his abuse.
How traumatic. Okay, let’s change the subject. What are you passionate about these days?
Other than, Izzy? [chuckles] I am quite passionate about the preservation of our land and the animals that make their home here in the Black Hills. I think it’s important that we respect and preserve not only the natural resources available to us but also the history of this area.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
It depends. If the moon is full moon, I like to run with my pack mates. But otherwise, I’ll light the fire pit on my back patio and have a quiet evening just listening to music or maybe just wind in the trees. Izzy seems to be developing an appreciation for those nights.
What songs are most played on your iPod?
I like classic rock. You’ll find a lot of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen and Rolling Stones. There are also a few country artists I’ll listen to like Blake Sheldon or .Jason Aldean. But it’s hard to beat Bohemian Rhapsody.
Now for the nitty gritty, what would we find if we looked under your bed?
Other than Izzy’s suitcase, hopefully not much more than a few dust bunnies or maybe a missing sock. I used to keep my dad’s old rifle under there but I finally installed a gun safe so now it’s locked up.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
Hands down, it’s Ruby’s Diner. Everything is home cooking. Their pot roast will make you lick your plate clean. And they have the best home cobbler in the state. Ask Izzy – she made me take her back four times just so she could get more of their mashed potatoes and gravy.
That does sound good!
Okay – they’re giving me the nod that we’re out of time. Thanks again, Wyatt, for joining me for this interview. I hope we hear more from you and Isabelle in the future!
Wildlife biologist, Isabelle Acker, meets sexy park ranger, Wyatt Powell. His Wolf sits up and takes notice of her, but when he learns why she came to the park, he becomes wary of her intentions. After all, as far as the general population knows, there are no wolves in the Black Hills.
Ordered by his Alpha to keep an eye on the smoking-hot biologist, Wyatt finds it difficult to keep his hands to himself. He wants to possess her, to share everything about his life, but that might endanger the Tao Pack. But the attraction proves too great and, unable to deny his Wolf, he takes her with a passion he didn’t know he possessed.
However, their sexual bliss is short-lived, and on the night of the full moon, more than one secret is revealed. When all is said and done, they must each decide—is what they have between them true love or just hot sex?
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Dena Garson is a Process Redesign Specialist by day and a writer and jewelry designer by night. She is raising two rowdy boys who play lots of sports which forces her to spend way too much time on the practice field and/or sidelines. Thankfully she has a loyal and loving Labrador Retriever to listen when she complains and a spoiled cat who reminds her daily she is merely a servant.
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I know a lot of people, upon hearing the word “geek”, immediately think of Comic Book Guy form The Simpsons or maybe the guys from Big Bang Theory. So often when we see very specific stereotypes portrayed—the guy who lives in his parents’ basement, the guys or girls who can’t get a date because they’re so hopelessly awkward, the people who spend more time learning the Klingon language than they do on their class homework – granted, that guy exists – my husband totally roomed with him in college. But these characters as portrayed in the media are fairly one-dimensional, and they’re often used as a running joke in books and movies. And, I’ll admit, it’s pretty hard to think kinky geek when those are the images that pop into your head.
But, I know plenty of real life geeks who don’t fit those stereotypes at all – most of my friends, my siblings, my husband and kids…me. In Drawn That Way, I wanted to illustrate a more realistic geek—someone who’s more like the people in my life. The hero, Rory Brecken, really is a geek. He’s a concept artist for the gaming company he owns, and yes, in addition to video games and all they entail, he likes things like Doctor Who, Star Wars, Buffy, and Harry Potter.
In my head, Rory looks a lot like Hugh Dancy – particularly Hugh Dancy playing Will Graham in Hannibal. Sigh.
Sorry. Got distracted. Anyway, he’s cute, and he’s very good at his job but he’s a little awkward, a little socially inept, and he’s not at all what Tristan is looking for—until she discovers his hidden, kinky depths. And even then, she only wants a good time. Rory, however, has other plans.
She wasn’t sure if it was fear of what was about to happen or the need to push him to find out what would happen if she didn’t obey. Judging from the expression on his face, she wouldn’t have long to wait to learn the consequences.
He crossed his arms over his chest. “Are you ready to use your safeword?”
She shook her head.
“You realize there are penalties for not following orders, right?”
“Yes.” She barely recognized her own voice. It was embarrassingly breathy.
He sprawled in his desk chair, legs spread, and an impossibly huge looking bulge pressing against his fly. “Then, I suggest you get over here before your punishment gets worse.”
Excitement battered her stomach as she forced herself to take a step forward. And another. And another. Until she finally stood in front of his desk and was about to sit on it.
He shook his head. “You didn’t follow directions.”
“That’s nice.” He stared at her, his eyes hard, and his jaw tight. Waves of tension rolled off his body. “But it doesn’t fix things, does it?”
Tristan Weaver, accountant for a successful video game company, is in way over her head. Honestly answering a company-wide survey and criticizing the sexist stereotypes used in the company’s games was enough to catch her boss’ attention. But speculating on his sex life within his earshot has unexpected consequences when her hot, but nerdy, boss invites her to model for him.
Owner, artist and lead developer of Brecken Games, Rory Brecken, has a strict no fraternizing with employees rule. However, when he overhears Tristan’s conversation with her friend about his rumored kinks and begins to suspect her curiosity about the submissive side of sex, he’s more than a little tempted. When her interest is undeniably confirmed, he suggests a onetime only, colleagues-with-benefits hook-up.
Though neither want a relationship, once isn’t enough for either one of them. As their encounters become more intense, Rory makes a huge mistake that may cost him the woman he’s coming to love.
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Author Bio: Bronwyn Green is an author, blogger and compulsive crafter. She lives Michigan with her husband, two kids and three somewhat psychotic cats. When not frantically writing, she can be found helping in her youngest child’s classroom or binge-watching Netflix while working on her latest craft project. Bronwyn loves to talk to her readers and can be found at www.bronwyngreen.com.
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