Publisher: Indie Writes
Date Published: 9/30 in the Sweet Christmas Kisses anthology, independently on 10/15 (retitled The Wedding Promise for individual distribution)
Genre: romantic comedy
Word Count: 21,262
When a chocolate heiress bumps into a wounded warrior during Christmas, chaos ensues thanks in part to three fairy godmothers…er, a trio of meddlesome nuns.
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Tiff stumbled to her knees, and water rushed into her boots–cute, pink-flowered plastic ones which quickly filled with water and felt as heavy as cement shoes. If not for her grip on the wheelbarrow, she might have been swept downhill. Just last week, she’d heard about a woman who’d been carried away by the cresting river and smashed into a tree. Smashed as in: to pieces. Dead.
That would be worse than being broke and the laughing-stock of the civilized world.
This was karma, plain and simple. She shouldn’t have jilted Chad at their engagement party or left Malcolm at the altar.
Get a grip, Tiff.
Her father’s angry voice crested above the approaching thunder. “You have an idea to save this company? You’ve had five fiancés in four years, Tiffany – and no marriages! No one takes you seriously, including me. Get a grip.”
She’d like to get a handle on things. A do-over for starters. She would’ve avoided New York’s social circus and gossip columns, would’ve been more careful about how she qualified love, and been less trusting that her father could successfully run their family’s chocolate business. If Daddy had made a few more sound management decisions and squandered less money, she wouldn’t have had to come to Ecuador at all.
A primal sound escaped Tiff’s throat. Had she been in New York, she’d have been mortified. But here? In the remote Ecuadorian wilderness? No one was around to see the Bon-Bon Heiress have a meltdown.
Tiff levered herself to her feet, feeling more like Frankenstein plodding along in her water-filled boots than Christopher Robin skipping on a blustery day.
She inched her wheelbarrow through the sludgefest only to slip into a rut. Her foot came out of her water-logged boot, and the flood water carried it away. The wind whipped off her hood. Rain plastered her hair to her head, and ran down her back. The right handle of the wheelbarrow broke.
Helpless. Bootless. Prince Charming-less.
This is part of the first scene in the book where we first meet Tiffany Bonander. She’s a socialite, fish-out-of-water, trying to step up and save her family’s chocolate business from the ground up (literally). Unfortunately for Tiff, she’s made some mistakes. I wanted to establish the contradictions and internal conflict of Tiff injected with some humor.
For Tiff, I envisioned someone who could play a bit ditzy, but was also strong and someone you’d root for – Amy Adams (only blond). Wounded warrior hero, Jax, is trying to prove he’s still the strong athlete he once was. Aiden Turner (Kili in The Hobbit) would do if he had bright blue eyes. Love his intensity.
Melinda Curtis is an award winning, USA Today recommended, Amazon best selling author. She writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line (book 4 coming 3/2015). Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes independently published, steamy and fun romances as Mel Curtis (a new novella out 10/22). Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age except a lot hotter.”
The Christmas Promise is available in the Sweet Christmas Kisses anthology (14 sweet holiday stories for 99¢ available now!).
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