I’m so happy to back—it’s very fitting for me to be blogging about this book at this particular blog because take a look at this book cover… Mustang convertible. Yes, my characters do indeed ride with the top down!
MY ONE AND ONLY is the story of Harper and Nick, a divorced couple reunited after twelve years at a destination wedding, where they have to serve as best man and maid of honor. That’s bad enough, right? But the universe decides they’re not quite done with each other, and wouldn’t you know it? There’s a problem at the airport, and Harper’s only option seems to taking Nick up on his offer of a ride. It’ll just be a eight or ten hours, she thinks…why not?
How many bad decisions have begun with those very words? I can only imagine the dark thoughts storming through the minds of Nick and Harper as they quickly realize they’re trapped with each other…and twelve years haven’t been nearly enough time to forgive or forget why they divorced in such haste…and why they got married in the first place.
I thought it’d be fun to see what these two might’ve said if interviewed during this impromptu little trip…
Morley Safer (hey, it’s fiction): Nick, you offered to drive your ex-wife to the airport some ten, twelve hours away…and Harper, you accepted. Why is that?
Nick: She was pathetic and trapped, and as much as I enjoy seeing that, I was an Eagle Scout once.
Harper: I accepted because I wasn’t about to camp, Morley. Look at me. Look at my dog. I burn easily. She’s half Chihuahua. Do we look like campers?
Morley: Nick, you’re driving rather slowly…about 35 miles per hour below the speed limit. What does that say about your character?
Harper: Oh, me! Pick me! I’ll answer this one, Morley. He’s cautious, except when it to major life decisions. He’s never run a stop sign in his life, but ask him how long it took to propose to me.
Nick: I don’t think driving safely is a bad quality, Morley. Ignore her.
Harper: Thirty seconds, Mor. Thirty. Seconds.
Morley Safer: Harper, you keep fiddling with the radio, checking your phone and bringing up what are clearly uncomfortable topics for Nick. What does that say about you?
Harper: That I’m a woman?
Nick: She’s a control freak. Ask around.
Morley: And yet you seem to be delaying this trip, Nick. Are you really that excited to see the world’s largest penguin statue?
Nick: Come on. How many times in a man’s life can he see that?
Harper: He still loves me, Morley. Also, he still hates me. Fun, huh? And people wonder why I’m a divorce attorney.
Morley Safer: Favorite movie star?
Harper: Really? That’s your question? I expected more from “60 Minutes.”
Harper: He’s only saying that to win over the female demographic.
Nick: I don’t need to win them over. Women love me. Look at your dog. Even she loves me.
Harper: Coco, please bite him. Morley, it’s clear you’ve run out of questions. Nick, pull over and let the man out. The world’s largest ball of twine is just ahead.
I’d love to give away a copy of My One & Only to a commenter, so here’s a question to ponder—have you ever been forced to spend time with someone in a terribly awkward situation? Do tell! And thanks so much to the gang here at Riding with the Top Down. It’s always such an honor to be here.