My upcoming Harlequin Desire READY FOR HER CLOSE-UP is all about a woman who decides that this is the year she’s going to get what she wants. And what she wants is a family. This is very centered in me. I knew from a very early age all I wanted to be was a mom. I had my kids at 23 & 27 and always thought I want them with me for the journey that my life was going to take me on. And I’m glad I made that choice.
Gail Little on the other hand put her career first. After graduation she decided to start her own PR firm and started out small before slowly building to be one of the most sought after publicity crisis managers in the U.S. But after spending Christmas and New Year’s home alone, she knows she’s ready for a change. Plus she staring at 30 and still childless something she hadn’t anticipated.
Gail does something I could never do. She goes to a matchmaker and puts her fate in another person’s hands. I am not that trusting that answering some questions would give anyone enough of a picture of me to find me a mate. But I have a good friend who was that trusting…she’s the person who gave me the idea for this story. Gail just doesn’t have a good a track record with men or really the time to go out and meet a bunch of guys she’s met online for coffee.
One of the things Gail and I have in common is that once we set our minds to something, we want to see results quickly. For Gail the matchmaker seems the most expedient way to get what she wants. I’m so impatient that maybe if I was in Gail’s situation I might do the same thing.
Where things kind of go out of Gail’s control is when her best-friend Willow, a reality TV show producer, decides the matchmaking idea should be the subject of her next television series. Gail goes from a private personal decision to being part of the first couple on Sexy & Single. Normally, I’m a very private person so I get Gail’s reluctance to take part in a reality TV show, but back in 2010 I auditioned for TLCs Four Weddings. That’s how I got the second part of my story idea for READY FOR HER CLOSE-UP.
I didn’t get selected to be on the show, which turned out to be a blessing. I don’t think I could have gone through with it. I would have found sharing one of the most intimate days of my life with the audience at home too invasive. The other thing that was an element of Four Weddings, which isn’t an element of Sexy & Single, is that I would have had to kind of ‘trash talk’ the other brides and their weddings. I just don’t have the right temperament to play that kind of game to win. Though the prize a honeymoon anywhere in the world would have been nice!
In the book Gail does go through with it and finds herself matched to a billionaire playboy (it’s a book for Desire all the heroes are super-wealthy!). She can’t decide if he’s really right for her or if they were picked because it would make good TV.
Have you ever auditioned for a TV show? If not, would you? And what show would you like to be on?
I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of REUNITED…WITH CHILD to three lucky blog participants today. That’s the book where you first meet our hero Russell Holloway!
Thank you riders for inviting me to join you today!