In my Thursday Night stories, I love writing about couples overcoming the challenges life throws at them. The characters are normal people living their lives. They’re not vampires or shifters or aliens sent to colonize the planet, they are simply Mr. and Mrs. Normal; well, maybe a sexed-up version of Mr. and Mrs. Normal, dealing with LIFE. I imagine these stories as a window into a couple’s home and it’s my job as the writer to open that window so the reader can watch the magic of love triumph over everything in its path. Not all the plotlines are based on saving the world, or curing a crippling disease or even stopping an out of control school bus filled with adorable pre-schoolers singing a medley of Barney songs as it races toward the edge of the mountain road with a broken guard rail where, if it’s not stopped, will tragically plummet 1,000′ to the canyon floor below. Nope. The plots are based on real events that may have already happened, or could happen, to some of us at one point in our lives. Perhaps a critical decision must be made that has relationship-altering consequences or an external event occurs that drives a wedge between the hero and heroine and they need to find a way to bridge that new gap. Keep in mind that these stories are all in the Erotic Romance genre so the plot and characters will be sexually charged and erotically driven. And, as in real life, sex serves as a key element in the character’s relationship and plays an important part in the overall resolution of these stories. But it’s not all about the sex. It’s about seeing how these couples interact and feed off each other while under duress that builds the dramatic tension. Honestly, I cheat. In a lot of stories and novels, you watch the characters meet, court and fall in love. The tension builds until there’s one defining moment when the characters realize they have fallen for each other. In the short story, it’s tough to adequately build up that courtship. So, the characters in the Thursday Night stories are all past that courtship stage. They are committed couples, some married, some not, striving together. They believe they can count on each other to overcome whatever is thrown at them, with believe being the operative word. These characters are like real people. They are not pristine or perfect. They may have made some bad decisions in the past and are living with the ramifications, but they are moving forward. Reality in fiction. Hmm. It reminds me of an oxymoron like army intelligence or jumbo shrimp, but that’s what I’m striving for here. Even the series name, Thursday Night, conjures images of …what? Nothing really. Thursday is not a famous day. It’s kinda the everyman day of the week, more of a placeholder between hump day and TGIF, than a significant day in its own right. That’s about to change. On Thursday Night, anything can happen.Watch for my first release from Breathless Press, The Presentation, coming out on November 19th.Not one for public limelight, Sheila, the new VP of Operations must face her greatest fear: the presentation to her future. Overridden with anxiety and nerves, she could only turn to one person for help—Matt, her husband of eleven years. But his innovative ways pose possible threats to her job. Can she risk endangering her career for the sake of fulfilling her forbidden fantasies?
Check out The Presentation on Nov. 19th at http://www.breathlesspress.com
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