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HOW A 1-NIGHT STAND CHANGED MY LIFE
I never was a 1 Night Stand kinda girl. It was during college that I got my dating chops and explored the possibilities of hooking up for one night with a guy. But I found, when I went on a date, it was always with the hopes of starting a relationship with him, even though I had promised myself not to get attached and just have fun. Can you say starving for affection? A bit. Believe in fairy tales much? Could be. Hopelessly romantic? Most definitely!
So I gave up on the multi-dating idea and headed for long-term relationships. It suited me better. Not that I’m a serial monogamist. I’ve been married now for 19 years. Before that, I was in a relationship for a year during my senior year of college.
When I was approached to write a story about a 1 Night Stand, I thought to myself, can I do it? Can I write a story about two people meeting for the first time with the clear intent on it being only for a night? I honestly didn’t know, and therefore considered it a challenge I couldn’t refuse. As it turned out, thinking about all the possibilities that can ensue from a 1 Night Stand, I was encouraged. I changed my opinion of what these brief, intense encounters can lead to. It doesn’t have to always be the walk of shame the next morning. It can be the start of so much more.
I began to craft my story in the paranormal realm. What kind of supernatural being did I want to write as the hero? I hadn’t written a ghost character yet and thought that might be perfect. But knowing my nature, I always have to put a spin on things. He wouldn’t be your average, run of the mill ghost. No, there would need to be irony. A play on words flitted through my mind, and my hero became “a ghost of a man” quite literally.
Another phrase teased my creative energies, and I decided that because he’d been a ghost of a man in his marriage, he would be cursed to become one and spend the rest of his days “ghosting through life”. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I see people who spend their lives doing everything they can to fade into the woodwork, and only go through the motions of daily life to get through it all, I call it ghosting through life. They are lifeless and have either lost their sense of meaning in the world or never found one for themselves in the first place.
And that is how Ghost of a Chance got its wings. But it’s really about second chances at life. For Remy, who has repented and yet to receive clemency. And for Susannah, who lost her only love and has finally recognized that working herself into the ground is only masking the pain of loss and not allowing her the possibility of moving on.
Here’s the blurb to Ghost of a Chance. I hope you’ll pick up a copy and be witness to Remy and Susannah’s re-entry into the world of the living…
Susannah’s married to her career. And she’s about ready for a divorce. Drowning in grief over the loss of her husband years ago, she initially immersed herself in a high-powered position at her marketing firm. But recently, she’s lost that loving feeling. Is she finally able to accept that her need for a man, for love in her life is stronger than her desire to bury it?
Remy, once a high-profile building magnate, is a ghost of a man, literally. Cursed by a vengeful ex-wife he neglected, he’s relegated to shadows of his former world. She meant for him to spend the rest of his life without the chance of normalcy ever again, and he believed she succeeded. But could there be a way out?
Susannah and Remy, two people ghosting through life, until they are brought together by a fateful One Night Stand. Both are seeking re-entry to the land of the living and loving. Can they fulfill each other’s deepest desires and learn what it means to live again?
Here’s an excerpt to tantalize you further…
”Will you join me over here or shall I join you in the mysterious shadows?”
”You’re lovely over there. Stay. The way the light plays against your hair and sparkles in your eyes, well…you’re breathtaking, Susannah.”
Rendered speechless by his intensity, she stood as still as the statue they spoke of, and… blushed. Her cheeks were on fire! Get a grip, Susannah! “Thank you. I….I, heck.” She blew out a breath and started again. “Come over here so we can sit and get better acquainted.”
He still didn’t move. Is he so shy that he hides behind trees and in shadows?
”Do you think I’ll get to see you before the night is over?” She heard a soft chuckle. Good, maybe a little humor will loosen him up.
”Perhaps. I’m a bit nervous, as you can no doubt tell. I haven’t had any success with this kind of thing before.”
She took a step toward him–she would have to be the aggressor. “Neither have I, and I’m a little nervous, too.”
”You mentioned in your bio you were interested in a magical experience. One that would ‘sweep you away’.” His voice cracked, and he cleared his throat.
”Yes, I am.” She inched closer to the frozen, outlined figure.
”Before you take another step, you should know I’m different.”
”I read in the New York Times that you became reclusive about ten years ago. You’ve taken great strides toward ending that by being here now.”
”There’s a reason why I keep to myself. It may startle you, so be prepared. I am very much on the magical side of this world at the moment.”
Before she could move, he did, which brought him out of the shadows and into the light. Susannah gasped, startled at the transparency of the man who stood before her. Nervous laughter bubbled in her throat.
”What is this, some kind of joke? A holographic image projected here while you hide safe and secure in your room?” “I’m afraid not. I’ve been living an alternative lifestyle lately.” He opened his arms as if to show himself off and let them fall back to his sides. “And this is all I am. I’m a ghost of a man, Susannah.”