Whiskey Surprises, my latest release, takes place during a car show that is based on a very real event I had the pleasure of working at for four summers. I wanted to share five fun and true facts about the car show that are featured in Whiskey Surprises.
I should note, all of the people in the story are in NO way based on anybody who I know or worked with except the two jolly older gentleman who were my two FAVORITE people during the show. They will never know I featured them in an erotic story and it will stay that way until the end of time.
Part of my job was to spray paint HUNDREDS of parking spots on scorching hot gravel in the midwest summer heat. One summer, we spent hours painting them for it to rain and wash away the next day. To commiserate, we drank whiskey that night and did it all again the next day.
One year, an entire truck of Corvettes arrived and I happened to be near-by and able to drive stick shift so I helped back them off a truck and park them. These were the NICEST vehicles I have ever been around or in and it was an amazingly terrifying experience.
I didn't park one of those said Corvettes with the stick in Reverse and the car died overnight. I got so much shit for it.
There is a scene in the story where the heroine and hero sneak off to a secret beer shake that is hidden off a golf course. This is a very real place that we found one summer. I will not specify if we went there...just that we "found" it.
For the sake of the story, the drama was amped up but in reality, the people working this show work their asses off despite all the crazy hiccups that happen. A scene in the story where a truck got stuck in mud and left a gaping hole in the landscape? True. A rainstorm that took down tents? Also true. Vendors getting cranky about missing a half an inch of their spot? Very true.
Bonus fact: The entire "found family" aspect of this story is 100% based on the work fam found while working this show. Nights were spent drinking shitty beer/whiskey around a fire and staying up way too late and working 18 hour days. Yes this story is a steamy romance with two characters who I kinda fell in love with, but it is also a love story to the time spent during those four summers.
Want to read the first scene where our two characters meet?
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It didn’t matter how many damn to-do lists I had, or how many of those items I checked off—I could never sleep the night before the big event. My Rusty Nail, the best drink ever created, burned my throat in the perfect way and the adorable bartender slid me my second glass. He defined eye-candy with his plucked eyebrows, chiseled jaw and styled hair, a bit too young for the looks he was throwing my way. I had no issues with being a cougar, but there were lines I wouldn’t cross. He was one of them.
Want to see what happens next? You can order Whiskey Surprises at the following locations!
My newest release comes out on June 18th and I am SO stoked for readers to meet Fern and Rylan. This story contains the following:
-badass heroine & soft hero
-one-night stand turned into "oh shit you work here"
-sports cars -rainstorms & steamy scenes
I mean, look at this cover. It is GORGEOUS and perfectly captures how two people didn't mean to fall for each other...like at all, but did anyway.
Five days of crazy no-strings sex. That was the deal. But when feelings sneak in, the risks are too high…
Fern Laughlin prefers two things to help deal with stress—whiskey or sex. The mysterious, handsome stranger at the hotel bar is the perfect combination and the best distraction before the night of her big event. After all, her job’s at stake—she has to raise revenue by five percent or she’s out of a career.
Rylan Cirula despises events like Silvas car shows but his late father’s wish was to get his ’67 Meridian certified in every category. Rylan follows through and is surprised to learn his amazing hookup was the vice-president of the company—and she’s not happy when he pursues her the next day.
She can’t afford any distractions during the show, but Rylan can’t get her out of his mind. She doesn’t care about his money and he doesn’t care about her aversion to relationships. Five days of crazy no-strings-attached sex. That’s the deal they strike.
But neither is prepared for feelings to find their way into the bedroom…
Goofy, romance-loving sports fanatic who often talks about her baby, her husband, or romance novels that make her heart feel squishy.