Blind Dates and Bad Books

“Would you like an alcoholic beverage?”
“You know I’m not old enough to drink.”
I still remember the slight jolt I felt at the short exchange between waiter and my date. I recovered as best I could, informing the waiter that I didn’t care for a drink either – though I could order one. When he left, I glanced at my date who eyed me, and I think we both realized that this just got a little bit more awkward.
It wasn’t really anyone’s fault. We’d met in a group and someone else had asked, “would you go to dinner if he asked?” When he did call and ask, I couldn’t remember exactly what he looked like. He was a nice guy. We had absolutely nothing in common, but we spent a few hours looking for mutual topics.
Want to know a secret?
I suck at dating. The first time I was ever asked on a date in Jr. College, I was so stunned that I blurted, “But I’m too young to date!”
This time it was the guy who jolted slightly. “How old are you?”
“Oh.” He turned red, made his escape and never spoke to me in class again.
It’s like going for a job interview when you’re not even sure if you actually want the job. These guys are nice. They’ve put themselves out there to ask me. I can hang out and have a great time, but once the “date” word is involved, I turn into a ball of nerves. What if I’m wasting his time and money because I find out I don’t really want to date again?  What if I find I really like him but he’s not into me? And is it really even fair because I kind of like being single. What if, what if, what if…
I feel the same way when I pick up a book. Will I even like the characters? Is this tale going to be worth the dollars I could spend elsewhere? Will the storyline be compelling enough to keep my focus or be worth that late night it takes to finish it? Should I just spend two hours of my life watching the film version or two weeks reading the words?
I think reading books is a lot like dating people. There are perfectly good ones out there, but sometimes you just don’t click. Your best friend may love it, and you secretly wonder why. You may love it, but never want to admit it. Most of the time, choosing a book is a lot like going on a blind date. You have to make a quick decision. Yes or no. Give it a try or leave it on the shelf. Most of the time you guess.
I don’t want you to guess. While I hope that everyone who picks up any of my novels will love them, I know that not every book is for every person. So, in celebration of my first released book this year, I’m pulling back the curtain and giving you a chance to glimpse the characters that live in the world of “Swing” in stories that take place years before the opening of the story. Think of it as a meet and greet, or just the inside scoop from their best friend who can tell you whether or not it’s worth that first date.
“Swing” is going to launch on April 1, 2015.
But I can’t wait that long to share the characters with you. So stick around, because I’m going to release snippets of the younger versions of Swing every day until the book is released.


I see the release date! Can’t wait to read the finished product.

4 years ago

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