#8Sunday: How a man gets into writing romance…

How does a man who’d never read a romance, start writing one? In Stolen Moments, a romantic comedy in which the hero is an erotic romance author, this is how Billy got his start.

StolenMoments600x900“Billy’s been rushed to Myrtle Creek General Hospital,” he said. The buzzing in her ears had drowned out the Top 40 tunes playing over the diner’s speakers, the clatter of dishes, the hum of conversation.

The tears had started even before she began to speak. “He’s going to be okay, isn’t he?”

“I can’t lie to you, Mary Sue. It’s bad. He fell off the roof of a two-story house. He hurt his back.”

Billy had been temporarily paralyzed and had undergone months and months of intense physical therapy before he regained function. Her blood curdled at the prospect of him climbing up onto a roof again.

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Is it crazy to be jealous of a fictional character?

While Mary Sue is proud of her construction-worker husband Billy’s new-found success as an author of spanking novels, she also finds herself resentful of Beverly Golightly, the fictional heroine who gets everything Mary Sue wants: her man’s undivided attention, lots of hot loving, and many delicious spankings.

But is Mary Sue’s jealousy any crazier than the plan she hatches to recapture her husband’s attention?

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13 Responses to #8Sunday: How a man gets into writing romance…

  1. I love how you worked the setting into a very intense moment. The diner’s noises in the background made it seem very vivid!

  2. Tina Christopher says:

    Great atmosphere! I’m right there with her in the moment and can imagine how she feels about him climbing onto a roof again. Great job!

  3. Gem Sivad says:

    Good way to reveal information about her husband, Billy. Her angst definitely came through.

  4. My pulse raced from the get go. What a great first sentence. Super snippet.

  5. very tense. the wife hearing her husbands been hurt at work is a clencher

  6. Eden Mabee says:

    Those phone calls we never want to get… and we’re always in the worst place to hear them. I’d be leery of having him climb after that in her place.

  7. Elizabeth Alsobrooks says:

    Very intense. I’m intrigued by the whole idea of a man writing erotic romance, too!

  8. Well drawn, tense scene! This book is on my TBR, on my kindle….maybe today I’ll just sit down and read it! To heck with finishing my edits LOL!

  9. It is an intriguing introduction and an interesting premise. I could imagine being jealous of my husband putting too much attention into his fictional creations. A succubus muse?

  10. Wow, you set the scene and put me in the moment perfectly!

  11. A great concept. Her jealousy makes me chuckle, so often we complain why our husbands won’t read our novels, I guess maybe they think we put too much into our hunky heroes, lol. Her fear is palpable.

    The story line is good, the last paragraph though took me a bit out of it; “Billy had been…” didn’t have the same intensity as the rest (just my opinion). Maybe beginning it with “Paralysis and months of intense physical therapy later, Billy finally regained function…” (something like that)

    • Cara Bristol says:

      You can’t tell from the just the excerpt, but the entire scene is a short flashback. It’s backstory. The story isn’t about his accident.

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