Inspiration for Just One Look
Book ideas can come from some unexpected places and events. Everything an author does is filtered through a convoluted brain that sometimes, in my case at least, can see humor in the strangest situations.
The idea for my romantic comedy, Just One Look, is a perfect example of this. Many years ago, I had a lunch date scheduled with some of my writing friends. Prior to the lunch though, I had my annual appointment for a mammogram.
At the women's clinic, with me wearing the not-so-cute gowns we have to wear, I waited for the technician to enter the room. When she walked in, I was surprised to see that it was someone I knew but had lost touch with over the years. I must confess that I saw the humor in renewing our acquaintance while baring my breasts, but we both laughed about it and proceeded with the mammogram.
When finished, we promised to get together again soon without the big X-ray machine, and I hurried to the Olive Garden to meet my friends for lunch.
Over lunch, I was telling my friends about how I spent my morning. Interestingly enough, one friend said, "How embarrassing."
To which I laughed and replied, "Not really. What would be embarrassing was if a woman went in for her annual GYN exam and the doctor turned out to be an old boyfriend!"
We all laughed, but my throwaway comment triggered my writer's imagination. I went home and wrote the first chapter of what would become my best selling book of all time, Just One Look. That book sold to Kensington when I submitted it. Later, it sold in hardcover then in a large print edition. In 2011, when I decided to become an indie author and publish it as an ebook, it took off like hot cakes.
Just One Look has sold more than 100,000 copies since 2011. This sexy romance–and 2 other of my romantic comedies–also brought me a French World Rights deal with Bragelonne, my wonderful French publisher. They brought it and the other two books out in print and ebook in 2012. I'm happy to report that they proved just as popular in French as in English. Oh, and it's on audio also with one of the best narrators I've ever heard bringing it to life.
Want to know what my best-selling contemporary romance is about? Well, the tagline is: "Kids play doctor, but these doctors play seduction games." Seduction, romance, sweet revenge, comedy, and a strong sense of fun.
What would you do if the gynecologist subbing for your regular doctor turned out to be your old high school crush?
Successful psychologist Dr. Jennifer Monroe does what any normal, well-adjusted woman would do. She makes an excuse to send the doctor and nurse from the room, dives into her clothes, and flees!
Unfortunately, her running away makes conscientious Dr. Matt Penrose conclude she has some kind of sexual hangup. He's determined to refer her to another doctor for her health's sake. If he can just talk to her, he'll suggest counseling for what he thinks are emotional problems.
Jennifer refuses to take his phone calls and hopes never to see him again. After all, Dallas is a big city. What are the odds that she'll ever run into him again? Even money when Fate lends a hand.
When Jennifer and Matt meet at a charity gala, he earnestly urges her to seek professional help. Jennifer is incensed that he thinks she's some frigid old maid -- and that he doesn't remember her. All the old high school resentment floods back, fueling her determination to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget.
With Jennifer, payback is a scorcher. Kids play doctor, but these doctors play seduction games. And they're playing for keeps. Will Matt recognize Jennifer? Will Jennifer lure him into her bed?
Seduction and sex can be pretty funny when both sides play dirty!
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