Friday, January 2, 2015
Online Mating by Evelyn Jules
Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be here today to talk about my new SilkWords release, Online Mating! This story is unique in that it’s a ‘reader-vote’ story. What does that mean exactly? It means that you, the readers, actually get a say in where I take the story and how the plot is developed. How cool is that?!
I first ventured into the world of creative writing via fan fiction. I was inspired by a quirky little show called Gilmore Girls. After months of reading other writers’ fan fiction about the show, I decided to try my own hand at it. The thing I loved most about writing it was the interaction I had with my readers. Their ongoing feedback and suggestions were unbelievably motivating to me, and in turn, they felt more involved and more invested in the story.
That’s exactly how I find the experience of writing a reader-vote story. Who better to help you decide where to take your characters than the loyal readers who are following their journey? It’s exciting for me too because I don’t know where things are going either, so I’m just as much on the edge of my seat as the readers are.
Online Mating opens with a scene in a coffee shop. My heroine, Sydney, waits patiently for her date, Charlie, to show up. But this isn’t your traditional first date, my friends. This is a hookup. They were matched on a site called Sexcapades.com, a sexual compatibility site that asks questions less akin to ‘What do you look for in a soulmate?’ and more along the lines of ‘What’s your favorite sexual position?’. During their “date”, Charlie excuses himself momentarily to take care of some business, and that’s when Garrett, the tall, dark, and mysterious eavesdropper at the next table over moves in for the kill.
Ultimately, the readers’ choice becomes: Charlie or Garrett? The two men are very different in their personalities, and you get a sense of where the night might end no matter who gets the green light. I can’t wait to see what the readers decide!
Here’s an excerpt from Online Mating:
Sydney Montrose slid into her favorite booth at the coffee house, her eyes darting from one corner to the other. Tensed up and nervous, she tapped her fingernails on the Formica tabletop a whole twenty minutes before her date with Charlie was supposed to begin.
If you could even call this a date.
Too many shots of tequila and a very convincing best friend had coerced her into joining an online sexual compatibility site, Sexcapades.com. Not a dating site. She was sick of dating. All that ‘getting-to-know-you’ crap, the fake smiles and feigned interest. Up till now she’d been taking the traditional route to a relationship right along with every other sucker. Yes, she wanted to find love. Eventually. What woman didn’t? But all the other sites out there focused on finding that love through communication and common interests and blah, blah, blah. Sexual compatibility, in her honest opinion, was a critical, too often ignored component.
There was a reason why they called it the ‘lusty thirties’. Okay, maybe that was just her. Once she reached that particular milestone, though, something inside her shifted. It was a sexual awakening, punctuated by a voracious desire to ‘get off’ that drove her batty most nights. She crossed her legs, feeling that familiar tingle between her thighs that she could never quite shake. An overwhelming urge to visit the ladies’ room took root, but she mentally glued her ass to her seat. She was fed up with servicing herself.
A smile flitted over her features as she recalled her last failed relationship. Trevor was a spanker. He also played the trombone in the same orchestra Sydney played the piano for. Proximity could be a pain in the ass sometimes. He’d whispered to her during rehearsal one evening that she gave him a tromboner. That should have been a red flag, but one glance at his trousers and all sensibility was lost. Until she found out he was doing the second chair piccolo player. Cheeky bastard.
Since then she’d been through the entire woodwinds section and most of the brass, in part to seek revenge against Trevor, but mostly because they were the only guys she knew. Quite frankly, she was tired of dating men full of hot air. She was done with guys who were all talk. She needed action. Sexcapades.com, she hoped, was the answer.
Some of the questions the site asked when she created her profile would be qualified as shocking to most. By the time she’d paid the registration fee, she’d shared her favorite positions, how often she felt horny, and whether she was a cuddler or a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind. Depended on the guy. Sex toys: yea or nay? Yea-ish. Screamer or a silent type? Screamer. Definitely a screamer.
Though every picture she posted on her profile was of her fully-clothed, she’d never felt more exposed. Or empowered.
Thanks so much for having me here today! Hope everyone gets a chance to read Online Mating!
Genre: Erotic Romance
Date of Publication: December 27, 2014
Word Count: Reader-vote story
Cover Artist: Indie Designz
After joining a sexual compatibility site, Sydney finds herself at a coffee shop awaiting her first date.
When bachelor number one makes a bizarre and slightly alarming entrance, will she stick to Plan A or choose the sympathetic stranger?
Sydney giggled at the absurd man in blue jeans and clown make-up. She had to admit, he had a nice little wiggle to his walk. Maybe he was a wannabe Wiggle. Despite all his quirks, one thing was undeniable: Charlie was a good guy. If she could get past the make-up and the alarming amount of energy, he could even be the guy. Plus, all that energy could be put to excellent use.
Her fingers beat out a steady rhythm against the tabletop. She’d always had an ear for music, but ever since her first piano lesson it was nearly impossible to keep her hands still, especially when she was anxious. She eyed the other patrons in the coffee shop, anyone and everyone but the man sitting at the table next to hers.
“You going for it?”
The little voice in her head flat-out forbid her to do so, but she was stubborn and prone to curiosity. Once more she turned in his direction. “Excuse me?”
“You and John Wayne. The hook-up.”
She took a sip of her drink. “Eavesdrop much?”
“You can’t really blame a guy. I mean, when you see a gorgeous woman sitting at a table with a clown, you kind of want to know the whole sordid story.”
She grinned as she lowered her mug. “It’s not so sordid...yet.”
He took a drink from his own mug then folded his hands on the table. Dark, penetrating eyes fixed on her. “I think you’re going about this...hooking up thing all wrong.”
“Is that so?”
“For starters, you shouldn’t dress so well for the first meeting.”
She glanced down at the summer dress she wore and the cute, strappy heels. “No?”
“Don’t flirt. Don’t smile. And whatever you do, don’t look at him with those eyes of yours.”
Those very eyes lifted to his in a hurry, sparkling with awareness. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were trying to sabotage my…date.”
“That’s exactly what I’m doing.” A slow smile followed his words.
About the Author:
Hailing from the Great White North, Evelyn Jules loves curling up on the couch with a hot toddy and a steamy book. Nothing warms a girl up faster than a little hanky-panky. When she’s not reading deliciously erotic tales, she’s weaving her own in hopes of warming her readers’ hearts and other parts!
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Evelyn-Jules/e/B008QP0PPG/
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