Taking Chances is shaping up quite nicely. Lauren is an absolute joy to write and I think I've nailed the reason why she can be so cynical at times.
Ethan is a real sweetheart, and Lauren is about to turn him inside out I think!
The cover reveal is booked for the 28th of January, and I can't wait for people to see it. It's beautiful and made by Sarah from Sprinkles On Top who did the cover for Another Chance and also the revamped cover for The Sultan's Bride. She also made the cover for The Accidental Sultan when I finally get to it. :)
Taking Chances is a bit darker with the issues that Lauren has to face, but as with Another Chance the emphasis will be on the love story that develops later in the book. The more I wrote Lauren, the more I wanted to know about her, and her issues that were touched on in Another Chance will be at the forefront in Taking Chances.
I thought I'd share a piece that I've written. It still needs a lot of work so it's really early but...
“How’s the work going on the store renovations?” Lauren asked Mark. He had been on the same job for a few weeks now.
“Great. She’s great.”
Lauren looked puzzled. “Who’s great?”
“Cassie. She’s perfect, Lauren. I think I’m in love.”
“Who’s Cassie? Mark, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
He laughed. “I thought I told you. The store manager is amazing. She’s beautiful, smart and I think she likes me too.”
Lauren shook her head. “Trust you to have a thing for the person you’re working for.”
“She could tell me to do anything and I’d do it. The best thing is that she needs some work done around her house, and she asked me to help out and give her a quote. It’s my chance to get to know her better.”
“Mark, we’ve talked about you getting involved with clients. It’s always a bad idea.”
“I know. It’s just that there’s something about this one. She’s got balls, Lauren, and I don’t know anything about her but something about her just does it for me. Big time.”
Lauren laughed. “Good for you. I just don’t want to hear about some big heartbreaking story, or go through the drama that was you and Jessica.”
Mark pulled a face. “I don’t think Cassie would be like that. She’s professional at work most of the time, though she does have an amazing sense of humour.”
“Well, whatever happens at least you’re getting some work out of it.”
She watched as he left the room on his way to the shower. Mark hadn’t had a smile on his face that big in so long. Cassie had better be worth the effort he seemed to be going to.
Lauren looked around the room. The old house needed renovations of its own, but Mark was always delaying things until they were so far gone they had to be replaced.
“Wonder if I can get Cassie to ask you to do up this place,” she muttered.
Ariadne Wayne is the pen name of an overworked, often exhausted mother of two who frequently turns to the internet for relaxation. It doesn't always work...