Tuesday, July 9, 2013

One Bad Day (Adult title) and giveaway plus a guest post by Edie Hart

One Bad Day    

by Edie Hart is an ADULT title.

From the author:

How to Write A Steamy Romance Novel by Edie Hart

I always start with a general outline.  I map out a plot and a couple of scenes. 

Then the characters begin to form for me.  I notate personality traits, appearances, history/backstory, etc…

After that, I revise the outline which causes me to add more characters which causes me to revise the outline again.

Then I start writing.  I write for a bit until I get stuck on something.  I’ll skip that section and continue writing.  Then I’ll get stuck again.  This leads to feelings of insecurity and I will wonder if I should change the whole thing and start from scratch.  I’ll get frustrated after not being able to figure out what direction to go.  I’ll think about the story while I’m driving (which probably explains a lot), while I’m watching tv, while I’m showering – you get the idea.

At some point I’ll wake up in the middle of the night with an epiphany. I’ll tweak the outline and then I’ll go back to the skipped sections and try to figure out how the characters managed to take over the story.

By then, I’ll have a very rough first draft.  I’ll go back through the story and add more sexual tension and additional details.  Then I’ll revise it.  After that I’ll revise it again.  Then I’ll feel like the whole thing is stupid and put it away for awhile. 

After a bit of time passes, I’ll decide that I won’t know until I submit it so I’ll revise it and then finally submit it.

(From ELF:  What an intriguing peek into an author's technique.  Sounds like perseverance is the most important aspect which is great advice for all of us!)


Tessa is having one seriously bad day. After agreeing to dress as a cheesy mascot at a convention for her boss, her clothes get stolen, she gets chased through a sinister parking garage, and her apartment gets broken into and turned upside down.

Gray, an off-duty police officer, can’t resist the sexy legs he sees in costume at a hotel convention. When he catches sight of her running for her life through a dark car lot, he's determined to find out what her story is and ends up promising to keep Tessa safe...even if that means taking her home with him.

Book Links:

Breathless Press
All romance


Gray stepped outside of the hotel ballroom hoping the air would be cooler out there. He hated stuffy gatherings. Hell, he hated weddings. How two people could think they'd love each other forever was beyond him. Gray didn't do love. Which was why he was stag at a co-worker's wedding. He'd originally planned to invite Monique, but several months back she'd become demanding and talked about moving into his place with hearts and flowers in her eyes. So he'd ended it. Deep down, he'd known that she didn't really want him. She wanted any warm body that would take care of her. She had slowly been trying to mold him into some GQ tycoon, telling him what to wear, how to act, and even going as far as telling him what he needed to do career-wise.

A loud crash on the other side of the hall caught Gray's attention. In the open ballroom across the way he saw legs. Glorious legs in strappy high heels. The beautiful legs were tangled on the floor and attached to an ass that was just as gorgeous. After taking a closer look, Gray realized that above the amazing ass was an enormous, white light bulb-shaped head with blue googly eyes. It had blonde hair and wore a glittery purple hat. The tangled-up legs and heels were flailing around in a pile of what looked like empty light bulb boxes. Several gentlemen nearby were quick to help Legs get her feet beneath her. From their smiles and laughter he could tell that they were all quite happy to be of assistance. Gray didn't blame them.

He watched Legs find her balance in those high heels, and with a little wiggle and tug of her skirt she went on her way.

About The Author:

Edie Hart was born in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, where she now resides with her husband, two children, dog, and three cats. After spending her childhood making up stories in her head, she finally decided to put them on paper. What came of it was her first novella, One Bad Day. Edie is a die-hard romantic and believes that everyone deserves to be loved unconditionally—both in print and real life.

Edie also admits that "Edie Hart" is a pen name and an alter ego to an otherwise boring wife and mother. Edie is 20 pounds lighter, loves to skydive, travels to foreign places, and is a total sex kitten as compared to the uninteresting other half who is none of those things.

In reality the counterpart of Edie is a lackluster 40-something-year-old, whose main goal is to keep The Big One (The Boy) from torturing The Little One (The Girl). This week he hit her in the head with a 12-pack of Juicy Juice. Last week he left ravioli handprints on the back of her white T-shirt. The week before that he told her she was adopted and she believed him.

To learn more about her, and find out what The Big One and The Little One are up to, visit her via her website, Facebook, or Twitter:



Don't forget the GIVEAWAY!

Please leave a comment with your e-mail address and don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter:  Would you (or have you) dress up as a mascot?   Why or why not?

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  1. I've never dressed up as a mascot. Might be interesting to do so though.


    1. I figure, given my normal lack of grace, I would REALLY be falling all over the place.

    2. The good thing is that no one knows it's you. ; )

  2. Loved the excerpt. It make me smile. I am adding this one to my list.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. It was fun. No one knew who I was. ; )

    2. Debby,
      I really hope you enjoy it. : )

    3. Glad you enjoyed it, is does sound like a lot of fun, thanks for visiting!