Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Art of Flirting

I was eavesdropping the other day. Yep, I’ve got no concept of social etiquette. But in my defense, I was standing at the end of a very, very long coffee line, and I couldn’t play Candy Crush because my phone was dead, so listening in on the most awkward date ever was the best way to amuse myself.

From what I could glean, this couple had spoken online a few times, and were now meeting in person for the first time. It was at Starbucks, and I applaud them for picking a public place where neither one of them was likely to get murdered. Now, I meet lots of interesting people when I’m out in the world. A lot of the time I’ll have conversations that are so funny or ridiculous that I end up using them in a book.

But this conversation was brutal.

He talked to her about asphalt for a bit. Yes. Asphalt. He had a summer job paving driveways, and he was happy to explain every detail of the paving process to this woman. At one point, he told a cringe-worthy joke that made me sad—she commented on how deep and gravelly his voice is, and he said something like “well, sometimes the driveways are gravel so it gets into my voice.” She laughed very awkwardly.

She wasn’t a sparkling conversationalist either, though. She told him about how she reorganized the file cabinets in her office because there were so many S’s that she had to shift around all the files. He seemed very interested in this.

Needless to say, I will not be using any part of this flirt fest in a book, but it did make me realize just how hard it is to flirt. Maybe it’s easier when you’ve had something to drink, or if you’re at a nightclub or bar where everyone is already there to get laid? Either way, this awkward date of the century got me thinking about how much I love writing about people flirting, because the reality isn’t always as fun and sassy.

The characters in my books are all about sarcasm and fast-paced banter, which is a blast to write. And, honestly, it’s pretty much the way I talk in real life. But I have been in situations where guys don’t realize I’m being sarcastic, or their “banter” is really just them negging me or arguing in a way they think is cute, but it’s totally not. The heroes in my books don’t have this problem. They always know exactly what to say, and their sense of humor is awesome and not at all cringe worthy. Even when they’re jerks, there’s still something endearing about them.

Sometimes I really wish I lived in a romance novel, but there’s something to be said for awkward, real-life moments like this. I’m already trying to figure out a way to write Asphalt and File Cabinet into a future book—as side characters, of course. Because I’m pretty sure that if my hero and heroine were on a date, they’d have a lot more interesting things to say!

One Night of Sin

Sometimes it’s good to be bad...

When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and 

thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He 

makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.

Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive 

nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t 

resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.

As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark 

corners of an MMA cage. But Skyler’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.

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One Night of Scandal

The wrong man never felt so right...

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize 

a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market 

again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too 

powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her...all bets are off.

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying 

Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best 

friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—

and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she 

stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?

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One Night of Trouble

No More Mr. Nice Guy...

The moment AJ Walsh sees the sexy, tattooed pixie walk up to his bar, it's lust at first sight. He's always been labeled 

the "nice" guy―opening doors, buying flowers, and never, ever having one-night stands. But with this wicked little 

angel with red lips and unfathomably dark eyes? Oh, yeah. Tonight, "nice" has nothing to do with it...

Brett Conlon is trying to convince her family that she's put away her reckless wild girl side for good. Nothing―and 

no one―could be better for her reputation than golden boy AJ Walsh. So they make a deal: if he plays The Good 

Boyfriend for her family, he can be a very, very bad boy with her. Now their one naughty night is about to turn into a 

whole lot of trouble...

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A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English 

from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began pursuing that dream 

when she was a teenager. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep 

things interesting!

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