The first time I had a champagne cocktail I ordered it on impulse. I was at the Marriott in Washington DC, attending a writers’ conference. I had no idea what was in it. I just thought it sounded festive and hoped it would be pretty. When the server brought it to me, she also brought some chocolate covered strawberries. The drink was beautiful and the dark berries—wow! So indulgent.
This is the drink I was sipping while tossing around the ideas that eventually because my contemporary romance, Satisfaction Guaranteed. The ideas for this story came from the conversation I had with my friends. We explored our favorite romcom troupes. Mistaken identities, first dates, weddings, and witty banter, these are tried and true and all found their way into my story.
Hard-working Elizabeth Sewell decides she needs a man. She just doesn’t know what type of man suits her best. So, she does what all well-organized women do—she makes a goal-focused plan. She hires a man to take her out several times, each night dressing like a different type of guy.
While my friends and I sipped our cocktails, (After tasting my sparkly, yummy drink, my friends ordered their own) we made a list of guy-types for our heroine to ‘try-out’: construction worker, motorcycle riding bad boy, businessman…you get the idea. Soon, I had everything I needed to get started writing.
That one simple cocktail inspired a whole novel! It wasn’t until later that I learned how easy this festive drink is to make!
All you need is:
Soak the sugar cubes in the bitters. Next, drop one into the bottom of each flute. Pour in the champagne or sparkling wine. Add garnish.
See how simple! Its perfect for New Year’s Eve!
Pair with dark chocolate anything, if you have it. If you don’t, no worries, this drink is just right all on its own. It’s you that brings the magic.
Workaholic accountant Elizabeth Sewell needs a man. According to her well-laid-out life plan, it’s time to find Mr. Right and move on to the next phase of her life. The problem is, she’s been so busy working her way up the career ladder, she wouldn’t spot Mr. Right even if he were carrying a neon sign. So, being an organized businesswoman, she comes up with a strategy. She’ll hire a man to provide her with a variety of experiences. That way, she’ll know what she wants. It’s just that easy, right?
Disillusioned attorney Jack Harley needs an opportunity. He’s just left a high-status firm and is determined to get his life back on track by opening a private practice. His first client, a woman being sexually harassed at work, gives him the chance to take on a case that matters. When a sexy brunette mistakes his new office for a recently relocated escort service and challenges him to help her uncover what turns her on, he thinks he can have it all. But soon he discovers telling Elizabeth the truth of who he is will compromise his case. Protect and seek justice for his client—that’s the promise he’d made himself. Now it’s time to win the case, even if, for him, it means losing what he really wants.
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Author of fiction: romance, urban fantasy, thriller. Some erotic. Some not.