But that's another story (in other news if you've ever been curious about those sunglasses, no, they don't make you look like James Bond...)
Ahem. Back on topic. My family vacations every single year at Seaside, Oregon. It's really an amazing place. As much as I make fun of it in my books about only having one Starbucks and being boring, it's quite awesome and I LOVE going there for relaxation time.
This last year was no different. My husband and I rented a little cottage by the water and met up with my sisters family with four kids under the age of 8 and my parents. I can never figure out little kids. I mean I was a school counselor for years and I'd like to think Im a kick butt aunt, but holy crap...they have way too much energy. I mean they were beating down our door at 8 am wanting to go get ice cream. WHO EATS ICE CREAM at 8 am? Apparently my nephew Chris does, and he's freakishly hungry for it being so early. Most of the time I would pry my eyes open enough to glare and then smile as his innocent grin melted all my defenses, then of course I would grumble as I threw on clothes and went with him to get a treat while I bought my weight in coffee.
Now. I know I'm not old, but I felt it during our Seaside trip. I had super good intentions to use it as a writing vacation. Instead I was helping chase children down the beach while alternately making sure my dog didn't attack any more kites (still feel REALLY bad about Winston killing those kites in Seaside. RIP), needless to say. I was really tired and run down.
And then the fever set in. You know the type that hot werewolves get when they are about to turn..I freaked out, and holed up in the cabin, convinced that I too was going to be stuck in my own paranormal drama...
Needless to say. I went to bed with the fever, chills, body ache, I mean I had the worst type of sickness EVER. It was the type that, even though I'm 27, I literally sat in my bed and bawled my eyes out because I felt so bad. I wanted my mom, my dad, my husband, my dog, 7-up, and a good Disney movie.
I was basically quranteend from the town of Seaside and I really didn't want to work on my regency. For some reason I just wasn't feeling it. I wanted to start a new project, possibly a YA..hmm..as the exhaustion from staying up all night truly set in, and delirium from not having anything to eat...I sat at my computer and typed...
Alec...Brooding? Attractive? Kind of menacing? What if he's the type of guy you think is bad but really he's good but he used to be bad and...(note the confusion from lack of food and hydration)
Demetri? Too Russian sounding? Well I am on a Russian kick since I just finished a regency about the Russians and...OOO what if he has light features like he's the opposite of Alec? Maybe you think he's good but something just doesn't fit. Like you want to like him but you can't and then when he kisses her he...(Insert large pause while I go throw up and then return to my writing desk looking more vampire than werewolf)...makes your body swoon..Oh gosh am I sweating from Alec or the fever? (Insert a few minutes where I take my temperature again). Oh that was all Alec, it had nothing to do with my sickness.
After two days I felt better but the story was seriously pounding into my brain. I started watching people, like really watching them as they walked down the streets hand in hand. This is also the exact day that as I was riding the elevator I saw one of the contestants on the bachelorette as well as the guy that was on Bachelor Pad, (Tony as it?) Anyways. I was still delirious. My own father had to be like "Do you know who that was?"
He even knew their names.
I'm still so ashamed.
I began making up the story in my head. I became super anti social at night because all I wanted to do was write.
The story was born.
And now I find myself itching to return to Seaside ;) I had a reader say they were going to vacation there so a rockstar would find them. Sigh, if only, right? :)
Thanks all for reading the Seaside novels. Know that I am very hard at work on Pull. I have a pretty tight schedule with my other releases through my publisher so Im trying to fit Pull into the schedule sometime in February. I like to space out releases and as of right now I have like five books coming out in a span of a few months....I think I need more coffee. The minute I typed that I started to hyperventilate...
AND NOW...Another Teaser from PULL: A SEASIDE NOVEL
She made it sound so easy. As if I could just snap my fingers and all the nightmares would disappear. I sighed and hung my head. Instantly I felt her warm body pressed against mine and then her lips were pressed against my cheek. I missed everything about her, the way she smelled, the way her lips felt against my skin. Hell, I would move heaven and earth for this girl. She had to know what I felt for her, what I would do for her.
“Thanks.” I mumbled as she pulled away.
She shrugged and blushed. Damn it was hot when she blushed, “For what?”
“Making me feel better.”
“It’s the least I can do.”
“And what’s the most?” I pulled her back into my body and slowly walked backwards until we were against the wall and out of shot from the rest of the crowd.
“T-the what?” She stuttered.
“The most.” I leaned in and smelt her hair then trailed my nose against the outside of her jaw as my lips nibbled down towards her mouth.
Alyssa closed her eyes and then tilted her head back. I kissed her exposed neck...
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