Have you ever done something really stupid? Something you know you’re going to regret for years, that will come back to haunt you whenever you think you’ve finally kicked it firmly to the curb? And how many times have those mistakes been made as a result of fear, insecurity, anger?

Back when I was still in university, I drove out of town one Friday to visit my boyfriend at school. I’m pretty sure I skipped my afternoon classes to get there before dinner, which wasn’t a one-time occurrence. (Shhh. Don’t tell my mother.) Almost as soon as I arrived, we had a nasty blow up. Some drama-ridden argument that I don’t even remember now, although I seem to remember over reacting. Just a little. (I dare not ask him. Since we’re married now, he’s always looking for things to hold over my head 😉 ) Of course, in the middle of the night I stormed out of his apartment and got in the car. Stupid. It was the middle of winter. Stupid. The roads were icy. Stupid. I flipped my vehicle into a ditch. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. The only good thing was that I was unhurt, and I had a cell phone on me and was able to call my dad. (Who ended up figuring out that I was on the road coming from St. Catharines and not studying at the university library.)

In The Morning After, my first contemporary release, out this week from Ellora’s Cave, Leslie is a woman whose biggest mistake isn’t flirting with a handsome stranger at a nightclub. It isn’t accepting a drink from said stranger, not knowing that he’d slipped a drug into it.

Leslie’s biggest mistake is waking up the next morning in bed…with her husband. The same husband she kicked out two months ago. The same husband she’s about ready to serve divorce papers on. The same husband she still can’t resist, despite the pain he’s caused her.

So, now that I’ve shared, it’s your turn. 🙂 Tell me one of the more stupid things you’ve done, and be entered to win a copy of The Morning After.

Waking up naked in bed with a man’s arms holding you close wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing…except when that man is your husband.

Leslie had tried so hard to put Leo’s betrayal behind her—the ink was almost dry on the divorce papers. But when circumstances throw her in bed with her estranged husband one last explosive time, Leslie learns how quickly anger can turn to passion and hurt can turn to need, even while she knows there’s no way she can ever trust him again.

What Leslie considers goodbye, Leo insists is only the beginning. But the damage between them runs too deep, and sometimes, the only thing more devastating than the night before, is the morning after…

A thanks to my friend Leah for letting me steal some time on her blog today!

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13 thoughts on “The Morning After with JK Coi

  • January 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Hi, JK! I have to say I love the set up for The Morning After–I really like "reunion" stories, where a couple gets a second chance at an HEA.

    As for one of the more stupid things I've done… well, there are sooooo many! Let's see… buying those shoes that are just a smidge too tight, losing the receipt to said shoes, throwing myself at an ex who clearly wasn't that into me, doing it again… ;p

    One of my brighter moves was accepting my husband's proposal 🙂 (Sorry, just had to counter-balance some of that gloom!)

    Happy Friday! Looking forward to reading The Morning After!

  • January 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    The stupidest thing I ever did was not believe you could get prego the 1st time you had sex…and although I don't regret it…there are times I wish I had been smarter???

  • January 15, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Ooooh that books sounds interesting! Personally i do stupid things on a weekly basis so i woulnd't know where to start!

  • January 15, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Hey everybody! Good morning! I LOVE talking about stupid mistakes. It's funny how we all know exactly what we could have done differently AFTER the fact, but at the time there's all this emotion and adrenaline pumping through our systems we have to act on instinct–which sometimes seems like a mistake, but maybe it isn't?

    Granted, I still wish I hadn't flipped my car…It was a nice car.

  • January 15, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Love the premise of this story! And I too do too many stupid things to even begin to list them!

  • January 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I don't make stupid mistakes. (Did you buy that? Didn't expect you to…)

    No need to enter me, ladies. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  • January 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I was going to visit my brother in another province. I had been chatting with a guy there, whom I had met in a dating service.

    I went out on a date with him, not telling anyone what I was doing, and who I was going with.

    Now I smack myself in the head. Thank goodness everything worked out ok.

    It isn't the online dating part that made me stupid (heck I married a guy I met online), it was the lack of safety. So stupid!

  • January 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Getting married 5 days after my divorce was final was my biggest stupid mistake.

  • January 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I think possibly the least intelligent thing I have ever done was to not seek counseling after I dumped an abusive boyfriend -I was depressed for a very long time, and even though I got through it, I think the healing process would have been much faster if I'd had someone to talk to about it.

    baileythebookworm at gmail dot com

  • January 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Congrats on your EC debut, JK! The Morning After sounds so good!

    Hmm…I'm blessed with lots of fodder for stupid mistakes. LOL I'll go with when I totaled my car while trying to drive it into the used car lot for a salesman to appraise it. I took out a car or two in his lot, as well. 😉

  • January 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Let's see there was believing that the "withdrawal method" worked to prevent pregnancy, mistaking the clutch for the brake going through a stopsign in my first car. And not pursuing my dreams when the chances were better.
    Good thing is that I am now pursuing my dreams and am getting somewhere though it is much harder now.

  • January 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    When my Husband and I first moved to Orlando I worked at Applebees. And as most corporate food places we had a birthday song to sing! Well, we had 2 one for the youngings and one for the older folks. So one busy Friday night I had a family sit in my section that was celebrating a 101 birthday for their great grandma! I go get their choice of dessert and I gather my co workers and off we head!! We get to the table and I announce that we are celebrating a Important Event and I start to sing
    "I dont KNow but I've Been Told,
    Someone here is GETTING OLD! I dont know but its been said, Someones face is turning red!"
    Um yeah…. I called her OLD and sang the wrong song. I was BEET RED and Beyond embarassed and so was the family. The Grandmother mumbled a quiet Thank you and shoved away her sundae…..I was MORTIFIED! They left VERY soon after but the 10$tip they left me made me feel so terriable! I ended up giving it to the Jimmy Fund and Putting the Family name on the Shamrock we had hung up all over the resturaunt! I still think about that day and it has been over 7 years!

  • January 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Congratulations, Mitzi! You've won an e-copy of JK Coi's The Morning After. Please send an email to me at leah DOT braemel @gmail DOT com and I'll forward your info to JK.

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