My daughter is not much of an athlete. Most of that is because she doesn’t really care. She has a very competitive nature when it comes to school, but not with athletics. She’d much prefer to be curled up with a book, sunburns easily and doesn’t like to do anything she isn’t really, really good at.
Last week she finished her last volleyball game of the season (forever, according to her). As we were talking and I was encouraging her to not close her mind completely to the idea just yet, she informed me, “Mom, I want to spend my time doing things I like that make me feel good.”
Wow. Profound. For a thirteen year old for sure, but for anyone really.
For her that means piano and violin, community theater and reading and writing. She is an artist. Growing up in a small Midwestern town where sports are everything. Is she a little brave to dare to dislike the activities that ninety-percent of her peers love? I think so. And to be open and vocal about it? At her age? For sure. How many of us spend our time doing things we don’t like, not to mention love, because we’re “supposed” to or because we’re afraid of what others might think? I’d be willing to bet that all of us have those moments.
In my new release Just Right, our hero Ben is going through something like this. Ben’s an ER trauma surgeon. The best around, in fact. But—due to a series of unfortunate events, he’s decided that he’s spent enough time doing what’s right, being the good guy, the hero. He just wants to have some fun for a change. He’s never been a bad boy before, but he’s going to give it his all! And he wants to corrupt a certain good girl he’s had his eye on for awhile—ER nurse Jessica Bradford.
Jessica could actually show him a thing or two about being bad, but she’s been doing her damnedest to be the woman her late father would have been proud of rather than the rebellious trouble-seeker she was growing up. But Ben is awfully tempting. Then the Chief of emergency medicine offers her the promotion she wants if she can keep Ben out of trouble… well, now she’s intimately involved in helping Ben feel good!
So how about you? Have you ever realized you’ve been wasting your time on something and just walked away? Or is there something you want to walk away from (PTO meetings anyone?) but just can’t quite make yourself do it? If you could do whatever you love and what makes you feel good, what would it be (hot sex with Gerard Butler is a fine answer… just leave out the details, okay?)
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Erin Nicholas has been reading and writing romantic fiction since her mother gave her a romance novel in high school and she discovered happily-ever-after suddenly went a little beyond glass slippers and fairy godmothers! She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).
For more information about Erin and her books, visit: www.ErinNicholas.com, http://ninenaughtynovelists.blogspot.com/, or http://samhainpublishing.com/authors/erin-nicholas
Leah here: Erin has provided an steamy excerpt but since some of you read this blog at work, and her excerpt is definitely NSFW, I’ve put it up over on my leahbraemelexcerpts.blogspot.com site. You can read the excerpt here. Don’t forget to come back to leave your comment to be entered to win Erin’s contest.