Fellow Decadent Publishing author Sara Daniel has a brand new contemporary romance out for the 1Night Stand series. Before we get a sneak peek at what Madame Eve's got cooking in One Night with her Husband, I convinced this multi-talented author to impart a writing tip. This one is a tried-and-true method I've employed many a time. Trust me, it can work wonders on a scene that just doesn't have the necessary oomph.
by Sara Daniel
In romance, the story is generally told from both the hero and heroine’s alternating points-of-view. Sometimes I’ll start a scene, and it feels flat and lacks tension. Usually, it isn’t working because I’m writing it from the perspective of a character who doesn’t change or have much to lose during the scene. Rewriting the scene through the other character’s eyes can bring out the emotion, conflict and angst. If the other character’s spin on the situation doesn’t make the scene engaging, then the scene doesn’t belong in the book and/or the story itself needs be reworked.
One Night With Her Husband
by Sara Daniel
She walked away from her marriage seven years ago...
Marcia Johnson always assumed her husband would follow her eventually. She’d achieve success while she waited and prove her decision the right one. But when he finally turns up, she’s not ready. Her career hangs in the balance, and her weight has skyrocketed. How can she face the man she loves and show him she made the right choice? Especially when he’s matured from a decent-looking college student into the sexiest man she’s ever seen.
He’s waited seven years for his wife to finally need him…
If Adrian Torres can save her business, maybe he’ll have a shot at saving their marriage. But the woman he finds is too competent and independent to ask him for help. She even shrugs off his touch instead of reacting with the desire he hoped to ignite. Have the embers of their marriage finally died? Is it time to end their relationship and move forward?
He wants a divorce…
Her world ripped apart, Marcia turns to 1Night Stand to give her one more night before she lets Adrian go. She dares not hope for more. Even Madame Eve couldn’t have the magic to save their neglected disaster of a relationship…could she?
For better or worse, he would not live the rest of his life in a suspended, married-but-not-married state.
“I’m sorry I shocked you with my presence.” He wasn’t sorry for surprising her, but he regretted how unwelcome his surprise had been.
She swiped at her eyes and began rummaging in the glove compartment. “You have my phone number. You could have warned me you were coming.”
His chest tightened. “Those stiff, formal calls don’t change anything, except suck away my soul. I needed to shake things up.”
“So you decided to burst in during the biggest business crisis I’ve ever faced?” She extracted a pack of tissues from the compartment and mopped her beautiful face. “I hope you have a better strategy to save my company, or we’re doomed.”
With the pressure to convince her to believe in him more intense than during his meeting with Mr. Gladstone, he crouched next to her seat. “While we work together to fix Sunburst’s crisis, we have a chance to bridge the distance between us, too.”
Mouth gaping, she met his gaze again. “Your idea of bridging the distance is to ambush me in my own conference room and then introduce yourself like we’re freaking strangers?”
Failure tasted metallic and bitter in his mouth. In his plans, he’d skipped straight to wowing her with his marketing prowess. He hadn’t considered he’d upset her so much she wouldn’t stick around to listen to his spiel. “No, I played my ace card. You put your trust in Gladstone PR. I made myself the face of Gladstone so we’d have enough common business interests that you wouldn’t immediately kick me out of your personal life.”
Marcia squeezed the steering wheel until her knuckles turned white. “I don’t have time to think about anything personal right now, and I certainly can’t let my employees see me as an emotional wreck. They’re counting on me to lead them with a solid plan.”
Business and her career didn’t just come first in her heart. They owned her whole heart. Adrian had been a fool to lose sight of that. Burying his own hurt and frustration, he said, “I have a beautiful plan for the company. We’ll put it in action together.” Afterward, he’d have to decide if he could handle coming in a distant second place with her for the rest of his life. “Trust me.”
She stared at the steering wheel for a long time before turning to him. “I have to. You’re my only hope.”
About Sara Daniel
Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She battles a serious NASCAR addiction, was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels, and loses her car keys several times a day. One Night with her Husband is the latest book in her One Night with the Bridal Party series.