M. E. Gordon
Oct 12th – Oct 19th
A tale as old as time—a girl, tall and wispy, hair the color of the sun, eyes as blue
as the sky, caught in a love triangle with the noblest of men…Not in this book
Okay so maybe I am caught up in a love triangle, but I’m sure as hell not running
through a field of daisies in a sun dress. My name is Elizabeth and I’ve
managed to avoid men for most of my life. I wasn’t a nun by any means, but I
know what the hot guys want—and it usually isn’t me. How I got myself involved
in a love triangle with one sexy photographer and a millionaire bachelor, who
had women worshiping the ground he walked on,is beyond me. Yet, here I am,
attempting to navigate waters that I’ve never expected to. Trying to figure out
which man was right for me, dealing with my family—and have I told you about
the paparazzi? Well, it’s all really making me rethink the situation. Who do I
trust? Who’s being genuine? What should I do if both men are perfect for me in
different ways? How the hell am I supposed to choose just one? Or better yet do
I have to choose just one?
CHAPTER 1 – BETH
My heart rate accelerated as we pull up to the popular DC night club, Mood. I was currently sitting in a limo that my brothers sent over to retrieve my best friend Gia and me. Taking a steadying breath, I took a peek out the window. Of course, they had a small red carpet set out for celebrities and socialites like my brothers. Make this a little clearer, I don’t do this.
I didn’t go out dressed up like I was right now. I glanced back at Gia who looked anything but anxious. She was in her element right now, and I…well, I was not!
I preferred sitting at home reading a good book. It was a passion of mine. My Gran was an avid reader. What could I say? I took after her and my mother, who happened to have been an editor in-chief for a big publishing company. I guess I could have followed in her footsteps, but I had a passion for History. With only a few classes left, I was well on my way to restoring books at the Library of Congress. Still, no matter how many books I’d read, nothing could prepare me
for nights like tonight.
Sure limos, nice dresses, socialites, photographers, it all sounded like a great time, and maybe it was, but not for me. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find an appealing outfit for a size twelve, tall, curvy, twenty-three-year-old? Well I’ll tell you, it’s nearly impossible!
Sure there were things in my size, but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was feeling exposed, and not in a good way—the bad way, like every-inch-of-fat-had-been-magnified-by-tight-fabric way. Even Gia, the fashion stylist in training, had a hard time finding me something to wear. It was mortifying.
I didn’t know what I was more worried about, falling on my ass or getting my picture taken. Oh, right. It was falling on my ass while getting my picture taken. I tried my hardest to get Gia to go in the side entrance, but clearly, I lost that battle.
Gia stepped out first, thankfully. The cameras were snapping away like crazy, but why wouldn’t they be? She looked like a movie star in her short gray dress and sparkling heels. Smiling at the cameras and swaying her long blonde hair, she posed like it was second nature to her.
Taking a deep breath, I closed my eyes. I could do this. Just get out of the car and don’t fall on your ass. With one last, quick prayer, I scooted over and let my foot glide out of the limo. Holding on tight to the door handle, I exited the limo and cautiously made my way over toward the sea of cameras. I clung tight to the shawl that was covering most of the red dress that I had finally found, after hours of shopping with Gia.
I stopped moving when the photographers started snapping a few pictures. Maybe they thought I was a lighter haired Kardashian or something. It didn’t take but a few seconds for them to find out I wasn’t.
“She’s nobody!” I heard one of the snakes say to his neighbor. Knives, meet my heart…ouch! I wanted to run back to the limo or into the safety of the dark club, but I couldn’t move. I glanced over in Gia’s direction where she was using her hands to take off an invisible jacket. I guessed she was telling me to take my shawl off? I couldn’t help but think that this was a very stupid idea. And, of course, against my better judgment, I did it anyway.
I quickly un-wrapped the fabric. My long, wavy, brown hair fell against my bare back and exposed cleavage. The unseasonably, cool air brushed against my arms, making a chill run up my spine. This dress was perfect, practically made for me. It hit all my curves and pushed my boobs and ass up too. But most importantly, it flattened my stomach—magic!
The wall of cameras turns back to me. I guess they think I might be someone worth photographing after all.
“Red Dress—Red dress, can we get a name?” I turned in the direction of the warm voice and felt the heat rise to my cheeks. Embarrassment? Flattery? I tried to make out the person calling to me as I scanned the wall of photographers. My eyes were instantly drawn to a handsome man with shaggy, sandy hair and muscular build. Well, I’d like to think it was muscles under the sweat shirt he had on. I squinted to get a better look but lost sight of him as the flashes went off.
“A name?” another man called.
“Elizabeth Monroe,” I answered back.
All about me in Five Questions or less
1 – What makes you, you?
What makes me, me? Well, I was born and raised in Central Maryland. I now live with
my wonderful husband and four, energetic children. My day to day consists of
getting kids ready for school, answering e-mails, writing, editing, and making
breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Writing has always been a passion of mine. My
grandmother gave me my first journal when I was in the third grade. I wrote in
it almost every day, and I still try to write in it as often as I can. Before I
started my first novel and became a stay at home mom, I worked in daycare. I
loved it! Never a dull moment when you have 15 kids running around!
2- When you don’t have your ‘Mom hat’ or ‘Author hat’ on, what are your interests?
I love going to the movies, whether it be with my husband or friends. I get pretty
jazzed about good movies. I love them all; romantic, suspense, action. I don’t
do scary though, unless I’m at home snuggled on the couch next to my hubby with
a blanket over my head.
Go figure, I love reading! I really like romantic novels, but I also dabble in
Young Adult. Potter and Everdeen are some of my favorites, hell I’ll admit it,
I even liked Twilight, before the movie.
3 – Describe your writing set up?
When I write, I have to have music on. I have a playlist for each of my stories.
Without music, I just can’t write. I also like to be in the dark, with only a
small lamp and computer screen to light my way. I have a journal for each novel
that I jot down future ideas in about the storyline, character descriptions,
and words I want to incorporate. I’d be lost without my journals; I carry them
around with me everywhere. You never know when an idea is going to pop in your
head! A large glass of ice water is also a must have, unless it’s one of those days
then a cup of coffee is on the menu. I’m sure all you Moms out there know what
I’m talking about!
4 – Boxers or Briefs for your hunky heroes?
Best of both worlds? … I think so! Oh and they’re always black!
5 – Who inspires you to write?
Who inspires me to write? Honestly, I write for the women like me who want to be
able to picture themselves as the heroine. All too often, the leading lady is
someone who’s unattainable for most. The tall, thin, long-legged, beauty or the
petite, slender girl next door who happens to also be drop dead gorgeous. Those
women are usually frail and sometimes, not much is going on upstairs. I try to
write about, real, strong women who tell it like it is. For instance, we all
know that most of us wear spanks when we go out to a club. Suck it in, stand up
straight and don’t sit down, unless you’re behind a table. These are the things
that constantly go through your head. I want my readers to be able to put
themselves in my heroines place. What would you do if a really hot guy was
dancing with you? Pray your rolls aren’t showing? Chin up to hide any chance of
showing a double one? Arch your back to show off ‘assets’ you think are better
than others? Maybe even move his hands just so he won’t feel that extra cushion?
Although I have written a few stories with a typical heroine and don’t get me wrong, I
love them and they are ‘real’ in their own way, just not physically. Those
stories were easy to write because they didn’t have body issues or insecurities,
they didn’t have to worry about ‘sucking it in’ or ‘muffin tops’. Now, I
wouldn’t call my heroines plus size, I call them real, real girls/women who
love themselves, but are still aware that they aren’t that Victoria Secret
model. I find it challenging and exciting to write about curvy women and all
the little things that come along with it. It’s not easy and sometimes I think
that it’d be easier to follow suit and write about idealistic women, but in a
way, we all are and we all need that one heroine to look up to and I hope that
my leading ladies, curvy or otherwise, fulfill that need for someone.
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