I stopped breathing as he knelt down before me and cleaned the dirt from my face. It stung like crazy, but I gritted my teeth and bore the pain. He held my chin with one hand as he worked. I could feel his eyes on my face. I stared at the wall as tears leaked from my eyes.
“Hey,” he gently turned my face to his, “I’m sorry I’m hurting you.”
“Men have a tendency to do that,” I replied with a nervous laugh. He was too close again, his breath rushed over my skin like a breeze.
“I feel your pain. Women are the bane of my existence.” He wiped away my tears with a thumb.
“And elusive men are the bane of mine.” I tried to smile back, but I could only think about kissing him.
“Adam might eventually be available. You could hang out for ten years and wait for him.” He dragged his eyes away from mine and rinsed the hand towel. He turned my face away and cleaned my wound one more time, then dabbed Neosporin over it.
“You think I’m talking about Adam? I told you it was a one time thing and it’s over.” I laughed bitterly. How stupid was he?
“That’s what they all say.” He sat back on his heels, his face a tight mask.
“Are you jealous?” I finally completed the sentence that had been lost in my humiliating display of lack of coordination.
He laughed as if my words were outrageous. “Why would I be jealous? Okay, let’s see the other one.” He reached for the hem of my shirt. I couldn’t move a muscle as he slowly lifted my shirt. I wondered if he could hear my heart pounding in my chest, and I thanked all that was good and holy for steering me toward my pink lace bra that morning. My nipples hardened as his knuckles brushed over the flesh on my stomach. His face remained impassive as he tried to peer under my shirt without seeing any of my goods.
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My Love Life & Other Disasters
Buy Link: Champagne Books
Bernadine Darcy:I have a great life. I am the mother of a wonderful girl who is growing up way too fast. I have been writing since I was a little girl. I have always wanted to be a published novelist, but didn't really try to achieve this goal until recently. I have been told by several agents that I don't fit into a certain genre. I love to write in the contemporary romantic / comedy genre with some chick lit thrown in. As a reader, I get the most pleasure from books that make me laugh and I enjoy feeling like I dropped in on someone's life for a short while. I try to write the same way.
Kage: What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
Bernadine Darcy: The first book I ever wrote is in a closet among my many journals. I cringe every time I take it out. It's really, really bad.
Kage:What’s your backlist and coming soon bookshelf look like?
Bernadine Darcy: My backlist is a small group of mediocre novels that should never see the light of day. I have developed and strengthened my skills as a writer with those mediocre novels. My newest work is tentatively titled, Temporary Insanity. It is original and very funny. Renee is a single mother working for an environmental contractor, which is a male dominated field of employment. She's dealing with things like, the death of a close friend, an attraction to a co-worker, sewage and diesel fuel spills, and a sister who's losing her mind.
Kage: Which story are we going to talk about today?
Bernadine Darcy: My Love Life and Other Disasters. It was released in July in electronic format and is soon to be released in paperback. This novel is about Shawn, a thirty-one year old woman who is struggling to break free from three over-protective brothers while falling in love with the best friend of one of her brothers.
My Love Life & Other Disasters
Payback is the only thing on Shawn’s mind when she takes a baseball bat to her ex-fiancé’s brand new Mustang. He deserves it after leaving her standing at the altar before pulling a two-year disappearing act. To complicate matters, her high school sweetheart, Adam, is the arresting officer; and Bryan, her adolescent crush, turns up in time to spring her from jail.
Life has never been easy for Shawn. Three domineering older brothers block her at every turn, and Bryan still treats her like his own pesky little sister. Armed with her shock jock personality and dubious advice from her best friend Suzie, Shawn sets her sights on Bryan’s elusive heart.
Kage: What would the story be rated if it were a movie?
Bernadine Darcy: My Love Life and Other Disasters would definitely be rated R, maybe even NC 17. I love the bawdy and crude things in life.
Kage: If you HAD to fit this story into a cliché, which one would it be?
If I had to fit this into a cliche, I think it would be more of a Cinderella story where the brothers are the evil stepsisters.
Kage:Okay, now that we have a general idea which class to fit My Love Life & Other Disasters under, what makes this book so unique from every other book out there?
Bernadine: The dialogue is something that sets the story apart. I also have a very strong and likable heroine that my readers seem to identify with.
Kage:What was the easiest part to write?
Bernadine Darcy: The dialogue is always the easiest thing to write for me. It's difficult for me to go back and flesh out a scene, giving my characters stage directions and actions. I'll pace back and forth across my house, trying to get one scene written.
Kage:What do you like most about the main character(s) and what do you like least? Did you learn anything from them?
Bernadine Darcy: I like Shawn a great deal. She's down to earth, funny, and strong. The thing I like least about her is how long it took for her to take control over her life. But I guess we all get to that point in our own time.
Kage:Bernadine, Thank you so much for stopping by today and gracing us with your presence. Before we go, is there anything else you’d like to say to wrap things up?
Bernadine Darcy: Writing is something I really love to do and its great to hear back from happy readers. It has been a long journey with many missteps along the way, but I am very proud of how far I've come.