I guess I should have told you by now. I LOVE anthologies. So when I had the chance to interview the author’s of Accidental Valentine, I couldn’t resist.
Guiding Hearts by Claire Gillian
Description: Is a lonely woman’s GPS sentient or is her subconscious taking her by the hand to help heal a scarred heart?
When Jemma Ernst’s GPS malfunctions and sends her to the home of handsome and engaging Gabriel Nash, she writes it off as a fluke. But she can’t seem to reprogram him out of her thoughts nor her GPS.
Better Latte Than Never by Katrina Sizemore
Description: Single and cold on Valentine’s Day, Hailey Merritt is not looking forward to working all day at the coffee shop while everyone around her is cheery with romance and she’s stuck trying to figure out her next step in life.
But, when a special bouquet arrives for her from a secret admirer, she decides to reserve judgment on this holiday and find whomever sent the flowers.
Maybe Cupid has a plan to make this her favorite Valentine’s Day ever.
Dream Architect by S.L. Hughson
Description: Taylor and Sons Custom Design keeps ASHLIN TAYLOR at arm’s length from her dream job. If only she were a son, she could follow her architectural dream. In the Taylor creed, girls get married and boys have careers. DYLAN CUTRIGHT focuses on finishing college and landing an architectural engineering job in a large firm. Minus emotional ties.
After their accidental encounter, their attraction is amplified during their work interaction. Unlike her family, Dylan encourages Ashlin to pursue her dream by enrolling in college. He even argues her case with Uncle Mike. All of this support confuses Ashlin because when she moves closer to him, he rebuffs her for reasons she can only speculate about.
Valentine’s Day might be the perfect opportunity for Ashlin to make him notice her. They are working together – alone – on the most romantic day of the year. Dylan builds her dream of career, but will he ever lower his walls and become more than just the man IN her dreams?
One Hot Angel by Jaylee Austin
Description: Oblivious to Tiffany Jenkins in three short weeks her life will end—unless she makes the perfect choice. Will she chose revenge and expose her ex-husband? Or chose love and surrender her heart to the only man who can save her?
Rock My Bones by Wendy Sparrow
Description: Jared has been eying the sexy mural painter from inside the museum’s paleontology lab, but she’s way out of his league. He can’t let her paint that obviously misplaced fern, though…even if it means initiating contact.
You could call her a paleontology groupie, but Shay Meyers is interested in a more modern specimen. An adult male Homo Sapien to be exact—one who needs to be dragged out of his lab for a practical course in mating rituals. If she’s lucky, this will be the Valentine’s Day she rocks his bones.
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How did you come up with your story concept?
We’ve been led astray by our car’s GPS quite a few times. On a recent trip, the device was obnoxiously persistent in trying to get us to take a certain route. Hubby and I believed the thing might be sentient and began talking to it, even naming it.
I wanted to write a friends to lovers story based in a coffee shop, where the guy is just looking to cheer her up as a friend, even though he’s totally been crushing on her for years. It just struck me as a very sweet tale that I wanted to play with.
Usually unrelated things snap together to give me an idea for a story. This was different. I saw the call for submissions, decided I wanted to shoot for a NA story, and wrote down three “accidental” situations. The conflict for “Dream Architect” blossomed once I began brainstorming.
A few blurbs from that brainstorming session: “she wants to get away from her family; he doesn’t have time for a relationship. He needs a job and she wants his college life.” So they are drawn together by deeper needs and desires – but with different goals, their conflict is birthed effortlessly.
The idea of asking for a date on a Blog Post intrigued my interest in figuring out what might happen if someone actually answered the blog. My partner and I have a wonderful eclectic group of friends with varying personalities. Needless to say one of our kids friends has this unique charisma of wildness in a sweet loving way. So I focused on the contrast of layers found within a person. Between these two ideas the story developed into One Hot Angel.