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Title: 6 Days to Get Lucky
Author: LE Franks
Publisher: Wilde City
Genre: Contemporary, Humor/Comedy
Mixologist Nick Valentine never thought love was in the cards, but after a scorching Valentine’s Day kiss from bouncer Davis “FatBoy” Newman, he’s beginning to think it’s possible. After four weeks of dry spell, Nick’s losing patience—it’s time FatBoy stop acting the gentleman and just throw him over the bar or Nick may just change his mind.
All FatBoy wants is a shot at winning Nick’s heart. As long as meddling bosses, an Irish hurling team and a bar riot don’t ruin his chances forever, he might just get lucky and take the man of his dreams, home.
Thank you for hosting me today—I’ve been working on the promotion for 6 Days to Get Lucky, writing a lot about my release and thinking about the series in general. And I was reminded about writing the first book in the series and how surprising that process was for me.
There is a life cycle of a book—it starts as an inspiration, a thought, a prompt—an idea stewing in its juices until ready to bubble up and break through the skin of inertia like a boil filled with the words and phrases of our genius. If we’re diligent we can guide this into a pleasing and coherent narrative that might even include a plot, a climax (or twenty), and a pleasing resolution.
As writers we think we understand this process and are arrogant enough to assume it can be controlled*.
This is a somewhat harmless lie, not unlike the misty veil of time dropping over the whole wretched bloody and messy experience of childbirth engineered by nature to erase your memory of how unpleasant the manufacture of little humans can be. If effective, you’ll quite possibly be willing to dip another toe and make a second foray into the gene pool—if not, your spawn is destined to live a sibling-less life of constant parental attention and imaginary friends. (Never fear—they’ll probably become excellent writers, social disorders not withstanding).
- (Note – there are many fine writers who do, in fact, have control of their craft, which is to say they’ve found the requisite combination of stun gun and whip to wrangle their particular style into submission. Mostly. However for the rest of us we are flying by the seat of our pants, and more often then not we’ve found ourselves sitting in gum.)
My point (thank you Robert Burns) falls under the sad heading “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men”. Because while we are convinced we know where the story will go, and which characters will carry the water of the plot…we really are just grasping at straws and taking bets on the deck of the Titanic about how long we can hold our breath the longest.
Better to just stab that false belief in the heart and get on with it. Because to commit yourself to an idea is to throw your leg over the back of an unbroken mustang: if you panic now and let go, you’re guaranteed a painful landing and risk a hoof to the chest…but if you stay loose and hang on, you just might make it out alive—no matter how many twists or turns come your way.
The end result may still be a disaster—or you may have made magic with your words, you’ll never know.
In the case of the 6 Days series, if I’d stuck to the original plan and ignored my impulse to wander off track, FatBoy would still be stuck a lowly two-dimensional secondary character, playing bouncer. Instead, he shouldered aside the intended love interest and kept popping up in the scenes pursuing Nick for his own. (It was quite annoying at the time.)
However, without the frame of FatBoy’s actions, we wouldn’t see beneath the surface of Nick’s snark, nor understand the value other characters place in him.
FatBoy is a little older, more experienced in many ways, is calmer, unflappable in the face of Nick’s insecurities. The original love interest was the cousin, who is flighty, unreliable, younger…. It changed the possible dynamics completely.
With FatBoy and his faith in Nick, there probably wouldn’t have been a book one, much less an entire series planned to follow their relationship arc, and one of my most remarked upon and loved characters would be lost to the unwritten pages of time.
Isn’t writing a blast?
Reaching across the empty bed next to me, I rode out the last waves of my dream alone. I could still feel his phantom kiss on my lips and the sensation of a hand stroking along my thigh.
The rest of it was just a blur of emotions and sticky residue on my sheets—though I could guess at it without much effort. FatBoy Newman had been a specter haunting me at work so it was no great leap to assume he’d shouldered his way into my dreams as well.
In fact, he was at the root of my problem: I’d been having a hell of a dry spell.
Four weeks of near misses had done nothing but stoke my bad mood and turn my balls a lovely shade of indigo that matched my jeans…
Four weeks of dashed hopes…
Four weeks since the most romantic kiss of my life…
Four weeks of nothing.
Fuck the South and its mythology of the Southern Gentleman—if FatBoy Newman didn’t stop treating me like a delicate flower and throw me up against a wall soon, I was going to explode.
It was six days until St. Patrick’s Day, and FatBoy had until then to make his move, or I was moving on.
About the Author
LE Franks lives in the SF Bay area and writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated and sometimes a little bit dark. LE Franks is a best selling author and finalist for 2013 & 2014 Rainbow Awards. Her books are available through her publishers at MLR Press, Dreamspinner Press and Wilde City Press and Pride Publishing and online bookstores.
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