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Title: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married
Author: Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy
Release Date: 05/06/2016
Join the fun in this romantic comedy serial by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!
Episode One: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married
After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out—unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage. Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!
Episode Two: Will & Patrick Meet the Family
Meeting the family is challenging for every new couple. But for Will and Patrick, the awkward family moments only grow more hilarious–and painful–when they must hide the truth of their predicament from the people they care about most. Throw in the sexual tension flaring between them and you’ve got a recipe for madcap laughs and surprisingly heartwarming feels.
Episode Three: Will & Patrick Do the Holidays
A couple’s first holiday season is always a special time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are magical when you’re in love. Too bad Will and Patrick’s marriage is a sham and they’re only faking their affection for each other. Or are they? Sparks fly in this episode of the Wake Up Married serial. Will the sexual tension between Will and Patrick finally explode in a needy night of passion? Or will they continue to deny their feelings?
Episode Four: Will & Patrick Fight Their Feelings
Will and Patrick have embraced adding hot sexy-times to their fake marriage, but as their emotions deepen, they confront whether or not they want to be more than friends-with-benefits. The heat is high (and occasionally kinky) as Will and Patrick struggle to accept their mutual affection.
Episode Five: Will & Patrick Meet the Mob
Patrick has finally accepted that he’s in love with Will, but his newfound determination to do something about that runs up against his father-in-law’s mobster plans. Will must face the truth about his family before he can fully come to terms with his feelings for Patrick. And Patrick has to decide if this whackadoodle world is something he truly wants to be part of forever.
Episode Six: Will & Patrick’s Happy Ending
Sure, Will and Patrick are in love now, but they weren’t when they got married in Vegas. For Patrick, that’s no problem, but Will can’t shake his doubts that a relationship started through coercion can ever become the real deal. Since the Molinaro crime family has reversed their position on divorce, Will and Patrick have a chance to rectify their drunken mistake. But is divorce the right choice for them?
My Husband Has Asperger’s Syndrome and Other Inspiring Stories
In 2000, my mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In 2004, my husband was not-diagnosed-but-totally-diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. What do either of these things have to do with the Wake Up Married serial? They both helped to inspire the character of Patrick McCloud.
Once up a year 2000, my mother was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. The local neurosurgeons gave her six months to live and said that even if they operated, they could never get the whole mass. It was a meningioma—the “best” kind of tumor to have because it’s not cancerous. Still, it was so big and so invasive, the local doctors didn’t hold out hope.
My father, though, wasn’t having any of that. He pulled some strings through a physician family member who worked out of Johns Hopkins and he forwarded my mother’s scans to one Dr. Reid Thompson, now at Vanderbilt, then at Cedars-Sinai.
Dr. Thompson was your stereotypical neurosurgeon and considered the very best in the country at the time. He told my parents during the consult. “Those other doctors were chumps. They didn’t know what they were doing.” My dad said, “Well, they said they could get part of the tumor out and, if she was lucky, that might give her a year.” Dr. Thompson scoffed. “Oh, hell no. I’ll get it all. Every last bit.” Then he turned to my mom, “And you’ll live to be old and gray and you’ll have me to thank for it.”
He was a jerk but my mom loved him.
More importantly? He did exactly what he said. He got every single bit of that tumor! And my mom has been healthy for sixteen years. At the five year anniversary, she sent Dr. Thompson’s son a letter telling him what an amazing man his father is and calling him her superhero.
Dr. Thompson is certainly a hero to me. And my mom’s stories about him helped to inspire Patrick in the Wake Up Married serial.
In a universe, far, far, away, a close family friend who is also a psychologist said, “Well, you know he has Asperger’s Syndrome,” in reply to some of my comments about my husband’s oddities. I didn’t actually know that, and neither did he, but after looking it up online, studying it, and asking a few other friends who work in mental health services, and having all of them reply without question in the affirmative, my husband and I have accepted this as a default diagnosis for him. (Though we’ve never had him officially diagnosed because we don’t really see the point.)
Anyway, one of the things that Dr. Thompson and my husband have in common is saying or doing things that alienate or just strike people as weird. I decided to use a lot of what I’ve learned or experienced in living with my husband in the character of Patrick. I wanted to show that most people on the autism spectrum, though often not socially “appropriate”, are lovable, funny, intelligent, interesting, and capable of epic, grand love.
My husband isn’t often as rude as Patrick, but I’ve definitely been in Will’s shoes when my husband says or does something odd/inappropriate in a public place or to a friend, and I’m left trying to explain it away or brush it off. Luckily, nowadays, I can say, “Well, you know, Asperger’s…so….” And they nod and laugh and try not to let his comment cut too deep or his odd behavior unsettle them too much.
The thing about folks on the autism spectrum is no two people are alike—one person’s way of expressing their autistic traits is not necessarily another’s. I decided to combine Dr. Thompson’s arrogance with my husband’s social awkwardness, and out popped Patrick. He’s vain, rude, lacks a filter, and makes me laugh—while being vulnerable, out of his depths, and cute as a button.
I kinda like him. I hope you do, too.
You can meet Patrick (and Will) in the Wake Up Married serial!
The Wake Up Married serial is now available in several ways:
- it’s available in individual episodes (with the first episode priced at a low .99 and the rest at $2.99): http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B017PJOYU0/
- It’s available in deal bundles where you can save between almost $6 or $7 depending on which bundle option you choose:
Episodes 1-3 for $4.99: https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Up-Married-serial-Episodes-ebook/dp/B01DYPVA92
Episodes 4-6 for $4.99: https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Up-Married-serial-Episodes-ebook/dp/B01EP7ZKTY
Episodes 1-6 for $8.99: https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Up-Married-serial-Episodes-ebook/dp/B01FB6YRAQ
At other retailers:
Because we are removing the Wake Up Married serial from Kindle Unlimited (which required exclusivity), we currently only have the first three episodes out at other sites. The rest will be available on these sites by the end of July.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/leta+blake?_requestid=782554
iTunes : https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/leta-blake/id592007132
About the Author
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
You can find out more about her by following her online.
A long-time reader of romance novels, Alice Griffiths finally took the plunge into writing, teaming up with best-selling author Leta Blake for the ‘Woke up Married’ serialized comedy. A lover of tropes, Alice enjoys mining old ideas and putting a fresh, funny spin on them. Formerly working in the newspaper industry, Alice is now an art curator. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
You can find out more about her by following her online.
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