Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. I certainly did. Today, I have Valerie Ullmer back on my blog, with her story, Unwrapped (A unexpected Novella). When I see a body like this on the book cover, I melt all over. LOL One of the things I've decided to change in the coming year for my blog, is to share humorous events in our lives that may or may not have made it into the author's books. A lot of my humorous events have made it into my books. Anyway, Valerie shares a humorous story, then the back cover blurp and excerpt. Let's see what she's got to say.
Unwrapped (A Unexpected Novella)
I had no idea what I was doing when I wrote my first novel. Although I’d read a lot of how-to-write books and books on story structure, I struggled my way through it. So, when I wrote The End on my manuscript, I was so excited that I woke my husband from a nap and started jumping up and down on the bed and I can admit now, there was some squealing involved (not that I’m proud of it, mind you).
Unfortunately, when I read through the story several days later, it was filled with every do not write like this cliché possible and I found myself flinching at how bad the writing was. I called my husband and started crying, and since of course my husband hates when I cry, he left work early and spent the weekend trying to cheer me up.
Every once in a while, I pull the story and read it, and although I can see everything in the story that doesn’t work, I don’t try and fix it. I see it at as an example of how I far I’ve come in my writing and it makes me laugh, especially when my husband reminds me how I balled like a baby.
Unwrapped (A Unexpected Novella)
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Friends to lovers.
Jack had done what he’d always done to protect himself. He allowed fear to take over and as a result, he pushed Adam away. When Adam finally left, Jack understood that if he loved Adam as much as he claimed, he needed to change before Adam could risk his heart again.
Lovers to forever.
Adam understood why Jack kept his feelings secret, but after being ignored one too many times, he left. But Jack won’t give up and when he proves to Adam how much he wants their relationship to work, can Adam risk his heart to the one man he’s loved all over again?
Will Jack and Adam find their happily-ever-after during the season of miracles?
Jack paused before he asked the question that could break him.
“Do you…truly want out of our relationship?”
He could hear Adam breathing on the other line and held his own as he waited for Adam to answer. Jack understood entirely in that moment what he’d put Adam through over the past few months, probably the last few years. He would completely understand if Adam didn’t want to continue being hurt. Jack’s own feelings aside, he would accept Adam’s decision because if he felt he couldn’t continue with Jack, Jack would let him go and wish him all the happiness in the world. Or he hoped he would.
“No, but it hurts to be ignored.”
Jack breathed a sigh of relief. He needed to change or he would lose Adam.
“I’m going to make it up to you. I want to prove to you that I can change and by Christmas if you don’t believe that…then I’ll let you go.”
“Is that what you want?”
“No. I can’t imagine loving anyone but you. And while we’re apart, I’m going find a therapist to work on my issues. There’s something holding me back from exactly who I want to be and be with, and I need help to find out what that is.”
There was a choked sound on the other line before Adam grew silent.
“I know I’m messed up and the last thing I wanted to do was to hurt you, but that’s exactly what I did. I can’t get past my own mind, so I need some help. This time, I won’t take you for granted.”
“Are you afraid to admit your sexuality?”
“I suppose I am. Adam, although it looked as though I slept with a lot of women, there has only been a few. Mainly it was camouflage. But I felt like I found myself the first time I kissed you. I knew then I was gay and that you are the only man I will ever want.”
Adam sighed. “You’re being surprisingly open about this.”
“The moment I heard the door shut and I realized you left… It was the worst moment of my life. I could take seeing my father every day and listen to his bullshit, but I never want to feel what I felt when you left. And knowing that I drove you to it makes it worse. So much worse.”
Jack took a deep breath and continued. “I just hope you’ll take me back if I prove to you that I can change.”
Holding his breath, he waited for Adam’s answer. Everything lost meaning the moment Adam walked out the door and Jack needed confirmation that he had a chance.
Jack breathed out and closed his eyes as the fist squeezing his heart for most of the morning, released its painful hold.
“I know your busy Monday and Tuesday nights, but I wondered if I could bring you dinner on Wednesday after work and we could talk?”
Adam answered immediately. “I would like that.”
Jack mentally arranged his to-do list and realized that Wednesday was three long days away. “I’ll miss you.”
“We could always call and text. I won’t be too busy for you.”
“Thanks for talking to me, even though I’m not sure I deserved it. I’ll talk to you soon, okay?”
“Yeah, I’ll miss you, too. Talk to you soon, Jack.”
“I love you, Adam. And I’m sorry.”
“I know, Jack.”
Soon, they disconnected and Jack felt empty.
Wow, I love both the back cover blurp and the excerpt. Not to mention, the body on the cover. Tell us more about you, Valerie.
Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary romances with strong alpha males and brilliant, beautiful heroines. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She's addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character driven romances.
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