I wish I could figure it out, but I can't. Call it happenstance, a coincidence, or cheesy pun—I'm still trying to figure out where all the Elvis references came from in my latest story, Wise Men Say.
Thankfully, the title goes well with the 'holiday-esque' story. Originally titled, Never Brought To Mind, my writer-bestie, fellow-NightStander and beta reader, Deanna Wadsworth mentioned the reference was a bit vague (the line is from the New Year's song, Auld Lang Syne). So since the story takes place during Christmas/New Year's, you can take the title as The Wise Men (as in 'we three Kings/men of orient are'), or a line from that Elvis song.
Songs come to mind when thinking of what my characters are going through.
Emmy refuses to give up, she's been alone, waiting for someone a long time. Her family thinks her crazed, believing her situation will have a happy ending. So, naturally, Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx came to mind(...love the '80s hair).
I don't want to give away the story, but the male character also has his troubles. He's been away for some years and just wants to be Home by Michael Buble..
A recent release, Some Nights, by Fun also works perfectly for this man's situation. I'm sure you know it, if not, take a look.
So, there's a bit of a musical peek into 'Wise Men Say.'
Over twenty years ago, Emmy Patterson kissed her fiancé for the last time. Nick promised he’d return and despite bad news from U.S. military services since the day he went missing, she’d never lost hope he's alive and celebrates his life every chance she gets.
When The Castillo Hotel purchases some of her glass artwork, she spends the winter holidays in Las Vegas promoting it. But is this unexpected business travel a coincidence, or has the wise Madame Eve found a way to heal Em’s wounded heart?
And, I have a copy for one of you! Email me by midnight Dec. 23rd (firstname.lastname@example.org) and one of you will win
a copy of Wise Men Say, along with a lovely, hand-blown glass ornament.
When not playing with the people in her head, Wendy has a full time job behind the scenes in television, a part time job in radio and an even 'parter' time job trying to keep her house clean. She lives with her cute chef husband and two fuzzy felines in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest. Wise Men Say, is Wendy's fourth story from Decadent Publishing.