Friday, June 26, 2015

Dear Madame Eve….

By Annie Anthony

I remember the first time I heard of the 1Night Stand series.  A high-end, exclusive dating service focused on meeting the very particular needs of its clients…  I can’t count the times I’ve wished Madame Eve was real. Then I realized, a 1Night Stand could be mine—through my characters at least!
Allie Jordan is a 38-year old single mother of two who didn’t come out until late.  Too late, she’s afraid. For just one night, Allie Jordan doesn’t want to be remorseful ex-wife, stressed mother, and awkward lesbian.
A one night stand—or 1Night Stand—was not something Terra Rossi had ever experienced in real life, let alone something she’d ever thought she’d seek out and pay for.  But after ending her decade-long relationship shortly after her fortieth birthday, Terra decides one night without secrets, without hiding is exactly what she needs.
When Allie and Terra meet, they share chemistry and an emotional connection. But when they open up to one another, the secrets and lies of the past threaten to shatter their tender connection.  Can the past be overcome, or will what Allie and Terra share be no more than one exquisite night?
I have a lot in common with both characters.  Like Allie, I came out later in life—although Allie didn’t have the struggles with it from a young age like I did.  And like Terra, I’m the oldest child who normally puts responsibility and practicality ahead of relationships—and my personal life has taken hits as a result.  While I haven’t lived their stories exactly, I felt inspired to give certain qualities life in these two women.  And of course, to give them a happy ending!
To me, the 1Night Stand series marries fantasy with reality. We all have things that keep us from finding love and fulfillment. And the exotic settings…I had a great time putting Allie and Terra in a cottage in a suburb of my hometown of Chicago, complete with fantasy bathroom and decorative finishes. I normally use inspiration boards to keep me anchored as I write, and I had a great time finding pictures of Allie’s “fuckworthy” bathtub!
Madame Eve may not be real (shhh, I’m still hoping) but check out my fantasy and the rest of the 1Night Stand series and you might just find your own as well!

Annie Anthony is a Chicago native who moved to Los Angeles in 2013. A professional holder of day jobs, she has handled complex insurance claims, worked for a dating service, edited more than fifty books in almost every genre, and managed the day-to-day operations of an indie e-book publisher until early 2015. 
Annie holds an MFA in creative writing and has taught writing at the community college level and in writing workshops. She loves to crochet and donates much of what she makes to various hospitals. An avid volunteer, Annie has worked with medically fragile children and with nonprofits supporting GLBTQ issues since 2006.

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