Friday, November 23, 2012

#DecadentBFHop When Love Needs A Little Push - #1NS stories from Zee Monodee

Hey beautiful people!

Been waiting for this Black Friday Decadent Publishing Hop ever since the lovely Jessica E. Subject threw the notion into the ring of Decadent Authors. It's been a few, looong, weeks, in arriving, but here we are...

...and I have no clue what to talk about! Yes, Zee is speechless. And no, it's not Turkey Coma, or crashing from a super-high of Black Friday Shopping and haggling (sadly... I'd always loved, loved, loved the equivalent in the UK: Boxing Day, on Dec 26. Anyhow...). The reason is, I'm smack in the middle of deadline hell with a sh*tstorm about to hit the fan if I don't get all my ducks lined up reaaaal fast! Gaaaahhh!

Though I must say, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I must give thanks to my wonderful husband, who is holding the fort together while I'm crumbling from all the seams. If I've done one thing right in my life, it is to have snagged that man up when he came onto the market. *grin*

And, you see, I knew the minute I saw him that I would do everything I could (short of breaking up a relationship, if he happened to be in one back then!) to make him mine. This happened at a function in my cousin's house - I was inside, and across the window, I saw this tall, big man with absolutely breathtakingly wide shoulders leaning forward to talk to his diminutive-stature mother. Yes, I had no clue who he was at that point, but seeing these two in profile, the family resemblance jumped out, and I put two and two together.

Two weeks later, on Valentine's Day, he proposed. Yes, I worked fast. LOL. I had found the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with; I wasn't going to dally around.

But I also know I've been lucky....Not everyone gets to meet the right person in a luck-by-chance stroke, have that love-at-first-sight deal work from the get-go.
Sometimes, you need a little push, some gentle steering in the right direction.

Something like what Madame Evangeline from the 1NightStand agency delivers.

I love love stories; nothing I crave more than a good romance (probably the reason why I started romance). I thus get to play matchmaker, and make Happily-Ever-After happen.

And occasionally, help comes in the form of people like Madame Eve. She's "helped" me pair two couples, already. Check out who these people are, and how this lady has played a part in their romance:

British billionaire Lars Rutherford came to the tiny island of Mauritius to take over directorship of his best friend’s shipping company. He’s not here for anything but the job, or—to the chagrin of the many matchmaking society mamas in the country—to find the ‘right woman’ for him.

Corporate legal affairs specialist Simmi Moyer is rich, beautiful, successful, and climbing the executive ladder with tremendous speed. She’s got it all—or does she? Mauritian society shuns her for being single and childless, and nothing she accomplishes will ever be enough.

Lars isn’t looking for a woman; Simmi isn’t looking for a man. Both just want one night to forget their precarious position in this traditional, culture-driven society.
The tempest brewed by uncalled-for yearning in their hearts when they meet, and the desire for something more substantial than one night of pleasure, builds between them, while outside, a real-life cyclone storms on the island and ensconces them in a world where only the two of them exist.

Before the night is over, both Lars and Simmi will have to decide whether each will walk out the next morning alone, or if they can put themselves on the line to step out together.
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Leila Hassan Al-Nadir spent ten years in a forced, abusive marriage in the United Arab Emirates, before her husband divorced her... and another man stepped into his place to make her his wife. But before she can look at a future with this new man, he abandons her, dropping her off on the island of Mauritius in the care of his stepmother.

Khalid Al-Nadir wants nothing more than to be with Leila, his wife. But he hides a deep, dark secret – his intentions when he made her his weren’t noble. Despite falling in love with her in the end, he knows she will be better off without him.

Leila craves answers; Khalid desires salvation. Fate, in the form of Khalid’s stepmother, intervenes and sets this estranged couple up for a one night stand date with Madame Eve’s agency.

Can Leila and Khalid have a second chance, once they both face the truth that brought them together?

Do you believe in love at first sight? Or do you think feelings should be given time to grow?

Answer me in the comments - and enter to win the very first copy of Leila and Khalid's story when it comes out in a couple of months!

And don't forget to check the other wonderful authors taking part in this lovely hop - sadly, the code isn't working for me today, but here's a link to the page where you'll find a list of participants.

Goodies galore, peep - indulge in a Decadent book or two this Black Friday!

From Mauritius with love,



Mel Bourn said...

YES! I do believe in love at first sight. I also believe in lust at first sight as well. I met and married my husband rather quickly.

bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Jessica Subject said...

Thanks for participating in the hop, Zee! :)

Buffy Kennedy said...

While I think it takes time for love to truly develop and mature, I do believe in love at first sight...that's how I felt when I met my husband :-)


Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Mel! I might have suffered a little, teeny bit from lust at first sight, too. I mean, those shoulders... :)

There's still so much good in the world, right?


Zee Monodee said...

Entirely my pleasure, Jessica! Thanks for setting it all up XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Aww, Buffy - that's just too sweet!


Angie Adair said...

I actually think that 'love at first sight' is usually 'lust at first sight'. True lasting love takes time.

TwiMom22580 said...

I think love at first sight can exist if the people involved let themselves feel what they feel and not brush it off.

Love is not just a feeling, it's a choice.

laurie said...

think love at first sight can exist if the people involved let themselves feel what they feel and not brush it off.

Love is not just a feeling, it's a choice.

Tamara Hoffa said...

I believe in attraction at first sight, real love takes time to grow

Shadow said...

Hi! Happy Holidays to you! I do believe in love at first sight. I love romance stories that start that way. :) Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

Zee Monodee said...

Angie, true enough! Real love, the enduring kind that makes you pause before throttling the other person, does take time to build :)


Zee Monodee said...

TwiMom - love is definitely a choice. It's way too easy to throw in the towel after the first big fight, but love means you choose to stay and fight.


Zee Monodee said...

Laurie, true enough! Strange how you comment resembles the one just above :)


Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Tamara! :)


Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Shadow! I trust you had a good holiday :)

And yes, love at first sight romances are some of my faves, too.


Zee Monodee said...

Hey everyone!

Thanks all for dropping by, and for those of you who commented, doubt+triple thanks! It's been awesome to share this little moment with ye all.

And now the time has come to announce the winner... The lucky one is...Angie Adair!

Angie, I'll get in touch shortly, and will send you the first copy of my 2nd 1NS story the minute it comes out. :)

Big huge hugs to ye all! XOXO