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Fiction Versus Reality by Jessica E. Subject


Hello all!

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In 2014, the creators of the 1Night Stand line put out a call for the authors attending Romancing the Capital. They wanted stories about an author or reader who would have their blind date during the convention. I decided to write one, but had no idea what the venue looked like. I guessed and hoped some aspects were accurate. After attending the conference, I learned some of my details worked, while others didn’t. Here are some pictures and corresponding excerpts to show how reality is not always as I imagine.

picture 1


Excerpt: Melinda Rose tossed a quarter into the gleaming-white marble fountain near the porte cochère. I wish to find my soul mate, the man I’m going to marry, in the next year. She’d waited long enough, dated men of all ages and races, but had yet to come across her forever man.


Reality: No fountain near the porte cochère, but there was room for one if they removed the benches.


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Excerpt: After a quick glimpse in the mirror to ensure he’d return to his human image, Cooper slipped on his shoes and grabbed his key card. He didn’t know Melinda’s room number, but he would acquire it. He rushed out the door and down the hall to the stairwell, no patience to wait for the elevator. When he reached the lobby, he sidled up to the front desk.


A balding, middle-aged man raised an eyebrow at him. “Can I help you?”


Reality: Except for the stairs from the lobby to the second floor, I never did find the stairwell. Plus, I never saw any balding, middle-aged men at the front desk. Everyone there was young and on Friday they wore Ottawa Senators shirts. I would have included that if I’d known.


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Excerpt: At the ding of the elevator, he instinctively peered over at the opening doors. Melinda strolled out, her hair rolled up in a bun, and her lips a brighter red than when she’d left him in the suite.


Reality: The front desk was really close to the elevator, so I got this right.


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Excerpt: She caught his gaze and spun the other direction, heading down a crowded hallway.


Cooper darted after her, dodging yet another swarm of women along the way. “Melinda!”


She didn’t turn around, didn’t even pause. She marched across the plush carpet, straight through a double doorway.


Reality: Melinda would have had to go up the stairs first to get to the conference rooms.


While the hotel in my story did not exactly match the venue of the first Romancing the Capital, it could match one in the future. I had a blast at the con, and hope it continues for many, many years.

Book Blurb:


Librarian by day, erotic romance author by night, Melinda Rose sets out for another exciting conference, this one in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. But all her plans go up in smoke when the 1Night Stand she applies for is set to happen at the same time.

Cooper Tate heads to Ottawa to meet a friend. When he learns of her deception, he is ready to head back home and vows never to trust her again. That is, until he sees a picture of his stunning date.

With the help of Madame Eve, can these two former neighbors become lovers? Or will extraterrestrial secrets rip away the hero Melinda has always dreamed of?


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**Giveaway: Tell me who from your past you would like to be set up with for a 1Night Stand (no names necessary, just how you know them) to win a digital bundle of INTERGALACTIC HEAT, containing my first five 1Night Stand stories, AND a $5 Amazon GC. Comment to enter. Contest ends 5/3 at 11:59PM EDT**


Author Bio:

Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.
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12 thoughts on “Fiction Versus Reality by Jessica E. Subject

  1. Jessica – thanks for sharing your pics from the conference. Hey, it’s fiction, right? So you just keep on envisioning that fountain [wink]. If I could have a 1NightStand with anyone? I’d want it to be my husband! 3 kids, 2 dogs, a job that takes him out of town each & every week, plus various organizations (for our kids) that we volunteer time & energy, we SERIOUSLY need an 1NightStand LOL!!

    • LOL Thank you, SnarkyMom! I do like fountains. 🙂

      Oh, that is such a wonderful idea. I know exactly how hectic it can be with a hubby who works out of town. I believe there is a 1Night Stand in which that situation plays out. Check out Panties Optional by Stephanie Beck.


  2. Thank you so much, ladies, for having me bakc at Literary Lagniappe! 🙂

  3. I’d pick my super hot TA that taught my class

  4. I think I’d like to keep the past where it is. No one I would care to have a 1Night Stand with. Truth is they would all be much older & probably unattractive by now.

  5. Thank you for the post and giveaway, Jessica! I do have someone from my past, a friend I made online who became one of my closest friends…but I’ll take years’ worth of friendship over one night any time. 🙂

    • Hi Carolyn! I completely understand. Though, if Madame Eve is involved, a 1Night Stand can lead to a lifetime together. 😉

  6. Great post and thanks for the giveaway! I would say one of my college friends who I haven’t seen in years. At the time it just wasn’t right, but he remains my “what-if” guy. 🙂

    • Hi Barbara! Thank you for visiting me here! Hmm, sounds like great inspiration for a 1Night Stand. Cooper was Melinda’s “what if” guy from high school. And she definitely didn’t expect to meet up with him years later. 🙂

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