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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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