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31 October 2016

Guest Post: The Bad Date Challenge

Guest post By Janet W. Ferguson

Back in my single days long ago, I went on a few bad dates. How about you? What if you were the queen of bad dates? My heroine in Blown Together, Elinor Bosarge, has had more than her share of really bad dates. So much so that she rather stick to writing her romance novels than try her luck in the real world of dating again.

Then comes Sam Conrad, a sort of jaded hero with his own string of bad luck at romance. The battle was on. Who had endured a more pathetic dating history?
A bunch of my friends and I had a blast brainstorming funny dates we’d experienced ourselves or we’d heard about. It is fun years later to laugh about those strange or even horrendous experiences. Not so much at the time.

I’m not sure what it says about me or my friends, but we came up with so many bad dates, I couldn’t use them all in the novel.

Here’s a few we left out.
  • When a guy’s wife interrupts your date… didn’t tell you he was married…
  • On your first date, your date confides he has PTSD, and sometimes thinks violent thoughts…
  • The chain cigar smoker…
  • The date who talks in a loud voice to you all during a movie…
  • The first date with a guy who picks you up wearing white overalls and no shirt…
And there were more.
Let me confess, I’m likely someone’s bad date story. None of us are perfect, right?

I hope you enjoy reading Blown Together and maybe even laugh as you remember a bad date of your own!

Have you heard a funny dating story? NO NAMES of the offenders please.

About the Author:
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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About the Book:

When love storms in…

Wealth manager Sam Conrad is accustomed to his domineering father ordering him around, especially at the bank where they both work. But when his father demands that Sam manage the inheritance of his bossy ex-fiancée, Sam has finally had enough. He leaves in search of a new life, and attorney Big Roy Bosarge from Mobile, Alabama agrees to mentor Sam on his quest for direction. Sam didn’t expect to be thrown together with Big Roy’s eccentric and opinionated daughter.

Storm damage forces lonely romance writer Elinor Bosarge and her hairless cat, Mr. Darcy, out of her Fort Morgan Beach cottage. She plans to take refuge in the boathouse on her parents’ estate, but finds the place already occupied by one of her father’s “projects.” She’s shocked her father would allow another young man onto the property after his last mentee robbed her family and broke her heart. And from the moment she meets Sam Conrad, they disagree about everything from her cat to how to best renovate a local nursing home.

Between her mother’s health issues and the hurricane brewing in the Gulf, Elinor feels like her life is being ripped apart. It doesn’t help that she’s falling for the man she’s determined not to trust. Sam finds himself drawn to Elinor, wanting to help her and this new family he’s grown to love. But can he overcome the barrier she’s built to keep him out? When the storm rages and the two of them are blown together, can Elinor find the faith to open her heart again?

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Item Reviewed: Guest Post: The Bad Date Challenge Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Nicola Martinez, Editor