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Dodging Cupid Release!

A story is born.

Not long ago in a land not so far away, I spent way too much money to go to a workshop about polishing your manuscript (actual name of class being withheld). I’m not much of a joiner or a workshop groupie, but I rode along with one of my chapter mates and we met up with several other of the Peninsula RWA gang. We all went to lunch, which was the highlight of the outing anyhow, although Daphne and I shared some good laughs getting there and getting back.

Get to the point already, Kelly. During the course of the workshop, much to my surprise, the instructor asked us to begin writing a story. I don’t recall the point of the exercise. All I knew at the time was that if she asked me to share what I wrote, I was going to fake an illness. Luckily it didn’t come to that, although there was some out loud reading exercise that began at the front of the class. The reason I always sit in the back with the troublemakers. And no, I am not the troublemaker.

And your point is? I began writing Dodging Cupid. I cheated a little. The premise had been rattling around in my brain for a while. When the instructor called “time”, I wanted to skip class and find a quiet corner to write.

Dodging Cupid was meant to be a quick, free read for Ellora’s Cave. My editor suggested I expand it to a Blush Kiss, and then she threw some ideas at me. What’s a Kiss (or Kisses)? It’s a Quickie without the sex. A short fix for the romance junkie in all of us. I revised Dodging Cupid, not using anything I was taught at the revision workshop, because not much stuck.

What’s your opinion? Can you be satisfied with only a Kiss?

BLURB

After a string of disastrous Valentine’s Days, broken hearts and failed relationships, Jenna’s decided to spend this Valentine’s Day in the least romantic spot possible—the coin-op laundry.

No flowers. No candy. No annoying couples or romance of any kind. The only glitch in her plan is the leather-clad biker in heart-print boxer shorts who walks in as her washer starts. This just might turn out to be the best Valentine’s Day Jenna’s ever had.

51 responses to “Dodging Cupid Release!”

  1. Kelly, this sounds fantastic!!! I can’t wait to read it. What a setup. Just sounds yummy!

    Super congrats, you!
    ~D~

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  2. Kelly, congrats on the release of DODGING CUPID! I would’ve been in those back rows with you at the workshop, dodging an out-loud reading. Your question is making me blush, but I’ll answer anyway — yes, I can be satisfied with only a kiss. But it has to be a good ‘un! Running away to download your story now…

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Thank you, Vanessa. Besides my out loud reading aversion, I have this weird phobia about people sitting behind me. Creeps me out. Anyone else? Am I alone in my weirdness?

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      • Vivi Andrews says:

        I’m right there with you. I hate having my back to a restaurant too. So if you’re weird, we’re weird together. And reading out loud? No, thank you.

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      • Elisa Beatty says:

        I can’t tell you how many of my students panic when asked to sit in the front row…they come up to me after class and beg to be moved. “Why?” I ask. “I don’t know,” they say, “but I can’t stand it!” and then sometimes they blurt out something like, “People behind me can…they can see the back of my *neck*!” I’m sure it’s a primal animal instinct thing….

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  3. liz talley says:

    See, I’m the opposite. I love workshops. Well, mostly. But something interactive really gets my mind working overtime. Obviously, it snuck up on you and did its job. The premise sounds precious – and I don’t use the word precious much because I feel it’s way overused here in the South.

    I just finished Vivi’s Cop and A Feel which is a novella, and I loved having a short bite of a romance. I’ll get this on the kindle. We have a doctor’s appt. today.

    Congrats!

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      This wworkshop, Liz was a bit of a sleeping pill. Very basic, but it got me to stop thinking about my idea and actually write it. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. Love it when that happens.

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  4. Hope Ramsay says:

    Kelly, I sit in the back of workshops, too. Before texting and twitter I was a real note passer and gigler. 🙂

    Dodging Cupid sounds like a fun release. Congratulations.

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Hope, I have been known to pass a note or two myself. I might have done a little covert conversing with my neighbor that day. To keep us awake, we had to search for the correct handout as the instructor spoke, since they were not handed out in order. It was like a “let’s see if you’re paying attention” exercise.

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    • LOL, Hope. In a workshop at RT this year, I passed a note to MJ Davidson. She gave me the oddest look, read it then laughed. But later she told me she had a flashback of middle school. It terrified her for a moment. Hahaha.

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  5. Diana Layne says:

    Why do I have a sudden urge for Valentine chocolates??? 🙂 Off to download, gotta see about that biker in the heart-print shorts and what happens there! (love the cover, too!)

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Is it PRC? I think at EC it actually says for Kindle, if I remember correctly. And if anyone hasn’t read Lily in Wonderland, it’s for sale. 99cents in their values from the vault.

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      • Elisa Beatty says:

        I will say it again: if you haven’t read Lily in Wonderland, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? It’s fabulously good fun!!!

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      • Diana Layne says:

        I have Lily in Wonderland, read it, loved it! Think I got it from Amazon though. I did get Holiday Hostage from EC but I can’t remember how I did it. Urg.

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        • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

          I know, me too. I’m right there with you. Every time I download something to my Sony it seems to do it differently than the time before. And then each site is different.

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  6. Diana Layne says:

    Ack, I’m so techno challenged, what format is it that I need to order for a Kindle?

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  7. Rita Henuber says:

    I can’t put my work out in front of a group i don’t know. If forced i wouldn’t need to fake an illness.
    I LOVE the book’s first sentence and paragraph. Want to read the whole thing now but no reading time on the schedule until Saturday. Can’t wait.

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Uh…I’m not sure I could read my writing in front of a group I DID know. We had a workshop at our local chapter and the gal asked one of the members to bring examples of her writing to hand out. And then asked her to read the entire thing outloud as she dissected it and we discussed it. No thanks. Not unless we’re drinking.

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  8. Laurie Kellogg says:

    Can I be satisfied with only a KISS? It depends on my mood and the length of the story.

    By the time a writer finishes sticking a love scene in a short story, sometimes it seems like that’s all there is to it. It’s one of the reasons I’m frequently not that crazy about even full-length erotic romances. Not because I don’t enjoy the eroticism. It’s because at that sensuality level, the requisite frequent and descriptive sexual encounters chew up so much of the available word count, it limits the author’s ability to deliver a great plot.

    IMHO, short stories frequently play better without the sex. But, naturally, they still need lots of tension leading up to the kiss. The story just needs to be believable if there isn’t some sort of consummation or if it takes place with the door closed.

    For me, it’s mostly about the sexual tension, although that’s not to say I don’t enjoy reading or writing a sizzling hot ‘love’ scene. And LOVE is the operative word for me. I don’t prefer SEX scenes that are simply about the physical aspects of a couple getting it on. I want to know what’s happening to their hearts in the process too.

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      I could see going in the other direction…hot sticky public sex on the aggitating washing machine in the steamy coin-op laundry. Hum?

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  9. Vivi Andrews says:

    Congratulations on your new release, Kelly! I love the quickie romances. All fun, no filler. I’m looking forward to reading my copy of Dodging Cupid. 😀

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Thank you, Vivi. I’m becoming a fan of the short reads too. Reading and writing.

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  10. Elisa Beatty says:

    Adorable premise….I’ll be thinking about a hot guy in leather jacket and heart-print boxer shorts all day!! Hurray on it being available for Kindle! Can’t wait to read it!

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Sadly, it is not at Amazon – yet (or last I checked). But they sell a Kindle version at the EC site. Pretty sure.

      I don’t usually write the “bad boys”, but Del is the nicest bad guy you’ll ever meet.

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  11. This sounds utterly scrumptious, Kelly. I’m dying to know how leather jacket and heart-print boxer shorts ended up in the same sentence. Hope it seels fast and furious for you!

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      From your lips…Gwynlyn. It’s interesting to experiment with different lengths and genre…see what sells, where and how. Thank you for sharing the day with me. I can always count on my sisters.

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  12. I love when the story that has been rattling around your head takes life. This happened for me with Evil’s Witness. I couldn’t write fast enough when the gate was lifted.

    Congrats on the new release. I can’t wait to read too!

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      Thanks, A. I went all dead in the head when my editor asked me to make it longer. But I made it happen.

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  13. Congratulations!

    Only a kiss? Sign me up. I tend to skim sex scenes, anyway. Unless they’re extraordinarily well written, super hot, or both. But vague or flowery references to “heat” and “down there” just don’t do it for me. I also get tired of the same two (three if we’re lucky) positions. Shouldn’t a heroine’s sex life be more interesting than my own?

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    • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

      My heroine’s sex life should absolutely be more interesting than mine, but it’s the “romance” part, the emotional connection I struggle with and my hubby is very romantic. His grand gestures often just make me laugh or cringe or roll m’ eyes.

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    • I agree. So far I’ve ‘gifted’ my heroines with: near-sex in a car (too awkward for me w/steering wheels & gear shift), sex outside (too buggy for me)near-sex in an elevator (i have a massive phobia), and sex w/melted chocolate (too sticky, and who wants to clean that up?)

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      • Kelly Fitzpatrick says:

        Car must be big and they must move to the backseat unless it’s a comedy. Getting caught outside or in elevator does not appeal to me and you know the woman is going to have to clean up the chocolate mess. But it is all about the fantasy…and all those are good ones.

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      • Two out of four ain’t bad…

        😉

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    • Rita Henuber says:

      Book 1
      Bed, shower, back seat of a 73 Lincoln, phone sex and almost on a sofa.
      Book 2
      Cabin front porch, sofa, floor, bed, almost joined the mile high club.

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  14. I’m glad you turned your boredom into productivity. A large portion of all my books got plotted in extremely dull Junior League strategic planning session!

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  15. Kim Law says:

    This sounds fabulous, Kelly! For stories this length, a kiss is perfect! Now I think I must go purchase this and read right now since it sounds far more exciting than the day job 🙂

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  16. Congrats on the release!! It sounds like a great story.

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  17. C.J. Chase says:

    First, congratulations on the release, Kelly.

    Second, sure I can be happy with only a kiss. Of course, for one thing, I’m an inspirational writer, so it’s all I’m allowed. And for another, think of all the great romantic stories and movies that don’t have love scenes: Shakespeare comedies, Jane Austen novels, Cary Grant movies, etc.

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  18. Addison Fox says:

    Kelly:

    DODGING CUPID sounds fantastic!

    Congrats on your newest release!!!
    Addison

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  19. kelly fitzpatrick says:

    Thanks everyone for sharing my release of Dodging Cupid.

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