Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Excerpt: The Best Bad Date by Addison James Synopsis:
When is a bad date good? Susan Wells finds out when a bachelor auction leads to a date with handsome Doctor Roger Lane, and a night to remember. What could go wrong? Everything. Will love find a way through this comedy of errors? Absolutely.
The plot for The Best Bad Date did not come from actual experience (although I did have a former date ask if he inspired it!). I thought about just a genuinely nice couple getting together, and how exciting that first date is, but what if everything that could possibly go wrong actually does go wrong? I have a strong belief that you learn a lot about someone not in good times, but in bad. I had a great time thinking of what disasters could befall this kind-hearted couple. The first excerpt is the beginning of the story, and I must admit that the bachelor auction idea came from one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day. Excerpt #1:
“It’s for a good cause.” Dr. Roger Lane repeated this mantra over and over again as he was dragged onstage in front of several hundred screaming women. It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. Roger knew today was the day of the bachelor auction fundraiser for Saint Albans Hospital. Marge, the head of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, even sought him out specifically to participate—“Our own Doctor McDreamy” she was quoted saying. Roger purposely arranged to be out of the hospital today, but there was an emergency surgery that required his attention. After the surgery, Nurse Williams decided to show him a secret shortcut back to the physicians’ parking lot, which somehow managed to reroute him so that he ended up in the auditorium on the stage where hundreds of women were yelling, “Take it off! Take it off!”
This excerpt is from the date itself. Excerpt #2:
The gallery was unexpectedly dark. Roger looked quizzically into the unlit building and knocked on the door. They saw a man dressed all in black, talking animatedly on his cellphone. Roger knocked again and tried to get the man’s attention, gave Susan a quick smile to convey that he was controlling the situation, and then went back to knocking on the window. The man finally decided to acknowledge their presence, and he started moving toward the door, still talking quickly into the cellphone. “What?” the man asked angrily, all the while keeping his cellphone pushed onto his ear. “No, I’m not talking to you! If I was talking to you I’d say I was talking to you. But I’m not talking to you. Now I’m talking to you, but these two interrupted me. No, I don’t know who they are. Who are you?” Roger blinked a couple times, and then answered in a strong, calm voice, the voice of a father talking to an overexcited child. “We’re here for the exhibit. The art exhibit.” “Wrong day,” said the man in black and slammed the door shut, walking back into the building. He didn’t seem to miss a beat in his conversation on the cellphone. “Yeah, I’m talking to you. What do you mean…?” Roger gave a quick tense smile to Susan again and rapped on the door, holding up an invitation. He was getting a little furrow between his golden brows. The man in black stopped, sighed heavily, and walked back to Roger. “We’re closed.” “But I have an invitation. Here.” Roger pressed the invitation into the man’s hands before the door could be slammed in their faces again. “It’s not today.” “But the invitation says today. It says the twelfth.” Roger’s voice stayed firm but with a frantic edge. The man held the invitation in his hand, noticed the date, and shrugged his shoulders. “He’s dyslexic. The printer. It’s really on the twenty-first. Come back again,” he said in a faux perky voice and slammed the door shut, leaving Roger standing silently holding the invitation.
Addison James http://addisonjwriter.com/ http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=284&category_id=60&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1


Wendy said...

Fun excerpts Addison. Nice introduction to your characters and plenty of frustration for them, giving plenty of humour to us. I love your title and cover. Good Luck.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Great fun. Goodness... like replaying a nightmare, turning up on the wrong date. Had to laugh. Thanks for this glimpse into The Best Bad Date.