Welcome back to Rosedale Cottage where I’m kicking back and talking books with this week’s guest Stacy Juba.
Glad you found the cottage, Stacy. We’re kind of out of the way, but I can’t think of a better place to spend the summer. The strawberries and rhubarb from our garden are still in season, so I hope you’ll enjoy a slice of my homemade cheesecake, topped with rhubarb glaze and hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. Yes, I made the glaze and dipped the strawberries myself, and no, I don’t give out the cheesecake recipe. Besides, it takes two days to make, and who has time for that when there’s #RomanticIdeas to enjoy?
Care to share yours?
Nothing screams summer quite like a theme park, and they’re actually very romantic. So head to your favorite park and try these #RomanticIdeas:
- Snuggle up on slow rides such as the train.
- Kiss at the top of the Ferris Wheel at night.
- Share a box of popcorn during a show.
- Get to a show early and relax in the back of the air-conditioned theater.
- Kiss for the ride pictures.
- Enjoy a picnic lunch.
- Go to the park’s nicest restaurant for dinner.
- Have your significant other play games to win you a prize.
- Hold hands while strolling through the park.
- Snuggle up during the fireworks.
Those are great, Stacy! Do you have a favorite theme park? I’m guessing it’s a Disney park, because it sounds like you and your husband shared a few romantic moments at Epcot and Disneyland.
A few years ago, we went to Kings Island, which is known for its roller coasters, and is located on Lake Erie. While my husband and sons hit the coasters, I hit the sand with a comfy chair and a romance novel! Relaxing with a good book is a great way to experience romance, even if you’re by yourself. And speaking of good books, your release “Fooling Around With Cinderella” sounds like a perfect beach read. Even better, it’s set in a theme park!
What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella's toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.
How about an excerpt?
Dylan scrutinized Jaine, arms folded across his royal blue shirt with the Storybook Valley logo stamped over the left in white block letters. “Do you wear contacts?”
“I have plenty of media contacts. Wait. Did you say wear contacts? You mean instead of these?” Jaine fingered the earpiece of her gold-rimmed glasses.
“Right. Contact lenses.”
She gave a nervous chuckle. “I scheduled a consultation in college, but was too squeamish to insert the lens. I was more comfortable in glasses.”
Was she really justifying her vision enhancement choices to her prospective new boss? Maybe he intended to discuss medical benefits. Or did he think she looked nerdy? What was the saying? Guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses? Not that she wanted him to make a pass even if he was hot.
“How blind are you without glasses?” Dylan persisted.
“You wouldn’t want to drive with me.”
“How about if you’re walking around a building? Are you in danger of hurting yourself?”
This interview had taken the Mad Hatter Freeway from Fairy Tale Land into Wonderland where nothing made a damn bit of sense. Did this guy have a glasses fetish, like those weirdoes with shoe fetishes?
“I should be okay. I take them off for special occasions.” In fact, Jaine’s older sister Bree, who was getting married in August, remarked just last week, “You are losing the glasses for my wedding pictures, right?”
What the hell. She’d be a good sport and hope Dylan would be so grateful to pick the brain of a real, flesh and blood, bespectacled person that he would appoint her marketing director. Jaine removed her glasses and the fine details of her surroundings fuzzed. She nodded toward the framed print hanging on a side wall, the picture a wash of symbols and colors. “I can tell that’s a park map, but the words and images smear together.”
And that was myopia in a nutshell. Jaine adjusted her glasses back into place so she could see his reaction. Dylan examined her with such intensity that a blush stained her cheeks. She patted her French braid, in case stray strands were straggling out.
“Here’s the situation,” Dylan said. “I took over the general manager position a few months ago. I’m evaluating possible changes and researching how other theme parks run. My grandfather and father have worked with a marketing firm for years to create our brochures, billboards, print, and radio ads.”
Jaine’s shoulders caved, imperceptible to him, but it felt as if her whole body was sinking.
No fairy tale job ending for her.
Where to find the book
Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty.
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