Hot July Days story

I’ve finished the rough draft of my Hot July Days story for Kathleen. I’ve got a bit of re-working to do on at least one scene before I ask Piper Vaughn and M. J. O’Shea of Babes in Boyland to beta read it for me. At the moment it’s fairly short at just over 4300 words. I don’t know that it will get much longer.

I thought I would share the inspiration for the story, and then when I can, I’ll post the story here once it’s released in July to the M/M romance group on GoodReads. I would give you title and character names, but the Mods at GoodReads have asked us not to because they’re going to do some ‘events’ for the group during June using that information.

Dear author,
I have always hated him cause he seemed like an arrogant asshole who’s only purpose in life was to beat me and then rub it in. I mean we have been on the same team for years but we are still rivals. But then something terrible happened to me (you can decide what) and I was forced to realize there was more to him than I thought. He was the only one willing to stand by me and help me out. I have been surviving with one night stands for years and I am ready for some sweet romance and maybe a forever. Do I get it with him?

My initial inclination for the “something terrible” was a car accident, but once I started outlining, the characters wanted that story to be a hell of a lot longer than I did. They decided their personalities were such that it was going to be a long, drawn out storyline of overcoming both physical and emotional obstacles, and no amount of twisting and pulling to try to shorten things felt right at all.

So I went back to the drawing board and thought about some other possibilities for the “something terrible”, finally settling on something that I haven’t read too many stories about and that really worked for the characters and the premise that Kathleen asked for (I think). Their personalities changed just a touch and the timeline changed significantly, but how the boys finally came together is what really changed the most in the way I needed for it to. Both ideas were of the hurt/comfort variety, but in the end, it became so much more emotional than physical. It’s a much sweeter story than I originally expected it to be when I first looked at that photo. But what matters is that I like it. I just hope Kathleen (and maybe everyone else) does too.

Nervous to have it out there? Slightly, but I can handle it. =)

~ by Adara O'Hare on May 22, 2011.

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