When the Past Creeps Up On You.
John*, this guy I dated in college, up and disappeared. One day we were having drinks at the bar and the next day his phone was disconnected. Rumor had it he left school. Five years later I saw him working at a local store in Pennsylvania. Awkward! Our conversation was polite but guarded, with me remembering how he up and ghosted on me. Should I mention it? Would he apologize? He was different than I’d remembered and I wondered what had made him vanish.
As a writer, it’s experiences like these that provide the best inspiration. In my latest release DOING LONDON, my heroine Josie runs from her past and begins a new life in another country. She changes her name, her appearance, and her lifestyle leaving all of the dirty, and I mean dirty, details of her history behind. Or so she thought. Marco, a celebrity soccer player, pursues Josie, but relationships can’t be built on deception. Josie is forced to face her demons, learning that you can’t run from yourself and that lies only hurt you—and the ones you love.
Turns out John had been arrested for disorderly conduct. Plus he also had some previous charges that had come back to haunt him. There was jail time. And then he left school altogether. Seeing him at the store made me hope he had paid his dues and moved forward with his life.
I love hearing how people face their demons and encounter smooth sailing from then on? Are you that person? Or maybe you’ve built a new future only to have your past creep in and ruin it all? I’d love to hear your story.
*names have been changed
It’s been five years since Josie Vasquez moved to London, changed her name, and left her X-rated L.A. life behind. She has it together now thanks to two rules: stay out of trouble and don’t shag celebrities. Easy—until she meets Marco. Sinfully handsome and always in the tabloids, footballer Marco Verazi can have any woman he wants, and the sexy Italian wants Josie. Josie knows she should stay away, but he stirs a desire in her that she’s never felt before.
Marco doesn’t know about Josie’s past, or that her job selling goods on the “telly” for home shopping network QTV isn’t her first time on camera. Although Josie is tempted to break her rules and see what Marco has to offer, she knows they can’t be together—not unless she is willing to reveal a secret that could ruin her new life…and his.
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CHLOE BLAQUE writes non-fiction culture pieces by day and contemporary erotic romance by night. Her debut novel SURVIVAL OF THE FIERCEST was released by Loose-Id in 2014. Chloe travels a lot. Is slightly addicted to wine and coffee. And still plays video games for rainy day fun. She hopes to move to Paris one day. For now, she lives in New York City.
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