A Perfect Mistake
by Laura Brown
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Falling for the forbidden has never felt so right…
When social worker Nica Anders indulges in one night of sexual passion with delicious Deaf man Cam Thompson, the last thing she expects is to see him the next day while visiting her dying client. He’s Cassie’s grandson and caregiver, the one treat she shouldn’t have tasted. Now her job is on the line, demanding she stay away.
But their attraction is building like a raging inferno and Nica can’t help but get burned.
Cam Thompson’s life is a mess. He’s losing his grandmother, the one person who’s supported him his whole life, and her dying wish is for him to settle down with a good woman—specifically her social worker Nica Anders. Despite Nica trying to hold tight to her ethics, he’s falling for her hard and fast.
Yet Cam’s grandmother isn’t the only matchmaker in his family, and someone’s determined to keep him and Nica apart.
Steamy, touching, heart-warming. A much-needed #OwnVoices romance to go perfectly with that plate of chocolate brownies and glass of wine!
As I approached the room, my grandmother’s door inched open. I waited a minute, but no one emerged. I stepped to the side, letting the social worker finish up, trying not to tap my foot in impatience and envision how many digits my inbox had soared to.
I wondered if this was the social worker Grandma always talked about. The thought alone caused me to laugh and my foot to still. For years Grandma had matchmaking aspirations between me and the social worker. Then again, Grandma always had matchmaking aspirations, really bad matchmaking, take one look and run the other way kind. We’d never met but had e-mailed many times. I contemplated taking another step to the side to avoid any additional matchmaking attempts when the door opened further. A female with familiar blond curly hair backed out of the room. She waved to my grandmother and closed the door. Before I could chastise my dick on the urges the hair created, I found myself face to face with Nica.
She froze, an expression of pure bewilderment that I surely mirrored. Eyes wide enough that white surrounded her irises. On the lapel of her pink button-down shirt she had an ID badge. Her picture was on the badge, under the logo for Independent Senior Services, with her name: Veronica Anders.
Topic: Tell my readers when and why you started writing
I’m not one of those writers who always knew they wanted to write. Though I did enjoy writing as a kid, I never considered it as a vocation. I did love school assignments that involved writing, because I always knew I could manage to put something on the page.
Writing as a vocation took longer to come to me. In college I started writing fanfiction. I’m not even sure how I fell into it, but I think it stemmed from my love of the TV sitcom Frasier. Dating myself a bit here, but I connected online with other fans and that lead to reading fanfiction and eventually to writing it. I was involved in a whole little world for a time there, even co-wrote a few with a fellow fan/writer!
I also wrote fanfiction for the little known miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and to this day my mom feels that my sequel should be the real one!
Then I graduated and started to think about those next steps. I loved writing those fanfiction stories and decided to give a full length novel a try. I took my favorite story of the bunch, since at that point creating my own new characters felt daunting, stripped the fan from it, and then began writing.
That first novel turned out bloated and in desperate need of revisions, but everyone needs to start somewhere! I spent the next twelve years working on it, mostly on my own, in isolation. It worked for me, but that’s not how one gets a story ready for the world. I finally stuck my toe into the writer community and that made all the difference. Having other authors to bounce ideas off of, to help show me the ropes and where my writing lacked, was key to getting where I am today. I thank those early writer friends.
I guess I should also thank Frasier for giving me the desire to think of new episodes (I’m all about Niles and Daphne, their union is why I started watching in the first place), and how that desire grew into a career. And my hopeless romantic self, who will never get tired of happy endings, either watching them, reading them, or creating my own.
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Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband has put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her two cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.
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