Excerpt: Our Connection? #MFRWHooks

Blast from Her Past is a contemporary Christian romance, and my debut novel! The below excerpt takes place after Sydney and Grant, former classmates that were on the opposite end of the social spectrum and that reunited as coworkers fourteen years later, just spent the day at Grant’s newly remodeled house creating a proposal for their boss. Sydney has finally realized she has feelings for Grant, but is hesitant to open up.

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Excerpt from Blast From Her Past:

They sat on the beat-up couch, with an entire cushion between them. “Sorry. The living room is one of the next things on my to-do list. The kitchen and bathroom were a lot to tackle, so I had to stop and focus on replenishing my funds for a while.”

Sydney laughed. “You don’t need to apologize. I think you’ve done an amazing job with this place. It’s unrecognizable, really.”

“Hmm.” Grant leaned over to put his glass on the coffee table. “Kind of like you.”

“What do you mean?”

“Unrecognizable. I mean, I literally didn’t know it was you when I saw you at the Snowball Reunion last month. It took a few minutes for the fog to lift.”

“That’s because I lost some weight and started using a flatiron on my hair,” Sydney said with a playful smirk. “So, what did you think when you realized we’d be working together?”

“Honestly?” Grant asked, and Sydney nodded. “I couldn’t believe my luck. I knew I’d missed my opportunity with you in high school. And I know people change. Clearly, we both did. But I figured our connection might still be there.”

“Our connection?” Sydney asked, her tone incredulous. She almost wondered if she’d heard him right. “What high school did you go to?”

“I know, I know. But you get what I mean, right? If circumstances had been different, I believe we really could have clicked back then. Don’t you?” Grant paused, but Sydney couldn’t give him the validation he was after without it being a bald-faced lie, so she shook her head and gave him an apologetic look.

“Well anyway, I guess I was excited that I might have a second chance to see if something could happen.”

Sydney struggled with how to respond to his confession. It had been a long time since she’d been with a man who was insinuating that they had chemistry. Was she ready to admit the same?

“So, what did you think of me after spending some time with me in the office?” She hoped her question would force him to confess how horrible she had become as a person. Self-sabotage, Sydney. Atta girl.

After a pause, Grant replied, “Well, I knew I was right.”

“In what way? That people change? I guess I wasn’t the person you remembered, was I?” Sydney asked somberly.

“No, I mean I knew I was right that we would have clicked.” /~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/

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Back To High School #MFRWHooks

Blast from Her Past is a contemporary Christian romance, and my debut novel! The below excerpt takes place while Sydney is volunteering at her old high school as a favor to her sister. Grant is there as an alumni “Prince” of their class and is in line for the concessions Sydney is selling. They haven’t seen each other since high school fourteen years ago, where Grant had been a popular jock while Sydney had been more socially challenged.

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Excerpt from Blast From Her Past:

The thought of suddenly having to talk with one of her ex-classmates, especially one who had been on the opposite end of the social spectrum, left her stomach in knots. She continued filling snack orders, all the while keeping an eye on Grant, who was getting closer to the front of the line. Her line.

“Can I help you?” she forced herself to say once it was his turn to be served.

“Yeah, I’ll take a cola and some nachos please.” He pulled his wallet out of the inside pocket of his black suit coat. Like all the other Princes, he was dressed in suit and tie.

“That’ll be two-fifty.” Sydney was relieved he wasn’t really paying attention to her throughout the transaction. With any luck, he’d grab his snacks and be on his merry way. Almost in the clear. Don’t make eye contact and this will all be over soon. She could hardly believe how childish she was acting. It was almost as if she was still in high school.

She gave him his food and drink and took his five-dollar bill. After she handed him his change, he turned to leave, then did a double take. “Wait. Do I know you? You’re … you’re Sydney Hampson, aren’t you?”

Shoot. Too late now—she was made. There was no getting out of this, so she forced herself to make the best of the situation. “I sure am. And you’re Grant Wilson, right?” she asked, intentionally botching his last name and trying to act like it was normal to not recognize the Snowball Prince of her senior class.

To Sydney’s surprise, Grant flashed her a huge smile and nodded. “Grant Williams, actually. But yeah. Oh my word! It’s so nice running into you. I didn’t expect to see you here.”

She could say the same of him. Of course, it made sense that he was here given the occasion, but, if she recalled correctly, Grant had been set on moving out to California after graduation. In fact, he and his group of friends had made fun of their rinky-dink town and always seemed destined for bigger and better things. Surely, he wouldn’t fly back into town for some silly fundraiser, would he? And why did he seem so excited to see her? They hadn’t exactly been chummy in high school.

Sydney responded to Grant’s comment. “Yeah, well, my sister was the Snowball Princess of her class, and she asked me to come since her husband couldn’t make it. So here I am!”

“Well, that was nice of you. But I would expect no less from Sydney Hampson.”

Sydney squinted at him. What was that supposed to mean?

As if reading her mind, he added, “Sorry, I only meant that you were always really nice in high school. Helping people out, treating everyone respectfully and whatnot. So, it makes sense that you’d be helping your sister.”

Sydney nodded, but inside, she was fighting resentment. And what would you know about being nice and respectful in high school, Grant?

BLURB:

After a disastrous failed engagement, Sydney Hampson is leaving her past—and her faith—behind to focus on her career instead. However, following through with her new, albeit misguided, resolution proves easier said than done when former classmate, and reformed bully, Grant Williams signs on with her company, and they must work closely together.

Grant Williams gave up his teenage antics years ago, and now he’s looking forward to a future that includes a strong relationship with God. When he realizes he’ll be working with none other than Sydney Hampson—the girl he had a secret crush on throughout high school—he couldn’t be more thrilled. Until he discovers she’s not the same caring, compassionate woman she used to be.

When a business trip gone awry leaves the pair stranded in the middle of a snowstorm, Grant sees his chance to make things right and put their past wrongs behind them…if only Sydney can get over her distrust of men. And with a conniving coworker set on destroying Sydney’s happiness, no matter the cost, can she put her faith back in God and learn to trust in Grant before she loses her chance at happiness?

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#MFRWHooks Blast from Her Past – Stranded

Blast from Her Past is a contemporary Christian romance, and my debut novel! The below excerpt takes place while Grant and Sydney (ex-classmates and now coworkers) are stranded in their company car during a snowstorm. Grant confesses he’d had a crush on Sydney in high school and the following exchange ensues:

Excerpt from Blast from Her Past:

Sydney swallowed hard, her face growing red. She had no idea how to respond to this news. Sure, it had been fourteen years ago, but was Grant basically admitting that he’d had a crush on her? “But what … I mean … why?”

It was Grant’s turn to look embarrassed. “I really admired you.”

“You did not,” Sydney said, brushing off his compliment. “You’re just saying that now because we’re about to freeze to death.”

Grant laughed at her exaggeration. “No, I’m serious. I really did. I thought you had it all together, and I liked how you didn’t seem to care what people said about you. You were really nice and really smart. What was there not to like?” …

Sydney let his comments soak in. “You liked me so much so that you never told me, huh?” she asked, her tone a mixture of sarcasm and melancholy.

“I know, Sydney. I was a coward back then. I cared more about my friends than about most things. Definitely more than your feelings or even my own desires. … I know it’s stupid, but, I told you, I’m a different person now.”

She glanced at him with an almost regretful expression. “Yeah, so am I.”

“I bet you could still channel your inner high school self,” Grant said teasingly.

His tone was all congeniality, but Sydney could hear the truth there too. She stared off into the distance, a twinge of sadness in her eyes. “Maybe.”

BLURB:

After a disastrous failed engagement, Sydney Hampson is leaving her past—and her faith—behind to focus on her career instead. However, following through with her new, albeit misguided, resolution proves easier said than done when former classmate, and reformed bully, Grant Williams signs on with her company, and they must work closely together.

Grant Williams gave up his teenage antics years ago, and now he’s looking forward to a future that includes a strong relationship with God. When he realizes he’ll be working with none other than Sydney Hampson—the girl he had a secret crush on throughout high school—he couldn’t be more thrilled. Until he discovers she’s not the same caring, compassionate woman she used to be.

When a business trip gone awry leaves the pair stranded in the middle of a snowstorm, Grant sees his chance to make things right and put their past wrongs behind them…if only Sydney can get over her distrust of men. And with a conniving coworker set on destroying Sydney’s happiness, no matter the cost, can she put her faith back in God and learn to trust in Grant before she loses her chance at happiness?

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Author Interview – Flirting With Romance

Note: The following post was originally a guest post on a fellow romance author’s blog on 1/24/18 per the below link.

http://flirtingwithromance.blogspot.com/2018/01/author-interview-blast-from-her-past-by.html

Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.
1) I can type 113 words per minute.
2) I was a fast-pitch softball pitcher as a teenager, and my team once played the Russian Olympic softball team.
3) I get motion-sickness doing the simplest things, like swinging on a swing (I cannot step foot on a boat without Dramamine!).
4) I am crazy competitive when it comes to games, which I love playing.
5) I once threw out the first pitch at a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game (through a “Student Achievers” program at my school).
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write? They definitely develop as I write. In Blast From Her Past, Justin, Harold and Nana didn’t even exist in my first draft, and Rachel really only played a part in Sydney’s memories. As I re-read and edit what I’ve written, I see the need to flesh out certain sides of my hero and heroine, which often brings out the need for additional minor characters or deeper interactions with those characters.
What type of book have you always wanted to write? A poignant time-travel book where the main character learns something life-altering about herself or her family through her time-traveling abilities. I’m not generally into sci-fi or fantasy, but I love the idea of being able to go back in time and learn from past experiences through the lens of a more mature perspective, and would love to generate that nostalgic, dramatic, gut-wrenching feeling in the hearts of my readers.
What’s the last movie you watched and loved? Passengers with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence (it’s older, but I don’t usually watch movies until they’re well out of the theaters :))
If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why? Sydney’s sister Kate (from my debut novel Blast From Her Past). She’s a Christian with a loving husband and two sweet kids, and is really grounded and content with her life. She is caring, gives good advice, isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, and has a good sense of humor.
Flirting Questions 
 
What does love feel like? Love feels comforting, content, accepting, beautiful, safe. It has moments of excitement, moments of tenderness, and endures all the moments in between.
What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship? Tearing your partner down for no reason. Words can be damaging, and their effects last. Think before you speak, especially in the heat of an argument. We face enough opposition in this world as it is. No need to add to it with the ones we love. (And cheating, of course, but I feel like that’s a given!)
How did you meet your significant other? My pastor set us up! He thought we’d hit it off so insisted we go on at least one date, and the rest is history (we’ve been married for over 15 years)
If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be? The where is less important than who you are with – but I have several European destinations I’d love to see. London, Paris, Ireland, Italy. I would take any of those as long as I’m with my hubby 🙂
Do you believe in love at first sight? No. I believe in “strong attraction at first sight,” but until you know about someone’s beliefs, character, personality, etc., I don’t think you can truly know it’s love. But I do think you can know pretty early on in a relationship whether you are in love and if it’s meant to be – my husband and I only dated a few months before we got engaged, and were married less than 7 months later.
Flirting Quickies: 
Facial hair or clean shaven? Clean shaven
Planner or Panster? Planner
White wine or red? Not a wine drinker
Coffee or tea? Neither … Unless the coffee has a ton of cream and sugar in it
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Sweet or salty? Sweet (or both!)
Sleep in or get up early? Wish I could sleep in!
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Beach or mountains? Beach
Winter or summer? Summer
City or Country? City
Clubbing or candlelight dinner? Dinner – any kind of dinner 🙂
Backpacking or luxury hotel? Don’t need luxury, but not much for roughing it either
Morning or night person? Neither by nature, but having kids has forced me to be both
Christmas or Halloween? Christmas
Optimist or pessimist? Realist

Is It True: Blast From Her Past

This post was originally on the Romance Lives Forever Blog at the following link: https://www.rlfblog.com/katy-eeten-0318/

Blast From Her Past by Katy Eeten

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Yes.
this book is part of a series?
No, it’s a stand-alone.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes. I have a full-time job and two school-age kids, so I have to squeeze in writing sessions when I can – even late at night.
you did research for this book?
Yes, but only small stuff. For example, I had to find out if people in North Dakota call it “soda” or “pop,” what could cause a car to suddenly break down, and the distance between various locations in the Dakota states.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No. All humans.
this book has more than one genre?
No. It’s a straight-up Christian romance.
you speak more than one language?
No. I did take four years of Spanish in high school and two semesters in college, but that was a while ago and I’ve not put it to use.
you grew up where you live now?
Yes. I moved away for several years, but just last year I moved back and bought a house in the same city where I grew up.
you love to read?
Yes, but I don’t have a lot of time to do so and it takes a while for me to get sucked into a book. Once I am, I can’t put it down!
you are never late?
Well … I used to be overly punctual. Now that I have kids, I’m typically just on time (if I’m lucky!).
you love pizza?
Yes!
you love sushi?
No. Never had it and never want to. I’m not very adventurous and I don’t like seafood of any kind.
you have a pet?
No. Just two kids.

Where to buy Blast from Her Past

Publisher http://www.anaiahpress.com/
Amazon http://bit.ly/EetenBlast
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/BNEetenBlast
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/blast-from-her-past-1
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/787268

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Katy Eeten lives in southeast Wisconsin with her husband and their two sons. She works full-time in the business world and considers writing to be her outlet. When she’s not working or writing, she enjoys baking, taking walks, and spending time with her family. Blast from Her Past is Katy’s first published book.

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Writing

Note: This blog post was originally posted on a friend’s blog at this link: https://beccahartauthor.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/02/16/Five-Things-I’ve-Learned-About-Writing

Today I’d like to share five things I learned after signing a contract with my publisher, Anaiah Press. It’s been a mostly encouraging, sometimes draining, always educational experience and I’m thankful for the opportunity to publish my Christian romance, Blast From Her Past. So … here are those Five Things:

  1. Get out of Their Head – Much of my first draft for Blast from Her Past revolved around my main characters’ thought life. (Sydney thinking back on her life while taking a bath; Grant reflecting on his career while staring in the mirror; dwelling on their days while getting ready for bed). My editor helped me realize that people’s thoughts, in and of themselves, aren’t that exciting. Instead, I tried to reveal those thoughts through flashbacks, memories or dialogue with other characters, and intersperse key thoughts amidst more interesting activities.

  2. Adverbs – I was challenged throughout the editing process to remove an abundance of adverbs, which can start to sound trite and corny when overused, and replace with more descriptive actions. For example, instead of saying “She looked at him sadly,” it could read “He could see the sorrow in her eyes from across the room.” The latter is more descriptive and catchy.

  3. Outside Interests – As I reviewed my manuscript, it seemed my characters had no life outside of work and each other. I was initially so focused on the scenes and actions that directly impacted their relationship, I failed to make their everyday lives more realistic. Did they have friends? Hobbies? I ended up adding several minor characters to round out their social lives and make them not only more realistic, but also, I hope, more likable and relatable.

  4. Repetition – My first draft made it very clear how much Sydney disliked high school and was skeptical toward Grant. I repeated these things over and over again, thinking that saying the sentiments with slightly different words, or in different settings, added to the storyline. But in reality, I was drenching the reader with repetitive, unnecessary information. It’s a delicate balance, but sometimes, less is more.

  5. Adaptability – I didn’t realize how much my manuscript would change after I submitted it for publication. I went back and forth with my editor numerous times, often writing or editing large chunks of content. The core storyline and characters remained the same, but many details changed quite a bit. The whole process took a lot more time than I imagined. I’d thought my job was largely done when I signed my contract, but it really had just begun. Fun fact: I submitted my manuscript at 57,000 words and it ended up being over 70,000 words!

 Check out Blast From Her Past for yourself and see if you can identify where the above elements did or didn’t work. Thanks for reading!

Author Interview: Katy Eeten

Anaiah Press Blog

Please welcome, Katy Eeten, and learn about her new release, BLAST FROM HER PAST!

Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourself.
I’ve lived most of my life in southeast Wisconsin, despite my dislike of cold weather. I’ve been married to my husband Jason for over 15 years, and we have two wonderful sons, ages 9 and 7. I have a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in journalism, and I work full-time in the business world. I’m not crafty or artsy, but I somehow ended up with the writing gene. I love – LOVE – dessert and pizza. I enjoy taking walks (especially when the weather is gorgeous) and playing games or watching movies with my boys. And someday, I hope to rediscover my love of sleeping in until my body decides it’s time to wake up, instead of an alarm clock or my children doing the honors for me.
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