That Awkward Moment by Paty Jager

I don’t know how many of  you feel like this week between Christmas and New Years is awkward. Any hands raised? Any heads nodding? It always feels awkward to me. You want to keep celebrating Christmas but the stores put everything related to Christmas that they’ve had up since before Halloween on sale. You want to capitalize on the sales. But do you really want to store the stuff until the following year?

And what about the Christmas tree? Leave it up? Take it down? If you’re having a New Year’s Eve party do you want it up to add a festive touch or take it down and have more room for guests?

Some people take their vacation this week. Some businesses shut down for the week. No one really knows what to do with those seven days between Christmas and New Years.

Why have I been contemplating this awkward week? It’s because in my latest contemporary western novella I’m writing, I find I’ve been writing awkward moments between the hero and heroine. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m writing a novella and I’m unsure of how fast to take their relationship, ( want to have a steamy love scene so it reflects my other books of this genre) but I have limited word count, and in the story, time, to get them from not knowing one another to in bed together and realizing they are the perfect match.

I’m hoping her backstory helps to show her reluctance to jump into the relationship, and as he discovers her backstory makes him hesitant to move to fast. But chemistry is chemistry and their bodies overrule their heads . 😉

Have you had an awkward moment in a relationship and discovered that it brought you closer to that person or did it push you away?

catch-the-rainLook for Catch the Rain coming in an anthology June 2017.

Zach MacDonald is the new veterinarian in town. He’s focusing on his career…Until he sees a frustrated, pretty, young woman at a bar on karaoke night. Not only does her voice and violet eyes mesmerize him, but her behavior intrigues him.

Kitty Baxter is running from her past and dreams of becoming more than her education will allow. When her past catches up to her on the same night she connects with a handsome man, way out of her league, she finds herself championed by the stranger and believing he cares. But just like trying to read is like trying to catch the rain, she struggles with allowing herself to believe she is worthy of love.





About patyjag

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 30+ novels, novellas, and short stories of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
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