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Guest Post: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle @sydneyamichelle

Today I’m excited to welcome Sydney Aaliyah Michelle to my blog for a guest post!

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 Guest Post from Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Why Brooklyn?

Your Biggest Fan?, my sweet sports romance, is set in my new favorite city, Brooklyn, New York.

Last summer I spent two weeks in New York City. I’m no stranger to New York. I visited for the first time when I was twelve years old. My father took my mom, brother and me on a business trip and we feel in love. My brother more than the rest of us. He moved after college and never left.

Since then, besides the five and 1/2 years, I spent in China, I’ve been to NYC at least once a year every year. In all of those visits, I never once step foot in Brooklyn.

I was missing out.

Only a ten-minute train ride away, but Brooklyn feels like another world.

Death_to_Stock_Photography_NYC_Skyline_2The tree lined streets with the eclectic combination of homes, bars, restaurants and shops give a unique backdrop for the diverse mix of people. Not diverse in the sense of different ethnicities. It has that, like every part of New York, but diverse in a broader sense.

I spent one afternoon sitting in the coolest coffee shop and overheard the most interesting conversations.

I’m a writer and eavesdrop on people’s conversations, get over it or don’t sit next to me.

Two guys sitting at a small round table, one black and one white, one in a tailored business suit and the other in baggy jeans and a hoodie (in the summer time). They aggressively discussed the economy of several Caribbean Islands.

Two girls sitting on a couch were dressed in workout gear, sipping coffee and giggling. They were swapping stories about their latest breakups, both with huge rocks on their ring fingers.

I spotted a guy in the corner wearing rolled up jeans, a vintage concert T-shirt, suspenders, a beard, a beanie (again, in the summer time), and horned rimmed glasses. He was your typical hipster, typing away on his Macbook Pro computer. I took a lap around him and found him watching an episode of Project Runway and taking notes to the side.

As I sat there for an entire afternoon and one story idea after another popped into my head.

I imagined a couple falling in love in the corner table but both of them holding on to a Your Biggest Fanlife-altering secret.

The sexy, muscular, tattooed covered guy who ordered an expresso was my new hero. Tired of his meaningless life, he was looking for someone to love.

As I walked back to my hotel, I found a corner that would be the perfect setting for a romantic first kiss. I strolled the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn side and stopped halfway across and wrote this line for Your Biggest Fan?

Nothing was more romantic than Brooklyn in the wintertime.

I fantasized many times about taking long walks hand in hand with Noah. Sipping hot chocolate as we strolled across the bridge. Standing at the railings, with his arms wrapped around my waist as we stared at the New York skyline. I would turn my head and lay a soft kiss on his cheek or rub my lips across the stubble on his strong jaw. He would reach inside my jacket and squeeze me closer to him as he captured my lips with his and gave me a long, lingering kiss and—

 

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Noah Patrick, NFL bad boy, has sworn off women, they only seem to want him for his fame and his money. Callie James is such a big Noah Patrick fan, she named her energetic Chihuahua after the man of her dreams. When they find themselves hiding out in the same Brooklyn Brownstone, a crazy blizzard, a never-ending supply of spaghetti, and a dog with identity issues bring them together even though they both have secrets that would tear them apart.

More about Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Sydney Aaliyah MIchelle is a contemporary romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.

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#WordlessWednesday: The Only Shark In The Sea

Yes, I’m talking about the Date Shark Series again because that has been my entire writing world for the last 6 weeks or so. Book 3 – The Only Shark In The Sea – was sent to my publisher for editing last week and book 4 – Shark In Troubled Waters – was sent out to beta readers Monday, so both should be out before the end of the year. Exciting!

For now, how about some teasers from The Only Shark In The Sea, featuring Vance Sullivan and Natalie Price.

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Shark Out of Water Excerpt

Shark2 Teaser 1Want a peek at Guy Saint Laurent and Charlotte Brooks’ first sort of kiss?

 

“Charlotte, I regret that I must say goodbye.”

She looked over at him, startled. “Has it been that long already? I hadn’t realized.” She shook her head. “I’m sorry if I kept you longer than I should have.”

“Please do not say you are sorry. I would stay much longer if I could, but I will have more than one person cross at me if I do not arrive on time. I enjoyed speaking with you very much.” He hesitated, not sure why he suddenly felt so insecure. He feared pushing this any further, but he also feared leaving his next interaction with Charlotte up to chance. “Could we do this again?” he asked finally.

Her fingers paused in their stirring of her lemonade. She did not look up at him right away. Even when she did, there was indecision in her eyes. That same strange pain blossomed in his chest again. Did she really not believe what she had said about him, that he was not the cavalier and arrogant version of himself he portrayed?

“I… I would like that,” Charlotte said. She met his eyes squarely, showing him her fear, but also her anticipation.

“You would?” He could not keep the surprise from his voice.

Charlotte laughed. “Yes, why wouldn’t I?” She said it casually, but it was clear from her expression that there were definitely Shark2 Teaser 3reasons she would not. Guy did not know what they were, but something was pushing her to turn him away.

Before she could change her mind, Guy pushed his mobile phone across the table to her. He kept his hand on the phone, ready to pull it back if needed. “Would it be too brash of me to ask for your number?”

Charlotte tapped her fingers on her own phone. After a moment’s hesitation, she pushed it toward him. “Not if you give me yours as well.”

Smiling with relief, Guy abandoned his own phone and picked up hers. He heard her let out a breath as he worked on saving his number into her contacts. By the time he had finished, she was holding his phone out to him. They traded phones once again and Guy felt great relief as he slid it into the pocket of his suit coat. “Merci beaucoup, Charlotte. For talking with me, and for your number. I am looking forward to doing this again.”

“So I am,” Charlotte said, and Guy was almost sure she meant it.

He forced himself to stand after leaving enough cash on the table for both their drinks. Charlotte followed, and Guy hoped he was not imagining her regret at having to end their time together. Neither one spoke as they exited the restaurant. It was not until they reached the sidewalk and were faced with the prospect of going their separate ways that they both attempted to speak at the same time.

Charlotte laughed and allowed Guy to speak first. He had meant to say a simple goodbye, but instead, he said, “You know, you can call me if you need to talk about anything, yes? You have been so kind to listen to me the last few times we have met. I would be happy to exchange the favor.”

“Return the favor,” Charlotte corrected with a smile that seemed to tremble at the corners. “Thank you, Guy. I really appreciate that.”

Reluctantly, he extended his hand toward her. She took it and they shook slowly, neither one eager to part. “Aren’t you supposed to be kissing me or something?” Charlotte asked, her playful smile returning.

“Excuse me?” Guy asked, surprised, yet not at all reluctant to answer her question.

“I thought the French were always kissing each other on the cheek when they said hello or goodbye. Perhaps you’ve been too Americanized for that, though,” Charlotte said.

Shark2 Teaser 5Guy stepped closer, and this time he was not teasing. “Not at all,” he said as his free hand slipped to the back of her neck. He heard her breath catch, felt her body go completely still. Yet he did not pull back. His lips pressed gently first to one cheek, and then the other, lingering a fraction of a second too long.

He pulled back slowly. Charlotte’s breathing came haltingly, but his had stalled altogether. For too long, neither one could do anything but stare at the other. It was Charlotte who finally broke the silence. “Well,” she said shakily, “that answers that question.”

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