Today I am so pleased to welcome Silvia Violet to Joyfully Jay. Silvia has come to talk to us about her latest release, A Chance at Love. She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Thank you for hosting me today! I’m so excited about being able to share Chance and Darren’s story with everyone. I got a lot of my inspiration for the book from personal experiences, so I wanted to share a little about that. A Chance at Love is set in San Diego, California. I first went to San Diego for GRL is 2015, and I fell in love with the city. I knew right away that I wanted to eventually set a book there. I was finally able to get back to San Diego summer for a family vacation and I visited most of the places that Chance and Darren go in the book like Sunset Hills, the Hotel del Coronado, and an observatory in the desert. Darren’s house is based on one that I fell in love with while I was there. He’s able to look out over the ocean and watch the sunset from his living room. I’m so jealous.
I decided I wanted one of my characters, Chance, to be a student at the UC San Diego after my older daughter decided that was one of the places she wanted to apply for college. Looking at the school and learning about the biological sciences options there almost made me want to go back to school, but I had Chance work on his Ph.D. there instead.
I made lots of notes for this book and possible future stories while we were on our trip. When my family and I were waiting for our flight home, my younger daughter and I were talking about how she’s always wanted to buy one of the giant containers of cheese balls that you often see at store’s like Sam’s or Costo or at kid’s birthday parties. She asked if you’d be allowed to bring one on a plane. I told her they were so large they might have to take the place of your “personal item” or carry-on suitcase. She decided the idea of someone trying to shove one under an airplane seat or into one of the overhead bins was hilarious. As we sat there giggling, an idea for the opening scene of what was the become A Chance at Love took form. I brainstormed a bit with my daughter. We decided the man with the cheese balls had to be flying first class, because bringing them there seemed even more ridiculous. She also suggested that the man in the seat next to him would be horrified. These two men developed into Chance and Darren, and Chance’s absurd carry-on item gets them talking, which ultimately leads to a whole lot more.
Here’s a little bit of that scene.
“Ahh! This must be my seat.” The loud, enthusiastic voice startled Darren. A young man was making a dramatic show of checking his boarding pass against the row number. He had reddish-blond hair that stood up from his head in a spiky arrangement that made him look like he’d just rolled out of bed. Maybe he had, because—no, he couldn’t be. But another look assured Darren that the man was, in fact, wearing pajama bottoms. And that wasn’t even the most arresting thing about him. He was holding one of those giant canisters of garishly orange cheese balls one might see in an aisle-blocking display at Costco, a place Darren thankfully hadn’t been to in years.
And yet despite the hair, the PJs, and the odd choice of carry-on, the guy was hot as hell. Darren couldn’t stop himself from imagining how it would feel to run his hands over the muscles displayed by the guy’s too-tight T-shirt.
Please let him be in the wrong seat.
“Yep! This is it,” the man declared.
“Somehow, I doubt that,” Darren said as he pushed the lurid images from his mind. The guy looked like he was in college. Surely he didn’t have a seat in first class.
“Umm…” The man set his party-sized snack down in the seat and glanced at his boarding pass again.
“Sir? Is there a problem?” A flight attendant stopped by their row.
“Just making sure I’m in the right place.”
She glanced at his boarding pass. “Yes, sir. Please have a seat, and we’ll be on our way shortly.”
“See?” he said, turning to look at Darren. “I was right after all.” He still sounded as excited as he had when he’d entered the plane, despite Darren being rather obvious about his annoyance.
You just don’t like how turned on you are.
Darren didn’t want to think about that. He murmured his acknowledgment and reached into his briefcase. If he just put on his headph—
“You want some?” The guy unscrewed the top on his ridiculous cheese-ball container.
“No thank you.”
“Are you sure? I have plenty to share.”
“Yes, I can see that.” Ugh. Did he need to sound like such an ass? The guy was just being friendly.
“I’ve always wanted to get one of these giant containers. I don’t know why I never have. It just seemed…”
“Ridiculous?” Darren supplied.
“Yeah, like way too much. But today I was walking by one of those shops that have all kinds of shit people must impulse-buy in airports, like spoons commemorating the city or hats no one’s really going to wear, and there this baby sat.”
On the flight back home to San Diego, Chance Emerson meets an intriguing older man. They flirt, and Chance hopes for more, but the man never calls. Months later, they meet again at a charity auction. Chance decides this time he isn’t walking away.
Darren Walsh can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous grad student who almost had him joining the mile-high club. When Chance suggests they hook up, Darren says the only thing he can—yes.
From their first moments together, Chance and Darren know there’s more between them than lust, but their differences in age and income make a real relationship challenging. They decide to keep things secret, yet as they learn more about each other, Darren realizes he wants something real and open. To have that, he’ll need to convince Chance that he has a place in Darren’s world, and Darren will have to take some risks of his own.
Buy link: http://mybook.to/ChanceDarren
Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.
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