Originally posted @ The Bowman’s Inn.
The Bowman’s Inn Anthology is a project that’s been kicking around for a few years, and I’m glad I was able to participate in the Spring/Summer collection. I’ve briefly chatted about this project on and off for a while, but I’ve never given the full details. So here we go!
Set in the fictional middle-of-America city of Anteros, the stories revolve around magic and drinks. Everything can unfold in a manner of ways, left in the hands of each author. The general idea, however, is that a special drink from the Bowman’s Inn bar can erase the barriers standing between between a couple and their happy ever after.
Obviously it’s not always that easy.
For Nat and Dustin, many drinks are consumed before they realize that they’re made for each other. They’re a bit dense, those two. Here’s a sneak-peek at how they meet.
“It looks like you could use a friend.”
“Who are you?” She dabbed at her eyes with her sleeve and blinked at him.
“And why are you here?”
“Like I said, it looks like you could use someone to talk to. I’m offering myself.”
Steamy brushed the hair back from her face and wiped at her eyes once more. “I’m fine.”
“Are you sure? Because any time there’s a damsel in distress within a three-mile radius, I get this buzzing in my ear.”
She arched a brow, and her lips twitched as if amused.
“I’m serious. It doesn’t go away until the problems are resolved, and right now, it’s just buzzing like crazy.”
She took a deep breath, and when she let it out, she laughed hoarsely. “Do I look like a damsel in distress?”
He leaned to the side. “Beautiful, wearing a dress, visibly upset, yep. Checklist
matches,” he said while sweeping his eyes blatantly over what he could see of her in the booth.
Though he’d only meant to emphasize his words, he found himself having trouble
not being sucked in. He’d never been this close to her. Seconds ticked by, and finally he received a tentative smile. Damn, she’s gorgeous.
“Fine. For the sake of your brain. Wouldn’t want your insanity on my conscience,” she joked.
He held out his hand. She stared at it for a moment, then wiped her hand free of tears with a napkin before shaking his.
Her firm grip contrasted with her soft skin. “When I’m not the damsel in distress, I go by Natalia. Or Nat.”
Two stubborn individuals, Nat and Dustin crash and burn before they tame their emotions.
Look for Embracing the Kraken in The Bowman’s Inn Spring/Summer ’17 Anthology. A handful of amazing authors and have contributed to it. My story is just one of many heart-warming feel-good moments to experience.