Valerie Haight ~ Happenstance

Thank you so much, Madison, for the awesome honor of guest blogging here today!
I’ve set the paper bag aside and am breathing normally now after a cartwheeling explosion over this ---->S I X  D A Y S  until Happenstance releases!!! *\o/* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, maybe I need another second…

*Deep Breath*
Happenstance, my debut novella will be available from Turquoise Morning Press on December 13, 2012! I wrote this story using a corporate setting based loosely on some relationship conflict I witness as an administrative assistant. I take note of the Peyton Place happenings and scheme them one (or three) steps further. I have loads of great ideas for future novels but today, let’s talk Happenstance!
Taryn Ballard is happily married and a newly appointed analyst for a prestigious shipping company.  Her career upsurges in record time but she’s about to discover the real price of corporate life.
While on yet another business trip, Taryn suffers a brutal attack by a carjacker. Her husband isn’t there, but her co-worker Devin is.  The accidental bond Taryn and Devin share pitches them into dangerous and confusing territory. Taryn struggles to discern both her feelings for her sexy protector and Wade's reaction to it all. Unfamiliar emotions blur the rules of the game and Wade's ready to quit.
Taryn must rise above disaster to save her marriage. But is she ready to let go of the man who saved her life? In a single moment, Happenstance changes everything.
I learned to really put my main character through the wringer and Taryn was no exception. She was so much fun to write because I really played havoc on both Devin and Wade while running her through the mill at the same time! Yes, I’m awful. J My favorite genres are suspense and romance so I couldn’t resist merging them into this story. Here’s a snippet to give you the feel of the book.

“Devin, it’s Taryn. You were right. The execs want me to meet them for dinner and I feel really foolish because I have a GPS and a connect-the-dot map from the concierge and I’m still lost.”
Devin laughed. “Not a problem. Where are you?”
Taryn took a second to locate the green street sign. “At the corner of First and Third at a tiny, ancient-looking convenience store.”
“Oh, I know the one. You’re right next to us. I could probably see you from the tower window. Okay, which restaurant are you looking for?”
Taryn grabbed the hand-drawn map. “Caminas.”
“I know where it is. Actually, it might be faster by freeway.”
“Of course it would. I just came from—”
An unexpected rush of damp, hot air hit her and Taryn turned, confused to see her door open wide. She sucked in a quick breath and saw too late the arm reaching for her. Terror gripped her as she zeroed in on the gun in her face.

I had so much fun with this story. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Happenstance can be purchased here on December 13th!
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  1. Sounds like a great story. Great cover too.

  2. Hi Carol! Thanks for stopping by. I happen to adore the cover myself!! ;) I hope you love the story!

    Maddie, Thanks so much for featuring me here. I'm so excited that we're TMP sisters! WOOT!!

  3. Can't wait to read this story!

  4. Totally looking forward to reading this (for certain obvious reasons.) ;)

    I can tell you are SUPER excited and I can't say I blame you! It is a very exciting time.

  5. It's always exciting when your first book is released, and I'm glad I got to share this with Valerie and all of you.
    Good luck in your future authorial career.