You know, ideas come to writers in the oddest of places, and just about everything inspires some kind of creative thought. The story behind this Duet that was created with a good friend of mine for Valentine's Day a few years ago is pretty simple: I was in the local Dollarama, and it was a few weeks before Valentine's Day, so everything is hearts and pink and red... As I'm waiting to check out, I'm scanning over the array of stuff and hit upon something called "Conversation Cards" and they immediately triggered an idea. I looked further, discovered "Love Coupons" and "Credit Cards" among other nifty things. I started picking up two of each of these discoveries, because the idea had solidified - coerce my wonderful magazine partner into writing a story based on one of the items and I'd do the same. She picked the Love Coupons, and I picked the Conversation Cards. The result was PAS de DEUX, which we managed to get out in time for the Valentine's Day release. It's not really aimed specifically at Valentine's Day, but I think the timing helped to make it a best-seller for the publisher. If you're curious, take a peek - we did one erotic story (mine) and one sweetly romantic story (Brigit's) - our second Duet was for Christmas, and we reversed the roles, but that's for another day....
PAS de DEUX
Her Secret Admirer - Brigit Aine
The Conversation Cards - Denysé Bridger
One sweet, one sexy - both passionate and guaranteed to make you smile!
Two very different stories of love and passion. In Brigit Aine’s enchanting tale, Her Secret Admirer, love is being discovered, with all its magic and mystery and hope… and in the second movement of the Duet, The Conversation Cards, two people already involved in their passionate love affair learn new things about each other, and reaffirm their bond.
Pas de Deux: Her Secret Admirer – Love is often found when it’s least expected. Cindy is working hard at making her business a success, and at her side offering solid support is Will. When she arrives home one evening to find a Valentine Love Coupon taped to her door, a romantic game of dreams and hope begins as her Secret Admirer begins a courtship that will win her heart long before she knows his name…
Pas de Deux: The Conversation Cards – Two modern lovers, living often separate lives, discover that making time for their relationship isn’t always easy. A whimsical, spur of the moment purchase of a Valentine novelty evokes an open and honest conversation that makes their secret getaway an even more romantic rendezvous, and renews hope for a future that is the stuff of dreams…
Excerpt: The Conversation Cards
“What’s this?” He leaned forward and pulled out the slim deck of cards that was on the table next to the sofa.
“I bought them when I stopped at a store on the way up here,” she said, taking the small box from him. She shook out the slender deck and showed them to him. “Each one has a question on it, it’s a game for Valentine’s Day. Want to play?”
“What’s the purpose?” Suspicion and amusement vied for dominance in his expression as he looked at her.
“They’re called The Conversation Cards, they’re meant to stimulate talking to each other,” she said.
“I can think of better stimulations, sweetheart.” He laughed.
She rolled her eyes and selected a card. “What’s the first thing you notice in a person?”
“Is there a point to this?”
She made a face at him. “It’s a game of sorts, allowing you to get to know things about the person you’re with,” she said. “It wouldn’t pain you to play along, would it?”
He took the card from her and looked at it. White and red, simple and sweet. The kind of thing teenagers might enjoy, and yet there was something very sweet about the hearts and red script. He shrugged.
“The first thing I noticed about you was your honesty,” he told her. “But that was in your letters. When we met, I noticed the light in your eyes. You were so alive and filled with passion.” He leaned forward and touched her cheek, his thumb tracing the curving slope. “You still don’t seem to understand how much beauty that can create in a woman, or how seductive it is to a man.”
“Is that what you always notice about a person?” She smiled, and waited.
She laughed. “We’ll leave it at that, I think,” she said with a wink. “Your turn to pick a card.” She handed him the deck, and watched him shuffle the cards.
He selected one and read it, “What is your most cherished possession?”
She gave it some serious thought and leaned on the back of the sofa, head resting against her hand. “I think that would be your heart, but I don’t think that’s the real question.”
He grinned. “Good answer, though.”
“If it’s material possessions, it would be the doll my dad gave me when I was four. I still have her, as you know.”
He nodded. “Yes, sitting in the middle of your bed, as I recall. I don’t think she approves of me.”
Laughter filled the space between them, and she hugged him. “She approves, trust me! It’s being tossed on the floor by you that upsets her,” she concluded with a wink.
Another card was drawn and she read it, then looked at him.
Leave behind a comment, and tell me which you'd like, Love Coupons or a deck or Conversation Cards, and I'll pull a winner next Sunday!! They're fun!!