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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Louisa Masters to Stories That Make You Smile! Louisa is here today celebrating the release of her fabulous new book, Out of the Office. She’s generously brought along both an excerpt and a giveaway. Pull up a chair and read on as Louisa talks with us on the topic of drama: “It’s all about the drama… isn’t it?” 🌟
Out of the Office by Louisa Masters
Meet the man who defines “stubborn.”
Cover Artist: Golden Czermak / FuriousFotog
Release Date: July 25, 2019
Length: Novella / 18k words / 84 pages
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Enemies to Lovers, office romance, Aussie romance, road trip
Whoever thought achieving career goals could be boring? Not Duncan Witten, but here he is at forty-one, in his dream job… and hating it. Throw it all away for a challenge? Yes, please!
If only Dunc had known his challenging new job came with Paul Hanks, a man who redefines “stubborn.” They need to work together to meet targets, but thanks to Dunc’s idiot predecessor, Paul won’t take his calls or reply to emails.
There’s only one solution: travel across the country and confront Paul face-to-face. It’s time to take things out of the office.
☆ Guest Post ☆
It’s all about the drama… isn’t it?
There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a book that rips out your heart and tears it to shreds. It’s astounding how much we’re drawn to books that make us ugly cry, how stories we rave about so much, remember so clearly—and fondly—are ones that made us feel as though we’d been hit by a truck. I’m an avid re-reader, but there are books I cite amongst the best I’ve ever read that I have not read—cannot read—again. Because they destroyed me.
When I first began to write, I despaired of the fact that my writing lacked “angst.” No matter how I tried, I could not inject into my stories that element that makes people want to throw a book against the wall and then scramble hastily to pick it up and keep reading. My writing is lighthearted, fun—fluffy. There is never any doubt while you’re reading that things are all going to be fine in the end. It was something that literally kept me up at night—how could I write a good book if there wasn’t going to be any conflict?
Then someone far wiser than I pointed out to me that conflict exists in many forms. Yes, there is heart-wrenching angst, dramatic betrayal, desperate fight for life—but there is also a conflict in quiet self-growth. In learning to trust yourself. In meeting someone and thinking there is a spark between you, but not being sure. I’ve spent a lot of time exploring—and loving—lighter books, authors who write fun, lighthearted stories. Books that leave you feeling relaxed and happy, that become go-to reads on bad days. It’s taught me that the heart of a good book is not necessarily gripping angst, but solid character development and conflict—no matter how subtle a form that conflict may take.
In my latest novella, Out of the Office—a fluffy read if ever one existed—the conflict in Duncan’s attraction to Paul is twofold: he can’t tell if Paul is attracted back, and they work together, so he worries that making a move will cause awkwardness. There is no big drama. There is no heartbreaking angst. And yet, there is a conflict that leaves the reader wondering not if things will work out, but what path will be taken to get there.
I’m trying to teach myself not to say “never,” because who knows what the future holds? So maybe one day I’ll write a book with a devastating plot. A book that makes me sob as I type and leaves readers gasping. But if I don’t, that’s okay. And if that’s not what you want to read, that’s okay too. I still love having my heart shattered by a book, but some days, all I want is to feel good, and a light, fun, fluffy book can give me that.
Meet the Author
Louisa Masters started reading romance much earlier than her mother thought she should. While other teenagers were sneaking out of the house, Louisa was sneaking romance novels in and working out how to read them without being discovered. She’s spent most of her life feeling sorry for people who don’t read, convinced that books are the solution to every problem. As an adult, she feeds her addiction in every spare second, only occasionally tearing herself away to do things like answer the phone and pay bills. She spent years trying to build a “sensible” career, working in bookstores, recruitment, resource management, administration, and as a travel agent, before finally conceding defeat and devoting herself to the world of romance novels.
Louisa has a long list of places first discovered in books that she wants to visit, and every so often she overcomes her loathing of jet lag and takes a trip that charges her imagination. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she whines about the weather for most of the year while secretly admitting she’ll probably never move.
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