I love writing YA romance, especially because I get to put words in my character’s mouths. Especially the swoony words and lines from books and movies that can make a person sigh. But something I’ve learned as I write these stories is that lines that make us swoon have everything to do with the context and not just the words themselves.
Here’s a brief excerpt of a scene in LIFE IN THE LUCKY ZONE. Lindsey and Berger—still in friend mode—are discussing their separate plans for Spring Break. None of the sentences, taken on their own, are necessarily swoony. But put them in the context of new confusing emotions, and, I hope, they come across as sigh-worthy.
He smirked. “Ha, ha. I’m not gonna text you. You’ll be so busy zipping down the slopes, you won’t have time to text back. And then my ego will be so shattered, I won’t be able to move from the couch. I’ll have to play video games with Nana.”
I laughed. “You’re ridiculous. You know I hate skiing.”
He leaned closer, twining a couple of fingers with mine. “Do I?”
My fingers tingled at his touch. “Yes,” I said, a little breathily. What the heck was going on? I mean, we’d flirted before, but this felt different. More real, somehow. “It’s all my parents’ idea. They’re the big sports nuts, not me.”
Voices sounded behind us as people left the theater building.
Berger dropped my fingers and took a step away. “What about your brother?”
“He likes it too. I like sitting in front of the fire drinking hot chocolate.”
“With peppermint schnapps?”
A hot flush raced across my cheeks as I remembered flattening myself onto Berger on our sofa. I squinted at him. “I thought we’d agreed never to talk about that night again.”
He smiled slowly. “I don’t remember agreeing to that.”
My heartbeat thudded hard against my ribs. That smile was lethal. I stared at him like I’d never seen him before. Because I hadn’t. Who was this smoldering guy? Where was my happy-go-lucky boy?
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Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Taylor has been living a charmed life—always the lead in school plays, possessor of a healthy entourage and a hot boyfriend. But halfway through her junior year, the unthinkable happens. Her boyfriend dumps her. She screws up her audition for the spring play. And to top it all off, her theater teacher wants her to run lines with Trey Berger, a gamer guy who irritates her practically every time he opens his mouth. Lindsey needs to find some better luck and quick.
Trey Berger can barely tolerate Lindsey Taylor. It’s bad enough that their best friends are dating and he has to see Lindsey at group hangouts. Now they have to rehearse together. Berger would rather do just about anything else, even chill with his grandmother, whose dementia has forced her to move in with his family.
But as the semester continues, Berger discovers there’s more to Lindsey than the drama queen persona she puts on for everyone else’s benefit. And the person behind the mask might be someone he cares about. A lot. So what exactly is he going to do about it?
And while Lindsey desperately tries to change her luck and heal from the breakup, she slowly realizes Berger has become her best friend. This video-game-playing boy makes her laugh. And holds her when she cries. Could he possibly become something more?
Life in the Lucky Zone (The Zone #2) by Patricia B. Tighe Publication Date: April 5, 2016 Publisher: Swoon Romance
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She's also a fan of British TV shows. Downton Abbey, anyone?
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