I Should Have Said Yes
by J B Glazer
GENRE: Chick Lit
Blogger extraordinaire Tara Winters has always regretted saying no to D. J. Parker. She vowed never to repeat her mistake, and her “yes” dating pact was born. After meeting countless Mr. Wrongs, she’s seriously considering her friend Andy’s drunken marriage proposal. Then Andy meets Natalie, and Tara finds herself competing for his affection. She must decide if it’s love—or a game to win. After each outrageous date Tara shares advice with her followers, but embracing “no” just may be her key to happiness.
So I met a guy who is into trapezing. I’ve heard of people doing it, but it’s never been on my radar. I’m open to trying new things, but when he offered I was hesitant at first because it seemed, I don’t know, crazy. But after I thought about it and tried to imagine the feeling of what it would feel like to soar through the air, uninhibited, I had a strong desire to do it. So I figured, why not take a chance? I watched the videos; you wear a safety belt, and there is a net to catch you when you fall. How often can you say that? So often people are scared to take risks, which I can understand. But in this case there is a literal safety net. So I went for it. I almost walked away because my date was a no-show. He got the dates mixed up and meant to cancel on me but accidentally forgot. Or he texted the wrong girl. Just because he wasn’t there didn’t mean I couldn’t go it alone. It was scary at first, but once I got going it was a feeling like I’ve never before experienced. It was freeing and such an adrenaline rush! I highly recommend it. Rule number four: always have an open mind. I aim to never be afraid to try new things because then I might miss out on something amazing.
Interview with one of the characters
I’m thrilled to be here and introduce you to one of my favorite protagonists: Tara Winters. Tara is a serial dater, blogger, interior designer, master’s student, and sometimes screw up. I probably would be too with all that on my plate! She’s always regretted saying no to love interest D. J. Parker and vowed never to repeat her mistake. So her “yes” dating pact was born. Hence, Tara goes on A LOT of dates. Her followers find her life enviable, but all Tara wants is to settle down. Can the queen of dating disasters find her prince? Let’s ask her!
Q: Why a dating pact?
A: I know you’re probably thinking, “She’s desperate! Who would agree to such a thing?” Here’s the deal: when I was in high school I had a crush on someone, and in hindsight I think we had a real shot at a relationship. But I let my pride and, above all, fear, get in the way. So when he wanted to discuss our relationship, instead of telling him how I felt, I said no, he didn’t mean anything to me. But what I really wanted to say was yes. I vowed never to make that mistake again. And so my dating pact was born. I guess you could say it came from regret.
Q: Why start a blog?
A: Well, here I am years later, a serial dater, yet no step closer to finding the One. Hence, I go on a lot of dates. A wise friend of mine suggested I should start documenting my experiences, so my blog was born. I hope that readers will find my stories entertaining. But I also hope that they’ll learn something. Knowing me, it will probably be a lesson in what not to do.
Q: Any first date rituals?
A: No rituals per se. If I wore a special outfit or something let’s just say it would be full of holes by now or I’d be paying a fortune in dry cleaning. The one trick I’ve learned is to add each new suitor’s number to my contacts. That way when he texts I’ll know who it is. I’m so not organized, but it’s the one thing I’ve got going for me. Otherwise I’d never be able to keep them all straight. Then I delete the number if I don’t see potential. I’ve deleted a lot of numbers. I didn’t write this on my phone, so just imagine the sad face emoji here. Or better yet, the scream.
Q: Name one of your pet peeves.
A: Guys who are rude to the wait staff. I was never a waitress so this isn’t from experience. I would NOT do well at getting people the right orders. I know my limits. Anyway, I think it says something about their personality. One of my worst dates was with a guy who took me to a steak restaurant. Did I mention I’m a vegetarian? Anyway, for starters, he scared the waiter off by barking at him for interrupting us when he came for our drink orders. After that said waiter wisely stayed away. That pissed him off even more and I had to sit through the torturous date even longer. He summoned the waiter and proceeded to order for me. Who does that on a first date? Maybe he’s a mind-reader. Then he grilled me with questions throughout dinner and was extremely argumentative. I dubbed him, “The Attorney.” You’ll find I have a nickname for all of my dates.
Q: What’s next?
A: I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say Unattached T (that’s my screen name) has got some strings! I know I’m not supposed to reveal the ending, but it’s right there in the table of contents before page one. So not much of a spoiler, is it? Anyway, I’m keeping my fingers and all body parts crossed (well, maybe not ALL) that things work out. I’m great at dating, but being someone’s girlfriend is another story. So let’s hope that I don’t screw this up. You’ll discover I do that sometimes. Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Ciao for now! xx
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
J B Glazer developed a love of writing at a young age. She followed that passion to the University of Illinois, where she graduated summa cum laude from the College of Communications. She pursued a career in advertising, a field that provided an outlet to express her creativity. In addition to being a marketer, she’s a wife, mom, blogger, chauffer, referee, short-order cook, maid, chocoholic, shopaholic, and multitasker extraordinaire. I Should Have Said Yes is her second novel. Visit http://www.jbglazer.com for random musings and other inspiration. You can also connect with J B in most of the usual places.
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