by Monica Shaughnessy
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The Space City Scribes are releasing a new romance anthology on February 5th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. But it’s available now through pre-sale on Amazon and Smashwords and only 99 cents. Months ago, we met to brainstorm fun romance ideas for the collection. We knew, however, that we needed to put a twist on what’s already out there. So the ever-creative K.C. Maguire suggested first date stories. But not just any first dates, bad first dates. Ah! How terrible could we make them? I’m boasting, of course, but I think my story, “Date From Hell,” sinks to a new low for lovers. You must read it, of course, to find out why a “hot date” isn’t necessarily a good time. Then again, my writing companions threw some pretty awful stuff at their hapless couples: hurricanes, bullets, community service, stalking… Curious now, aren’t you?
Synopsis: Love them or hate them, we’ve all had first dates. From the blush of romance to the slamming of a door, nothing can capture—or repel—our hearts so fully. Do we swoon with desire? Hope for tenderness? Or does the first meeting shatter any chance of two souls connecting?
In First Last Forever, each story follows the passionate, sometimes accidental rendezvous between two people as they fight to overcome the one obstacle between them and happiness—the disastrous first date. Will they end with a promise, a parting, or a pledge? Read these stories to find out.
“Valentine’s Date” by KC Maguire- Should we be friends?
“Salt to a Wound” by Mandy Broughton – First world dating problems
“Speed Freaks” by Monica Shaughnessy – Five minutes to find forever. Or just the next good time.
“Prima Facie” by Artemis Greenleaf – Say no to drugs and yes to romance.
“Date from Hell” by Monica Shaughnessy – Karma has never been so sexy.
“A Soliloquy of Survival or First Dates Suck” by Ellen Leventhal – Stalkers can be so hot.
“Dance” by Artemis Greenleaf – Killer dates come in small packages with excellent dance moves.
“Cassie” by Artemis Greenleaf – High winds lead to high romance.
“In the Mood” by Mandy Broughton – Principal Charming
“Famine’s Daughter” by Artemis Greenleaf – Never force a woman’s hand.
“Auld Lang Syne” by Ellen Leventhal – Can we call a do-over?