>A USA Today bestselling author, Anne Mallory sold her first book to Avon when she finaled in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. Her upcoming release release, One Night is Never Enough looks wickedly delicious, and I ADORE the cover! Please welcome Anne for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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One M & M is Never Enough
Tis the month of embracing resolutions — calling on restraint, enforcing action. Working out more, eating less, writing more, goofing off less.
Restraint. Exercise. Exercising restraint.
When it comes to something in a closed package or dose, I like to laugh in the face of danger.
Like, say, with a large bag of M&M’s.
I look at that bag and think, no sir, no way. That bag will stay CLOSED. That bag will go to the back of my cupboard. That bag shall not be opened even if Sauron is standing in front of me waving a ring of power.
I show excellent self-restraint. I glow with pride. Nothing can stop me! That bag goes to the back of the cupboard and I. Am. Awesome.
Note to self: never, never say you are awesome.
From the first glimpse he knew he must have her–
even if only for a single night…
Powerful, ruthless, seductive-the lord of London’s underworld-Roman Merrick gets anything he wants…and he burns for Charlotte Chatsworth, a polished jewel in the glittering ton. So he engages her debt-ridden gambler father in a game of chance, wagering ten thousand pounds against one night with the man’s exquisite daughter. And Roman Merrick never loses.
But one night is never enough…
Charlotte is devastated to learn that her reprobate father has lost her in a card game to the most dangerous man she’s ever met. With the threat of ruin behind every corner, Charlotte embarks upon a perilous path with the man she can not forget. But in truth, it’s Roman who has everything to lose-for a game undertaken for pleasure alone soon has him gambling his heart. And love and passion unleashed could bring his great, dark empire tumbling down…
Because it strikes. Somehow, someone finds said bag, fishes it out, and opens it. And I shockingly come across… one lonely M&M that has horribly spilled out of the still mostly full, open bag… Or in a saltier example, a potato chip delicately balanced on the edge of a mostly full bowl – one small tremor from falling off…
Just sitting there. Helpless.
I must rescue it.
I mean, you understand, right? I can’t throw away a perfectly good M&M. Once it is out of the bag, it can’t be stuffed back in, that’s ludicrous and, and…and unsanitary! Nor can I let a luscious, salty chip fall to the floor to end up in the Garbage Can of Doom. Absolutely not. I will take one for the team and eat it. A single, solitary soul that needs my help. Only one. Only one!
The victim is saved! The world rejoices!
It was only one M&M/chip, and I have Done. My. Duty.
Then my gaze slides back to the rest of the bowl, the rest of the bag. So innocent, so lost. All of those morsels crying for help. Needing me. I must, MUST, save them now too. I can feel their presence already — on my tongue, in the back of my throat, in the pit of my stomach. More. That steady beat of my heart that says, “Save them. Save them all.”
Yes!!! Saved!!! Everyone is saved!!!
I throw the empty bag into the trash, satisfied. Then put my head in my hands and weep.
This is why I don’t open the bag myself. I. Simply. Can’t. Eat. Just. One.
M&M’s just aren’t meant to be eaten in singles (or single digits even). And they aren’t the only thing. Take research and clicking on research pages. Ask any historical writer (and probably reader!) how often she goes out and hits one page doing research. Mmm-hmmm. No clicks to other pages. No way.
Four hours later the historical writer is sobbing into her hands having visited 50 sites and written 0 pages of her manuscript…
Social media surfing, web surfing, popcorn, grapes…or on the more emotional side, dates with friends, kisses on baby cheeks…hugs goodbye, hugs after an accident, hugs hello. All things best consumed in quantities greater than one.
What is your M&M? Share something that you can’t have just one of
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USA Today bestselling author Anne Mallory is a lifelong romance reader who sold her first novel to Avon Books after becoming a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest. Aside from writing, she is an enthusiastic hobby collector, game player, water girl, cat lover, chocolate consumer, and homebody—not necessarily in that order. A native Michigander, Anne currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Anne is happily working on her next book, One Kiss Leads to Another a connected story to One Night Is Never Enough.