Post by vuhdanessa on Jan 27, 2017 0:43:56 GMT -5
Twenty year-old CHLOE HAYES is fine. She knows that when her boyfriend leaves for the summer, the time apart will be good for them. JEFF will learn to be less dependent on her, and she’ll shake the restlessness she’s been feeling about their two-year relationship.
She just didn’t count on enjoying it so much.
But then, she hadn't expected GALES.
Somewhere between teaching swim lessons and pranking the day camp staff, Chloe’s relationship with Gales evolves. Gales, who believes that fine is a baseline, that if you’re lucky enough to be fine, you have no choice but to want better. And he’s not about to let Chloe settle for less.
When Jeff returns and makes it clear just how badly he needs her in his life, his desperation leaves Chloe torn. Because now she knows how much better it can be.
And that she can’t go back to being fine.
TREADING WATER is a 90,000 word New Adult novel. The slow burn between Chloe and Gales will appeal to readers who savored the chemistry and tension of Coleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday, and fans of Tamara Webber's Easy and Sweet will connect with Chloe’s struggle to define herself and her desires. It’s the book I needed when I was eighteen (and twenty… and twenty-two…), brought to life with details taken from my decade-plus working in the aquatics industry.
In October, my suspicions that I had not written a traditional romance were confirmed when I attended the Emerald City RWA conference. During a workshop on backstory, I realized that my protagonist didn’t have the “wound” a heroine needs healed by the love of a chiseled, perpetually shirtless romantic interest. Instead, TREADING WATER is the story of a young woman coming up against the first real challenge of her life and learning that she doesn’t have the tools to handle it. The fallout from this experience is her wound, which makes her story more pressing, and a lot more relatable to readers.
Thank you for your time and consideration.