I’m excited to be kicking off my blog tour for I Should Have Said Yes! It’s an action-packed two weeks where you’ll get the inside scoop and a sneak-peek at what’s next. My first stop is Book Lover Promo and I chose to do a character interview. Read below to learn more about one of my favorite protagonists: Tara Winters. And be sure to stop by and leave a comment for your chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.
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