The Wild Card
by Liz Durano
Contemporary Romance (Clean and Wholesome)
Cover Design: Flirtation Designs
When Daniela Simmons’ sister enters her name in the reality TV dating show, Paired in Paradise, the last thing Daniela expects is to be chosen as the Wild Card, the latest contestant added halfway through the show to compete for the heart of billionaire adventurer, Tyler Drake.
Now, whether she likes it or not, Daniela is going to be a reality TV star.
For Tyler, being the object of the women’s affections has become exhausting. How can one truly know who’s being real or not – including himself – with cameras constantly filming their every move and producers manipulating everything they say? But he’s willing to coast through to the end of this fabricated fairy tale with whoever producers decide will be the best choice for him, even if it’s just for the show.
But that’s before he meets the Wild Card…
Suddenly Tyler realizes that what’s best for the show isn’t necessarily the best choice for his heart.
So goes the official blurb of my upcoming novelette – too long to be classified as a short story but too short to be a novella.
I wrote a short story four months ago in response to a contest where you were supposed to do a modern retelling of a fairy tale. The rules included a word count under 10K and that it be family-friendly. Well, 10K I can do. Family friendly, I wasn’t so sure, especially when my first idea was Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, and so not in a family-friendly kind of way.
So I picked another one of my favorite fairy tales – with a happy ending, that is because my all time favorite is The Little Mermaid, the original Hans Christian Anderson version and we know the real ending of that (no, she didn’t live happily ever after with her prince). So I picked The Princess and The Pea, which I thought would fit my contemporary theme of reality TV shows perfectly, especially the ones along the theme of The Bachelor.
Unfortunately, my story hit 15K words and I had to drop out of the contest when I saw that trimming it to 10K just got rid of too much of what I wanted my characters to accomplish. And so The Wild Card, a Novelette was born. And hard to believe – for the first time, I clicked on “Clean and Wholesome” for the story category!
The book won’t go live for a few days but if you’d like to keep an eye on it, here’s the official page. And if you want an ARC, let me know in the comments!