Hiya, peeps! XIO AXELROD invited me to join this really cool blog hop in which I introduce you to one of the main characters from a newly released/WIP/soon-to-be-released novel. I should have posted this yesterday, but my brain is a sieve. :) Well, I’ve already introduced you to Laney, Mads and Niklas from Maybe Baby. Now it’s time to get to know Eddy, who you might remember as Laney’s cousin who actually gave Laney the idea of going to a sperm bank in Copenhagen. Naughty girl. ;)
I should tell you right now that no one calls me Edwina. Not if they want me to be nice to them. I hate being called that name. It’s an old woman’s name–and I am only thirty-five. I’m not ancient. I don’t smell like mothballs. I don’t put my teeth in a glass of water before I go to bed. Call me Eddy instead.
My mother named me after her favorite aunt. Apparently, there’s always been an Edwina in our family, and all of us have a reputation for being free-spirited, stubborn and going our own way. Which I kind of find hard to believe, because my great-aunt Edwina was super-religious. She didn’t seem very free-spirited to me. She was always telling me to tell the truth and let God love me or that I was the most sinful girl she’d ever met. I don’t know about that… I have my moments. Don’t we all?
Up until a few months ago I was living in Stockholm and having the time of my life. OK, I’m exaggerating. I wasn’t having the time of my life but I had a pretty good life there. I co-owned a successful boutique with Andreas, my gorgeous (and slightly younger than me) boyfriend. We had the most amazing apartment in Kungsholmen and I really felt like we’d finally begun settling down. Well, then he came home one day and told me he didn’t love me anymore, that he wasn’t sure he’d ever loved me and he met someone else. Not exactly what you want to hear when you thought you were having a good run. I guess I should have expected it. He wasn’t very good at the whole “be faithful” thing. Neither of us were. Not really. I don’t think we trusted one another with our hearts. I don’t think I have trusted anyone with my heart, not since Colin. And he’s ancient history. We’re not going there. Not today. Let’s just say Colin and I had a habit of making each other feel wonderful and then making each other extremely miserable.
So Andreas and I…we broke up. I couldn’t sleep. I got this wacky idea that I wanted to move back home even though I didn’t really know where home was anymore. I’d lived in Sweden so long that I sometimes felt more Swedish than American. Sometimes I even dreamed in Swedish, but for some reason I decided I wanted to move back to my hometown of New York and reinvent myself. Or…no, not really reinvent myself, rediscover the girl I used to be.
And then my cousin Laney asked me to house-sit for her while she was on her honeymoon. I figured it was all part of my bridesmaid duties. All of my stuff was either in storage in Stockholm or on its way to a storage unit in New York. I didn’t have anywhere to live, so a month in Copenhagen sounded like a damned good thing. And then I met Henrik, the best man…and the groom’s cousin.
Fucking hell…he wasn’t supposed to be so charming or good-looking… and now we’re spending so much time together. And there’s this chemistry between us… I feel it whenever I’m around him.
I’m not supposed to want him.
I’m moving home. I am not staying in Europe.
I am tired of love in translation….right?
You’ll be able to find out more about Eddy & Henrik (and Laney & Mads) in Maybe Tomorrow, which I hope to release later this year. No release date yet.
And don’t forget to head over to these blogs to check out the next authors and characters in the blog hop:
MARA WHITE is the author of one of my favorite novels of 2013, Heights of Desire, and she loves all things romantic. She’s also a Bikram yoga enthusiast. Her latest novel, FEAR OF HEIGHTS, was launched last week. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
TIA KELLY is the author of Taste for Love and The Affair, both of which I loved and I think you will too! She’s a sports fan, a foodie and a consummate people watcher. Like me, she calls her hometown Philly! Her latest novel, READY For LOVE, is available now.
STACY-DEANNE is the author of Captivated, Worth the Risk and the just-released Empty. They are great reads! Add them to your TBR list! Stacy writers interracial romance and interracial romantic suspense. And like me, she loves Butter Pecan ice cream–but she has more willpower than me and resists its siren call. Her new novel, OUTSIDE WOMAN, will be published in October.