I fly a lot for my job, and if there is one thing that is universally true,
weather can bring out the worst in people. The absolute worst. A couple of
years ago I was flying back from Ireland through Chicago Oâ€™Hare. My flight got
in just before massive thunderstorms rolled through. All flights were
cancelled. I was stuck in that airport for more than eight hours, in a terminal
with limited seating and amenities. When I said that travel brought out the
worst in people, I may or may not have been referring to myself. Iâ€™m not very
patient. But at least I didnâ€™t take up more than one seat, or more than one
outlet, or stand in the enormous food court line and wait until I got to the
counter to debate the menu items with my spouse. But there were those who did.
That horrible, terrible, no-good very bad day was the day I got the idea to
write a short tale about two people flying from New York to Seattle who have to
get there on time when a huge blizzard shut down westbound flights. The
Bridesmaid was published last year and was the Planes, Trains and Automobile
version of a romance romp. It was also a RITA finalist.
I had so much fun writing that novella that I wondered what else I could do with
that blizzard. And then I rememberedâ€”one Thanksgiving many years ago, my
extended family was stuck at my uncleâ€™s ranch near Dallas when an ice storm hit.
I use the word â€śranchâ€ť loosely, because there was really nothing about there
but a trailer, an RV, and a whole lot of cows. And after weâ€™d devoured the
food, there was nothing left but some bad whiskey. Iâ€™ll say thisâ€”we are finally
all on speaking terms again, but it took some time.
In ONE MAD
NIGHT, a man and woman who are competing each other for a
plum accountâ€”one that could make or break their careerâ€”have a healthy
competition heading into the final round, scheduled for the next day. But late
that afternoon, as they each work to polish their presentations, a white out
shuts down the city. Chelsea and Ian find themselves alone and stranded in the
office with nothing but a few Lean Cuisines and the conference room liquor
cabinet. Does the blizzard bring out the worst in them? Will they be on
speaking terms when the city starts moving again? And just how quickly do
sparks fly when itâ€™s man against nature?
I hope you enjoy my novella, ONE MAD NIGHT. Stay warm, wherever you are.
About ONE MAD NIGHT
Two Romantic Adventures...One Mad Night
Two delightful contemporary romance novellas in one book from New York
Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia London.
One winterâ€™s night a blizzard sweeps across the country, demonstrating that fate
can change the course of lives in an instantâ€¦and fate has got a sense of humor.
One Mad Night
Chelsea Crawford and Ian Rafferty are high profile ad execs in cutthroat
competition for a client. When a major winter storm puts New York City on
lockdown, the two rivals have to make it through the night togetherâ€”oh, the many
ways in which opposites attract...
The Bridesmaid - Bonus Novella
RITA Award Nominee for Best Romance Novella of 2013
Kate Preston has just moved to New York. Joe Firretti is contemplating a move to
Seattle. When the weather wreaks havoc with transportation systems, Kate and Joe
meet as they are both trying to rent the last car availableâ€¦ As Kate races to
make her best friendâ€™s wedding, and Joe races to a life-altering job interview,
it looks like together is the only way theyâ€™ll make it at all.
About Julia London
Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today
bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Homecoming Ranch
contemporary series, the Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, and
numerous other works. She is a four-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award
for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best
Historical Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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