I’m super happy to have my friend and debut author, Maggie Kelley here with us today! She’s taking over the blog with a wonderful post on why she loves New York. And to celebrate her new release, she’s got a giveaway, too. Welcome, Maggie!
A NYC LOVE AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
I <3 NYC. Yep, just like the famous 1977 ad campaign, I love the Big Apple. But it wasn’t love at first sight. Not by a longshot.
I made my first solo trip to the city as a clueless, teenaged actress auditioning for a spot in the BFA program at NYU. Coming from a bedroom community in Pennsylvania, let’s just say, Manhattan challenged my under-developed survival instincts. If I’d been wearing a sign that said, New in Town, From the Midwest, Take my Money, I couldn’t have been more of a mark. No surprise then that a few steps beyond the yellow cab that had dropped me on the corner of Broadway and Scared Shitless, I got schooled by one of NY’s native creatures, the three-card Monty con man. I lost eighty bucks in three blocks. Clearly, I was not ready for primetime.
Five years later, twenty-something and oh-so-much wiser, I made the rounds in Manhattan, auditioning for a role on soap opera, cruising Canal Street for trendy, down-and-dirty fashions and falling in love with my requisite actor-boyfriend. We enjoyed the view from the rooftop garden of his apartment until it the day it became painfully clear that he and I were over. When that finally dawned on me, I bought a pack of Camels and caught the fast train over to Boston.
NYC and I were finished. Forever. For good. That is…until years later when one of my besties decided to get married in Central Park and asked my husband and I to serve as witnesses. Just like that, NY and I were back on speaking terms.
The wedding was small and sweet. My friend had found a new-age officiant online who married them near a bridge in the park at dusk. Afterward, we toasted their marriage with celebratory glasses of champagne and way too many selfies and during the cab ride back to our hotel, as my first baby jostled around in my belly, I finally fell in love with New York.
My debut novel, Breaking the Bachelor, is set in the city and in one of my favorite scenes, the hero and heroine take a snowy, nighttime stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, something that’s definitely on my bucket list.
But what about you? Do you love NYC? What’s your favorite city in the world? Do you have a romantic moment on your life’s to do list? Leave a comment to let me know and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win a $5 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Thank you so much for stopping by! And thanks as well to the wonderful Robin Bielman for inviting me to Magical Musings to share my love affair with NYC. (Robin here – the giveaway ends on Friday, April 3. I’ll post the winner’s name in the comments section on Saturday, the 4th.)
About Breaking the Bachelor…
Goaded by her competition, matchmaker Jane Wright makes a very public
bet that she can find the “perfect” match for Manhattan’s hottest
confirmed bachelor—sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman. Unfortunately,
Charlie is also Jane’s ex-lover, a man she broke up with on a cocktail
napkin. With her company on the line, Jane has no choice but to convince
the man of her most impractical dreams to dive back into the dating pool.
Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane’s business fail. He just wants a little
revenge. Determined to prove to Jane that chemistry always beats
compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive her crazy with desire…then
walk away. And his plan is working. A little too well, actually. Because
even as Jane scrambles to calculate Charlie’s best match, the heat
building between combusts. But Charlie’s been so busy outsmarting Cupid
that he hasn’t noticed he’s the naughty cherub’s next target…
After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie, and their two punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life’s greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun.