I’ve been making a lot of choices lately; everything from whether to make a career change to what color towels I want in my newly renovated master bathroom. My sister is getting married and I have the great pleasure of being her matron of honor. Should the bridesmaids dresses be red or maroon? Flowers or candles? Veil or no veil? I have a really bad case of decision fatigue.
So much so that my when contractor installed these blue glass knobs on my bathroom cabinet and asked whether I liked them, I couldn’t answer. Maybe you guys can help me out. Do they look out of place on the gray cabinet? Do they detract from the blue sink or is it just the right pop of color?
My decision fatigue is due to exhaustion but it got me thinking about how people make life changing decisions in the most emotionally charged, life altering situations. The worst that can happen with my blue knobs is I hate it and change it in the future. But what if during this time, I meet the love of my life and can’t decide whether that’s the right choice. Unlike my knobs, I can’t just let it go. Can I?
That’s the choice the heroes and heroines of our romance novels make all the time. And perhaps because I was writing The Sergeant's Temptation during an incredibly volatile time in my own life, the book focuses on impossible choices.
So here they are; Luke Williams (for loyal fans, it’s the same Luke Williams from Mending the Doctor’s Heart) and Alessa Parrino. Lieutenant Luke Williams is the anti-military Army man who needs the Army to complete a secret mission. Alessa is the Army sergeant who can kick any man to the floor but can’t kick out the demons of her past. The Army is her life, the only thing that’s ever mattered to her. Recovering from a prior scandal, she can’t afford even the hint of a blemish on her reputation. As most of you know, romance between a commander and his soldier is grounds for court martial. So is the temptation worth everything they’d have to give up?
This is not exactly like a blue knob choice. If either of their feelings get known, their careers are over. Is love really worth giving up the only life they've known? What if it doesn't work out? And is it truly love? While they are deployed to Pakistan, it’s hard to know how much of it is real and how much is just the raw power of the highly charged circumstances they’re in.
It was a really fun book to write and I hope you enjoy reading it when it comes out in August. I'll give you more details in my July post but if you can't wait, I love hearing from readers so email me at Sophia at SophiaSasson.com, feel free to sign up for my newsletter or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.
But right now, what I really want to know is what you think of my blue knobs and whether you are facing a blue knob choice yourself? A decision that you just can’t make! Thank you for sharing.