Friday, May 19, 2017

CHOICES by Sophia Sasson

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.


--Sophia

24 comments:

  1. I love the concept of The Sergeant's Temptation and look forward to reading it! As for the blue knobs, Sophia, that's a personal choice, but as you pointed out, try living with them. If you don't love them, you can change them later. Since they are already installed, there's no down side! :)

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  2. Sophia, your bathroom looks beautiful! I like the knobs. But I know what you mean about decision making. There are times when I don't want to decide what to fix for dinner much less what kind of car I want/need to buy or whether we should sell our house. The Sergeant's Temptation sounds great, looking forward to hearing more about it. And good luck with all your decision dilemmas.

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    1. Same to you Carol. Good luck with the decision. Car and house are big ones.

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  3. I'll have to add your soon to be released book to my shopping list. In the meantime, I really like the blue knobs. Just the right touch of color to compliment the vanity and wall behind it.

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  4. Wow! Talk about serious decisions (I'm referring to your character's not the knobs). You are the master of upping the stakes. I can't wait to read your book because now I'm completely hooked. And I love the blue knobs. :)

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    1. Awww..you made my day! Thank you so much.

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  5. I like them! And they're such an easy thing to change out and inexpensive, so you can change it up down the road if you get tired of them. :)

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  6. Your release sounds like a fun read.

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  7. Love the blue knobs. Unexpected but a great pop of color. I liked Luke, and can't wait to read read his story. I'm so excited we'll share a release month.

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    1. Thanks Beth! I'm looking forward to our shared release too.

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  8. Love the blue knobs, and I'm right there with you on decision fatigue--I want someone to decide what we're going to have for dinner. Every day.

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    1. Liz--I am like that about dinner too. And lunch. Sometimes breakfast too :)

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    2. I'm with all of you on dinner selections too.

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  9. Love the blue knobs (Liz and I are so alike). LOL, I'm chief decision maker and bottle washer. We have too many bottles I've decided. I'm tired of making dinner and have made the decision that my husband needs to cook more. Too bad I came to that decision when school got out and I'm home for the summer when he's still working full time. ARG

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  10. Love the blue knobs! But I totally know what you mean about decision fatigue. I redid half of my house a few years go. Do.Not.Want.To.Do.That.Again! Although I am going to gut my bathrooms next winter. :-)

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  11. I think the older I get the more decisions I have to make, and it's overwhelming at times. When I go food shopping and see a hundred different cereal boxes I think to myself TOO MANY CHOICES! I guess I go through decision fatigue at times too. And like you implied, some decisions can be more life-altering than others, hence the blue knobs. I think they work by the way. I'm happy to see your house is coming along after the contractor fiasco a while back if I'm remembering correctly??

    Congratulations on the upcoming release. I still have to read Mending the Doctor's Heart. ( :

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  12. Isn't it great we live in a part of the world where blue knobs are a choice? Great story question of how do we know when we're in love!

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  13. Looking forward to reading the book, Sophia!

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  14. First off, I love the blue knobs. I think it adds just the right amount of POP to the whole room. Secondly, I can't wait to read The Sergeant's Temptation. Love the cover and that hero is yummy! Great post, Sophia!

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