Monday, February 26, 2024

Secret Admirer Pact Guest Post #GoddessFish


Secret Admirer Pact

by Bernadette Marie


GENRE: Romance



When Will seeks to rekindle a flame with his ex-girlfriend, his best friend Monique reluctantly suggests a plan involving secret admirer notes to divert his ex’s attention. In a surprising turn, Monique finds herself infatuated with her new boss, prompting Will to reciprocate with anonymous tokens of affection. However, as the deceptive game unfolds, both Monique and Will come to realize that the heartfelt sentiments expressed in the secret admirer notes were their own true feelings. So, what happens if the plan works? What happens if it doesn’t?



From my pocket I retrieve a paper napkin with writing on it.


I’ve been watching you. I think you’re very handsome. I’d love to get to know you.


Your Secret Admirer

The note has me laughing. It’s written in Monique’s handwriting, and I can’t even imagine why she—

I look back down at the napkin and grin. So this is Monique’s wise idea to get Brandy to notice me? I now have a secret admirer? Am I supposed to leave these little notes around the house?

I can hear Brandy moving around her room. I look at the note again, and consider it.

Instead of taking my coffee mug with me, I set it on the note. She’ll notice that I forgot my coffee, and maybe she’ll see the writing on the napkin. Well, I have nothing to lose with Monique’s little game. Grabbing my messenger bag, I hike it up onto my shoulder and head out to work. As is the norm, my phone rings as I’m leaving my office and heading to lunch.

So now you’re my secret admirer?” I ask as I answer the phone, knowing Monique is on the other end.

Her laugh filters through and brings me a bit of warmth as I step outside in the cold.

Why, Will, I have no idea what you’re talking about,” she says on another laugh. 

Guest Post

The Art of Creating Memorable Characters by Bernadette Marie

One of the great challenges in writing a book that readers will love is creating memorable characters. I tend to write about women who are trying to find themselves and men who are cinnamon rolls. These are people I understand the most. Maybe it’s because my husband is a cinnamon roll. (I’m sure he’d love to hear me call him that--not.) And maybe because I’m someone who is always trying to better myself.

Knowing your characters intimately is important. If you’re a new author, consider spending time with your characters. What do I mean by that? Take time to write each of your main characters their back story. Who are they? What do they believe? What kind of education do they have? Who are their parents, etc. Perhaps that sounds silly, but if you don’t know those kinds of details, it’s hard to write the character. Most often, those details don’t make it into the book, but those same details will make them act in a certain way.

One of the things I love most about creating characters is that they are not at all like me. I love exploring backgrounds and morals that aren’t mine. It has opened my eyes to an entirely different world. I truly feel as if I understand people more than I ever have. I still may not agree with them, and I wouldn’t live my life the way they do, but my eyes are wide open.

When you write as many books as I have, you have to create characters that differ from the characters you’ve written. They may be older. They may be younger. This forces you, as a writer, to learn about generations in which you might not be familiar with.

Writing characters is a great lesson in humanity. And a lesson I don’t mind studying for.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie writes contemporary romances and believes in Happily Ever After. The married mother of five believes in love at first sight, quick love, and second chances. An avid martial artist, Bernadette Marie is a certified instructor and holds a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. She loves Tai Chi, traveling to Disney parks, and having lunch with friends. When not writing, or running her own publishing house, Bernadette is probably immersed in a Rom Com, from which she will often quote one-liners.







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