I’ve had a lot of jobs in my 39 years on this planet. Salad bar attendant. Fireworks vendor. Phone book delivery girl. Bakery assistant. Dog washer.
Incidentally, doing those last two jobs in back-to-back shifts was a great way to get spilled frosting licked off my shoes.
There are also the jobs that have kept a roof over my head for most of my adult life, including marketing/PR geek and romantic comedy author.
But on my big list of jobs, I never imagined myself as a jewelry designer. For starters, I’m not crafty. I once hot glue gunned my hand to my shoe, and don’t get me started on the time I used nail polish to paint daisies on my acid-wash jean jacket (which, for the record, looked way better than it smelled).
But something funny happened when I began writing Fiancée for Hire. That’s my new romantic comedy releasing this week as one of the launch titles for Entangled’s new Lovestruck line. It tells the story of Kelli, a feisty veterinarian, who agrees to a fake engagement for the sake of a top-secret arms deal orchestrated by her longtime crush, Mac. Both have vowed never to marry in real life, and both have damn good reasons for it.
In Kelli’s case, the reasons stem from a lousy childhood. She took a few good things from the experience, including her wicked sense of humor, her ball-busting attitude, and a silver necklace with a paw print charm and a freshwater pearl that belonged to her grandmother.
I could picture the necklace in my mind as I was writing about it. I cried when she lost it, and I rooted for Mac to get it back for her. The whole time, I kept thinking “I’ve gotta get me one of those.”
So I made it happen. I made a few of them happen, actually, and I’d like to share one with a lucky reader. Just leave a comment here sharing some of the odd jobs you’ve had over the years. I’ll choose one person at noon this Friday, July 25, and I’ll send you this lovely little necklace for your own collection. You can wear it with pride no matter what sort of job you have!
Well, maybe not if you’re a professional wrestler. That sounds dangerous.
But otherwise, I’m pretty sure you’ll dig the necklace as much as I do.