We asked our authors to share their experiences or plans to break out of their comfort zone or routine.
Hi, I’m Donna Michaels, and I write hot, humorous, heartwarming reads in several romance sub-genres. When I sat down to think about what I did last year that was daring, so I could share it in this Dare to Be Different blog post, I realized I was pretty boring. Other than stepping out of my comfort zone to host a few panels at several conferences last year, I was just an average Josephine.
Although, hosting those panels, speaking in front of a room full of people, was definitely daring for me. I’m an introvert and would much rather sit in a corner in the back of the room and people-watch. I’m great at people-watching, talking about myself…not so much. But I wanted to connect with my readers, so I bumbled through it and had a good time—despite the ball of lead in my belly. Since it hadn’t been the end of the world, I agreed to do it again this year. Yikes. In May, at the Romantic Times Convention, and again in June, at Lori Foster’s RAGT. If you happened to be at one or both, please come find me and say hi! I’ll be the one with the slightly green face.
Speaking of the Romantic Times Convention, it was at one of their cons that I did do something extremely daring. At the Rio, in Las Vegas in 2016, one of my good author friends, Sabrina York, asked me if I’d go zip-lining with her. The hotel had one set up from roof to roof where you soar up to 33 miles per hour 500 feet off the ground. She was so excited, and I thought, you know…when in Vegas…so I told her sure.
Here’s a photo of us before they set us free. ☺
We took off from the top of Rio’s 50-story Masquerade tower, and traveled 800 feet to the Ipanema tower — with a 360-degree, open-air view of the Las Vegas Strip. The view was gorgeous. Then we made the return trip facing backwards. The whole experience was daring and exhilarating. Sabrina said she’d never do it again, but I found I enjoyed it, and was glad I dared.
Kissing the sexy soldier was a dare she couldn’t resist…
That’s how Beth Brannigan felt in Her Secret Army Ranger. My heroine was dared to kiss the next single cowboy who walked into the fair. Normally, she’d take the truth option and not the dare, but she was glad she stepped out of her comfort zone and into the cowboy’s arms.
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Choosing dare had definitely been a bad idea. When her best friend dared her to kiss a cowboy, by-the-book event planner Beth Brannigan should have said no, especially when she saw who it was. Instead, she said please…again and again. But if he finds out she’s the sister of one of his military buddies, she can kiss him good-bye.
Former Army Ranger Brick Mitchum isn’t a relationship kind of guy. But when Beth kisses his socks off, he starts to wonder if she’s the exception and that maybe it’s time he settled down. She’s mysterious. Unpredictable. Curvy in every way he needs… And apparently the completely off-limits sister of a good friend. If her brother finds out she’s sleeping with Brick, he’ll kill him, but Brick is beginning to think she’s worth the risk.