June K. (June_K on QT) has signed with agent Jill Marr of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
Confident IT worker Nora and chivalrous actor Aiden doubt that 36 questions can make two people fall in love, but take the plunge nevertheless. What else could they do during a tornado lockdown with a stranger?
When Nora and Aiden meet by chance during a downpour, coincidences, attraction, and a few misunderstandings take them by storm. It intrigues gallant Aiden, a famous English actor, that she doesn't seem to know who he is and, precisely for it, doesn't bring back his latest failing project, which symbolizes the downfall of his dreams. With Brazilian and German roots, Nora holds a secret about her dream-job-turned-not-dream-job that may change her own perspective on the subject. Trapped together after sirens go off and a tornado lockdown begins, a "36 questions to fall in love" questionnaire from a cheap magazine sparks conversations that bring joy and happy memories, but also deep sorrow. What starts as a joke in which none of them believes turns into a blossoming intimacy; and, as the night goes on, into something else. However, the strength of their inevitable bond will be tested as soon as the sun comes up—and with it, the brightness of the limelight shining over Aiden's life. With all cards on the table and deep wounds exposed, they will have to deal with their own issues before they're ready to forgive each other.
37 QUESTIONS is an Adult Contemporary Romance novel, told in dual POV (one in British English, the other in American English), complete at 88,000 words. This story, in which NOTTING HILL meets BEFORE SUNRISE, will appeal to the audience of PARTY OF TWO by Jasmine Guillory, particularly because of the relationship-building element and strong adult voices.
Some aspects of our story we believe are worth noting. Nora is a reflection of our heritage—she is half Brazilian, half German, living in different places throughout her life (#ownvoices). She also has fibromyalgia, a condition known to us firsthand through a family member. Aiden has trauma-induced hematophobia and it plays an important part in the plot, and his mother is physically disabled. Our novel covers from witty banter to flirting to dark subjects, such as pregnancy loss, absent parents, infidelity, chronic illnesses, disabilities, and break of trust. We tried to tweak some gender stereotypes as well. Nora has a degree in Computer Science and leads her own team in a big IT company, whereas Aiden is shy, discrete, and family oriented—not what's usually expected of a hotshot actor.
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