Taking Chances with S.J. Maylee (31 Days of Halloween)

Top Ten things to know about TAKING CHANCES
  1. I wrote the first chapter of TAKING CHANCES on
    January 21, 2012.
  2. It took me a couple months to finish the first
    draft. Although I haven’t added or deleted any scenes, it took almost the
    whole rest of the year to edit.
  3. TAKING CHANCES takes place in Chicago, as do
    all my stories.
  4. Of all the scenes it’s the ending that has gone
    through the most changes. I had to get the happy ending just right.
  5. One of my favorite parts of the book is when
    Jake takes a big chance and blows the story into a new path.
  6. I’m a Jane Austen fan, especially Pride and
    Prejudice. I can imagine I’ll find a way to write a story using each
    Bennet sister’s name. One down, four to go.
  7. One of my favorite characteristics in TAKING
    CHANCES is Lydia’s brother, Sean. His story is always coming around to say
    hello. I hope to write it soon.
  8. The story may take place in Chicago, but the
    idea for their work place came from a place a worked at here in Michigan.
  9. TAKING CHANCES is the first in a series of four
    books I’m calling The Love Projects.
  10. In the epilogue, you’ll get hints regarding all
    three stories to come.
Lydia’s father walked
away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her,
but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one
woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts
he has the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies, and he
lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.
The two will be kept in
a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If
Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love
that is out of reach. But together they can find common ground, passion, and a
reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love
they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be
again, facing unguaranteed love.

Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a
deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding
the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.
she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing
with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP
(Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.
As a
writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back