Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
written by Tara Lee Reed
published by Doorflower Co.
About the book: “The End” is Only the Beginning.
Elle Masters is over dating. It used to be fun: the drama, the angst, the exhilarating beginnings, the bittersweet middles, the blowout endings. Then the tears, hangovers, rebounds, and another addition to the shoebox of memories in her closet. Now Elle can’t remember the last time a guy made his way into her box.
When her friends Rachel and Valerie insist she snap out of her post-breakup funk with a girls’ night out/rebound hunt at a San Francisco bar, Elle isn’t expecting tall, dark, and hummuna-hummuna, Nick Wright. This is no rebound guy. He’s definitely, maybe, The One.
In Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, the interactive romantic comedy where you direct the plot, you play Elle as she and her pals put the “antics” in “romantics.” Get ready to question everything you thought you knew about love, over-analyzing and second-guessing your way through hundreds of modern dating dilemmas and passionate predicaments. Will you accept a last minute date? Freak out if Nick wants space? Be the first to use the ‘L’ word? Live in sin? Or hold out for a ring? Wait, do you even want a ring?
With 60 good, bad and inexplicable endings, you’ll always have another second chance at love with Mr. Wright.
You and Nick have been dating for six weeks and it’s been wonderful. You can’t remember the last time you had this much fun with someone. You’re never bored when you’re together, never at a loss for conversation, and when it is quiet, it’s a good quiet.
You are happy!
During your Friday night dinner date at your favorite Thai restaurant, you’re hard at work trying to convince Nick of his completely wrong, unjustified and undeserved preconceived notions of The Vampire Diaries, and that he should really give the show a chance – if not for himself, then for you.
“I’ll hate it.” He shakes his head rapidly.
“You don’t think I know what you’ll like?” you ask with a wriggle of your eyebrows. He coughs.
And that’s when you hear it.
“Oh, myyyyyyyyy god! Nick!”
If it’s possible to be allergic to a particular audio frequency, then you are allergic to this one. Wincing, you rub your ears and follow the shriek to its source – a tall, curvy, dark-haired beauty whose face must prevent heterosexual men from hearing her voice. Yes, she’s hot enough to turn men deaf and make you incredibly catty. “What are you doing here?”
Seriously – like acrylic nails on a chalkboard.
Hottie McHotterson, as you’ve named her, invades your table. She flaps her glossy lips and you try really, really hard to listen to what she says so you can report (and mock) her every word to Rachel and Valerie. Unfortunately, you’re powerless against staring at her spectacular breasts. It’s fine, they’re staring at you, too. And, anyway, you’re not sure she’s even noticed you yet.
A few awkward moments later, she squeals goodbye to Nick and leaves a big, shiny mouth-print on his already crimson cheek before she struts off.
Nice to meet your breasts, too.
You look at Nick, who wears a thoroughly pained expression. He starts to babble an explanation of how he and Hottie know each other, which, of course, you’re dying – dying – to hear.
At the same time, it’s not really your business, is it?
Give him some rope to hang himself, turn to section 108.
Give him a stay of execution, turn to section 120.
About the author: Tara Lee Reed is the accidental writer from Toronto, Canada, not that chick from Sharknado. When her career in public relations was forced into hiatus by a jerky plot twist, she wrote the first in a series of interactive novels. When she received offers of single and multi-book deals from top houses, she turned them down to publish independently. Because she’s crazy.
She was voted Most Sarcastic Female at her high school prom, which she went to alone. (Not that she thinks about it.) She can fit her whole fist in her mouth (which makes the prom thing surprising), and she can sing with her mouth closed, but she can’t do both at the same time.
Her tweets on The Bachelor have been aired in a live broadcast and picked up by national media. She once appeared on the cover of a romance novel with her longtime partner, who has done 79 more – with other women. She thinks that’s qualification enough to write this book.