Monday, January 15, 2018

Book Chat | Excerpt from One Way Ticket by Kate O’Keeffe and Melissa Baldwin

Title: One Way Ticket
Authors: Kate O’Keeffe & Melissa Baldwin
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Where to find ONE WAY TICKET


Would you switch lives with someone you just met?

Sabrina Monroe is poised and ready for her future as Mrs. Todd Edward Blakely. Everything seems perfect, but on the big day, suddenly she's not so sure. Her nicely mapped out life ahead of her, she finds herself in her own movie scene as the runaway bride, climbing out of the bathroom window. All she can think is escape.

Addison Bloom needs a life makeover. She's travelled the world to find love--and failed. On her way back from yet another friend's wedding, she starts to feel ill at the mere thought of seeing another veil that's not hers. Should she go back home and marry her former sweetheart, or stick it out looking for love in her new home?

Sabrina and Addison are both on the run, wanting to escape to a new life. As the two strangers talk at an airport, discovering they have the same job at opposite ends of the country, a crazy idea unfolds--one which might provide the answers they've both been looking for.

Is there such a thing as a One Way Ticket to a new life, or will they find they're running from themselves, not just the past?

Excerpt #1
I shifted around in my first class seat, trying to get as comfortable as I could, despite the circumstances of my impromptu trip. I was supposed to be on a plane to my dream honeymoon right now, getting ready to kick off a week of basking in the island sunshine, with a frozen cocktail in my hand. My handsome new husband by my side . . .
Instead, I was sitting on a plane, going to an unfamiliar place to take over a stranger’s life.
What the hell?
I rubbed my temples vigorously and took another sip of my vodka tonic. The plane hadn’t even taken off yet, and a part of me was ready to make a run for it . . . again.
I wondered what would happen if I tried to exit the plane during the boarding process? I’ve never seen that happen before. Would I be jumped by a bunch of airport employees? I could imagine Sheila, the cheerful flight attendant, kicking off her navy pumps and jumping on top of me to restrain me from creating panic throughout the plane.
How would I explain my reasons to the travel authorities? I was positive they wouldn’t take me seriously if I told them I had just run away from my wedding. Yes—run away. I’m talking escaped out the bathroom window, just like Rachel in Friends.
Not to mention that, up until a few hours ago, I was wandering aimlessly around the airport in my wedding dress—the dress my mother made me wear. Believe me, it was beautiful, just not the style I would have chosen for the most important day of my life.
I let out a sigh and took another sip of my drink. I had no doubt my photo was already plastered all over social media by now. As soon as the security guards saw my dress go through the scanner, they realized I was “the runaway bride.” Gossip sure traveled fast.
I could already see the caption on the news: “Crazy runaway bride tears through the Dallas/Fort Worth International airport in wedding gown.” 

Meet the authors

Kate O’Keeffe is a bestselling author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a scruffy dog too. He’s not: he’s a cat.
She is a wife, a mother, and a chocolate expert. Seriously. She loves to read, to hang out with friends, and to hike up the big hill behind her house each day.
To date, she’s written the Amazon bestselling chick lit series, the Cozy Cottage Café, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, a fun holiday novella, and co-authored One Way Ticket with fellow author, Melissa Baldwin.

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember…or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of ten Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.
When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.