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Flashback: The Block Party

When I outlined The Holiday Series, I knew I wanted each book to have its own feel. For example, with The Writing on the Wall, Weston is the calming influence on the friend group and is the level-headed one. She was a good character to start with to introduce the rest of the friends, and that includes Talon, who’s a little all over the place. So, I didn’t want Talon to be the lead in, but I thought it would be cool to have her book intersect a bit with Weston’s since they’re best friends and used to date in college. It also gave me a chance to explore their friendship and the reasons why the romantic angle didn’t work between them so that when Emerson and Talon get together, it makes sense that Emerson is the one for Talon.

Because I wanted each book to have a different feel, with Talon’s story, I wanted to explore the forbidden office romance between boss and employee and make it a lot sexier than Weston’s, but still not get away from the character development and the love story, so writing those sex scenes was pretty fun.

I also wanted to avoid the whole “break up after they sleep together” trope that typically happens in these stories. I.e., “I know we shouldn’t do this. We do it. We can’t do this anymore.” I’ve read it a lot, and I wanted to go a more logical route for the book that I think is a little more realistic and modern. People date at work all the time, so while it may be frowned upon, there are things you can do to let the company off the hook if you date someone like your boss. Being someone that used to work in HR, I called on my experience there and didn’t make Emerson tell Talon it couldn’t happen anymore. She just needed some space after their rounds and rounds of sex to get her brain working again. And when she does that, she asks Talon out on a real date.

I hope you enjoyed the extra sexy bits in this story, but also the fact that Emerson and Talon aren’t just good in bed – their sexual chemistry compliments real-life compatibility, and they are meant to be in more ways than one.

When you get to read Aria’s book, The Fireworks, which has just came out, you’ll see that’s a totally different book than Talon’s as well, and I hope you enjoy the second-chance romance aspect of that one and how Aria finds herself again.


The Block Party

  • Holiday Series Book 2

  • Genre: Contemporary Lesbian Romance

  • Release Date: March 12th, 2022

  • Formats: Kindle, Audible, Paperback, Hardcover

  • Length: 76,387 words

  • Listening Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins

The Block Party by Nicole Pyland. Available on Kindle, Audible, Paperback, and Hardcover

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