Moon over the Bay
Nathan Wolfe is gorgeous, and your typical surfer guy with blond hair, blue eyes, and tanned muscle. Looks like that should help him chase his dream of becoming an actor, but he’s had nothing but failed auditions for months. After confiding in his best friend that he’s been feeling a little lost, Kyle invites him to San Francisco where he’s been spending time with his girlfriend, Sadie. Nathan jumps at the chance in the hope that a change in scenery will lift his mood.
Jess Dempsey comes from a rich and influential family, and does have a liking for the finer things in life . . . like designer shoes and handbags. But she’s not your typical heiress to a fortune—she prefers to put her art history degree to work. Much to her parents’ dismay, Jess runs a successful business as an art agent, instead of taking her place in the family business. When her best friend, and most successful client, Sadie, asks a favor, Jess finds herself face to face with Nathan, and it’s lust at first sight.
But Nathan won’t be anyone’s playboy, he’s been there done that, and Jess has learned her lesson the hard way when it comes to pretty faces and their love of her wallet.
Nathan Wolfe dropped into the seat of his Mustang, throwing his messenger bag next to him. Another casting call, another waste of time. He was so sick of hearing the same things: you’re too tall, you’re too blond, you’re too all-American, you’re not dark enough, you’re not manly enough. He snorted. He could show those annoying casting agents a thing or two about manly. Didn’t matter anyway, Nathan would never see those people again. He was over this whole cattle-call audition process. He was starting to think he was over the whole acting thing.
He gassed it as he backed out of the parking space at the production offices in Burbank and roared toward home. Located on a mountain overlooking the San Fernando Valley, just north of L.A., it was Nathan’s favorite place. He shared the house with his best friend from college. Lately, though, it felt like he lived alone. Kyle spent all his time in San Francisco these days to be with the love of his life.
After pulling into the driveway, he was surprised to see Kyle’s Audi in the garage. Nathan smiled. Maybe a few beers with his friend would make the day better.
He climbed out of the car and walked in the side door. Kyle was sitting at the kitchen island using his phone. He was wearing a goofy grin, which of course meant he must be texting with his girlfriend.
“Hey, man, nice to see you home for a change,” Nathan teased as he sat his bag down.
“Hey, bro, how’s it going? Audition today?” Kyle asked, standing to give Nathan a welcoming hug. Something Nathan would never ever admit he needed.
“Yeah, it was crap though. Same shit as always. I’m too ‘whatever’ for the role. Today I was too ‘surfer.’ I’m kind of over it.” Nathan rolled his eyes before heading to the fridge.
“Ah man, that sucks. I’m sorry,” Kyle said absentmindedly as he went to sort through the mail.
“Eh, I’ll survive. Besides I’m almost too busy for auditions anyway. I’ve been buried with graphic-design work for a huge company website and some other marketing stuff that I almost forgot to do today.” Nathan twisted the cap off his beer and took a drink. “To be honest, I think I’m going to take a break from acting.” Nathan sighed. Kyle looked up from the mail and stared in shock.
“What? Why? I mean I know it’s been a while since you’ve had a job, but I know you’re going to land something awesome soon,” Kyle offered.
Nathan was always touched at the unwavering support Kyle gave him. They’d moved to Los Angeles after college because Nathan wanted to be an actor, and Kyle thought he could do it. Now years later, Nathan had nothing really to show for the few gigs he’d landed except his Mustang he bought with his first big check.
“Thanks man, I appreciate it. It’s been a rough couple of weeks and with you not here . . .” Nathan trailed off, shrugging. He really hated to sound needy, but Kyle and his dad were all the family Nathan had. Sure they texted all the time, but it wasn’t the same as when he and Kyle sat in the backyard and watched the sun go down. His auditions were getting to him lately; he’d even quit the dumb valet job he’d been suffering through, because hoping to get noticed by a casting agent wasn’t panning out anyway. He’d been spending more time on his graphic design business while he re-evaluated his life.
“I know . . . and I’m sorry for not being around, and now I’m packing up to head back up there tomorrow. I only came back to go into the office for some face to face meetings today,” Kyle said. Nathan fought the disappointment that flooded him. Another weekend in the house, alone.
“Hey, why don’t you come with me this weekend? I’ve got to come back for a big client meeting on Monday, so I’m not going to stay long. I even have somewhere you can stay,” Kyle said with hope in his features.
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Short stories that grow . . . and grow
Ever read a book and wish you could read more? Okay, dumb question. Ever read a book and wish it were a series?
I’m a huge, huge fan of book series. I can never get enough of whatever I am reading. But for me, it never fails that one of the best personalities I become attached to in a book is a secondary character in a stand-alone book.
When I started out writing my first book, Talk to the Moon, it was as a short story intended for an anthology. The publisher came back and said, extend this and send it back. So I did. I wrote and wrote and ended up creating a couple of really fun secondary characters. Once Talk to the Moon was done, I couldn’t get Nathan, the best friend of the main protagonist, out of my head. I’m not sure what it was about Nathan, but I felt he needed a story. I thought his laid back personality would be fun to play off someone sassy. That’s how Jess from Talk to the Moon came in. Their chemistry was fun to watch play out, along with their other issues, in the second book in the series, Moon over the Bay.
The same with the other characters in Talk to the Moon, Katherine and Miles. I really loved how their story just clicked and flowed out of me in Sunrise. Their attraction basically wrote itself. Sunrise is the prequel to the series, but I actually wrote Sunrise after writing the first two books in the series.
As writers we have these people living in our head, which is very weird to admit, and some of these people just make themselves known loud and clear. The best part is I get to make a series the way I would want to read it. We meet new people in each book and get a look at how things are going for the previous characters. I personally think that’s super cool.
Do you guys prefer stand-alone books or series?
About the Author
Morgan Emerson’s a zoo keeper, a maid and a chauffeur on top of being a reader, writer and a daydreamer.
Morgan lives in the desert, on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona where she and her husband try to wrangle their three small children. Her passion for reading started as a teenager, leading her to write poetry and short stories as an adult.
She was inspired by another stay-at-home mom turned author to start writing herself, and her favourite characters are Alpha males and sassy women.
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