Welcome to my stop on the Corey M.P. High Blog Tour. Check out the author's Guest Post below:
Publisher: French Press
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Sonja Fines is a thirty-year-old, uptight, sleep deprived, workaholic from Manhattan who hasn’t taken a day off in years. On a Friday before a Fourth of July weekend, she hops in a cab, late for an important presentation, but ends up in a coffee shop…in Montreal. Shocked by her sudden escape, she meets laid-back Chad Miller. They spend the next three days together, and quickly fall for each other. Sonja has never been happier. But when Chad suddenly reveals something from his past, Sonja flees in a hurry—and her life turns upside down. Overwhelmed with emotions, she embarks on a roller coaster of spontaneous decisions that change her life dramatically.
~The Sonja Fines Moment~
What is The Sonja Fines Moment? More importantly, who is Sonja Fines?
Sonja Fines is the protagonist in my contemporary novel, HIGH. She’s a thirty-year-old workaholic from Manhattan who hasn’t taken a day off in years. She’s sleep deprived, uptight, quite unhappy, and lives a monotonous life. She goes to work early, comes home late, eats TV dinners, shops online in the middle of the night, and then repeats the process the following day.
But on a Friday before a Fourth of July weekend, she hops in a cab—late for an important presentation, but ends up in a coffee shop…in Montreal.
Sonja’s life is about to change.
The Sonja Fines Moment:
The Sonja Fines Moment is a moment of realization in the midst of a chaotic time, and you’re faced with an important decision.
So what does Sonja do at a moment like this? She does the unexpected.
Am I really here? Because the lack of sleep and the temporary jolt from the caffeine this morning have left me wondering if I conjured all this up in my head. It’s possible. But my doubts fade fast, and everything becomes real as soon as the cobblestones touch the soles of my shoes, and we walk past narrow streets surrounded by historical buildings, and I hear Chad’s voice.
“This is it. This is Old Montreal,” he announces, spreading his arms. “This square is ‘Place Jacques-Cartier.’”
I inhale slowly, soaking it all in. I step forward and backward, my neck twisting and turning, memorizing every corner. I feel an instant connection to this place. Something about being here grabs me and infatuates me. I begin taking mental pictures of the narrow alleys decorated with rows of artists and vendors. I start imagining myself dining at the sidewalk cafes, sitting there with Chad during the summer, spring, winter, and fall. I get this strong desire to take off my shoes and walk barefooted on the cobblestones as if I have found my new home. But I leave my thoughts and emotions to myself. Instead, I look at Chad, who is watching me with a smile that melts me away.
How did I get here?
—HIGH by Corey M. P. (Chapter 4, New Friends in Old Montreal)
Corey M. P. is a writer and a graphic designer from California. She also recently became a children’s book author after she created a collection of beginner books for kids under the age of five called, Sammy’s Books. She lives with her husband, her three-year-old daughter, and their two corgis in the City by the Bay. HIGH is her first novel. She is currently working on her second novel, Hearts and Errors.
Visit her blog at: www.coreymp.wordpress.com.