July 27, 2018

Real Life Inspirations in Tempting Friendship by Patricia Josephine

Please welcome Patricia Josephine for her release bash!

Real Life Inspirations in Tempting Friendship

by Patricia Josephine

When it comes to my writing, I enjoy slipping little details from my real life into the story. It may be a name for a character mentioned in passing or somewhere the main character went that I’ve been to. They’re like little Easter eggs that people in my life may recognize. Here are seven that I slipped into Tempting Friendship.

Gerry the Beer Snob

Okay, so my husband isn’t exactly a beer snob, but he likes to try different beers and judge them. He would get along with Gerry great because they could discuss the different flavors of beer and he could trust Gerry to give him a good recommendation. Also, it’s a joke between hubby and I that any spilled alcohol is alcohol abuse.

Grand Taqua Falls

GT Falls is a mash up of Grand Rapids, where I have family, and Tahquamenon Falls which is a huge waterfall and tourist trap near me. Other things in GT Falls that I pulled from real life is 28th Boulevard. There’s a street in Grand Rapids called 28th Street and it’s so busy that any construction has to be done at night. My grandma used to live on Hazel Street, and my last job was on Spruce Street.

The Crown’s Inn

The restaurant is based on one I worked at called Weber’s Rustic Inn, but Adira’s office is based on the office at my last job, Penny’s Kitchen. It was tiny and cramped with a filing cabinet that had stuff piled on it.

Rum and Light Coke

No, I’ve never heard of a customer saying this, but working in restaurants since I was 18 I have heard some pretty weird requests. Like the fish tastes too fishy. That did actually happen. Cajun spice is too spicy. A friend once asked for pasta primavera without the veggies. That’s the point of the dish. Otherwise, you’re just having alfredo. Then there’s the customers who order an item and when you bring it out say, “I didn’t order that.” That one happened a lot.

Quinn and Gerry Wanting to Kick Out Customers

That happened to me a lot during summer time. Restaurants are crazy busy where I live then because of tourists, and after four hours of non-stop cooking, you just want them all to GO AWAY. More than once I begged waitresses to make it stop or to lock the door. If I was cranky, I’d swear about customers.

Keane Not Wanting to No-Show.

You know what really sucks? When your coworker doesn’t show up for their freaking shift! Yeah, there’s a reason Keane doesn’t do it because I’ve had it happen to me countless times and would never dream of doing it to another person. You’d think this would just happen with slackers, but no, I once had a professionally trained chef no-show.

Quinn and Keane

I had real people in mind when I was imagining them. YouTubers, Liana Kerzer and Jeff Holiday where kind of who I pictured when writing. Of course, when it came to the cover, I couldn’t find a model with long dread locks and no shirt, so I had to make do.

Other Easter eggs are: Geralt is a reference to The Witcher games, as is Witch Hunter 3, GTA, and Street Rage are references to real games.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the Easter eggs I threw in the story.

Genre: Urban Fantasy / New Adult


At first, Quinn isn’t impressed by Keane. He’s cocky and has sex on the brain. The polar opposite of her. Despite their differences, something blossoms between the two. 

Never one to take things seriously, Keane is an incubus coasting through life without a care. When he meets Quinn, her lack of reaction to him piques his interest. No human has ever been able to resist him. 

As Keane and Quinn struggle to understand what is going on between them, something sinister rocks their world. Young incubi are vanishing, and Keane's friends go missing. Someone is after his kind. When Quinn is kidnapped, Keane must uncover who is behind the abductions and get to her before it's too late.



Patricia never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was more of an art and band geek. Some stories are meant to be told, and now she can't stop writing.

She writes New Adult under the name Patricia Josephine and Young Adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

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  1. Fun to see the real-life inspirations! I've worked in the kitchen of a restaurant before, and yeah, it sucks when someone doesn't show.

    1. It's the worst because it falls on everyone else to pick up the slack. I've had coworkers do it to spite the boss, but it didn't affect the boss, it affected the rest of the staff.

  2. Appears to be a good book Chrys. Good luck to Patricia with the sales.....sure to be a success.


    1. I might be biased, but I think it is. ;)

  3. Enjoyed reading the inspirations. Congrats Patricia.

    1. Glad you liked the post. Thanks, Juneta.

  4. Thanks for having me, Chrys.

    1. You're very welcome! Sorry I wasn't around. I've been in a slump, trying to relax.

  5. This sounds like a fun read! Congrats, Patricia on your new release. The real life Easter eggs are a fun trivia and way to get readers even more interested in the book. All the best with your book! Thanks for sharing Patricia's book here, Chrys :)

  6. Hmmm...always tempts me. Chocolate and water. I love anything to do with water, whether it's watchng it, listening to it, or swimming in it. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. Congrats! Sticking those real world inspirations in there sure can be fun indeed.

  8. Well done Patricia and good luck ... and I enjoyed the little snippets of life you've added in to your post here on Chrys' blog - cheers Hilary

  9. I enjoyed reading about these little pieces of your life and how you incorporated them into your story. And I love it when writers include parts of themselves/their lives in their writing; it makes the stories more real to me.

  10. Oh, no-shows. We used to have issues like that in retail. Once, a coworker just up and quit because she was pissed, but it was the rest of us (who, supposedly, she liked) who had to deal with that fallout, not the managers who didn't have to cover for her.

  11. Patricia congrats and good luck on your new book. It sounds like you write what you know. Me too. Setting is super believable when you've experienced. Now I wish I liked beer so i could be a beer snob. hee hee.


  12. That is a gorgeous cover. It makes me want to learn more about these people. Interesting information too. Congratulations on your book. Sounds fascinating.

  13. It's really cool how this author put so much thought into her characters and setting; she put so much of herself into it.