Ethan Anderson desperately wants to find his soulmate and he’s convinced that his height of 5’6″ is limiting his options. Not wanting to end up like his friends with shallow lives filled with clubs and one-night stands, Ethan turns to a popular dating website where he connects with Anna Collins, a born-again Christian who just may be the woman he’s been looking for. But, when she’s ready for a committed relationship, will Ethan be able to ignore his friends, abide by Anna’s celibate lifestyle, and look beyond her five-inch height advantage to see a future with her before she gives up and moves on?
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WHAT IS SMALL, DARK, AND HANDSOME ABOUT?
Small, Dark, and Handsome is a romantic comedy about Ethan Anderson, a guy who desperately wants to find his soulmate. Historically, he hasn’t had much luck with love, and at 5’6″, he’s always felt that his height (or lack thereof) has limited his options. He knows that he doesn’t want to end up like his friends who are obsessed with clubs and one-night stands, so Ethan takes a different path and tries his luck with online dating. Eventually, through a popular dating site, he connects with Anna Collins, a born-again Christian who just may be the woman he’s been looking for. But, when it’s time for a commitment, Ethan has to decide if he can resist his misguided friends, abide by Anna’s celibate lifestyle, and look beyond her five-inch height advantage to see a future with her before she gives up and moves on.
I actually came up with this story way back when I used to hit the social scene and occasionally found myself spending more time observing guys in their often humorous attempts to pursue women, than focusing on my own pursuits. Throughout the years, I must have witnessed countless conversations between men and women of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities in these environments, but I rarely saw any interactions between women and shorter men. When I started kicking around the idea about my novel with some female friends a few years ago, most of them were split about the importance of having a taller mate, but one thing was clear, a shorter guy was simply out of the question. I guess I took that as a direct challenge to create a compelling romantic comedy centered on a couple that deals with this unique height disparity, but must also overcome a host of other important issues that emerge throughout the story in order to find true happiness together.
So, that’s “what this book is about.” I sincerely hope that you get a chance to check it out, and if you’re the try-before-I-buy type, I’d encourage you to read a free chapter or two at your favorite eBook store. Last thing – In case you’re wondering, the story’s not about me. I’m 5’10” and a half, although a friend of mine told me long ago that people who add the half inch to their height, usually have some issues in that area. 🙂
Kevin D. Patterson is an experienced marketing writer and has developed communications for many of today’s leading brands, including HP, American Express, Oracle, and Deloitte. After much encouragement from friends and family, he decided to pursue his passion for creative writing, and the end result was his debut fiction novel, Small, Dark, and Handsome. Kevin was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and has also lived in Michigan, New York, and overseas in India. He currently lives in Plano, Texas with his wife and son. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s MBA program, Kevin is an avid sports fan and tennis player. You can keep up with Kevin and his upcoming projects at http://www.kevindpatterson.com
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