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May 2018: Debut Novel Inspiration
~ Romy Sommer ~

CTR asked:
QUESTION: What inspired you to write your debut novel?

Romy Sommer said:
This story was inspired by a dream I had years ago. All I remembered of the dream was a European prince making a speech on the steps of a cathedral after his coronation, and the woman who loved him watching from the crowd. I wrote the book during Nanowrimo 2009 but much as I loved the characters, I had to admit it didn’t have a particularly compelling story. So I set it aside.

A few years later I was listening to Katy Perry’s ‘Waking up in Vegas‘ in the car (singing along at the top of my voice, as I do when I’m alone) and the idea of how to fix this story hit me like a lightning bolt: What would you do if you woke up in Vegas, covered in gold glitter, and found yourself married to a European prince?

This was just before Nanowrimo 2012, so over a wild 29 days I re-wrote their story, starting from scratch. Same characters, same setting, but a very different story. And it worked!

In early 2013 ‘Waking up in Vegas‘ became not only my debut book with HarperCollins, but the debut book for an entire new imprint, HarperImpulse. Thank you Katy Perry!


Waking Up In Vegas by Romy Sommer cover

Waking up in Vegas

[Contemporary Romance]

What happens in Vegas…

Waking up to the bright lights of Vegas in an unfamiliar penthouse suite, cocktail waitress Phoenix Montgomery finds she’s covered from head to foot in gold glitter and not alone – aside from the empty bottle of champagne, there’s a mystery man in the shower and a huge sparkly ring on her finger!

Stays in Vegas?

There’s no denying Max Waldburg’s demi-god sex appeal but commitment-phobic Phoenix doesn’t do relationships. Only it seems her new husband (agh!) has other ideas…he’s trying to keep that ring on her finger and his wife firmly back in his bed. The only question on her lips is – why? Or maybe, why not?

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