Hi Romance Devotees! I’m Rebecca Heflin and I write women’s fiction and contemporary romance.  I’m excited to be here on Coffee Thoughts Blog to talk about my debut novel, The Promise of Change. I’m giving away one free download today, so please be sure to leave a comment or two.

Are you impulsive or deliberative? Do you go with your gut or do you look at a situation from every angle before making a decision? Me, I’m a hybrid. But I often regret not going with my gut. More often than not it would have been the wiser choice. 

Not so with Sarah, my heroine in The Promise of Change. She is deliberative by nature, and often finds herself regretting her impulsive decisions. But what happens when she finds herself divorced, bored, and twitchy? She wonders if she’s smack in the middle of a mid-life crisis. Her uncharacteristic decisions and contradictory actions are giving her family and friends mental whiplash.

In this scene, a very expensive impulse decision turns disastrous. Chastising herself, she makes up her mind to return to her deliberative approach to life:

What a day. Sarah sat in the passenger seat of Ann’s SUV, her eyes closed. It was almost 11:00 p.m. After calling the police, giving them her report, calling her insurance company, and taking Becca home, she was finally on her way home.

When would she ever learn? Impulsiveness didn’t work for her. It didn’t work for her marriage. She didn’t know why she thought it would work for the car she’d owned less than twenty-four hours.

No more impulsiveness. This was it. She was returning to her usual approach to life, no matter how dull it might be. From now on, she was going to carefully deliberate over every decision in her life, no matter how small.

Except for shoes. A girl could never go wrong with an impulsive shoe purchase. But with everything else, she vowed to be more cautious. And if the police didn’t recover her car, she was going to buy another sensible Volvo.

Mentally exhausted, she dreaded dealing with the insurance company, the rental car agency, and all the paperwork and phone calls. She heaved a weighty sigh.

As if reading her mind, Ann said, “You’ll need a car if they don’t find yours. Do you want me to take you to the rental car agency tomorrow?”

“I’ll be okay for the weekend without a car.” She turned to look at Ann, without lifting her head from the headrest. “For now I’ve decided to rely on Scarlett O’Hara’s mantra: ‘I’ll think about that tomorrow.’ It worked for her.” She turned her head and closed her eyes. “Can we just not talk? My head is splitting.”

“Sure, Honey. You just sit there quietly. I’ll have you home soon.”

Despite her determination to deliberate her every decision, she later makes the mother-of-all-impulsive-decisions. This decision, however, could lead not only to the realization of Sarah’s life-long dream, but also to the man of her dreams. Will Sarah’s decisions leave her life in shambles, or will they lead to the promise of change?

Have you ever made an impulsive decision that in the end turned out to be the best decision you’ve ever made? I’d love to hear from you.


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