Alice Tyler’s whirlwind vacation to Maui was supposed to be a great time with friends, an escape from all things stressful. Instead she found herself right in the middle of stress and without her best friend, Vivianne Cook. That stress? It went by the name Ryan Perry. He not only adds to Alice’s high pressure life but terrifies her by falling for her while on the island. Ryan then enlists Vivianne to help him convince her friend that fears can be overcome and happily ever afters can exist. But can Alice clear these emotional hurdles before losing Ryan forever?
And what happens when the tables are turned? Can Vivianne find her own Prince Charming and the fairy tale ending she dreams of?
Through hilarious situations and side-splitting adventures the two women lean on each other in a journey of self-discovery only to find their true selves are not at all who they thought themselves to be.
She opened her mouth and started the flow of words that would have surely insulted him and put him in his place when her eyes took him in. 6′ 1″, thin yet muscular, with dark brown, shaggy hair, and eyes that seemed to pierce through you. And those full lips. All of her anger flew out of her lungs with a gasp, and she was at a loss for words.
“Can you die of embarrassment?” She asked me.
After a moment of silence, I started screaming, “What?! Ryan Perry?! The Ryan Perry?”
Ryan Perry was not just a celebrity to us. He played a role in a movie that Alice and I were in love with. Then again, thousands of women were in love with his fictional character. The movie was based off a book series that had engrossed us both. And for it to be put on screen, seeing the character come to life, was incredible. So, meeting him was like coming face to face with the object of your fantasies. Of course, we knew he wasn’t actually that character, but, well, you know. Even if he wasn’t, there was some element he gave the character that enthralled so many people, and made him much more appealing.
I shouted, “Get me an autograph!”
“Oh, yeah, that’ll work out well,” she said sarcastically. “How do I start that? ‘Excuse me, I am sorry for bothering you, and this doesn’t change the fact that I hate you for ruining my vacation, but my friend, Vivianne, would like an autograph.'”
I was about to say something when I heard her gasp and a man’s voice near her say, “That’ll be a start.” His British accent was as thick as his voice was deep.
I am sure I could see the shades of embarrassment run over her face. I heard a slight crack of plastic when I realized that she had clenched down on her phone. I couldn’t help but burst into laughter.
“Shut up,” she hissed through her teeth.
“OH! No, this is too rich!” I laughed.
“Hello, my name is Ryan,” the man said, very politely, I might add. “I am truly sorry for all of the confusion. I truly didn’t know that I was taking anything that had been promised to someone else. If I had known…”
“Sure, whatever,” Alice snapped. “You probably get everything you want wherever you go. What’s it to you if you stomp on someone else’s plans?”
“I would never do something like that on purpose,” he said coolly. “Listen, let me take you to dinner to make up for it.”
Another burst of laughter shot out of me as I envisioned the shock that would have rolled across her face at that moment.
“Shut up, Viv,” she snapped, and turned her attention to Ryan. “And what makes you think I would want to go to dinner with you?’
“Your friend’s autograph,” was the reply, with a certain calm and confidence.
I was laughing again as she snapped the phone closed. I quickly sent her a text.
Enjoy! Call me as soon as you can! And DON’T forget my autograph!
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Colleen Nye started writing at an early age. Between school writing assignments and her love of reading in early elementary school. In high school, she submitted some of her poems and short stories to various mediums including anthologies, newspapers, magazines and contests. Several of which were published and won her awards including a few editor’s choice awards, placements in contests and even The Sarah Endres Award for Young Writers. Colleen also started a poetry club in her high school where she held weekly meetings to share her writings with her fellow classmates and to be able to hear what others were writing. She wanted other young writers to be proud to share their writing.
As an adult, she branched out and worked as a freelance writer for corporations and non-profit organizations, writing press releases for newspapers, magazines and online blogs and web sites. She also worked with politicians to create campaign and promotional fliers, bios and web site blurbs. Other works she has done have been research and photography for a few Mid-Michigan sites highlighted in the book Paranormal Lansing by Nicole Bray and Robert DuShane. She’s also worked with several companies, creating their how-to articles and product descriptions.
In 2009, Colleen joined a writer’s group called Writing at the Ledges in her home town of Grand Ledge, MI. In 2010, they published their second anthology of the group’s poems, short stories, memoirs and essays entitled Seasons of Life. Colleen’s short story, “Full Circle” was a part of this book, being one of the longer pieces and receiving several great reviews. In 2012, the group published their third anthology, in which, Colleen had two short stories.
In 2008, Colleen collaborated with her friend, Carrie Peterson, about a dream Carrie had one night. This dream became part of the opening sequence for her novel, When In Maui. Carrie’s dream and her friendship help Colleen shape When In Maui into Colleen’s first full length novel, published in 2012.
In 2013-14, she wrote a tech thriller, Immersion. Signing it with Anchor Group Publishing and released 2015. A story she’s anxious to see reach a wider audience. Anchor Group also picked up When in Maui, an opportunity Colleen is very excited to see develop.
Colleen currently lives in Michigan with her two daughters – a budding chef and an aspiring free spirit that rivals her own inner gypsy. She is teaching writing classes locally. Her next novel? She’s working on a few projects and anxious to share them with you all.