Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske

The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske

Willa Frank has one simple rule: never go on a date with anyone more than twice. Now that her business is providing the stability she’s always needed, she can’t afford distractions. Her two-date rule will protect her just fine…until she meets smokejumper Grady Billman.

After one date—one amazing, unforgettable date—Grady isn’t ready to call it quits, despite his own no-attachments policy, and he’s found a sneaky way around both their rules.

Throwing gutter balls with pitchers of beer? Not a real date. Everyone knows bowling doesn’t count.

Watching a band play at a local show? They just happen to have the same great taste in music. Definitely not a date.

Hiking? Nope. How can exercise be considered a date?

With every “non-date” Grady suggests, his reasoning gets more ridiculous, and Willa must admit she’s having fun playing along. But when their time together costs Willa two critical clients, it’s clear she needs to focus on the only thing that matters—her future. And really, he should do the same.

But what is she supposed to do with a future that looks gray without Grady in it?


Tawna Fenske

Tawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author who may have written THE TWO-DATE RULE for an excuse to hang out at the nearby air base ogling shirtless smokejumpers. Her new rom-com stars a woman who never dates a man more than twice, and the sexy smokejumper who steals her heart. While Tawna can’t personally relate to the troubled childhood that led Willa to her two-date rule, she does identify with Willa’s penny-pinching skills, and may be typing this on a secondhand computer while outfitted entirely in thrift store clothing (except underwear because ew. Wait. Tawna is wearing underwear. She’s also feeling weird about addressing herself in third-person, and will stop now so you can read the Q&A).

Your story is set in in a fictional Oregon town called Hart Valley. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?

I’ve lived in the mountainous high desert of Central Oregon for most of my adult life, and forest fires are a constant risk. I’ve always been fascinated by the wildland firefighters out there risking their lives to save communities and wilderness areas, so it made sense to set my smokejumper story in a town that’s a lot like mine.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know about interesting, but I absolutely, positively cannot write without a giant 32-ounce glass of ice water in front of me. If the ice melts or I’m down to a quarter cup of water, I have to refill it again. And again. And again, maybe 6 or 7 times a day. Suffice it to say, I take a lot of potty breaks.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love being outdoors, and whenever I’m not parked in front of my computer, you’ll find me hiking or snowshoeing or standup paddle boarding. I also love cooking and experimenting with new recipes (and of course, finding the best wine pairing for my creations).

What’s for dinner tonight? What would you rather be eating?

Broiled tilapia with basil and lemon cream sauce, roasted broccoli with lemon and parmesan, and an arugula salad with pears and feta. I literally just had to get up and walk to the menu posted on the fridge to check. I have teenagers, plus a crazy schedule balancing author life with a part-time day job, so meal planning is the only thing keeping us from eating saltine crackers and chocolate milk every night. I actually love cooking, and I’m a bit of a foodie, so I tend to eat exactly what I want every night.

Do you have any writing “lifehacks” to share?

Give yourself permission to suck. Write absolute drivel, seriously. I do it all the time. You can’t edit a blank page, and getting too focused on perfection will prevent you from ever moving forward. Writing is a process that involves going back through something over and over again until you fine-tune it. Few writers ever get it right on the first try, so don’t beat yourself up if your initial draft sucks big, hairy monkey balls.

  The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske

Title: The Two-Date Rule
Author: Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Entangled (Amara)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): February 25, 2020
Length (Print & Ebook): 89,000 words | 362 pages
Genre: contemporary romance / romantic comedy
Tropes: Afraid to commit

Willa Frank has one simple rule: never go on a date with anyone more than twice. Now that her business is providing the stability she’s always needed, she can’t afford distractions. Her two-date rule will protect her just fine…until she meets smokejumper Grady Billman.

After one date—one amazing, unforgettable date—Grady isn’t ready to call it quits, despite his own no-attachments policy, and he’s found a sneaky way around both their rules.

Throwing gutter balls with pitchers of beer? Not a real date. Everyone knows bowling doesn’t count.

Watching a band play at a local show? They just happen to have the same great taste in music. Definitely not a date.

Hiking? Nope. How can exercise be considered a date?

With every “non-date” Grady suggests, his reasoning gets more ridiculous, and Willa must admit she’s having fun playing along. But when their time together costs Willa two critical clients, it’s clear she needs to focus on the only thing that matters—her future. And really, he should do the same.

But what is she supposed to do with a future that looks gray without Grady in it?

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