Wednesday, January 6, 2016

One of my favorite scenes...

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One of my favorite scenes to write is the first scene between my hero and heroine. In Kiss and Make Up, Josh and Caitlin have history, and thanks to a one night stand they now have a present and future that neither expected. When Josh comes home to Buttermilk Falls to face his new reality, he catches Caitlin in the arms of his best friend, Adam, at the Buttermilk Tavern and all hell breaks loose.

Enjoy an excerpt!

It only took Josh three seconds to make his way to the bar and pull Caitlin off Adam. “What the hell do you two think you’re doing?”
“Josh!” Caitlin’s eyes widened, and she stepped away from Adam. “What are you doing here?”
He ignored her question, glaring at his best friend. Make that ex-best friend. “When did this start up?”
Adam wiped his mouth with the back of his hand, and that move caused Josh to fist his own. A small town throwdown was about to happen.
“Buddy, it’s not what you think.”
Caitlin interjected, stepping in between them. “Unless, what you think is that I’m crazy about this guy.” She wrapped her bare arms around Adam and squeezed. “Because I totally am.”
“You are?” Josh glanced down at Caitlin, his gaze resting on her pretty blue sundress, her long brown hair swept up in a ponytail. He’d seen her in tighter outfits—hell, he’d peeled one off her last summer. This new look was different—not sexy—but pretty. She looked happy. Did Adam do that for her?
He needed to get a hold of the situation because all eyes were on him. This town was small and the people in it liked to talk. He didn’t need to be tomorrow’s gossip at the Star Lite diner or the Spring Curls beauty salon. “Well, that’s great.” He shoved his hands in his pockets. “I’m happy for you two.”
“Honey, we should really be going.” Caitlin linked arms with Adam. “My mother’s watching the kids, and she’s probably exhausted by now. Will you be stopping by to see them while you’re here, Josh?”
“Of course.” He motioned for the bartender and ordered a Corona. “Tomorrow. If that’s okay with you?”
“That would be fine.” Her hazelnut eyes locked with his.
“Good. I’ll call you in the morning,” He added under his breath as the bartender handed him his beer, “Maybe you’ll answer.”
Caitlin swung her purse over her shoulder. Josh recognized it as the same one she’d had the last time they’d left the bar together. Was his best friend really going home with her? Just how far had they progressed in their relationship? He took a long swig of his beer, contemplating that answer.
“Hey.” Adam tapped his shoulder. “We’ll see you tomorrow.”
“Yeah, have a great night, man. Make sure you use protection,” Josh muttered and drank his beer.
“What did you say?” Caitlin came up to him, arms folded, eyes blazing.
“Nothing. Just making sure my buddy protects himself.”
“Joshua Stevens.” Her voice rose just as the song ended. “You don’t get to saunter back into town in your designer suit and call me a whore.”
“I didn’t call you a wh—”
“Who I leave this bar with and what we do is none of your business. What? Did you think I was going to sit around and hope that one day you’d come knocking on my door and want to be in my life—in our children’s lives?”
Adam reached for Caitlin’s hand. “Caitlin, let’s go. You two can talk this out tomorrow.” He hesitated, adding, “In private.”
“Good idea,” Josh said flatly.
Caitlin didn’t budge from her spot. Her eye lashes lowered. “You haven’t changed one bit.”
Josh laughed sarcastically. “And neither have you. Guess my prediction in high school came true. At least you ditched the tight dresses, or are you having trouble squeezing into them these days?”
And that did it. The bitch slap she’d given him in high school didn’t even compare to the one she delivered in the bar. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. The sting he could handle and, after his last comment, deserved.
Her scent—now swirling around him—was another matter entirely. A fragrance so powerful he’d spent countless hours in the lab trying to replicate it. He realized now that what he’d created was nowhere near as intoxicating as the real thing.
As Adam ushered an infuriated Caitlin out of the tavern, Josh turned toward the bar, ignoring the questioning stares.
Home sweet freakin’ home.

Kiss and Make Up and Tangled Up are available on Amazon. Batter Up (Book 1 in the Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls Series) is available for a limited time for $0.99 in the Hot Hometown Hunk boxset.


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  1. I don't have resolutions. I have words of the year instead that I try to keep in mind. It has been ruthless (as in getting rid of as much "stuff" around the house as possible), balance (as in doing things for others, but adding more things for me to be done too), and cleanse (as in purging myself from toxic friends, emails and "stuff"). I guess my current word would always be my favorite, and this year my word is "Nike" (as in "Just Do It" - because I have ONE word of the year and not three, LOL). So far so good, but it IS, after all, only Jan 6!
    Maureen has my email address.

  2. Oh boy... I like the sound of this book! :) As for resolutions... I do not make them... but I hope to read as many books as I can!

  3. read more books

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  4. My favorite is to do something kind every day.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  5. My favorite is to laugh more and have more fun. yenastone at aol dot com


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