Today I am participating in a “Sneaky Peek” blog hop. I am sharing the first six paragraphs of my WIP, my upcoming holiday novella, “Tasteless Holidays.” It’s the sequel to “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” and I created it because I paid attention to the feedback I got on the book. So thanks to those of you who read it and commented…
A holiday novella (Practically Perfect Heroes series)
By Nancy Goldberg Levine
Lorrie Caldwell paced the floor of her kitchen, the family cat, Ariel, pacing with her. She had the feeling that Ariel was more hungry than sympathetic, but she wasn’t giving in until Scotty walked through the door. Of all nights for her d/h, the love of her life, to get home late from work. She had something to tell him, and she wasn’t sure how he’d handle the news. Of course, the news had to arrive two weeks before the holidays. Naturally, fine, barely visible snow had started falling outside. Lorrie liked big, fat snowflakes, not something that looked more like a kosher salt.
“Oh, I don’t know what dad will think about this, Ariel,” she said. “I guess we can get by, but it won’t be easy. Your grandma did it, though. I don’t know how she managed…” Lorrie sighed and remembered when she and her older brother, Jay, were growing up. Their dad worked as a truck driver, but sometimes he’d get laid off. Then their mom had gotten sick and there were medical expenses. Jay had had to grow up fast after she died. When their dad had died, too, things had gotten even crazier.
“It’s bad enough that I got laid off during the holidays,” Lorrie said. She worked as a beautician for Wellstone Village retirement home. At least she had—until today. She didn’t voice her other statement—that she was still insecure about her marriage to Scotty. They’d gotten married a month ago and sometimes Lorrie thought that maybe her new husband had felt pressured into it. He’d assured her that he’d always loved her, but had never said anything because she’d had a strict policy against dating friends. Especially not her brother’s best friend.
Her brother’s hot, sexy, tall and tan best friend.
“Meoowwwww,” Ariel said, stretching to her full height and running her paws against the handle of the refrigerator.
“Enjoy it now,” Lorrie said, scooping some of Ariel’s favorite cat food into a blue plastic bowl. “Soon I’ll have to get even cheaper cat food.”
Ariel cocked her head to one side, regarded Lorrie for a second, then chowed down.
Nancy Goldberg Levine is the author of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” as well as “Sweeter Than W(h)ine” and “Three Strikes–You’re in Love,” a short story collection. She is now working on “Tasteless Holidays,” as well as a sequel to her print book, “Tempting Jonah.”