“Frank,” Danni said, coming out of her office to approach him at the table. Lord, he was hot in his navy and turquoise plaid shirt and dark jeans. The shirt was unbuttoned to reveal just a hint of his hairy chest. “It’s 4:30. You can go home.”
“I’m just staying late like you asked, boss. Besides, I just want to copy this last document.”
Frank ambled over to the copier and made the copy. Then he walked back to the table and shrugged into a leather jacket. Danni licked her lips, trying to remind herself of the no dating policy. “Okay, I’m ready to go. Are you coming?”
“I’m going to stay a little longer and see how the traffic is. Did you sign out?”
“Good. And don’t call me ‘boss.’”
“But that’s what you are. I like to call people by their correct title.”
“Well, it makes me feel like some old guy.”
“Oh, believe me, you’re not…never mind. Goodnight.”
Okay, last time–I’m posting on Nan’s blog instead of mine and we’ll see if that works. This snippet is from “The Devil in Disguise,” an office romantic comedy. This scene is written from the hero’s POV. Hero and heroine–think John Travolta and Susan Lucci. Of course, I stayed up late reading Stacey Ballis’s “Out to Lunch,” and now think I can’t write. Any feedback is appreciated. –Vi LaNance
Frank Finney slipped back into his seat at the table he shared with Norie Lefton and Roxie Arlington. Norie had an unspoken question in her eyes—Did Danni yell at you again? His hatred for their manager was legendary. What they didn’t know was that Frank secretly thought Danni was beautiful. If it hadn’t been for the office’s no-dating policy, he might have asked her out since he’d recently broken up with his latest girlfriend.
Danni had shoulder-length brown hair and smoldering brown eyes. She dressed in the latest fashion that hugged her curves in all the right places. Her voice was low and unbelievably sexy, even when she yelled at him. Sometimes he came in late just to get a reaction out of her. She was all girly-girl. She even had a pink desk and a pink calculator. Frank smiled to himself as he imagined her pink underwear. He had to remind himself to get to work, but that didn’t stop his fantasies from forming in his thoughts.
“Frank, I need to see you in the nude.”
I don’t believe this. The conspiracy and Arthur Idis are definitely out to get me. This is the third time I’ve tried to publish this post, only to have it disappear. And Arthur has moved in.
June 15th would have been my 34th wedding anniversary. I have many good memories of the day, and my life with my husband, Jon.
Happy anniverary, Jon, I miss you.
Here’s an excerpt from “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless.” The hero, Scotty, is loosely based on Jon…
This scene takes place at Jay Galloway’s wedding. His sister, Lorrie, is about to give a toast. Her original toast mentioned Jay’s ex wife, and got a “tasteless” rejection from an editor. Thanks to my writing friends, I re-wrote the toast…
“First of all,” Lorrie said. “I’d like to welcome Reese and her dad to the Galloway family. Jay, I’m sorry Mom and Dad aren’t here in person to see this day. I know they’re here in spirit. I love you so much, and I always want you to have the best…” Jay saw her eyes fill with tears, and with love for him.
“I said I wouldn’t cry, but it’s too late now. For those of you who don’t know us, I was going to tell you a long, involved story about my brother and all the sacrifices he made for me after our mom and dad died.”
Jay gave her the Galloway eye roll, hoping she wouldn’t.
“But that would be tasteless and boring. I’ll just make this short and sweet. Since I’m a beautician, I want to say, Jay and Reese, life is like a bad hair day. You cut those out, and only remember the good hair days. To the greatest brother a girl could have, and his wonderful wife.”
Jay got up and gave Lorrie a kiss on the cheek. When he spoke, his voice was husky. “Thanks, Sis.”
I took a long hiatus after my dad passed away and a bunch of other problems multiplied. I am slowly trying to get things together, but I have to take it not just one day at a time, but one minute at a time. On that note, I would like to thank each one of you for all of your support during this very difficult time!
And on a happier subject, my alter ego, Vi LaNance, and I have a new release available on Amazon as of today. The fabulous cover will be available early next week. I have to upload it at the library because I have the world’s slowest computer.
Our book is called “More Than Just a Dog,” and is dedicated to anyone who has ever lost a pet. There is also a bonus sweet contemporary romance short story called “Lovers Never Lose.”
Here’s the link:
We hope you enjoy our labor of love and once again, thanks to all of you!
Nancy Goldberg Levine and Vi LaNance