Friday, 27 July 2012
Author Spotlight - Excerpt from "It's Complicated"
Thank you so much for supporting Angela during her spotlight week. Leave a comment today, Saturday, and Sunday with your email contact info and I'll pick a winner on Monday to receive a PDF copy of Angela's story, "It's Complicated." Enjoy this excerpt!
THE SET UP:
Ash has met Emily at his uncle's New Year's Day party and is more than interested. As she leaves he watches from the window to size up the situation between her and Peter, a man who may or may not be a rival.
Ash escaped his uncle's boring friends under the pretense of bringing in more drinks. He grabbed a couple of wine bottles from the cupboard under the stairs and slipped into the empty dining room.
Easing the curtain back, he watched.
The couple walked towards a small red car parked by the gate. The man's arm wasn't slipped proprietarily around the woman and they weren't holding hands. There was no repeat of the earlier display of fake affection. The charming Miss Emily Worthing didn't realize she was dealing with a professional poker player. Body language was his specialty, and Peter Collins' had shouted tense and awkward when he was being kissed. She'd done it for a reason and Ash was pretty certain he was part of the equation.
Being forced to lie low in god-forsaken Cornwall, hundreds of miles from London was pretty grim. A little amusement in the form of the tempting Emily might help alleviate the boredom. The twin sister was more obviously stunning with her tight red dress, ankle-breaking stilettos and glossy blond curls but wouldn't be a challenge. She'd made it obvious he could've had her for the asking tonight. Normally he wouldn't hesitate, but then he caught Emily's eye and a rush of something deeper than desire surged through him. Her surprise as he checked her out made him think she wasn't used to a lot of male attention. Up close, the simple black dress and lack of make-up hinted at a woman uneasy with her beauty, and she was a beauty. Ash ached to touch her creamy smooth skin and lose himself in those deep blue eyes. Her mass of ash blond hair was caught loosely back in a ponytail making him itch to untie it and play with the silky strands.
Ash liked to live outside the box and Emily would make an interesting change from his usual type. He stood and watched some more. Knowing your competition was crucial to success in poker and in life.
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