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Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Second Time Around

We all remember someone special. Someone we’ll always think of as the one that got away.

Memories can either enrich our lives –or ruin it. For my hero and heroine in Picture This, reliving the night they met makes everyone else pale in comparison. For both, the night also touched off a downhill streak.

But then they meet again. Will the second time around be better than the first?

Even stories can go through cycles. This year, the rights for Picture This reverted to me. One of four of my stories that finaled in the 2011 EPIC Awards, the novella had garnered some great reviews, such as: “The author grabs you from the first chapter and takes you on a great ride” and “It mixes a little humor and romance together into a snappy and readable package that will leave the reader with a smile as well as a renewed belief in happily ever after” and “The heroine is intelligent and resilient. The hero is sexy and charming. And the political background made for an exciting source of external conflict.”

But some thought the hero a puzzle because the story only included the heroine’s POV.

Well, Ben is a mystery no more. He was more than ready to step out of the shadows and tell his side. I love it when that happens. :) So, the second time around, Picture This is expanded and hopefully improved! 

Picture This is now available from Smashwords and on Amazon Kindle.

Here’s an excerpt:
Not Sydney’s finest idea, to spend another evening with Ben. Thank goodness he ran away from her. Again.
Probably all her babbling about her skin, thick or otherwise. If he’d questioned it, she’d blame dehydration. Just thinking of it, her skin warmed in embarrassment. The night’s chill wouldn’t be a problem. If she continued her babbling, she could keep herself warm all night.
Still, she hoped he didn’t think of her as thick-skinned. Because she immersed herself in her work, she could give that appearance without meaning to.
For the benefit of a middle-aged couple walking toward the door, she pulled out her cell phone and pretended to answer a call. When they were out of earshot, she asked, “See anything?”
Branches crackled.
“Ben?” she whispered.
The shutter clicked several times, and branches swayed.
“What’s going on?” Must be something, if he’s taking photos.
“Shh. Hold on.” Another succession of clicks. After a moment, the branches opened out as he made his way through.
He brushed the front of his shirt. “I got a few…”
A stocky man in a white overshirt walked from the back of the restaurant carrying a garbage bag. “Hey – what’re you doing?”
In a whoosh, Sydney was in Ben’s arms. His warm, soft lips on hers sent an explosion of light through her brain, and its rumblings reverberated through her. A whimper escaped as she slid her arms tight around his waist and held on. With a moan, his hands slid low on her back, and his hips ground against hers. Her breaths came hard as she met his thrusting tongue with her own.
“Get a room,” the man muttered. The back door slammed shut.
The urgency left them, but neither let go. She relaxed into him, relishing the feel of his lips, the touch she’d missed for more than a year. She wanted to remember this. It wasn’t likely to happen again.
She opened her eyes. He held his closed. He looked so relaxed, so content.
All the tension had left her body, as if she’d had a long massage coupled with electroshock therapy. Kissing someone her own height had distinct advantages. This kiss was especially nice.
Her lips slid from his. “That was close.”
His face inches from hers; he moved his hands higher on her back. “Very.”
She held back a smile. “I think he’s gone.”
He let out a long breath. “Sydney…” His words trailed as he appeared to struggle with what he wanted to say.
Still holding her, his eyes widened as two figures stepped from the walkway into the parking lot. His muscles tightened. “There goes the mayor.”
Sydney suddenly hated the mayor.

I’d love to give away an ebook of Picture This! Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll select a winner tomorrow night. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you should you win.


katsrus said...

That was a great excerpt! Looking forward to reading your book.
Sue B

MomJane said...

I love this story line. I didn't read the first story, but this one makes me want to find it and read it too.

books4me said...

I love reading books that have humor and romance. Look forward to reading this book!

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Toni said...

Sometimes having the man's POV is enlightening. This one sounds like it will be.


Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Excellent idea, Cate. Good luck with the revamped version!

joder said...

This sounds like a fabulous read! I love the angst and emotion it presents.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Mara said...

I'd love to add another one of your books to my collection!
marajbrandon AT earthlink DOT net

Stacie said...

I love the idea of writing another story from the other person's POV. Very cool

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Robin said...

Picture This looks so good!

Robin D
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Na said...

I really like the story line for your book. When it comes to the one who got away, I agree memories are both a good thing and a bad thing. It can haunt your living moments and prevent you from living in the present. I'm glad the couple will meet again and can finally put their ghosts to rest and perhaps find love again.


Cate Masters said...

Thanks everyone! Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier. It's been one of those crazy weekends!
I tossed all your names into a bowl, and my daughter drew out....


I'll email you your ebook tonight. Thanks again everyone!