Daily Archives: December 9, 2010

An Excerpt and a Break

If your holiday season is as crazy as mine is, you’d probably like a break right about now. How about a small taste of Whirlwind? It’s coming in just 12 days!

Melissa Williams isn’t really looking forward to her best friend’s wedding, especially since she’s alone. What she isn’t prepared for is the effect one particular groomsman has on her:

Marching with new purpose toward the ribbons and balloons, I was halfway across the asphalt when two tuxedo-clad men stepped out of the shadows near the foot of the stairs.

Groomsmen Hands

Image by searching4jphotography via Flickr

One I recognized. At six-and-a-half feet tall with straight blond hair that constantly hung in his eyes, Chase Linwood was hard to miss. He said something I couldn’t make out, pointed at his collar, then lifted his chin.

His companion, several inches shorter, turned his back to me and went to work on Chase’s tie. His identity was a mystery. Slowing my approach, I tried to paste on the appropriate I’m-so-happy-for-the-bride-and-groom face.Held up by another passing car, I inspected Chase’s friend. Not a strand of his thick, wavy brown hair was out of place, and the tailored fit of his suit coat emphasized his broad shoulders and trim waist. The jacket didn’t have tails, but it was long enough to prevent me from checking out his ass. Beth was right: this guy was hot…and way out of my league.

I waved another car by. I wasn’t in a hurry to make a fool of myself in front of Mr. Sexy-From-the-Back. I had to pace myself.

During this crazy time of year, I think we all could use a little “Mr. Sexy-From-the-Back”! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of Whirlwind.

How’s you’re holiday season coming? Mine IS crazy–which I expected–but I checked off one huge event last night: my son’s band concert and fundraiser.  The band hosts a clam chowder feed for 150 people to raise money for competitions later in the year, and I volunteered to coordinate the event…in December…between my daughter’s birthday, a family reunion, and, oh yeah–Christmas!

The Fish Market

Thanks to Justin and Whitney at the Fish Market for their help!

Luckily, the chowder feed came off without a hitch (at least any BIG hitches), thanks in large part to the many parents, grandparents, and kids who helped out.  Because of their hard efforts and a huge donation of the best-tasting chowder in town by The Fish Market, we made almost $800 in a couple hours.  And now I’m due for a break!

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK #2: Take a few extra minutes and take your next shower by candle light.  I’d recommend doing it in the evening, after work and after the kids are in bed. Just a few minutes of steam and candles and quiet can do a lot to rejuvenate a person.  And if that special someone happens to join you…well, happy holidays to you both!

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