Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Hourglass:-Excerpt #3 - from our hero's POV & Giveaway!

The Hourglass (Etopia Press) by Sharon Struth
Romantic Women's Fiction

Want to know what CJ's thinking?

CJ ignored the speech document and instead Googled Brenda’s name, scanned the results, and found her Web site. Her picture popped up on her home page. A sunny smile greeted him. She was leaning against the edge of a large mahogany desk with crossed arms. He guessed her to be close to his age, perhaps a bit younger. A slight tilt of her head, combined with a confident aura, suggested that if you had a problem, she could fix it. Her crystal blue eyes showed a starburst of creases near the edges. The rest of the page told about her two books.

A second picture, on the bio page, showed her with a scruffy gray-and-black dog, posed by her side with perfect posture. The caption read, “Brenda McAllister is a psychologist whose practice specializes in individual and couples’ relationship counseling as well as sex therapy in her Greenwich, Connecticut, office. With a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford, Brenda sits on the board of the Fairfield County Psychology Association. Aside from her work and writing, Brenda likes to hike, travel, and play tennis.”

CJ knew Greenwich, the affluent community where she practiced. Close to Manhattan and sitting on the shores of the Long Island Sound, aka Connecticut’s Gold Coast, houses there cost a bundle. In fact, the director of one of his films lived there and had invited him over for dinner a couple of times. Did she live there too?

CJ couldn’t find mention of a significant other. Who was the man he’d seen her with at the bar last evening? They’d talked for a while, even hit the dance floor.

The shower stopped, but his curiosity about Brenda still needed to be fed. He located her Facebook page, but instead clicked on an article that had appeared two months earlier in the Stamford Advocate. He scanned it until he spotted a paragraph that mentioned her husband had passed away unexpectedly a year earlier. The article also said her children were grown.

The bathroom door opened and he quickly exited the article. Autumn stepped out in a white terry cloth robe, a towel wrapped around her hair. “Mornin’! I’m glad you’re up. You’d better hurry if you want breakfast before you go on.”

“Can you order room service while I’m in the shower?” The throb in CJ’s temples increased. He shut the computer and walked toward the bathroom. “I’ll have oatmeal and coffee. Please.”

“Sure thing, honey.”

Her agreeableness annoyed him, yet it didn’t stop him from admiring her sway as she walked to pick up the room service menu. A stab of shame forced him to admit that his involvement with her had started and continued for all the wrong reasons.

He turned on the shower, popped two Tylenol, then stepped into the steamy enclosure. Within minutes, the dwindling pain in his head subsided to a tolerable level. Brenda crept back into his thoughts. Besides her nasty comment, there was a second, more irritating reason that he couldn’t get her out of his head: Brenda was precisely the type of woman he’d been trying to avoid for the past ten years.

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Debby said...

Curiosity killed the cat as they say.
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SharonStruth said...

Lol,, yes it did Debby!