Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Excerpt: Open Book

There’s more to my work than L.A. Dick, of course.  As a matter of fact, I have another title coming out in April.  Open Book is about a man and woman who live in different states and are married to other people, who start a relationship on a social networking site (no names, please) that evolves into phone calls during which they read to each other.  It’s another short story that you’ll be able to find at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and All Romance e-Books.  Here’s an excerpt:

Paul turned on his computer and signed into the account his wife didn’t know about.  He’d created it as someplace to play games without friends and family teasing him.  That was just about three years ago.  For the first two and a half years that exactly what happened.  Over the last six months or so it changed.  The games were untouched, no doubt his crops  withered on the vine, top scores long since eclipsed.  None of which mattered as he watched the screen paint with agonizing slowness and his lack of patience rewarded with a red ‘1’ highlighted in the top left corner above the e-mail icon.  A new message from the only person who ever wrote to him there.
He clicked the menu.
Natalie’s name appeared at the top of the list.  Her message read: LOL.  How did you guess?
It was her response to a silly joke from the night before about her new profile picture.  The sharp focus and gorgeous eyes stunned him.  What he’d wanted to say was she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen and he wanted to marry her, right now, right away, never mind they were both married and lived thousands of miles apart.  Sure, their families wouldn’t understand, and the kids, her two young ones and his three mostly grown, would disapprove.  Small obstacles like that could be overcome.  What he wanted to say was he’d fallen in love with her at some point he couldn’t pinpoint and didn’t care to.  Maybe he’d always loved her.  Maybe she was the woman he’d always dreamed about, literally, for as far back as he remembered.  Maybe it didn’t matter one way or the other.  He dreamed about her now.
What he’d actually said was: You enjoy distracting me, don’t you?  You get a kick out of turning my brain to mush so I can’t think of anyone else but you.  Just admit it.
The rest of the day was spent working on spreadsheets, making phone calls and coming up with something interesting to say in response.  He wanted to be witty.  Send something that would elicit another laugh.  The obvious follow-up might have been something like: I’m buying a ticket to Denver.  Meet me at baggage claim and we’ll run away together.
What he settled on was: Is that a recent picture?  I like your hair.  It frames your face beautifully.


Open Book will be available on April 17, 2014

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