Hi there Tia, and thank you for inviting me to meet all your lovely readers. I'm tremendously excited to be here, talking about my latest title, "The Griffin's Boy". I never expected the mysterious rider from "The Griffin Cryer" to find so many fans, all wanting to learn more about him, and how he became known as Balkind's Rider.
"The Griffin's Boy" is his story, set on Ella-Earth; our world's twin in an alternative universe. Evolution has taken a different path and mythical beasts exist. Britain remains an island of mists, populated by Celtic tribes and governed by a strict feudal hierarchy. Only noblemen's sons are recruited into an elite troop known as the Griffin Riders. The best a nameless nobody like Neb can hope for is to become a griffin's lad. But then his fate becomes entwined with the mischievous grey griffin Balkind, who everyone knows is trouble…and sure enough, Balkind disgraces himself on recruitment day and is rejected by Griffin Master Romulus. But Neb is determined to change Romulus' mind. Telling himself and anyone who will listen that Balkind deserves a second chance, Neb steals the beast and flies off on the adventure of a lifetime. He quickly realises: Riding griffins isn't for the faint hearted. Girls are complicated beings, and best treated with respect.
One single courageous act earns Neb his heart's desire – but then he ruins everything: When his new friend Samara, is abducted, Neb rushes to her rescue – with disastrous results. The youngsters learn they are to be sacrificed in a macabre ceremony. Their only hope is Balkind. Although clever, Balkind has always been difficult to control. Will the griffin answer his boy's summons?
"The Griffin's Boy" is released on Sunday 15th December, and will be available to download from Amazon. To celebrate, "The Griffin Cryer" is FREE from today until Sunday - but that's not all - there's also a griffin giveaway! Two lucky winners picked at random by Rafflecopter get to adopt and name a griffin. To grab your free copy of "The Griffin Cryer" go to http://www.bookShow.me/B00AM5GQUG (universal link).
Thank you again for inviting me over to your fabulous site. I know we've only recently met, but I am absolutely in awe of all your achievements.
Your readers can discover more about the great griffin giveaway at http://www.griffinriders.com/ and of course, learn more about griffin lore. "The Flying Book Tour" continues tomorrow over at the lovely Alesha Escobar's (of Gray Tower's Fame) site.
Neb, whose ambition is to work for griffin master Romulus as the equivalent of a stable lad, has stolen the griffin Balkind. Disaster strikes when the griffin throws the youngster from his back in mid-flight. By using his wits, Neb has just had the narrowest of escapes from death.
Chapter Seven: The Girl Tree. T
hey had landed in a meadow with only a solitary tree to break up the acres and acres of lush grass. Neb pulled himself to his feet, using Balkind's leg as a crutch. Immediately, white hot bolts of pain shot through his shoulders and upper arms.
He swayed, but managed to remain upright. 'Who's there?' he called. The tree branches rustled, and he crossed his fingers against evil spirits. Balkind stiffened and gazed fixedly at the tree. Neb placed a hand on his griffin's shoulder, and crossed the fingers of his other hand. While he was deliberating whether to take a step forward – or back – a small figure dropped from the lower branches of the tree. It landed in a crouch then straightened upright and shook back a mass of dark curls. Neb breathed a sigh of relief; it was only a girl. A girl wearing boy's trews and who appeared to have rolled in mud before gallivanting in trees. Neb frowned. Chantress Anderra's girls would know better than to ape boys.
'Samara - My name is Samara – and you are…?' Keeping her eyes on Balkind, the girl waded towards him through knee length grass. In spite of her ragamuffin appearance, she had the assurance of Chantress Anderra herself. Neb revised his opinion of her age. Is it a Pisky?
he thought, and made the sign against evil with both hands. Samara's lip curled at this.
Behind her the tree branches rattled again; Neb's hand tightened on Balkind's shoulder. Another girl dropped from the tree, this one as fair as the other was dark, but only slightly less grubby.
'That's Lillian', Samara said, without turning around, and prompted him again, '…and you are?' as she spoke, she stretched out a hand to Balkind, who nuzzled her palm expectantly. The fair haired girl skipped through the grass up to them, her podgy cheeks flushed and her blue eyes shining.
'He's a Griffin Rider of course!' She grasped Neb's hand, and urged him forwards. 'Quickly, we thought you'd never come – but now we must hurry!'
Samara's dark pebble like eyes surveyed Neb.
'He isn't a Rider. He doesn't know what we're talking about,' she said, and her pinched anxious face appeared even more worried, if that were possible. Neb opened his mouth to explain, but his voice was drowned out by a loud bray. Balkind snorted and raised his head from nuzzling Samara's curls. He stared toward the hedge bordering the meadow. A man riding a white mule trotted through a previously unnoticed gap. What on Ella-earth have I stumbled into here?
Neb thought – or am I still dreaming?
He gazed from the mule to the fair haired girl, still dragging at his hand, to Samara. Her mind was as sharp as her face, and she hammered out an explanation:
'There's been an accident. Lillian's brother – he's only eight – is trapped. Lillian's father has gone to beg for help from the nearest Griffin Riders.'
'Part of the river bank sheered away. Luke managed to grab at a tree as he got swept away by the current. The tree – and Luke – are lodged against some rocks in the river's middle.'
'Can't you throw him a rope?'
She shook her head. 'No – no one can climb down the bank – it's far too steep, and there's a risk of mud slippage. In any case, the child is terrified.'
'Don’t say child like that. You're only five years older – and it was not an accident,' Lillian said, and Neb decided she wasn't quite as sweet as she looked.
'Chief Luthan of Penwyn village upriver is to blame. They've built a dam – forcing the river to form a loch on their land. Now come on – hurry – else …' she fell silent as the mule trotted up. It halted ten paces away from Balkind, yawned open its mouth and brayed again. The man riding it hurriedly dismounted before it spun around and trotted back the way it had come.
'Thank goodness you're here – ' he hurried forward with both hands outstretched – and then faltered. 'What is this? You're only a boy!' He glanced at Balkind who had returned to preening Samara's hair.
Neb stiffened, and refrained from glaring. He squinted sideways at Samara. Unaccountably, she too seemed to dislike the gangly man. Once again, it seemed he'd assumed wrongly. 'This is my … husband to be, Vander.' Samara said, tonelessly.
Before Neb could decide if he should congratulate or commiserate, ignoring his bride to be, Vander continued to sneer: 'A boy and a gryffant – what is Romulus thinking of – the Chief's only son is in mortal peril!'
The gears in Neb's mind worked rapidly – he calculated Romulus and his new recruits would be lucky to return to camp before sundown. If Romulus's griffin riders were the closest then no help would be arriving until tomorrow.
'Sir, Griffin Master Romulus has spent today at the Cherub Cliffs, selecting new recruits. They flew –'
'–that must have been them we saw flying over – I shouted and waved – but they just waved back,' Lillian interrupted. Vander frowned at her, but dared not scold the Chief's daughter.
Instead he turned his rage on Neb: 'Then what do you do here with that griffin? Have you stolen him?' his upper lip lifted, displaying stained yellow teeth.
Neb straightened. 'No sir. I am no thief. The Griffin Master selected Balkind, but there were none to ride him.'
'Why weren't you recruited?' Lillian asked, wrinkling up her face and peering up at him. 'You're a good rider – we saw you practising "fall and catch".'
"Fall and catch" was an essential part of a griffin – and rider's training. Samara's lips twitched and her eyes seemed to dance with amusement. Neb felt a flush creeping up the back of his neck.
'Aren't we wasting time – standing around here gossiping?' he glared at Vander, daring him to challenge. Grabbing Samara by the upper arm, he hoisted her onto Balkind's back. 'The girl will show me the way,' he said, vaulting up in front her. Before Balkind could protest, Neb kicked him forward. Balkind gambolled up the meadow's slope with the curious upsie-downsie lopsided gait of a griffin. Samara bounced against him like a rag doll, so as soon as Balkind's wings were inflated, Neb pushed him into flight, more for the sake of the griffin's comfort than the girl's. Balkind circled as he soared upwards, spreading his wings to their fullest. Both the newcomer and Lillian shrunk to toy-size, although even from here, Neb saw Lillian stamp her foot with rage at being left behind.
Extracted from "The Griffin's Boy" available from Amazon on December 15th 2013. © Julia Hughes
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DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…
As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…
On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.
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*This book contains explicit violence*
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Teri Riggs was destined to be a writer. As a small girl she didn’t read bedtime stories, she made up her own. Who needed Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs when there were so many great tales bouncing around in her head? When she grew up and became a mother to three little girls, she continued the tradition of making up bedtime stories. On the occasions she chose to tell conventional fairytales, Teri usually gave them a bit of tweaking here and there or added a new ending. Her girls loved it.
After her daughters had the nerve to actually grow up and leave home, Teri discovered she had a passion for writing and jumped right in. It came as no surprise she chose to write mysteries and happily-ever-after’s since that’s the genres she loves to read.
Teri lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, one of her daughters and two dogs that seem to think they rule the world. And some days Teri thinks maybe they do. Website Facebook Twitter
READER REVIEW: "This book was excellent and it made me want more from the Slaughter Creek Series. It kept me guessing which I love in a romantic suspense book. I also loved the twist and turns I did not see coming. Great book." -- Sarah53121
What happened to Sadie Nettleton’s twin sister at the psychiatric hospital all those years ago?
Sadie Nettleton fled Slaughter Creek ten years ago, leaving behind the only home she’d ever known—and the only man she ever loved. Unable to cope with her sister's madness, or the terrible secret she and her sister share, Sadie swore never to return. But when her grandfather is murdered, and her sister charged with the crime, Sadie has no choice but to come back and face the ghosts of the past...
For Sheriff Jake Blackwood, time has not dimmed the love he felt for Sadie Nettleton—or the pain of her leaving. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to help her uncover the truth about her grandfather’s death and what happened to her sister at the asylum. As their investigation leads them deeper into a world of secrets, lies, and betrayal in Slaughter Creek, Sadie becomes the target of a madman who will do anything to keep the truth buried. Jake would give his life to protect Sadie. But can he again risk giving her his heart?PURCHASE in PAPERBACK for $7.77 or KINDLE for $3.99
Butch was barking like crazy and trying to lick my face. Every dog within a mile was barking. I looked around and could see dawn was breaking and our house was blazing, totally in flames, and so was my pickup parked nearby. It was a surreal scene.
Suddenly with a loud crash, our brick chimney collapsed onto the top of the burning house, causing the entire structure to become a roaring fire pit.
The neighbor helped me to my feet, and I leaned on a fence post for support. I was shaking badly and confused about everything. I was not sure if I was just having a terrible nightmare and I would soon wake up. I don’t remember how it happened, but the next thing I knew, I was here.
Fire trucks and ambulances arrived, and I was taken away to the hospital where I was treated for smoke inhalation, cuts, and burns on my face and back. The doctor told the deputy sheriff that I was in shock and very confused. The deputy offered to drive me back home, and he questioned me about what happened.
I told him I really did not know what had happened. He told me matter-of-factly that my mother and sister were dead and their bodies had been removed from the fire debris and were being taken to Oklahoma City for autopsies. He watched me closely for a reaction. There was none. The deputy could have just as well told me it was Thursday morning, June 19, 1963, and my response would have been the same: nothing. I was totally numb and confused. One thing I did remember that would bother me for years was a very strange odor in my nostrils that I could not identify, and my clothes still reeked of that unknown odor.
SYNOPSIS: A real-life, true crime, memoir about the incredible story of a poor teenage Oklahoma farm boy who was charged with murdering his mother and sister in cold blood and then burning down the family home in a supposed attempt to cover up his crimes and his ten-year court battle to clear his name.
In the early morning hours of June 19, 1963, just four days before he was to leave for basic training, Bobby Wilson was awakened by his mother.
She held a loaded gun to his head and had a crazy, yet familiar, look in her eyes. Alongside his sister, Bobby had suffered her rants for years, but tonight was different. Bobby knew without a doubt that the demons that his mother had struggled with for years had their sights on him.
He realizes he has nowhere to turn and nowhere to run, but he has no idea that the nightmare has just begun. It is a nightmare that changes the course of his life. It is a nightmare that will ultimately take Bobby ten years to wake up from.
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Bobby was born in San Francisco, CA, on September 3, 1944, to a waitress mother and mysterious father. His younger years were years of endless relocations until his mother and younger sister, Judy, ended their sojourn in Hugo, Oklahoma, the area of his mother’s upbringing, Indian country in Southeastern Oklahoma.
Intent on a military career, Bobby enlisted in the National Guard while beginning his high school senior year. His plans for the future were suddenly cut short when he was jailed and criminally charged with his family’s deaths.
After his release from jail, Bobby had to rebuild his life from scratch and worked his way through the University of Texas and Texas Tech School of Law, all the while supporting a wife and daughter.
Bobby graduated from Law School in 1973 having already passed the State Bar exam. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980.
He soon established himself as a fearless trial lawyer in the State of Texas, unafraid to take on the establishment or its leaders in civil and criminal litigation. He made enemies in the legal profession, but his clients worshipped him.
In the early 1990’s Bobby quit the law business to become a professor of law. He moved to Arizona and became certified to teach law and political science and was named Outstanding Business Faculty Instructor at Rio Salado College in 1999.
In 2001 he was retained by the disgraced Arthur Anderson and Company to write an Ethics guide for their employees in Arizona.
Bobby continues to write and teach law and paralegal courses for colleges in Arizona. Currently, Bobby is busy writing a series of books under his "Bobby Trials" banner as well as Murder Mysteries/Legal Thrillers. Bobby is married and currently living in Arizona. This tour was sponsored by Worldwind Virtual Book Tours
Break The Chains
A Memoir by Jay D Roberts, MD
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises
BOOK SUMMARY: If you were abused over and over again, would you become an abuser? Or would you learn to forgive? Dr. Jay Roberts had to go to prison to learn the answer.
In 1999 Dr. Roberts was in at-home hospice care preparing for his own death from a neurological disease. At the point where he finally gave up, he experienced a spontaneous, overnight healing. It was not the first time he had “cheated” death. He had survived a fifty-foot fall from a cliff, a plane crash, and attempts on his life by rebel insurgents in remote areas in the Philippines in 1970s. This near-death escape was different though, because it was the culmination of a turbulent lifelong dialogue with God which started when he was a child being bull-whipped by his alcoholic father. Yet even after his complete recovery from disease, it would take a maximum security prison environment to reveal to him the mysterious power of forgiveness.
In the telling of his fascinating story—of extreme abuse, of the compulsion to become a pain and wound care specialist, of medical school in a third world country against a dangerous political backdrop, and of his return home to deal with the demons he’d left behind—Dr. Roberts tackles the big questions illuminating physical, mental, and spiritual growth. Break the Chains affirms faith in both God and the human spirit. It is as revealing and inspirational as it is truthful and poignant.
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THE STORY BEHIND BREAK THE CHAINS:
As a young child, I didn’t believe God existed. I had prayed and prayed for God to stop my torment, but He didn’t.
As I grew, I kept hearing, “Jesus loves the little children…” So I figured that if God does love kids, he surely hates me.
And, He must hate me because I am bad, so I should be beaten more. I deserved to be tortured. And I was.
So I figured I was right after all. As a child and adult I knew to keep my mouth shut and never speak of what went on inside our home. I would never tell. Never.
Years and years past, then I got sick. After I almost died, I became obsessed with four things—writing my story, ministering in maximum security prisons, helping the wounded, and building an orphanage.
Writing my story has been the most difficult. I had to remove a wall of stones from around my heart that had protected me for years. It became too painful and I stopped writing. I tossed many a nights fighting a passion to write against the fear that it would kill my mother for telling the secret. Two years later, the battle was over. I could no longer squelch my thirst to write.
My mother read the promotional copy for my book. She is still alive.
Any day now she will start reading the book. I pray that she has strength and an open mind as my story unfolds in her hands. A story she already knows, but one never spoken and definitely not in print.
My wife, two sons, and sister have read the book and have praised me. My brother refuses to talk about the book and to hear anything negative about his father. A cousin is upset that I would “bad mouth my family… and anyway, no one would ever buy my book.”
Many have hurts and pains, and are bounded by their chains.
I am willing to take the hits from my family, if by telling my story I can help others to forgive, break their chains, and set them free.
Jay D Roberts MD is a board-certified physiatrist, specializing in the treatment of physical disabilities with a focus of adding quality to life. He is currently in private practice in California. He is a member and lecturer at national and international conferences related to his specialty, a contributing author to Current Trends in Physiatry, and author of various scientific papers. In addition to his career, Dr. Roberts volunteers as part of a Christian ministry in maximum security prisons. He and his wife, parents of two grown sons, live in Indian Wells, California. Break the Chains is Dr. Roberts’ first book. Following in the long tradition of doctors who combine their passion for saving lives with their passion for writing, Dr. Roberts is currently at work on a novel, concerning children forced to work in mines.
About the book:
Being a teenage girl is hard enough, but for DeDe Christopher, it is proving impossible.
In addition to cliques, books, and boys, she has to worry about capes, apes, and aliens. Last year, DeDe discovered that she possessed fantastic abilities that were strangely similar to those of a comic book character named SkyBoy.
With the help of her best friend Jason, a self-professed comic geek, DeDe accepted her legacy and became Sky Girl. Now, DeDe must learn what it means to be a heroine as Sky Girl faces the all too real enemies and allies of SkyBoy, including the clever Quizmaster, the beautiful Penny Pound, the enigmatic Jersey Devil, and the magical MissTick.
DeDe must also face personal challenges as she discovers the secrets of her late father and his connection to Skyboy--secrets that will affect Sky Girl’s destiny.
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About the author:Joe Sergi lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife and daughter. Joe is an attorney and a Haller Award winning author who has written articles, novels, short stories, and comic books in the horror, sci-fi, and young adult genres. Joe is the creator of the Sky Girl series of novels and the editor of Great Zombies in History. His first novel, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy was selected Best of 2010 by the New PODler Review. Joe is a life-long comic fan who regularly writes on the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. A complete list of Joe’s titles is available at www.JoeSergi.net. When not writing, Joe works as a Senior Litigation Counsel in an unnamed US government agency and is a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law.Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures,Tour Schedule:Tuesday, September 3rd
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Ten years ago, Lexie Dodson fled her home in rural Ohio, leaving behind a heartbroken brother and abandoning a devastated fiancé. While chasing her desire of a fast-paced life in the city, and the obscurity of urban life, she is shaken to her very core by an act of violence that leaves her betrayed, broken, and pregnant—and with nowhere to go but home.
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Eight-year-old Samantha Becker has the perfect life—a father and mother who love her and a baby brother on the way. When a car accident spurs her mother’s labor, she gives birth to a stillborn child and loses her chances of ever conceiving again. But the accident’s devastation does not stop there. Left with a father who hardly speaks to her and a mother who turns to booze, Sam’s world quickly falls apart. But her neighbor June and a timely gift may be the one thing that saves her….
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For most of her life, music has been eighteen-year-old Samantha Becker's only expressive outlet against her dysfunctional family. But when her fathers' careless actions lead to an “accident,” Sam’s ability to play the guitar dies along with her dreams of attending Juilliard.
Just when Sam has given up, a budding friendship and an unexpected love force her to evaluate all she's ever known. Armed with a new-found confidence, Sam battles her father’s plans for her future, band mates using her for personal gain, and a permanent injury. But will it be enough? Julliard auditions are almost here. Time's running out, and Sam must re-learn to play the guitar or give up her dreams forever.
DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW (holiday novelette/romance)
Wynn Murphy has been in love with Zane Anders since the day she laid eyes on him. But just when she begins to hope their casual relationship might turn into something more, a misunderstanding pushes her away.
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Passionate, idealistic, young Matt Whiteside has just landed the job of his dreams. Dressed to kill and running on pure ambition, he enters the ranks of mortgage-backed securities traders twice his age for one of the most prestigious firms in San Francisco.
Life couldn't be sweeter.
But the roller coaster has only just begun.
When he meets a beautiful woman also on the upward move, his dreams appear to be unstoppable. But unbridled love too often hides the truth in its shadow and not everything is as it appears.
As he discovers the world of mortgage-backed securities, experiencing a soaring financial wave never seen before, Matt is welcomed with open arms into a seductive arena almost too good to be true. When insatiable greed raises its ugly head, jealousy and betrayal follow quickly behind. In a moment of brutal clarity, his world shatters with the realization he is merely a pawn in someone's wicked game. Just as quickly as it all began, his dreams slip through his fingers as he struggles to hold on to a world that never really existed.
Five-time award winning novel, The House's Money, received:
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Reader Review: "It was very difficult to put down! Holly has a talent to appeal to the technically minded person and bring a sense of realism into the fiction. I look forward to reading additional books about Alice!" -- Jack Swets
What would you do to possess unlimited knowledge and power?
Nineteen year-old Alice McArthur never had a choice. A shy girl from a small town, Alice has gained a reputation for her near-genius programming abilities, even getting the attention of EngineerCorp, a rising electronics empire. With her unique skill-set, she is hand-picked to test their network security by hacking into their global mainframe.
But something goes terribly wrong.
The next thing Alice knows, she wakes up on the floor with a migraine, unnatural powers, a server’s worth of data in her head and the realization that this job was not what it seemed.
Now a fugitive from justice and on the run from the evil leader of a corporate empire, Alice doesn’t know who to trust or where to turn. She must find a way to secure her freedom and stop those who would keep her prisoner for life -- or worse.
Holly McCaghren was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area. "Mind Trace" is her debut novel and first adventure into the publishing world after years of an overactive imagination at work. With a background heavy in engineering and technical information, Holly has a unique viewpoint that helped to inspire the story of Alice McArthur.
While "Mind Trace" was designed to be a stand-alone novel, Holly has expressed tentative plans to continue Alice's adventures in the future.
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What do Feliciano Lopez
have in common? Hmmm... only in my imagination. They are inspiring me to write a new interracial romance between a Chinese-American business student and a jazzy-bluesy guitarist who works as a barista making latte hearts and volunteers at a community garden to feed the homeless. The pair meet in Berkeley when Carina needs a last minute room for her summer internship at a bulge-bracket investment bank.
“Show off.” Carina Chen blew at the foam on her cappuccino. She couldn’t help glaring at the shaggy haired barista as he explained the art of milk frothing to a gaggle of college girls. Hair flipping and eyelashes fluttering, they oohed and ahhed nonstop as he spun the milk underneath the steam nozzle. When he poured the espresso and layered the milk to perfection, they squealed as if they were in the middle of a group orgasm.
Carina had no time for such nonsense. She had gotten her cup from the female barista whose line was much shorter. Serving coffee did not require sleek muscles and gem-blue eyes.
“Yummy.” Her friend Sheila sipped her latte. “I come just to watch the show. Wonder which one he’ll take home tonight.”
“Only one?” Carina swirled her drink, then tapped the table for Sheila’s attention. “I know this is last minute, but you said you have a friend who needs a sublet. I’m really in a bind. Is there any chance you can hook me up?”
Sheila slowly tore her gaze from the demonstration of coffee-making prowess and licked her lips. “Yeah, let’s wait for his break, and I’ll introduce you.”
Carina looked toward the espresso machines. “Him
? Never mind. I’m not sure I could stomach the guy. He’s gotta be full of himself.”
“Why not? Dylan’s really nice. I’ve known him since eighth grade.” Sheila’s eyes wandered back to the front counter and lingered. “Although he’s filled out quite a bit since then. You have to admit, he’s hotter than the Sahara.”
“That’s exactly my point.” Carina watched him hand a steaming mug to a perky blond co-ed. His mischievous smile did funny things to her insides and it wasn’t even directed at her. “I need a quiet place to crash after my eighteen-hour days, not some bachelor’s pad with nightly orgies. I can imagine the revolving door on his bedroom. No thanks.”
Despite her hasty denial, warm flutters bubbled in her belly when he stepped out from behind the counter. He was broad-shouldered, but not bulky, and he moved with the easy grace of a mountain lion as he collected the empties. Heck, the man probably boosted Abercrombie & Fitch’s stock price two full points each time he bent over to wipe a table.
“Well, you could at least meet the guy before you pass judgment.” Sheila folded her arms on the table and leaned in.
“Look, the important thing is, he has a great apartment off Shattuck. It’s close to the BART, and it’s available. You can’t afford to be choosy. Besides,” she added with a sly smile, “an orgy or two might do you some good.”
While Carina struggled to close her gaping mouth, Sheila raised a hand to wave him over.
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