I am very happy to welcome Debbie Mason today with an excerpt from her new book, Sugarplum Way. Please follow the tour with TLC Book Tours so you can read reviews of the book and the other excerpts.
Excerpt #2 from Sugarplum Way
Julia raised a hand to wave Maggie over. She frowned, wondering why the other woman wasn’t smiling. She always smiled. Something must be wrong. As soon as Maggie started walking toward the booth, Julia spotted the problem. Colin had just walked in the diner . . . with Aidan.
Duckety, duck, duck, duck.
Julia could swear, okay, fake-swear, all she liked, but that wouldn’t cut it. She had to come up with something fast. Her body was overheating, sweat dampening her forehead. She wondered if it was caused by a fever or nerves, and then realized she’d yet to take off her jacket. Good, she was just hot. No nerves involved. She wasn’t nervous about dealing with a ticked-off Aidan. Nope, not all. She’d go all Gillian Connelly on him. She’d invented the heroine from the Warrior’s trilogy, so it stood to reason that deep down inside Julia there was a kick-butt woman dying to come out. As Julia undid the zipper on her jacket, she forced a wide, confident smile for Maggie. She stood up to hug the other woman. “I’m so glad you made it. Come, sit down.”
“Colin’s here,” Maggie whispered.
“I know, isn’t that great? You scoot in the booth.” Julia turned with a wide and welcoming smile for Colin . . . and Aidan. Well, him she tried to ignore. But it was a little hard because his eyes felt like laser beams, forcing her to look at him. “Colin! So glad you made it.Oh, Aidan, hi. I didn’t know you were coming.” “I’m sure you didn’t. So, what’s going on here?”
“Just a meeting of the Christmas committee, you know. Really boring stuff. It looks like there’s a spot for you at the counter.”
“Nah, there’s lots of room here. I’ll join you guys. You scoot in over there, Julia, Maggie.” He held Julia’s gaze, letting her know by repeating what she’d said to Maggie that he knew exactly what she was up to. By the time Aidan had the table organized, Colin sat across from Maggie. “It’s a little warm in here, isn’t it?” Julia said, finding the silence oppressive. “Do you mind?” She raised her eyebrows at Aidan as she tried to shrug out of her jacket. He was sitting too close for comfort. Instead of sliding down, he helped her out of her jacket. His gaze moved over her, and he murmured, “That explains a lot.”
“What explains . . .” she trailed off when she noticed Maggie and Colin were looking at her too.
She didn’t understand what was going on until Maggie said, “I didn’t know you were a writer, Julia.”
She looked down at herself. In her hurry to get out of the apartment, she’d pulled her jeans over her sleep shorts but hadn’t thought to change her long-sleeve purple T-shirt that read:
I’m a writer. Which means I live in a make-believe world and have high expectations. Thank you for understanding.
About Sugarplum Way:
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Forever (October 31, 2017)
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