Party Is Near Done So How About an Excerpt?

February 11, 2015

I’ve had an absolute blast hanging out with all of you today.  It’s been so much fun talking about my story, and seeing all your great, thoughtful comments.  There’s a half an hour left to comment if you want to be entered to win one of two copies of Pumpkin Rolls and Porn Sounds.  You can comment on any or all of the posts.  At 4:45 PM, I’ll announce the winners right here.

I thought I’d leave you all with an excerpt.  It’s one of my favorite scenes in the book, when Joshua and Will are still getting to know each other, and they are having trouble connecting for their next date, because Joshua is having to work extra hours:

“Lucas?” I questioned. Then winced. That absolutely sounded jealous.

Joshua gave a soft laugh. “He’s the baker. It’s his pumpkin rolls you moaned so wantonly over.”

Embarrassment flooded my cheeks. “Oh.”

“He’s also my brother-in-law,” Joshua added. The amusement was clear in his tone. That didn’t help my embarrassment at all. In fact, my face grew even hotter.

“That’s nice,” I said, trying to control my blush. “Do you like working with him?”

Joshua’s laugh was rich. “Very much. He’s been a friend for a long time. Since college, actually. I introduced him to my sister. The two of us came up with the idea for Pounds and Grounds because I wanted to run my own business and he wanted to quit his job and bake. He owns forty percent. I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be as successful as we are if it weren’t for him. We get along very well. And you can certainly attest to his talent in the kitchen.”

He just had to bring up the noises again, didn’t he? And just when I’d gotten myself to stop blushing, too. I was glad he couldn’t see me. I shook my head, cleared my throat, and smiled. “That’s really great to hear.”

Joshua wasn’t fooled by my attempt at a casual tone. He laughed heartily. But the sound cut off quickly. The smile fell off my face.

“Joshua?”

“Will, listen, until we….” His voice trailed off. There was silence for a long minute that made my heart pound. Then he sighed. “Until I get this sorted out, until I hire new people and get them settled, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to see you again. I want to. God, do I want to. But the long days aren’t very conducive to dating. I’d probably fall asleep on you.”

“That’s okay,” I said. Then scrunched up my nose at the way that might sound to him. I added quickly, “I mean, I understand. You have to take care of your business and yourself. I can wait.”

“Really?” He sounded surprised.

I shook my head, even though he couldn’t see. I didn’t understand why his confidence got shaky when it came to us, but this wasn’t the first time I had heard it. “Of course. I should have said it the other night instead of making a joke, but I really enjoy spending time with you and getting to know you. I want to see where this goes. And I’m willing to wait for you.”

There was silence from the other end. I would have thought we had lost the connection, but I could still hear him breathing. I tried to be patient, but it had never been my strong suit. When another minute passed and he still didn’t say anything, my gut clenched.

“Joshua?” I asked. A sudden attack of nerves made my voice tentative.

“Thank you,” he said fervently. “That means a lot to me. I want to see where this goes, too. I promise that I’ll get this sorted out as quickly as possible.”

“Doesn’t matter how long it takes, I’m not going anywhere.” My tone was full of conviction. I wanted him, and it was time I stopped questioning why. I would wait.

“Neither am I,” he said softly.

Don’t forget to comment on this or any post.  I want to give away some free books! :D

4 Responses to “Party Is Near Done So How About an Excerpt?”

  1. H.B. says:

    Thank you for all the great posts and wonderful questions. I’ve had a great time getting to know about you and your story :-)

  2. kbeth650 says:

    Thank YOU for coming to party with me today!

  3. Angela says:

    Thank you for sharing your release party with us, and giving us some info on you and your stories.
    I like the excerpt :) .

  4. kbeth650 says:

    Thank you Angela! I appreciate you joining in and playing along.

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