Welcome to Friday Freebits! Six paragraphs of a current book or a work in progress. I’ll try to choose six good ones for you! Continuing on with my short story collection Impulsive. This week, six paragraphs from the third story, Playing With Destiny.
First, the blurb:
(Collection of short stories)
The first glimpse of a person, someone so breathtaking it’s almost stunning. That heart-stopping moment when gazes lock across a crowded room. Finding the courage to speak over the noisy thrumming of a heartbeat. Feelings so intense, they tend to make one’s actions a bit impulsive. Four stories of spicy, sweet, sassy romance. Three Wishes, All That Jazz, Playing With Destiny and High Maintenance.
Three Wishes: While visiting Madame Zena’s Mystical Shoppe, Macy Green discovers a dusty old bottle she never imagines could actually be magical. (paranormal romance)
All That Jazz: Devon Knight has a secret. He’s been watching his neighbor, beautiful Gia Malone, through their apartment windows, every day while he practices his trumpet. (sweet romance)
Playing With Destiny: When beautiful witch Calista Canyon discovers the man of her dreams living right next door, she tries everything she can think of, short of magic, to get him to notice her. (paranormal romance)
High Maintenance: Deidre North is enjoying a family ski vacation after Christmas, when an accident sidelines her from the slopes with a cast on her leg. (sweet romance)
“I loved the stories. Each of them was very different, which was something that I enjoyed. My two favorites have to be Playing with Destiny and High Maintenance. And don’t you just love the cover? I look forward to reading more of Ms. Hill’s work very soon. Impulsive is a great book to have with you while you’re on the go or only have a few minutes to relax. Just enough time to get lost in a short story and still be done in time for dinner.” ~ Val, You Gotta Read Reviews
And now the six paragraphs:
The man was apparently as dense as the fog that swirled over the river when the sun went down. Calista Canyon had been his neighbor for over a year, not that he’d noticed. To be fair, she’d only recently become aware of him…in that way. Still, he didn’t seem to know she existed.
She stared through the window of her apartment directly into a window of his. The houses were built so close together, she could read the diploma hanging on his living room wall. Ryan Lenhart, Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, Oklahoma State University. Calista hadn’t gone to college and had never heard of Kinesiology, but after some investigating, discovered it dealt with exercise. After a little more digging, she learned Ryan was a personal fitness trainer.
One look at his toned body verified that piece of information. Calista hadn’t really looked before, nor had she given him much thought or attention in the past. Occasionally, she crossed paths with him as they came or went. Sometimes they met in the shared parking lot behind their houses. She drove a black Jeep and noticed he drove a red one. When the weather turned warm, he rode a bicycle, and continued that right through the mild Oklahoma autumn.
Fall was Calista’s favorite time of year. Long, scorching summer days shortened and turned cooler. Nights grew crisp and chilly. She left her windows open most of the time, and evidently, her neighbor did, too.
That’s what caught her attention the first time she noticed Ryan. Really noticed him. She heard noises outside and looked up from the book she was reading. Her apartment was on the third floor of an old house converted to rentals, so it was unusual to hear voices, but she knew she heard something. She walked around to the various windows until she hit upon the source of the noise. Her neighbor, whose living room faced hers, was entertaining.
That was the polite word for what he and his guest were doing. Rutting like wild animals also came to mind. Man, they’re really going at it. She shouldn’t watch, but it was like seeing a train wreck. She couldn’t help herself. Clutching the windowsill, Calista bit her lip.
That’s six, sorry! Blame our Friday Freebits Hostess Ginger Simpson for the abruptness, she’s the one who chose to make it six paragraphs…LOL
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