Monday, February 19, 2007
New Beginning 221
In the last hour of the last day of her going out of business sale, Susan Smith-Halsey, owner of the Turn My Page book and aromatherapy candle shop began taking paperback books from the sale table set up in front of the store and heaving them at passing motorists. When she ran out of the light weight books she turned to the 2 for $3 hard cover books and threw those, denting at least one roof and a few fenders. By the time the police arrived the sale tables were bare, and broken books and torn pages littered the street where, by now, a crowd had gathered to watch the action. The police allowed her to put away the tables and lock the doors before hauling her down to the station to be, of all things, booked.
Lydia Perry smiled to herself. Susan’s Final Chapter, at last. She’d always thought Bridget Jones was a bit of a wimp, and Shopaholic? Who has that kind of money? The confessions of a spunky bookshop owner, though: that was so completely Lydia’s cup of tea. Flipping through the pages and buzzing with excitement, she headed toward the register -- and walked straight into a guy browsing the outdoor pursuits section. Shocked, she looked up into the deepest blue eyes she’d ever seen.
"Shocked"? No. "Surprised"? No . . . "Startled!" Yes: Startled, she looked up into the deepest blue eyes she’d ever seen.
Ginny put down her pen and sipped her coffee as Brad came into the room wearing nothing but a towel. He massaged her neck and asked, "How's the book coming? I can't wait to read it. Does Lydia finally find happiness?"
Elaine Marie Marcos smiled and hit SAVE. This was shaping up as the best book of her Ginny Blaine series by far. This time, Ginny would finally get her dream guy: just what the fans were pleading for.
That was enough. Joel Lymas, associate agent at Moboten Literary, put the manuscript down on his desk, rubbed his eyes and took a deep breath. “Metafiction,” he said, shaking his head. “Fuck.”
Opening: Inkmandoo.....Continuation: Anonymous