Wednesday, January 24, 2018

MidWeekTease - 24 January 2018 - Getting Real

24 January 2018:

Today, here in the Niagara Peninsula it's sunny but -7C. The weather channel says it will warm up over the weekend, but then look out for a deep freeze February. This is the coldest winter we've had in several years and I can't wait for spring.
Thanks as always to Angelica Dawson for hosting the MidWeekTease - It’s a great way to learn about other authors and their work.
This week I have another excerpt from Getting Real, a contemporary gay romance where one of the men needs to grow up and start behaving like a responsible adult, and the other needs to distance himself from his controlling family.

Getting Real
By Christiane France
Available at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
For TJ Delaney and Cole Labelle, it’s time to turn their lives around and get real.
TJ needs to exchange his playboy lifestyle for a job and prove he’s a responsible adult rather than a spoiled, rich brat.
Cole needs to free himself of his family’s control and their paranoid fears by proving being gay like his father is the only thing he and the man who gave him life have in common.
“In addition to the shop, we also supply interior plant decor services to local offices, banks, wherever they’re needed. By this, I mean we supply the plants and then take care of them on a continuing basis. My business partner, Franny May, looks after that side of things, but Franny’s been called away on a family emergency and that puts me in rather a large dilemma.”
“You need someone to take care of the plants while she’s gone?”
“If only it were that simple.” Maggie sighed. “We already have someone looking after our existing clients. What we need is someone to help, possibly even take charge, of a new project. Unfortunately, Franny’s father has had a heart attack. A few days before it happened, Franny contracted with the management company for that new office tower behind the courthouse to supply and maintain the plant d├ęcor for the entire twelve floors. The contract is due to start on the first of next month, and the doctors still haven’t given her any kind of prognosis about her father. Even if they had, there’s no way Franny can make whatever arrangements may be necessary for his care and be back here in time.”
“You can’t ask for a delay?”
“If we do, we could lose the contract and that would be bad for business in more ways than one. It would tag us as unreliable and we don’t need that. I can pinch-hit to get things started, but I still have the shop to run and that means I need extra help.”
Disappointment landed like a rock in the pit of my stomach. “I see. So the job will just be temporary until your partner returns, right?”
The eager look on Maggie’s face faded. “You’re saying you only want something temporary?”
“No, but if that’s all you’re offering, I’d be willing to help out while I continue to look around. I really want fulltime.”
“You do? That’s great.” The smile returned. “We decided we had to hire someone fulltime because the management company wants to emphasize green in the tower. We’ll have our own space in the basement for supplies, so you’ll be working from there.” She hesitated. “So, if you want the job, I’d say you need look no farther.”
“What if your partner doesn’t think I’m qualified or she doesn’t like me?”
“Provided you do a good job and don’t kill off any of her babies, Franny will love you to death.”

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  1. I hope Maggie copes with the work load. I'd love to read more of this story. Great Midweek Tease Christiane

  2. There has to be a catch coming. Looking forward to it!

  3. Fab tease! Let's just hope he doesn't kill off any of those babies ;-)

  4. I can't wait for spring either, and it hasn't been nearly as cold here in the UK as it's been for you! :) Great teaser!

  5. Excellent setup and I'm looking forward to reading more!