1 August 2018:
Thanks as always to Angelica Dawson for hosting the MidWeekTease - http://midweektease.blogspot.ca/ It’s a great way to learn about other authors and their work.
This week I have another excerpt from And The Cat Came Back, a contemporary gay romance. This story stars Foofuss, a very manipulative, matchmaking cat who’ll stop at nothing to fix what he’s decided needs fixing. This week’s excerpt continues on from the one I posted last week. Enjoy!
And The Cat Came Back
By Christiane France
Home renovator Seth Lawley is ready to settle down if the right man comes along, but he’s cautious. He believes he who hesitates saves himself a whole lot of heartbreak.
Grant Kenyon, on the other hand, is ready to take a chance. He figures anyone who hesitates when it comes to grabbing what he wants from life risks losing out.
Foofuss, Grant’s bossy, matchmaking Persian cat, has decided his master needs company and Seth is it...that’s if he can figure out the perfect plan to bring the two of them together.
He nodded. “It’s very possible.”
“When it started, the people who lived there had two teenage sons who did not want to live out here in the ‘sticks’ as they called it, and they were very vocal about it. They said living in Filton’s Corner was akin to living in the Dark Ages and thanks, but no thanks, they wanted to go back to the city.
“They were smart kids, the kind who knew how to make technology work for them and they had the money to pay for it. I don’t know if they used laser lights or rigged up a hologram, but whatever they did, it worked like a charm. It almost gave their mom a nervous breakdown and their dad a stroke. The next thing we knew, the house was sold and they’d gone.”
“But if the ghost was something those kids produced with technology, how come it came back after the next person bought the property?”
“Because…” He hesitated and licked his lips, giving the impression he was nervous about something. “Look, I’ve never shared this with anyone for reasons I’ll explain in a minute, and I’ll deny it if you so much as breathe one single word to anyone other than your business partner. But I think someone believed Sweet Briar could be had for a fraction of the asking price if he could convince everyone it was haunted.”
“Any idea who?”
He uncrossed his legs. “No. But I can’t discount the possibility it may be one of my neighbors. Hence the reason I’ve kept my mouth shut.”
“You think this person worked out what the boys did and decided to follow suit? Albeit for a different reason.”
“That’s my take on it. I don’t have any idea which one of my neighbors it could be. Or if it’s a friend of one of the neighbors, or a complete stranger who happened to find out what those boys did.” He threw up his hands in defeat.
“Want to tell me how you found out about this?”
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