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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample of "Champagne for Christmas"

This is the opening from my newest book, coming out tomorrow, "Champagne for Christmas". Hope you like it. 

The sultry August air felt heavy around Nina Wells, and it quickly melted the ice cream in her sundae. Gazing up at the clear night sky to look for the Big Dipper, Nina dribbled fudge sauce on her white0 tee shirt. She reached for a napkin, realized she’d forgotten to take one, and doubled back to the ice cream stand before the stain set.
She rushed up to the tiny counter with the napkin holder right as a tall, good looking man holding a double mint chip cone turned. They collided. His ice cream fell onto her chest, causing her to gasp at the shock of cold against her skin. She looked up into his light brown eyes as she reached for the melting ball of ice cream. He grunted and slipped one arm around her to keep her from losing her footing. She stood wobbling, mesmerized by him; he was almost a whole foot taller than she with light brown hair and shoulders a mile wide. Nina shifted the ice cream ball from hand to hand, not knowing what to do with it.
“I don’t think you can put that back on the cone. Maybe the garbage?” He suggested with a grin.
Nina jerked back to reality and stepped toward the garbage, tossing what was left of the melted ice cream ball in.
            “I’m so sorry. I’ll buy you another one,” she said, reaching for napkins to wipe her shirt and hands.
            “It was my fault…completely. You don’t have to buy me another. I still have one scoop here and I’ll just…” he said, approaching her with napkins in his hand, then stopped his hand in midair, color suffusing his face.
“It’s okay. I’ve got this. Get your other scoop,” she said, raising a hand to stop him from wiping her shirt.

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Sherry Gloag said...

That's some collision. Like that your Christams story starts in August, too.

Sandy Nachlinger said...

What a clever meeting! Sounds like a fun story.

Marsha Ward said...

What an embarrassment! Great opening. Thanks, Jean.

Lindsay said...

Never knew ice cream stands could be so dangerous