Hello! I’m back with a new short story! Writer’s Retreat leans a little more to the romance side than I usually do, but only a little more. Even if you’re thinking that may not be your cup of tea, the story is only $0.99 so that’s a pretty good bargain if I do say so myself. ;) I wanted it to be a light and fun summer read so I hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up. (And thank you if you do!)
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Fun fact about the cover: I photographed the background myself on a trip to Lake Superior.
Now onto the preview!
After his last book was made into a blockbuster movie, Matthew Westbrook retreated to his lakeside cabin to finish the sequel. His ambitions are hampered by costly plumbing repairs and distractingly handsome plumber, Jason Brandt. Matthew’s book may not get finished, but he just may have a fun summer ahead of him. A steamy, lighthearted short story. (Approx. 4,000 words.)
A sculpted god of a man stood on Matthew’s front porch. It would’ve been a welcome sight on any other day.
“Looks like you’re gonna need several replacement pipes. It’s going to take me at least a full day to fix the damage,” the man said, pausing to dab sweat off his forehead.
Matthew had watched the man running in, out, and around his cabin for the last hour in sweltering August heat. The man’s white tank clung nearly transparent to every ripple of muscle all the way from his broad chest down to his tight stomach.
Matthew’s eyes shot back up. “Sorry,” he muttered. His hormonal school days were far behind him. He didn’t need to start staring at every hot guy he met again.
“Nah, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news.” The man patted his shorts until he found a business card and handed it to Matthew.
“Jason Brandt from Jason’s Plumbing,” Matthew read aloud. “Is this a one man show?”
Jason flashed a smile. “Yep, and I promise I’m the best man for the job. You can go ahead and enjoy your vacation while I’m working. I’ll be as quiet as possible.”
“Actually, I’m here for work too,” Matthew said.
“Out here? Man, we get terrible internet speeds and even worse cell reception. What kind of job do you have?”
“I’m a writer.”
Jason’s face lit up. “Really? Anything I’d know?”
And there it was. Matthew’s least favorite question in the world. “Probably not,” he replied after suppressing a sigh.
“Uh. Well, it’s Sci-Fi. Kinda niche stuff,” Matthew said. It was a partial lie, but the plumber didn’t need to know that his latest book had become a movie. A movie that was gearing up to become this holiday season’s blockbuster no less. The last thing Matthew wanted was the entire population of the nearby small town to find a reason to drop by for an autograph.