Saturday, March 6, 2010

Another Never Before Seen Excerpt of Stroke of Luck and Contest with Ms. Jenna Byrnes

Stroke of Luck – Never before seen excerpt #2 by Jenna Byrnes

Steven padded to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. Wearing nothing but boxers, eyes barely open, he carried the mug to the window and sipped from it while looking at the view. Paul’s condo was great, but was that where he’d like to live? He thought about it for a moment. If I could have my choice of living anywhere… He chuckled. Which now, apparently, I can. Where would I choose to live?
Chicago, of course. He wouldn’t mind a little distance but didn’t want to be too far from his family. His mother was alone, Tim and Cheryl were struggling. It didn’t seem like the best time to leave.
So, Chicago. It still left a lot of options. House, condo, apartment? He had no ideas. Never having many options hadn’t prepared him for the freedom he now experienced. He glanced around the empty condo, wondering if it could ever feel like home.
Paul had gone to the office hours ago while Steven had stayed in bed, dozing comfortably off and on. Neither of them had gotten much sleep. His muscles were sore in places he’d never known existed.
What a great feeling! Steven smiled—and jumped when the phone rang. He headed to Paul’s desk, but by the time he got there, the answering machine had picked up.
Paul’s voice sounded smooth and professional. “You have reached 555-1209. Leave a message, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.”
The machine beeped, and the caller said, “Hi, Paul. This is Tony at Beeman Jaguar Sales. I found that XK convertible you were asking about, in black or silver. I could have either one here in two days when you decide. I’ll wait to hear from you. 555—”
Steven tuned out the rest of the call. Paul had been looking at Jaguar convertibles? He already drove a very nice Lincoln. Odd. He glanced down at a stack of papers on Paul’s desk and realised they were bills. He tried to walk away but couldn’t. Like a train wreck, he had to look.
He picked up the stack and leafed through them. Credit cards with balances totalling over thirty-thousand dollars. Steven gulped. A balance due on the Lincoln. Racquet Club dues, a charge account at a pricey men’s store downtown—those were only the top half of the stack. He dropped the papers back where he’d found them and carried his mug into to the kitchen.
Paul either made one hell of a salary or was living beyond his means. The credit card balances led Steven to believe the latter and caused a lump to form in his stomach. He couldn’t believe he’d found this out just as he’d started to get so attached to Paul. The timing of the whole relationship/lottery thing really did suck.
Copyright © Jenna Byrnes

Contest time.... What's the prize.....
Ms. Jenna is giving away winner's choices from her available titles!!!!

Name the book by Jenna Byrnes that Cecile recently reviewed and called an emotional, heart-wrenching story?

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  1. Good morning..oops, looking at the clock its good afternoon,where'd the morning go
    Shhhhhhhhh Caleb**nudge him** :D

    Another great excerpt.

    The answer is:Ocean Breeze,Little Squeeze

  2. Where did my picture go..... =(
    Hummm will have to fix this when I get home...

    I was wondering where Caleb was... Now Elaing... I told you I would share... but ummmmmm... not overnight! **hands on hips** that is what the other tribal members are for!!
    Thanks for coming to the party honey!!!

  3. Ocean Breeze, Little Squeeze?

  4. I don't know how that happened Cecile**shrugs shoulders** ;)

    Since Caleb is back to work**clears throat** I need a drink..Caleb I think I'll have a margarita :D

  5. Ocean Breeze, Little Squeeze

  6. I'm always showing up late for the party. Oh well, better late than never.

    Thanks for the excerpt. I enjoyed it.

    Today's answer is...Ocean Breeze, Little Squeeze

  7. Interesting excerpt.

    Answer-Ocean Breeze, Little Squeeze

  8. Chris!! Oh you guessing again I see!!! Evil wink!! Thanks for coming over honey!

    elaing8! Ummhummm that is what they all say.. "I don't know." **tisk tisk tisk hands on hips**
    You are something else Elaing!

    CallMeKayla! Hey honey, thanks for coming over!

    joder! As long as you show up that is all that matters honey! The sad part is this is my own party, and I am always late it seems, lmbo!!! So, thank you for coming over!

    Beth! Hey hon! Isn't that just a very intriguing excerpt Ms. Jenna provided us with! Thanks for coming by!

  9. Good morning, All.

    The answer is Ocean Breeze, Little Squeeze.

    Thanks and have a great week.
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  10. Hope I'm not to late the answer is
    Ocean Breeze, Little Squeeze

  11. Tracy D! Hey honey, thanks for coming over! I hope you have a great time!

    sherry! hey hon! glad to see that you are having a great time at my place =)!!

  12. Yum. More teasing.

    Ocean Breeze, Little Squeeze

  13. Ocean Breeze, Little Squeeze
    Hope it's still time to enter. Love Jenna's books. Cecile, I'm new to your blog but have to tell you I love it.Great job.
    Carol L.

  14. Reena Jacobs & Carol L., thanks for coming over to this post as well! I love having new people meet and introduce those people to new authors!

    Thank you Carol for the kind words about my blog! It is my home away from home haven!


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