Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Read another excerpt from Chirp by Ann Everett

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A woman hiding from her future…..
Heiress to the largest steel company in America, twenty-year-old, socially awkward Blaze Bledsoe hides out at Dessie Bishop’s farm. For the last three years, Blaze has eluded one investigator after another, but just when she thinks she’s safe, a PI closes in. Her luck is about to run out in more ways than one.
A man running from his past….
Rance Keller, a tough, hard-living ex-con, fresh out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit, arrives to claim the house his grandmother left him. Finding a strange girl living there, his plans for a solitary life take a turn. Her lack of modesty, no filter, and word of the day fetish baffles him, but those big green eyes and sweet mouth have him losing sleep.
Welcome to Bluebird, Texas
Where two damaged people with secrets, discover trust can lead to passion.

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Read an excerpt:
“My word of the day. I didn’t use it.” Her heart sped up. “Never mind. How was your day? How is the building going? Can I help with anything? Are you interested in going to a banquet?” The last question squeaked out because her mouth had gone dry. She reached for her glass of water and gulped. 
He laid down his fork and half-smiled. “What’s the word?” 
She looked away. “Uxorial.” 
“Hmm. What’s it mean?” 
“Befitting of a wife.” 
“Can’t help you there, but even if I could, it wouldn’t count, would it? I mean you have to come up with the sentence on your own, right?” 
“They got the john working in the new bathroom, so I won’t have to use yours anymore. As for you helping, maybe when the rooms are ready to paint, I’ll let you pitch in. And this spaghetti is delicious.” 
He took another bite, and she thought he was finished talking. Better he ignored the banquet question. She shouldn’t have listened to Hanna. 
He leaned back and rested his hands on the chair arms. “Hey, look at me.” 
She raised her eyes to his and braced. 
“Is talking to me making you uncomfortable?” he asked. 
She wanted to answer but couldn’t get the words out, so she nodded. 
“You’re not afraid of me, are you?” 
That was a good question. She had been when he had the nightmare. But not since then. She lowered her head. “No, but talking is hard.” 
He reached over and placed his finger under her chin and tilted it up. “I want to understand, so explain it.” 
His gentle touch and the tenderness in his tone surprised her. A little jolt of electricity caused her cheeks to warm. “I don’t always say the right thing.” 
“Well, you can say anything around me. If I don’t get it, I’ll tell you. Okay?” 
“Now, about this banquet.” 
“It’s a work thing. Golden anniversary.” 
“And the dress code? Date? Time?” 
“Oh, it’s not a date. It’s a plus one.” 
He laughed out loud. “I meant the date of the event.” 
Blaze’s face flamed, and she turned away again. “See what I mean?” 
“I wasn’t laughing at you. Your answer was cute.” 
“Oh,” she said. “Two weeks from Friday. Dressy casual. Seven in the evening.” 
“I’ll have to check my social calendar.” 
“All right.” She scooted her chair away, but before she stood, he caught her wrist. 
“That was a joke. You know I don’t have a social calendar.” 
She pulled her hand free. She appreciated his attempt to let her down easy, but she’d been right. This was a bad idea. “I know you don’t like me, so you don’t have to go.” 
“Whoa. I’ve never said that.” 
He frowned, and an odd sensation churned in her stomach. Longing. Desire for his approval. What was that about? She searched for something to say but came up short. An awkward silence hung between them until finally, she found her voice. “I’m not dumb. I know I’m odd, and people don’t like different.”

 About Ann Everett

Award winning and Amazon Best-Selling author, Ann Everett embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth. When speaking at conferences and to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.

Her short stories have appeared in The Green Silk Journal, Snag Today, and Story Teller Magazine.

A top reviewer on thenextbigwriter.com, she lives on a small lake in Northeast Texas where she writes, bakes, and fights her addiction to Diet Dr. Pepper.

She’s been featured on:
  • Proud of East Texas with Joan Hallmark, KLTV-TV, Tyler, Texas
  • East Texas Live and Mid-day, KETK-TV, Tyler, Texas
  • KTSS-TV, Hope, Arkansas
  • The Authors Show with Don McCauley, Internet radio show
  • The Chandler & Brownsboro Statesman, Chandler, Texas
  • The Daily Tribune, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
  • Tyler Morning Telegraph, Tyler, Texas
  • InMagazine, East Texas

Ten things you won’t know about Ann by reading her bio:

  1. She’s married to her high school sweetheart.
  2. She loves shopping at thrift stores.
  3. She doesn’t remember her first kiss. 
  4. She hates talking on the telephone.
  5. A really sharp pencil makes her happy.
  6. She secretly wants to get a tattoo. 
  7. She’s thankful wrinkles aren’t painful.
  8. She thinks everyone should own a pair of cowboy boots.
  9. She sucks at math.

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