Good morning, everyone. I helped my daughter and her family move to Pittsburgh last week and I’m beat. My apologies if I didn’t leave a comment on your blog. I’ll try to do better this week.
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Today, I’m continuiing last week’s scene from my latest Smoke, Inc. title, PHATT Farm. (Creative punctuation to make this fit.) 🙂
Moisture beaded my brow, and I wiped it away. The body armor I’d donned before leaving my apartment this morning, itched; I could feel perspiration trickling inside my tee, and lower, soaking the waistband of my sweats.
“This better be working,” I muttered. By tonight, I needed to shrink half a size, or maybe a little bit more than that; one of the FBI agents I’d recently worked with swore she lost inches every time she wore her Kevlar vest so…
Six months before, my sister had asked me to be in her wedding; at the time of my gown fitting, I’d been low-carb dieting and I’d already lost fifteen pounds. Filled with euphoria at my success, I’d assured the seamstress I’d peel off another ten before the event. She’d pulled the tape measure snug and advised me to not gain an ounce.
Fast forward to now–wedding in two days, bachelorette party tonight with bridesmaids trying on beautiful gowns, modeling for each other amid coos and squeals of delight, after which everyone would change into comfy clothes and there would be much partying.
I could do the much partying part. The beautiful part not so much.
BLURB: FBI agent Mackenzie Sierra Scott grimly anticipates six weeks of mindless boredom as she and her dog travel to Phatt Farm. Not realizing the full extent of her aversion toward dieting, her handler has stashed her at an off-the-grid weight loss center. Until she testifies at the trial of a killer, she’ll be in-hiding, one healthnut among many.
Upon meeting resident farmer, Eazy Phatt, Mack thinks of many ways they can burn calories together. And from his immediate attention, she knows he feels the attraction too. When Eazy invites her to help him with farm work as an alternative to a daily regime of yoga and pushups, she accepts, picturing hours of gratuitous sex.
Hot body aside, there’s nothing easy about Eazy. Instead of becoming her lover, he turns Mack into a farmhand, keeping her busy driving tractor, stacking hay, picking apples, shucking corn, and somewhere along the way, falling in love. And that all happens before the shooting starts.
I think she’s out of luck for losing enough weight in one day. Maybe after Eazy has her working on the farm?
As it turns out, the dress is the least of her worries. 🙂
Yeah, the vest may make her sweat, but I doubt it’s going to drop inches in 24 hours, even if she lives in it. But from the blurb it sounds like something else is afoot! Sounds like another winner, Gem!
Hi Jenna. One things leads to another and as events unfold, her jogging gear ends up being fortuitous. 😀
Ugh, that sounds like torture with a nice dollop of humiliation on top. By your comments, I’m thinking she might be grateful for whatever diversion comes up.
Well, yes and no. Maybe not quite the diversion she gets. 😀
Funny as all get-up. Love the story, weight and all and now the farmer. The theme song is The Farmer in the Dell or something.
Yep. City girl meets country, intrigue, and hot farmer. 😀
Oh dear, what a situation to be in! And then of course your comment above that the dress will be the least of her worries promises a really fun book! Great snippet…
I thought that she wore body armour for totally different reasons, but then you pulled the rug out out from under my expectations of an adventure story. Good job!
Dieting, ugh, I share her distress. I suspect, she may have more adventures than just a diet.
Ugh. Doesn’t sound comfortable at all. Maybe she should try playing hockey. Hockey players can lose 5 to 8 pounds in a game. (All water weight, though.)
Intriguing blurb. Losing weight sucks. lol The story sounds like it will be a fun adventure. 🙂
Hahaha! I LOVE the premise. And I know your writing. I just bought it. 🙂
Where around PGH did your daughter move? N, S, E, W? I imagine you’ll be visiting her. I live N of Pgh. Maybe during a visit, we could meet for lunch?? 🙂
Canonsburg, Pa. And I plan to visit often so I hope you are near there. 😀
Beauty’s on the inside!
liking the story so far and the concept of it. Looking forward to reading more.
Oh, vanity! It gets so many of us in trouble.
LOL at her hope to lose more inches in 24 hours. If only it was that easy. I’m curious how this will turn out.