Hey, everyone! Sorry for the lateness this week. My other half and I went to visit friends yesterday, and I completely forgot I hadn’t scheduled my snippet before I left. Shame on me!
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I’ve been posting snips from my new FREE release over the past few weeks. One more teaser from What’s Up, Pussycat? today. I’m away next week on one of my hiking and camping trips, but I get home on Sunday afternoon so I’ll do my best to post a snippet then, even though I’ll be late again.
Finley Harrington despairs of ever being able to move on after the death of Andrew, the love of his life. When he spots an advertisement for auditions for Cats, the last musical Andrew performed in, Finley acts on the spur of the moment and calls for an appointment to audition.
Much to Fin’s surprise, he gets the part he hopes for, but during his struggles with stage-fright, and the teasing of a fellow actor, Karl Rogers, he wonders if he’s made a huge mistake. But Karl’s irritating persona hides a different person inside, and when Fin gets to know him, he develops a surprising attraction to him.
Could Karl be the person to help Fin move on from the past, or is he destined to remain alone?
In last week’s snippet, Karl apologised to Finley for his behaviour, but Fin isn’t ready to forgive him, just like that. Instead, he loses his temper initially, then reveals exactly why he took the part in the musical. Karl’s response isn’t what Fin expected:-
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“I didn’t know,” he whispered eventually. “Why didn’t you say anything?”
“Because it’s my own business. Maurice and James know.” I reluctantly turned back, and touched the tissues to the corners of my eyes again before more tears spilled over. “I didn’t want anyone to think I got this role on a sympathy vote. I can only imagine what you’d have said about that.”
“That’s really what you think of me? I could be that cruel?” He looked crushed. “I’m sorry I’ve made you feel like that. Nothing I say means anything. I’m the first one to admit I’m full of shit. And I’ll tell you something else. I know all about stage-fright. That’s why I put on this stupid, over-confident act and tease everyone. It’s like another character I step into so I can leave the shy, fearful Karl at the door and make a success out of this.”