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BEYOND MAGIC by LIZZIE T. LEAF
BEYOND MAGIC by LIZZIE T. LEAF
The Magical Love Series
By Lizzie T. Leaf
Published by Passion in Print
Emma Grant has an assignment to guide a group through Scotland, unaware this little trip will lead to her meeting her soul mate, but before that happens, the Powers want to have a little fun at her expense.
Emma saw no need for a “get acquainted” dinner. This group all came from Atlanta and belonged to the same retired teachers association. If anything, they knew each other too well, and none of them seemed to have a problem telling the others what worked best for anyone. She walked into the private room she’d reserved for tonight’s dinner and discussion of their itinerary to find everyone seated. They’d left her no choice but to take the only empty chair at the head of the table.
“You know, Emma dear, we all noticed you’re a little tense.” Mary, who appeared to have the kindest disposition in the group, smiled and brushed a snowy puff of hair off her left eye. “You’re single aren’t you?”
Shocked at such a personal question asked by a woman who looked like Mrs. Claus, Emma eyed the speaker with distrust. Still, she couldn’t stifle a tiny surge of elation that someone in the group actually knew her name, even if they did throw in “dear.”
On the other hand, she resisted the urge to wipe the sweet smile from the older woman’s face with an explanation; her marital status was no one’s damned business. Instead, she decided a nod would serve as the best course of action—and waited for the other shoe to drop.
Mary shot a smug glance around the table at her companions. “We thought so. That probably explains why you get so uptight?”
“What?” Emma stared in disbelief. She’d had enough. It was time to put this group of busybodies in their place. “What business is my marital status to you ladies? As I recall, the contract I signed was to lead a tour, not share my personal life.”
Ouch, that really came out harsh. As a tour director I’m supposed to be patient, not bitchy.
“I told you so.” Mildred’s orange frizz bobbed up and down. “It’s okay, dear. Not getting any tends to make one a little testy, especially when you’re younger.”
The comment sent the sip of water in Emma’s mouth down the wrong way. Tillie, the senior member of the group sitting on Emma’s left, pounded her on the back.
“Are you okay, dear?”
Finally, she managed a strangled “yes” and wiped tears from her eye as she struggled to clear her throat. The last thing she needed was to have an eighty-eight-year-old woman resuscitate her. “I’m fine. Really.” She blinked to clear her blurry eyes.
“Good.” Mary looked relieved. “Then you’re ready to hear the rest of our plan.”
“Plan? What on earth are you talking about? Plan for what?”
“Emma, dear, we’ve decided this for your own good.” Mary beamed at her. “The group voted and the decision is made.” Mary looked around the table at her companions and most heads bobbed up and down in agreement. “We’ve decided to help you find a man.”
Words failed her. Emma stared from one grinning face to the next.
“Now wait just a damn minute.” Deena crossed her arms and glared at her friends. “I told you this is the dumbest idea you’ve had lately, so don’t count me in on the ‘we’ bull crap. Not every woman needs a man in her life to ask permission on when she can take a piss, or whatever else she wants to do.”
Mary patted the angular woman’s hand. “Whatever you say, honey, but not everyone is as independent as you.”
“What makes you think Emma’s not? I’ve lived my life the way I want for seventy-one years, and if that’s the path she chooses, then leave her be.” Deena’s eyes scanned the group and her stare dared anyone to challenge her. “Anyway, you don’t need a man to lead a full life. That’s my say on the matter.”
“She’s still bitter about Sam Jenkins. He broke off their engagement you know,” someone whispered loud enough for Emma to hear.
“You’d think after fifty years, she’d be over it.”
Emma knew the last remark came from Barb.
“Humph.” Deena pushed her chair back and stood. “I’ve lost my appetite. Good night, ladies.”
Emma stared down at the bowl of soup placed in front of her by a waiter.
Maybe if I throw my face into it and breathe deeply I can drown.
Available in eBook and print:
Passion in Print Press http://www.passioninprint.com/ShowBook.php?CR=LTL_BEYONDMAGIC
At your local book seller in print
And on various eBook distribution sites including All Romance eBooks.
Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas , continued her growing in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado . She has numerous e-books in varying lengths and her first print book, and has won several awards, including The Beacon, Aspen Gold, and the Award of Excellence.
Her current works are either Paranormal Romance with humor and heat, or Erotic Contemporary Romance.
When not creating mischief for paranormal beings, she can be found exploring the other genres she wants to write. She also served as the 2012 President for the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and is the 2013 VP of Programs.
Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband during her free time.
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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Lizzie will give away a PDF copy of her book, BEYOND MAGIC, to one lucky reader who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, May 27, 2013. Thanks, Lizzie , for sharing your story with us!