TO BE RELEASED SOON
This is a modern - twisted - version of Little Red Riding Hood.
Rising, she shut off the shower, stepped out and dried off. After dressing, she walked to the kitchen, grabbed her bagel and poured a cup of coffee. Carrying both into the living room, Red turned on the morning news. No miracle had occurred since the radio's alarm went off. The traffic was still a mess because of the snow. No sense driving in this. I'll grab a cab.
Breakfast complete, Red pulled on her heavy winter coat and boots, wrapped a scarf around her face, and stuffed some gloves in her pocket. Stalled by a few moments of frustrated searching, she located her keys and headed out of her apartment.
Red caught the first cab that happened by. Snuggled in the stifling warmth, she pulled out her smartphone and checked voice mails and text messages. Noting that none were important, she found put her earbuds in, settling back to listened to Mozart. The ride into the city always seemed shorter with the help of his wondrous music.
When they arrived at the Merch Mart, she paid the driver and stepped out into the blizzard. The art deco style building was an impressive and beautiful place to work, even if she was only a junior accountant. She entered the building and walked across the green and orange terrazzo floor, leaving behind clumps of melting snow.
No long queue of people blocked the entrance to the elevators. She pushed the Up button. When the doors opened, she stepped inside and tapped 6.
Ok, this never happens. No waiting for elevators. A cab the second I stepped outside. Keep this up and this could be the day Stan notices me.
She opened her purse, pulled out a little makeup mirror and checked her face. Everything seemed perfect. For luck, she applied a layer of her Poodle Skirt Pink lip gloss.
How can a guy that good looking not notice me? I've seen him checking out that bitch Katerina. The way she struts by, shaking that ass.
When the elevator doors slid open, Red stepped into the hallway. Before her, the impressive glass and brass doors of Hood's Chocolatier –the corporate offices of one of the country's largest independent chocolate makers. She stepped through the doorway and marched toward her cubicle.
Three steps from her destination, the word, "Esmeralda!" broke the silence.
Caught! She sighed, formed a smile, turned. "Yes, Mother?"
"Where have you been? I've called and called."
"I noticed. Six voice mails and fourteen text messages. Nothing flagged urgent. You seem fine. I'm fine. So, what's the big deal?" She frowned. What could be the problem? "Oh no, is it Grandma?"
Her mother threw her hands up. "Yes!"
"What? What's wrong? Is she sick? She didn't fall and break anything, did she?"
"She's driving me out of my mind."
Red bit back the sentence – Oh happy day – and instead managed to say, "What's she done now?"
"Not here. Come into my office."
"Can I go put my coat and things—"
Hearing her mother's sigh of frustration, Red surrendered then remembered that following her mother to her office would mean passing by the office of Stanley Parkinson, VP of Sales. She stood a little taller, pulled in her stomach and strode near his office then deflated at the sight of his closed door.
Red had barely stepped into the office marked R. Hood, when her mother pushed her aside and closed the door. "Your grandmother has booked a stateroom on a cruise ship and is taking a man with her."
What's a naughty fairy tale like Red Riding Hood without Red, the huntsman, grandma and especially, the big bad wolf?
Esmerelda 'Red' Hood is summoned to her mother's executive suite only to learn her sweet granny is headed for a romantic cruise with a gigolo. Horrified, Red races off to save her grandma before it's too late.
On board, Red meets Andrew Woodsman and Willem Olf. One a cutie with the biggest puppy eyes and the other a dark, sophisticated predator. Her grandmother's warning rings in Red's ear "Never trust a wolf in sheep's clothing."
Even with the warning, Red has trouble choosing which man could be the big bad wolf and which could be her happily ever after.
Note: This book was previously published by New Dawning Bookfair under the title Sexy Red Hood.
What's happening in July on Romance - Sweet to Heat
1- Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
2- NEBT - Author Spotlight – PK Corey - Educating Jenny
3- Author Spotlight – Victoria Adams – Red Tulip
4- Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
5 – Thursday #Yoga
6 - Fridays in Space
7 - SPOTLIGHT – Dark Chocolate & Strawberries
8- Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
9- Author Spotlight – Paul De Blassie lll – The Unholy
10- NEBT - Author Spotlight – Libby Campbell – Trusting Ingrid
11- Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
12- Thursday #Yoga
13 – Fridays in Space
14 – Author Spotlight – Diane Burton – Numbers Never Lie
15- Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
16 – Author Spotlight –
17 – Author Spotlight –
18 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
19 - Thursday #Yoga
20 – Author Spotlight – Liza O’Connor – Lies and Deceit
21 – SPOTLIGHT – Dark Chocolate & Strawberries
22 - Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
23 – Author Spotlight –
24 – Author Spotlight –
25 - Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
26 - Thursday #Yoga
27 – Fridays in Space
28 – SPOTLIGHT – Dark Chocolate & Strawberries
29 – Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
30 - Author Spotlight –
31 - Author Spotlight –