PEEK-A-BOO(K) – Molly Daniels, Balancing Act

In a “best foot forward” kind of effort, I’m starting a…
“PEEK-A-BOO(K)” Day!

 This would be a once or twice a month showing of fellow writer-buddies.  Indie authors get to wear those giant Cat-In-Hat-style hats; you know, the ones with all the different stripes and colors that are three-stories tall.  Well, most of these authors, are also three stories tall – that is they are 3 Stories published and are known but not-known by enough!

This is my effort to help cross-promote these authors whose great works don’t get enough attention because they are busy writing them, editing them, designing the artwork for them, and indie promoting them.  We won’t mention the lives they’re trying to lead, too!

My first promoted author is Molly Daniels. Molly (who also writes under the pen name Kenzie Michaels) is a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a critique partner, active in her local choir, and still manages to find time to write. This woman’s hat sure has a lot of stripes and is taller than most! Here’s a little about her and her latest work – Balancing Act.

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Balancing Act, #4 in the Arbor University Tales series by Molly Daniels
Gretchen McLaren has her life mapped out: a tour of duty with the Peace Corps, then work as a social worker for the elderly.  But her boyfriend Joe Walker doesn’t agree with her plan and tries everything in his power to change her mind.  But will he succeed?  Or will his efforts drive her into the arms of another man?
Troy Anderson finds himself hearing the words no man wants to hear, “I just want to be friends.”  But when a skilled manipulator tries to tear down the woman he loves, will he fight for her?  Find out what happens when jealousy upsets the balance of love and ambition.  Has Gretchen been blind to true love the entire time?
Special Sneak Peek:
    “I sure do appreciate the ride.”  Joe slid into the passenger seat.
    “No problem.  What’s wrong with your car?”  Gretchen backed out of her parking space and headed for the main street.
    “It’s in the shop getting the brakes fixed.  I should get it back tomorrow.”
    “That’s good.”
    “Yeah. Listen, I gotta ask you this. There’s a reason why I asked you to take me home.”
    Here it comes. “Oh?  What is it?”
    “Take a left at the next light.  Are you seeing anyone right now?”
    “Not exactly.”  Why is he asking?  Did Shawn put him up to this?  Or is he asking for himself?  “I’m good friends with a couple of pilots at the base, and you know I dated Shawn Graber last semester,  but no one serious.”
    “I’m glad.  See, I’ve been confused all winter.  Ever since you left, I’ve missed seeing you every day.  Now you’re back, and I’ve been promoted to coordinator, and I don’t know what to do.”
    Gretchen blinked.  “Just what are you trying to say?”
    “Hell, I guess there’s only one way to do it, and that’s just to blurt it out.  Gretchen, I think I love you.  Turn right at the stop sign.”
    Gretchen stopped the car.  “What did you say?”
    “I said turn right.”
    “Joseph!  I meant before.” She signaled, turning onto the private road.
    “Third trailer on the left. I said I think I’m in love with you.”
    Gretchen was speechless.  So not what I expected; I thought he was just going to ask me out.  She pulled up beside the trailer and put the car in park.
    “I-I don’t know what to say.”
    “I know it’s impossible, because of company policy.”
    “That’s right!  If we were to get involved, you could lose your job.”
    Joe leaned towards her.  “Would you like to come in for a while?  I’ll try to explain it a little better, and maybe we can figure something out.  Besides, you haven’t told me how you feel.”
    Gretchen sighed.  “I’ll go in under one condition.  No pressure or come-ons?”
    Joe held up his hand.  “Scout’s honor.”
    “Okay.”
    Gretchen followed him inside and took the coke he offered.  She settled herself on the couch while he perched on the edge of a chair.
    “Every day since you came back to work, I can hardly wait for the shift to start so I can see you.”  He laced his hands together on his bent leg.  “I nearly went crazy this winter, wondering how you were doing, what you were doing, who you were seeing. I even got jealous, thinking of the guys you might have been dating.  Now you’re back and more beautiful than ever, plus it’s like we’ve never been apart.”
    “I know what you mean.  There’s no awkwardness, no tension.  Just an easy companionship.”
    “Exactly. So you feel it too?”
    “To be honest, I have been attracted to you since last year, but you were chasing that one girl.  What can we do about it now?  After all, I’ve only got one more month before I go back to school.”  Do I really want to get involved in a long-distance relationship?
Joe stood up and began to pace the floor.  “How about this?  We continue to act the same at work. Everyone knows we tease each other, so that’s okay.  After work, we can go out with the guys, or come here and talk, or whatever you want.”
    “Joe, I don’t know.  Put up a front for five weeks?”  Gretchen yawned.  “Sorry.  I guess we could, but…”
    “And then when you go back to school, we can openly see each other. I won’t be your boss then.”  Joe stopped pacing and sat down on the couch beside her.  “At least think about it?  I know I’m asking a lot.”
    “No, you’re not.”  One kiss will let me know if this is going to work.
    Their gazes met.  Joe took her chin in one hand and kissed her lips.  Gretchen responded, and soon they were in each other’s arms, their kisses growing in intensity.  Calling upon her self-control, Gretchen pulled away and said good-bye.  Joe walked her to her car.  Wow…this might work after all!
Coming soon from Secret Cravings Publishing.  You can find Molly’s other books here.
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