This week's new Novella Niblets Release
Winter Fairy Tale
By: Laura Lamoreaux and T.L. French
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Keywords: Contemporary, Romance, Sweet, Novella, Wedding, Valentine's Day
Sometimes, to remember all that is best and bright about love, you must go home.
After being dumped by her boyfriend of two years, there is nothing that Sarah Jepsom dreads more than going back home to her marriage-obsessed mother. To make matters worse, it’s for her little sister’s fairytale wedding on none other than Valentine's Day. The only positive note is it will also be a chance to see her dear friend Mark for the first time in a year.
Sarah's Bridezilla sister Valerie takes it upon herself to invite Sarah’s old high school boyfriend to be her date for the wedding. Nathan is set on renewing their relationship, but old feelings remind Sarah why it didn't work the first time. When Mark confesses his long-held feelings for her, Sarah is angry and convinced that romance is not for her. Then, her father reminds her of all that is best and bright about love, that can often be found right under our noses.
“You know,” Nathan said, leaning over and dropping the tone of his voice. “You haven’t changed a bit. Still the same, beautiful Sarah.” He pressed his lips to the side of her neck.
There was a crash.
“Oh, shoot. That’s just like me. I just make a mess anywhere I go,” Mark said loudly. He stood up from the table and dropped his linen napkin onto the mess he had just made with his soda. “I’m going to see about getting us some waiters in here. Sarah, do you want to come with me?”
Sarah jumped up from the table, face on fire. She could still feel Nathan’s hand on her leg like a brand. “Yes! I mean, sure. The manager came by a while ago. Maybe he’s still here.”
Nathan grabbed her hand. “You don’t have to do that. Let Mark--”
“No, no. I’m the Maid of Honor. I should go,” she said, pulling it away and giving him her biggest, brightest, smile. It was the one she usually reserved for worried clients. It made her face hurt too much to use in real life.
“Are you going to find out where our food is? This is supposed to be a catered lunch,” Valerie said, seeing Sarah rise from the table.
“Yes, I’m on it. Just hold on everybody.” She hit everyone with the smile again, and stepped away from the table, heading toward the hostess’s station, with Mark beside her.
Mark put his arm across her shoulders and drew her behind a wall, screening her from view of everyone at the table. “Are you okay?” His hazel eyes searched hers, anxiety for her well-being clearly etched in the worry lines around them. “I know what he did to you--”
“That was a long time ago,” Sarah said, shaking her head to cut him off. “I can handle him now.”
“Like you were handling it at the table when you were practically crawling out of your seat to get away?”
Another flush heated Sarah’s cheeks. “What, is it wrong that I didn’t want to cause a scene at my sister’s wedding?”
“No, what’s wrong is that you let him get away with it before, and you’re letting him do it again!”
“It’s not the same. We weren’t even alone together.”
“And how long do you think it’s going to be before he corners you somewhere?” Mark backed a step away from her and pushed his hands into his hair. “I can’t stand listening to him tell you how long it’s been since he got laid. And every time he would give you that look, I--”
Sarah knew just what look he meant. The intensity of his stares had made her feel special when she was in high school. Now, it felt different somehow.
Maybe because she knew what came next.Mark put his hands on her shoulders. “I don’t want you to get hurt. Not again.”
About the Authors
Laura Lamoreaux is a licensed clinical psychologist, and drew from her work in therapy to show what living with a mental illness is really like. Her writing partner, T.L. French is a Junior High English teacher, and provided all of the teaching details included in the story.
T.L. French resides in Arizona with her incredibly patient husband along with a standoffish cat and an overly friendly pitbull. When not reading or writing herself, she teaches reading and writing to a bunch of crazy middle school students whom she absolutely adores. When it comes to writing, Tici is the one who creates the blueprints for the stories that her writing partner then brings to life.
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