Greetings my darlings,
And how cool is the video? Can you tell I’m getting down with technology. I’m gonna have a CC MACKENZIE youtube channel. I know, how cool for school is that? LOL!
My amazing daughter is helping me with a few things we’ve had on the back burner for months, but are now coming to fruition, including a video reader/author question and answer session. So if you can think of any burning questions to ask, now is the time. Stick them in the comments section below or message me or send up smoke signals – I will respond.
Want a sneak peek of SEAN?
Then read on:
Katherine slapped cold cream on her face, plucked tissues from the box on the dresser, and wiped her makeup from her skin. Removing her eye makeup took time. It had been applied by Birdie with a heavy hand to allow people at the back of the room to see her properly.
Behind her Birdie was helping Ellie out of her flesh colored strapless bra.
“You’re burnin’ up,” Birdie said to the girl in a sharp tone that caught Katherine’s attention.
She spun to study one of her best Golddiggers.
Ellie was an all-American blonde bombshell.
The girl did look flushed, her eyes a glassy blue.
“You sick?” Katherine asked.
“Feel like crap. Took a couple of pills before the show, but every bone’s aching.”
“It isn’t the Grey Goose flu, is it?” Katherine wondered, her voice sharp as she studied Ellie.
Ellie glared at her. “For crissake, I never touch vodka and my drink was spiked, once.”
“Non. She ees seek.” Pearl, a petite Golddigger from Paris, placed the back of her hand on Ellie’s forehead and clicked her tongue. “Mon dieu, you are hot. Let us hope it is not ze flu. You need a bath, a painkiller, and bed. Tout de suite!”
“That’s why you threw your panties into the crowd instead of to me, I knew there was something wrong,” Birdie said as she helped Ellie dress. “Let’s get you out of here.”
In no time, all the girls were bundled up in jeans and sweaters.
And just as they were about to leave, a knock at the door heralded the arrival of two outrageously good-looking men. They were both tall, built, and dressed in immaculate dark suits with pristine white shirts opened at the neck. Katherine, unfortunately, was well acquainted with one; the other was super model Noah Blake. And at the moment, Noah was staring hard at a very sick Ellie who stood and smiled and nodded as she did her duty and shook his hand.
As Ellie left with Birdie and the rest of the girls, Noah was hot on their heels, his eyes glued to Ellie’s back. Seemed her Golddigger had found herself a rabid fan, which left Katherine alone with a man she hadn’t seen in years. One who’d always tied her emotions in knots, and these days, a man who regarded her as public enemy number one.
Her stomach knotted as she took a good long look at the narrowed eyes, the set face, the firm line of his mouth.
Well, time had certainly been kind to Sean Gallagher.
He looked the picture of power and authority in his expertly tailored suit. To call him good-looking would be a pitiful description.
As the camera well knew, the guy was devastatingly handsome.
Trouble was, he knew it.
Unblinking eyes captured hers, and held.
Her pulse raced; her mouth went dry.
God, it was like being trapped in a blue tractor beam.
It cost her, but she dragged her eyes away as scenes, good and bad, from long ago flew into her mind to send it spinning down memory lane.
“Hi, Sean,” she said.
Of course she’d known he’d be at the wedding. His friendship and best man status with Marc Atelier had come as something of a surprise, which was putting it mildly. Seemed the guys had met years ago, long before Marc met Elena, and become firm friends.
Normally, Katherine didn’t believe in coincidences. But, coincidences happened in life all the time.
Sean was well over six feet tall.
Bigger than she remembered, with wide shoulders, narrow waist, and a flat belly.
Her eyes lifted to his. She’d always loved his eyes, a shocking ice-blue. The kind that seemed to see right into a person’s soul.
However, at the moment his gaze didn’t look friendly, and not once did that wonderful mouth crack a smile. Rather, he pursed his lips in a thin, hard line.
His hair was still jet black, cut in a modern style, short at the sides, longer on top, and he wore his signature carefully cut and trimmed five o’clock shadow.
Seemed after six years he was still bitter, and how pathetic was that?
She’d been eighteen, and when it came to men, especially this man, she’d been too stupid to live.
“Long time no see,” Sean said in a low tone that was one click up from a growl.
“Years,” she responded in a clipped tone.
Now, he curved his full, sexy lips in a smirk as his eyes lingered on the V of her thin silk wrap. She folded her arms against her body’s pitiful reaction to a man who couldn’t stand the sight of her. He’d always affected her this way, made her tongue-tied and nervous, when, in truth, she was anything but.
“Bit of a step-down from the Royal Ballet, don’t you think?”
The fact he was beginning their conversation with an insult shouldn’t have hurt, but it did.
Then she wondered why she was surprised?
In the past, when they’d been young and before his brother came between them he’d been full of fun and not the sort of person, she’d have thought, to hold a grudge. He’d changed—and that change had a sliver of disappointment in him curl in her belly.
At one time, their late grandmothers had been best friends. They’d lived next door to each other in Dublin. After Katherine’s grandmother passed away and Joanne Kennedy had taken her daughter to live the dream of ballet in England, they’d lost touch with Sean’s family. Katherine and her mother had finally joined her older brother and his family to settle in Old Ludlow, where they’d lived ever since. And of course, since then, all her dreams of ballet had turned to dust. Not that she’d had second thoughts. Creating The Golddiggers had opened more doors to her than ballet alone ever could. She’d never regretted her decision. Plus, as far as she was concerned, she had nothing to be ashamed of, and if Sean Gallagher thought he could rain on her parade, he had another think coming. Namely, a boot up the ass.
“I had my reasons,” she said, determined to give this man no cause to sneer at her life choices.
“Sure you did. Maybe you just weren’t good enough.”
The blow of his open hostility hit like an open handed slap to the face.
Her cheeks might be hot, but Katherine blinked—held her chin high.
“We’ll never know, will we?” she said.
His blue eyes went so cold, she shivered.
“You’ve gone from living like a nun to courtesan in seven years. Bit of a departure,” Sean said, his voice low.
Not once did her eyes leave his. She refused to back down from the challenge he’d tossed between them.
“I don’t regret my life choices.”
“I’m sure you don’t. You were a good actress then; you’re an Oscar winner now. With you it’s all smoke and mirrors. Always was, always will be.”
When Birdie pushed through the door, Sean moved past her and walked away.
And all the while, Katherine’s heart was going crazy against her ribs.
“Sheesh. That’s one helluva bitter man,” Birdie said, tipping her head out the door to watch Sean.
Katherine’s eyes narrowed as she stood behind her dresser and stared down the corridor at his retreating back.
A boiling anger bubbled inside her, so intense it made her fist her hands.
Birdie turned to her, studied her face, snapped her gum. “What on earth did you do to him?” she asked.
Katherine wished she knew, because whatever had set him off like that had to be more than that one kiss years ago.
“I didn’t do anything to him.”
Not long now until SEAN is live – the 30th September.
Don’t forget you can pre-order him HERE.
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