I am delighted to be today’s host for this blog tour and bring you an excerpt from Kimberly’s novel, In the Eyes of an Angel. Thank you to Kimberly for a copy of her book.
About the Book
Camille Ryan is in her final year at Southern State University. Working as a bartender in a local establishment in order to support herself, she knows from her mother’s experience with her alcoholic father not to depend on anyone. That is until travelling businessman Rick Pantanelli decides to visit her bar. He is a handsome, well-off, successful professional – and her senior by a full 17 years. Camille is used to doing everything expected of her but when she meets Rick she is swept away by his good looks, his charm and his ability to take care of her. Rick is used to getting what he wants. But when he meets Camille, he is swept away by her beauty and her inner fragility. He finds himself believing he can take care of her. Is this belief strong enough to make him a better man?
- Format: ebook
- No. of pages: 214
- Publication date: 26th July 2013
- Genre: Romance
Excerpt from In the Eyes of An Angel
Camille gathered her coat and purse from under the bar and said goodnight to Patrick. She lifted the heavy counter door and ducked under it. When she looked up she saw that Rick was already heading for the door. Her heart sank and she had no idea why. This man was a patron, he was older by more than a few years, he was outside her class, and she just about bumped into him in the hall as she was rounding the door. He had waited for her just outside.
‘I was hoping we could continue our…visit some place quieter’, he said.
However, Camille had had just enough time to think as she watched him walk away. The moment of time was enough to talk sense into herself and wake up from the dream she seemed to have been in. ‘Thank you, I better be going home. I have a test in the morning that I haven’t really studied for yet. It was really nice talking to you though‘, she added with sincerity. She was breaking her own heart and she knew it.
‘That’s fine. It has been nice to have some company. Good night then’, Rick replied stiffly. He was not used to being turned down, ever, for anything. He turned and headed for the elevators.
Camille walked into the cold night, got in her car and started the engine. It was freezing and it would take half the drive home for the heater to warm up enough to be turned on. The thirty mile drive was along Highway 13, a dark road that rarely had cars on it, especially at night. About five miles from the hotel there was a stoplight for a side road that invariably (regardless of time of night or lack of any cars) would turn red so that Camille would sit there, night after night, for what seemed like five minutes until it would turn green and let her pass. She had often thought of running the light, or stopping, looking in all directions, and cautiously creeping through it. She never did. Was it fear that she would get caught? Fear that somehow a car would come speeding through and cream her? She always came up with the same answer, and it disgusted her, though she didn’t seem to be able to break from its spell. She never ran the red light because it was against the law and she had been very well trained to do exactly what was right, to walk the straight and narrow.
The light was green.
Camille’s car began to slow anyway, due to habit or something taking over from within, she did not know. She turned her blinker on and pulled a U-turn in the intersection and drove back towards the Holiday Inn.
When she got back to the hotel she went to the front desk and asked for Rick Pantanelli’s room number. She tried to ignore the look on the desk-boy’s face. He gave it to her, probably because she worked there, and she went to the elevator. Camille contemplated taking the stairs, which is what she generally would have done, but she was having a hard enough time breathing without the five flights. The ride up seemed to take an eternity and on more than one occasion she thought about pushing a lower floor number, getting off and going back downstairs. She didn’t.
When Camille got to the right room she hesitated. “What am I doing?” a warning voice from deep within tried to creep its way into her mind. Before she paid attention to it Camille knocked on the door.
To find out what happens next, you’ll have to buy the book!
About the Author
Kimberly Livingston visited Disneyland for the first time as a young girl. Since then the magic has infused into her blood and she remains an avid Disney fan! She lives in Colorado with her own Prince Charming. In the Eyes of an Angel is Kimberly’s first published novel. On A Run is her second novel.
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