NOT FOR ME Excerpt & Giveaway
The image of Romeo slumped on the stage floor seared itself into my brain.
The play was over and the audience had leapt to its feet, roaring and clapping with thunderous ovation. That’s when I began to cry. Not the tears-running-down-your-face, wipe-them-away-so-no-one-notices crying, but the embarrassing I-wish-I-wasn’t-in-public crying. More like the loud hiccups-of-air, unstoppable type of crying. My vision blurred, nose ran, chest heaved, and my breaths came in short, labored pants.
The chattering crowd filtered out of the theater while I remained with my head swirling with visions of my mother’s funeral, Maggie having a cocktail at lunch, and Romeo falling to the ground in front of me. I wept for perfect love, life lost, broken hearts, perfect books, Shakespearian prose, and…
“I know I’m a great actor, but really…”
I couldn’t bring myself to lift my head.
“What’s the matter?”
A hand squeezed my shoulder.
Without a thought, I stood up and threw my arms around him. “Maggie Monroe’s dead.”
He held me with the strength a woman yearned for when she was weak. I pressed my whole body against his, lost in his warm, protective embrace.
“I know it feels like we’ve known each other forever, but remind me again, who’s Maggie Monroe?”
I pushed back from him, collecting myself. This was like dealing with an entirely different person from the guy on the elevator. “I’m sorry. I got a call right before the show. My friend died, and then watching you die onstage—”
His forehead wrinkled in concern, and he rubbed my cheek and looked at me like Juliet was nothing more than a damp washcloth compared to me. The look only lasted for a split second. “Let’s duck out the back door and go for a drink. You can tell me all about it.” He snagged my hand and tugged us away from the main exit.
“Shouldn’t you go to the lobby? Your fans—”
“No worries.” Backstage, he grabbed a duffel bag, and we hailed a cab with him still sporting his full Romeo regalia.
“I’m in a cab with Romeo,” I said, checking my mascara-streaked face in a compact. “I never want to watch you die onstage again.”
His smile was a tad cocky as he winked at me. “I’ll promise you no such thing. I’m a Shakespearian actor. Sword scenes and dying on stage is my gig. But let’s make a pit stop at our building so I can change.”
When the cab stopped, he looked at me. “Want to split this?”
I shook my head and paid the cabbie. He jumped out and never turned around to give me a hand. But I didn’t mind.
We pushed through the revolving doors one right after the other into the lobby of the condo. A man heaved a deep sigh then slumped over, holding his head in his hands on one of the sofas in our lobby.
I stopped cold. It was my brother, Pete, surrounded by mounds of suitcases. “Uh-oh. That’s my brother.”
Romeo—whose real name I now realized I didn’t know—gave me a flourished bow. “I’ll go change my clothes and let you two talk. When I come back down, you can decide if you still want to have that drink.” With a wink, Romeo turned and headed for the elevators.
Moving as quickly as I could without breaking an ankle, I hurried over to Pete. “What happened?” I asked.
My brother looked like hell. His unshaven face, ratty T-shirt, and dirty jeans gave him a slept-in-his-car look. His dirty blond hair was disheveled, and the normally arched eyebrow that preceded his snide remarks drooped with the rest of his body. Even though he was only three years my senior, he looked like a well-worn forty rather than his normal, meticulously groomed thirty.
“Sarah kicked me out.” His face was still buried in his hands. “I just called Dad. He’s on his way down.”
About the Book
Not for Me by Kat de FallaSeries: The Windy City Chronicles #1
Published by Kat de Falla on May 24, 2018
Manda Wolfgram is a struggling literary agent who is looking for the perfect manuscript to land in her lap and the perfect man to land in her bed. When the sixth-floor hottie finally asks her out, she gets more than she bargained for. How can a girl wrap her brain around a Shakespearean actor who writes erotica?Harry Sackes leads a double life: making a career as an author by day and dipping into the dark underworld of criminals at night. The moment he sees Manda in his twin brother's arms, his whole life becomes his personal Shakespearean trag-comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love in this fast-paced chick lit romance.
Kat was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist. She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch. The Seer’s Lover was Kat’s first book and she is working feverishly on four different series at the moment!
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