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Monday, February 14, 2011

Romance and Lemons

Did you make any new friends on Friday? If you did, post about it in the comments! I have a book to give away!

Today is the romance blogfest found on Jordan's blog. There's still time to sign up! So I'm about to share with you the scene from my novel Inevitable when Jayne, my MC, meets her love interest. There's a problem, though. Jayne can see how people will die. Not everyone. Just the people who smell like lemons.



The smell hit me two feet from the counter, and I staggered. No. There was no one in Cara’s check out line. He would go over to her line if I left. I turned around, knocking my thigh against the back counter.


“Hey, Jayne?” Cara called. “I need a bathroom break. Cover, please?”

Before I could even think of an excuse, Cara hurried past me. Fine. I took over for her, taking a deep breath. Lemon-person was in my line, and Cara could handle him when she got back.

“What are you doing?” Matt came over before I even started taking the first customer’s order. “You’ve got someone waiting at your register.”

“My register?” I didn’t know the registers were assigned. “Cara had a longer line and she asked me to cover for her.”

“You don’t ever leave your register.” He turned to the customer in front of me, dismissing me without another glance. “What can I get for you?”

I stood there, debating my options. I could run out the door, and lose this job on my first day. Or I could keep my eyes down, pretend to be shy, take this person’s order and be done with it.

Matt shot me a dirty look, and I backed away. Option number two it would be.

I shuffled back to my register, not lifting my eyes. I knew from the citrus scent that pervaded the air around me that the person hadn’t left. “What can I get for you?” I stared at the plastic covering the register keys.

“I’ll take a grilled Swiss sandwich on a cheese bagel with a side of potato wedges, please.” The customer’s tenor voice and rich English accent washed over me, melting me to the front of the register. I gripped the sides, using all my will power not to look up. Someone with a voice that beautiful had to be incredibly handsome.

“Anything to drink?” I hoped he didn’t notice how my voice trembled.

“Orange Fanta. Thank you.” Even the way he pronounced ‘Fanta’ tasted like a delicacy in my mind.

I rang up his order and handed him the receipt, not trusting myself to speak again. I stared at his tanned hands as he took the paper and then handed me a credit card. Aaron Chambers. Curiosity got the better of me—that, and the desire to hear his voice again. “Are you visiting New Jersey, Aaron?”

“No.” I heard a smile in his voice. “My parents just moved here from Herefordshire. That’s in England, if you didn’t know.”

His parents. How old was he? My hand lingered with his card between my fingers. I was desperate to look at him. Almost desperate enough to accept whatever I might See. “And what are you going to do now that you are here?”

“Jayne? That is your name, right?”

Betrayed by the name tag. I nodded, staring at the letters embossed on his card.

“I bet you have pretty eyes.”

I felt my face grow warm. He was flirting with me! Oh, Satan, get thee behind me! I handed him back his card, then gathered up his food items and put them on a tray. “Thank you for choosing JTs.”

“Thank you for serving me, Jayne.” My name sighed off his tongue, molding itself to the timbers of his voice. I listened to his footsteps die away, but only when the smell was gone did I look up.


24 comments:

salarsenッ said...

Yes! I met a ton of new blogging buds, wonderful folks who visited my book giveaway.

Nice piece. I really like the ending. What will happen??

Gail said...

I need to read the rest Tamara! This is really good.

Carol J. Garvin said...

Hi Tamara. I'm glad to meet you via the Blogfest. I love the unique lemon scent aspect, and how Jayne refuses to look up to see how this intriguing customer might die. Great tension! :)

Angie said...

Terrific scene! So interesting. I loved how she refused to look up at him. Nice job.

Jolene Perry said...

NICE.

Very cool idea. I'm hooked.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I'm glad you guys like it! This is definitely a WIP. first draft is done, but then I thought of another plot line to weave in.

RaShelle said...

Ha Ha. Satan get thee behind me. Ha ha. What? does she hate working at the register? Is she scared? Does she not like the smell of fruit?

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

must be the register, RaShelle. doesn't like it. :)

Elisa said...

I'm hooked too... when do I get to read more?

Jordan McCollum said...

I like the lemon aspect, too! I think this is the first scene I've seen where the characters don't actually get a good look at one another :) .

(Holding out on your own sister? That's cruel.)

Thanks so much for participating&madsh;but your link leads straight to your blog homepage. If someone comes across the list in a week or a month, they won't be able to find your entry. Can you enter again with a link directly to your post? I can take care of the duplicates. Thanks!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

sure Jordan! Alas, Elisa, I don't know when this will be published. Hopefully someday!

Rebecca said...

I love this! Great premise and I'm completely hooked. This is some good stuff, Tamara!

Jordan McCollum said...

Thanks, Tamara! It's all straightened out now.

Joyce DiPastena said...

Fantastic, Tamara! I didn't think she'd get through this scene without sneaking a peek. Amazing. :-)

Arlee Bird said...

I like the concept of the story and the scene you've teased us with. I'm currently finally finishing up Perilous. Tomorrow (Tuesday 2/15/11) I will be mentioning how I will be reviewing it next Tuesday (2/22/11).

Lee
Tossing It Out and the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2011

Guinevere said...

I love this! I have so many questions about what's going on here, but in a good way - it makes me want to read on. Your MC is a little mysterious and so is lemon man! Great voice, too.

C. K. Bryant said...

Very interesting. I love guys with accents, so that's a plus. The lemon scent thing has me curious. I'd love to read more. Good Job!

Rebecca Shelley said...

MMM. Yummy food and an equally yummy guy. Glad I got to read this.

Debbie Davis said...

Tamara this is such a great scene, I love how he tries to see her eyes, and is as interested in her as she is him. I love how you write, you always pull me right in and then keep me hooked until the end. I want to know more!! And yay, i finally got the followers link to work and could be your follower now! =0)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

LOL, that's so funny Debbie that you weren't my follower before!

Canda said...

I love that she calculates her moves to avoid him in a situation where she can't avoid him. Like if she doesn't look--he's not there. Very fun to read.

kbrebes said...

Sweet!

Hillary said...

Sounds awesome Tamara! Best of luck with this one and all your fabulous stories!

Marsha Ward said...

Very very nice, Tamara! Intriguing.

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