Site Meter Vamps and Scamps: A Date With The Other Side

Friday, January 05, 2007

A Date With The Other Side

I'm in deadline dementia here, so I'm going to do a lazy blog and post an excerpt for my January re-release, A Date With The Other Side. If you missed this story the first time around in trade size, it just hit the shelves this week in mass market paperback size. In May the connecting book, Heiress For Hire, will be out in mass market too. Have a great Friday!

From Ohio's most haunted town...
by Erin McCarthy
The man gave a whole new meaning to the words rise and shine.
Shelby stood with her hand still on the doorknob to the blue bedroom, the one where the ghost of Nanny Baskins resided, and took a long lingering look at the sleeping male form on top of the white eyelet spread.
The naked man, mouth dropped open on a soft snore, his black hair sticking up, had one hand on his bare broad chest. The other was slung carelessly on the pillow. He didn’t look familiar, not a single bare inch of him.
Gran had forgotten to tell her that she’d let the room again.
Yet Shelby couldn’t help but be a tiny bit intrigued by this tenant. It wasn’t quite nine am yet, and he may have been sleeping, but his thing-a-ma-bob was ready to start the day with a bang.
“Hey, Shel, you gonna let me in or not?” came Brady’s undulating teenage voice. “Bad enough you made us do this at the crack of dawn, but now you won’t let us in?”
Shelby started to back up, bumping Brady and his girlfriend Joelle, as she retreated, still keeping one eye on that bed. Or an eye on what was on that bed, anyway.
It had been so long since she’d seen a man naked, she’d almost forgotten what they looked like. Besides, her ex-husband had never looked like that sleeping. She might not have left him if he had.
“Sorry, Brady, we’ll have to move on to the next stop on the tour.” She tried to keep her voice down so she wouldn’t disturb Naked Wonder.
Brady didn’t take the hint. Tossing back his blue hair, he rolled his tongue stud around. “Huh?”
Shelby wondered if kids were still dying their hair Easter egg colors or if Brady was sadly dated. Fashion came late to Cuttersville, Ohio. Sort of like getting a flyer in the mail and the sale is over. Cuttersville was always late for the sale.
So even if Brady was way out of style elsewhere, in this town he was a rebel. He was also her cousin, which was why she was letting him take the Haunted Cuttersville Tour at nine in the morning free of charge.
“Shh,” she ordered, flapping her arms in her white tank top, giving herself a whiff of her deodorant. “I’ll explain in a minute, back up.”
With a little luck, she could get the door closed before…
“Who the hell are you?”
Too late.
Shelby shot Brady and Joelle, who were straining to see around her, warning looks. Then she closed the door in their faces, leaving her alone in the room. With him.
Turning around, she said with a smile, “I’m Shelby Tucker. It’s nice to meet you.”
The man was sitting up, and he’d pulled the eyelet spread over his lap, but he hadn’t taken into account that eyelet spreads by nature are full of many holes. Small and large, affording her interesting glimpses of golden skin and dark hair. Not the comforter of choice for preserving modesty.
He was still hard. As a rock. That was the only reason for the spread to be sticking up like that, unless it was his knee she was looking at. The spread hooked him through one of the large holes when he shifted. Nope, that was no kneecap, no siree.


Angela/SciFiChick said...

I just read this one right before Halloween. It was very funny.

Cryna said...

Thanks for the excerpt Erin - I am heading out to the book store this afternoon, so will definately have to pick this one up, I missed it the first time round.

Cathy said...

I haven't read this one yet, sounds really fun.

Estella said...

How did I miss this the first time around?

Diana said...

I enjoyed this book and especially the sequel, Heiress for Hire (one of my all-time favorite books).

Kris said...

I love this book,s thought it was great. If you have not read it yet, you definitely need to check it out. And then get Heiress for Hire.

Judy F said...

I agree With Diana, love this book. BUt Heiress for hire is my favorite of erin's,

Just read Bit the Jackpot loved it.When I get my act together I will post my review.


Erin McCarthy said...

Angela, Diana, Kris, and Judy, I'm glad you enjoyed A Date With The Other Side. :) And Heiress For Hire is one of my favorite books I've written.

Cryna, I'm curious if you'll be able to find DATE in the bookstore. The first time it was out, a lot of readers said they couldn't find it.

I'm working on a proposal for a new trilogy with the same setting as DATE and HEIRESS- Cuttersville, Ohio's most haunted town. Some of the same characters would be involved, so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get to do it.


Pam said...

This was one of my first books of yours that I read and I loved it.
Who wouldn't want to find a naked man like that!

Diana said...

Erin, if your proposal for a new trilogy with the setting in Cuttersville, Ohio, is accepted, might one of the books be about Piper? Please, pretty please? :D