The girls from the Author Roast and Toast are dressed to the nines! They are wearing evening gowns and look spectacular Mary in her deep green gown, with its generous bodice, Lyn in her deep blue gown that is just short of the ground and shows her generous feet, and Sharon in a deep burgundy gown, snug around her generous butt.
Oliver steps out of the passenger side, he helps each of them get out of the Limo and walks them into the Ballroom. He excuses himself while the girls find their tables and he goes to get the guest of honor. He looks spectacular as always in his dress kilt. The girls are all excited, never having been to an opening before.
Paula strolls in on Oliver’s substantial arm and he leads her to the table that the Author Roast and Toast Hostess’s wait. They welcome their guest and suggest she partakes of the lovely food arranged for them all today.
Today’s celebration has a true Scottish flavor. So everyone is there for this exciting event. They wave to Algelina and Brad, Gerard Butler in his newly worked over body and Josh Halloway, all of whom have flown in to London specially, Sean Connery, the Beckhams - oh and is that Pippa Middleton over there?
Abroath Smokey Haddock fishcakes,
Aberdeen Angus Mini Steaks,
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Scottish Whiskey Walnut tarts, Scottish shortbread with strawberries and Drambuie sauce, Cranachan, Dundee cake, Flapjacks, Drambuie orange segments, and everything liberally laced with cream, fill the tables.
When everyone is stuffed the music gets a little louder. Soon Sharon interrupts the party to tap the microphone and then announce today’s guest. Paula looks ravishing in her sexy black dress. The girls join hands in solidarity. Which won’t last long. And who is that she is glued to? Hmmmm…
“The Author Roast and Toast welcomes Paula Martin, please pick up your copy of her book and have it signed before the dancing begins.” Sharon smiles at Lyn and Mary. One just never knows with these three.
For today’s fantastic prize there is one question. Who would you want on your arm to celebrate this Scottish ball and dance all night?
His Leading Lady’
Jess Harper’s predictable life is turned upside down when she discovers that Lora, her twin sister, has disappeared. It’s just a week before rehearsals are due to start for a new West End musical in which Lora has the lead role. Jess decides to pose as her sister in order to save Lora's career. This brings her into close contact with arrogant theatre director Kyle Drummond. Attraction sparks between them but there’s also evidence that he had been dating Lora. So is Jess simply a substitute – in real life as well as in the show? And what will happen when Lora eventually returns?
Jess sat down on the couch and wrapped her hands around her mug of coffee as she thought back over everything that Lora had said. She knew it wasn’t unusual for Lora to have self-doubts before she started a new show. But once she got involved in rehearsals, she pushed all her uncertainty to one side, and in the end no-one would ever have known that she’d had a moment’s apprehension about anything. This had to be more than simply Lora’s initial panic but Jess couldn’t even begin to guess what else it could be.
She looked up at Kyle sat down at the piano. His slim fingers ranged over a few arpeggios before starting the melody of No-one Understands, one of the songs from the show.
Despite all her worries, Jess smiled. “That’s my favourite song.”
He glanced round at her. “Really? I thought you said it was When You Come Home?”
“That was when I being Lora. Simon told me it was her favourite, and it’s a really good chorus song that Lady Kate leads. But No-one Understands encapsulates the whole theme of the show. Lady Kate’s waiting for Callum to return from the Crusade and, even though everyone is trying to tell her that after all this time he must be dead, she knows his vow that he’ll either return or send his half of the ring to her on his deathbed. His token of love.”
Kyle stopped playing. “You know the legend?”
“Not in detail, but I’ve read the script.”
“It’s an interesting story from Argyll. Callum is the show’s name for Colin Drummond who was Lord of Loch Awe.”
“Drummond? Any relation to you?”
“Yes, one of my ancestors.”
Jess had the feeling there was more to it than Kyle was saying but he’d turned back to the piano.
“Sing it, Jess.”
“Me? But I don’t know it.”
He handed her a libretto. “Try it.”
Jess looked at the music then stood up and moved nearer the piano. “Okay, but I’ll make a mess of it.”
Kyle played the intro and Jess started, tentatively at first.
No-one understands – how my heart belongs to you –
No-one understands – that to you I must be true.
They think that I’m a fool,
Clinging to the past,
Hoping beyond hope.
They just don’t understand that I’m
Waiting for you.
Her confidence grew as she continued with the remaining verses and she forgot where she was, even forgot that Kyle was there. The emotional words and music took over and she sang from her heart.
She hit the final high note with a pure, rich tone and held it while Kyle played the concluding few chords. Then she came back to reality again and gave a small embarrassed shrug.
Kyle turned from the piano to look at her, his eyes wide with astonishment. “Wow! That was excellent, truly excellent. Well done!”
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