“Thank goodness we brought our clothes to change into. Those slopes out there about killed me.” Lilly moans
“Yeah, you made it to the baby hill, not even the beginners. You fell so many times when it was level, I thought we’d lose you on that last run.” Debby chuckles and sighs in relief as they reach their destination, the main dining and party part of the beautiful lodge they are booked into.
Couples, families, and other groups of people laugh and make their way to the celebration.
Debby, Lyn, LaVerne, Lilly and Mary approach the beautiful chalet on snowshoes. No one is happy with their footware. Dressed to kill for a lovely evening Valentine’s Day celebration, one by one they remove the cumbersome shoes and put on their party heels. A toothsome dinner of warm, comfort foods await them.
Heart shaped balloons billow at the center of each table, which is
dusted with candy hearts. A room that celebrates love never looked more inviting. “Look at the tables!” Lyn exclaims as she hands off her coat and enters the dining area. They all follow suit are soon ready to find their seats. A spiffy, young, waiter, dressed in a tux, leads them to their places.
“I’m not sure why you bothered with the snowshoes Lyn. With those feet you don’t need them.” Mary chuckles.
“Well you needed bigger ones to balance out that top heavy part on you.” Lyn inhales to catch her breath. “Whose idea was it to walk up to the chalet from the ski lift anyhow?” A low chuckle is heard, but not identified. “I know it was you Mary, I just know it.”
“I wondered why we couldn’t bring our dogs and your unicorn. I thought country. But, these ski chalets are amazing and fancy too.” LaVerne sniffs missing her little sidekick. “See how I artfully avoid a confrontation there?” Laverne elbows Lyn.
“Really, look at the menu. Mmmm. Deviled eggs, and various hor de’oeuvres,
followed by, Prime rib roast,
Maple sugar coated, spiral sliced, baked ham, candied sweet potatoes, salad, rolls, OMG, look at the
A heart shaped cake with little heart shaped macaroons all around it. Those things cost a fortune.” Lilly drools a bit.
“They are not those coconut things, these are gourmet!”
“That oughta help with the big butt issue.” LaVerne giggles, her pale,
white, skin, shining in the lights of the dining hall, eying the pink fluffy non-alcoholic punch longingly.
“I’m for the Irish Coffee myself.” Debby fluffs her huge, teased, hair, to new heights, as she slides her finger descreetly in the frosting on the huge cake, hoping no one will notice.
“Heads up ladies, here’s our guest.” Lyn stands, heads to the front of the room, all smiles and extends her hand to Tena. Welcome to your roast party. I hope it meets all your expectations.”
“It’s wonderful! Devlin and Summer, are thrilled. It’s not every day they get to see their story so celebrated.” Tena smiles and throws air kisses to the hostesses. She turns without another word and heads toward the table with a handsome man on her arm.
“Is that James Bond. He looks so dashing from the back. Do we get to kiss any of the werewolves? I
always wanted to kiss one. ” Lilly sighs.
“Nope it’s Oliver, he always seems to win the heart of our author. Well let’s all toast to handsome heroes, and strong, beautiful heroines!” Lyn grabs a glass of punch and raises it. “To werewolves, witches, and humans all, let’s celebrate the release of Charm Me . To romance!”
Final Blurb: Summer Dawn Riley’s an extraordinary elemental witch whose troubled past haunts her. She’s created a calm life for herself teaching yoga and keeping people at a distance. Her life takes a one eighty degree turn when she enrolls in a women’s weapons class and meets ruggedly handsome Devlin Sawyer. Devlin, a former Navy Seal, has sworn off women after two long-term failed relationships, but there is no denying his attraction to Summer. She intrigues him like no other woman ever has. Despite her attempts to ignore him, Summer is drawn to Devlin. His magic signature is strong, but he’s no warlock. Will Valentine’s Day magic find them a future together?
Getting to her feet, she brushed the dust from her black yoga pants, tugged at the bottom of her bright orange tunic, and flipped the light switch on. A soft glow of florescent lighting flooded the large room, soothing Summer’s nerves. Guess she would never be the same carefree individual she was before the incident. Oh, shake it off. You’re safe and it’s time to get on with life. “Come on Pip, let’s get this place open.”
A massive stone fireplace towered in the corner. She picked up an arm full of wood and flung it in the general direction. Logs landed in the fire pit and neatly arranged themselves in a tepee shape. With a magic flick of her finger toward the hearth, flames raced up the aspen logs. “That’s better.”
She raised her arms, about to send the yoga mats back to their proper place when the heavy wooden front door creaked open. Piper rushed toward the door, teeth bared and a growl rumbled in her throat. Summer whirled around and yelped as Devlin ambled into the room, black hair tousled and glistening with melting snowflakes. His nonchalance at the dog’s approach surprised her as he slowed to a stop. Piper sniffed around him, backed up a few inches, then stood at alert in front of Devlin.
“You scared the bejeebers out of me.” Summer held her hand to her chest as her heart thundered.
“What are you doing here?”
“Call your guard dog off and I’ll tell you.” The corners of Devlin’s mouth curved up into a smile, a faint light twinkled in the depths of his dark eyes.
“Piper, leave it…come.” The dog gave Devlin a last sideways glance, trotted back to Summer and sat at her side.
Author Bio – With the majestic Rocky Mountains for a backdrop, Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance author with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Tena finds stories in the strangest places, while camping, kayaking, or hiking in the mountains. Even at the hair salon ie A Demon’s Witch. So far, she’s only found one dead body (imagined not real) during a camping trip, turned it into an exciting paranormal romantic suspense that’s nearly complete. For many years, Tena worked as a paralegal for a criminal law firm. You won’t believe the tales she can spin from that experience! Colorado is her home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle. She loves the adventure of a road trip. Together with her husband and their companion animals, they have logged thousands of miles in their RV visiting over three-quarters of the United States. The great northeast and Alaska are still on the bucket list. Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.
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