Snippet Sunday – You Gotta Be Kidding Me

It’s time for Snippet Sunday and I a new release coming on Monday! The next Flip the Trope anthology is here. Featuring authors Virginia Nelson, Celia Breslin, Megan Slayer, Louise McGinnis, Briana Ellis, Ben Bisbee, David von Schlichten, and of course, me.

My story is MR. FIXIT’S BILLIONAIRE, a billionaire contemporary romance where the blue collar character is the hero and the billionaire who rescues him, the heroine.

In this snippet, Amanda Pendleton is learning that the executor of her father’s will has been playing some shady games. Amanda’s is the first thought.

You’ve gotta be fuckin’ kidding me!

Again, she screamed the words in her head but kept her lips together. Sorting her words carefully, she met the lawyer’s gaze.

“Why was I not told the stipulation when his will was originally read a year ago?” She’d thought everything had been taken care of and sorted out.

The lawyer’s gaze shot to Walter’s. He pulled out his pocket hankie to dab away the sweat on his forehead before meeting her eyes once more.

“Uh, well, it was a hidden clause. Per the conditions of the will, it was meant to be read at a specific time, Ms. Pendleton.”

She narrowed her eyes. In other words, it was only hidden because Walter wanted it to be. If she’d had the full year plus to find herself a suitable husband, Walter would lose out on any leverage he had to force her to fail, thereby gaining the company he’d been salivating over.

Only because it’s hugely successful. And it’s only hugely successful because of me.

“When was the stipulated date for the hidden clause to be revealed?”

Again, the lawyer glanced at Walter and mopped his forehead. “Uh, well, there wasn’t a date written in the will.”

“So, the hidden nature of the clause was only stipulated by the executor of the estate, not my father?”

“Uh…” The guilty look he threw at Walter set her nerves on fire. “Yes, Ms. Pendleton.”

“I see.” She gathered her purse and her coat. “You’ll be hearing from my attorney very soon.”

Walter rose. “Now, Amanda—”

“Please excuse me.”

She didn’t look back as the men in the room floundered to follow her, but she was done with them. Fury rode her hard, but she kept it all locked behind her façade.

Oh glory, hell hath no fury like a billionaire scorned. 😉 There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. WyantKaren Michelle NuttVeronica ScottKarysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.

Here’s the blurb for MR. FIXIT’S BILLIONAIRE in the FLIP THE TROPE: ENDLESS SUMMER Anthology:

Available Sept 12 2022

Amanda Pendleton is more than just a pretty face. She’s the president of a wildly successful office supply company, a doting single mom, and a billionaire. All great qualities. Too bad they weren’t enough to keep her deceased father from making stipulations in his will. If she wants to retain ownership of her company, she must find a husband before the next board meeting. Easy peasy, right?

Mike Everslee is a single dad, the manager at Mr. Fixit’s Hardware, and a hard-working guy just trying to make ends meet. But none of it affords him the discretionary income to pay the fees at his daughter’s preparatory school. When his daughter’s friend’s mom offers to pay the theatre fees and take them out to dinner, he’s just glad for a rare night out.

But Amanda shows up with an astounding proposal—marry her in the next five weeks and stay with her for a year so she can save her company. If he does, she’ll set him up with a new house, a new truck, and pay his daughter’s fees and tuition until high school. Get a ready-made family, a sister for his daughter, and a beautiful successful wife, all for the price of a year-long marriage. What could go wrong?

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