By KG Fletcher
ISBN: 978-1-945910-33-3 (ebook)
Lounge singer, Lauren Rose lived her comfortable life in Atlanta always dreaming of making it in show biz. When she unexpectedly meets British male super-model, David Randle at a gig at the posh St. Regis Hotel, she is swept away by his striking good looks and lilting cadence.
In town for his sister Catherine’s nuptials to NASCAR driver, Brian Brady, David invites Lauren to the wedding on a whim. The two instantly bond over music, fashion and family. They continue their new relationship in New York City when David invites Lauren to see him in action at a high profile fashion shoot for his debut fragrance, “Drive.”
Sparks fly when his assistant, Sabrina Watson is none too happy that his new girlfriend has interrupted his grueling, fast-paced schedule. She becomes fixated on separating the happy couple who are falling in love.
Traversing the East Coast and Europe with the paparazzi in hot pursuit, David and Lauren navigate the precarious path of fame, fashion and fate.
Her wildest dreams were coming true. Would she ever truly believe that his desire was to be near her – always?
“I’m David’s assistant, Sabrina Watson. It’s a pleasure.” She shoved her hand out to Lauren who winced at the iciness of her fingers. “Come with me and walk quickly.”
The security officer unlatched the rope to allow her through. She quickly jogged behind the woman, trying to keep up.
“David is right in the middle of the shoot, so please, don’t distract him. We’re getting some remarkable shots,” she yelled over her shoulder.
Lauren was relieved to be out of the mass of people and approaching a much smaller group around a well-lighted area. She could see some sort of vintage car and several flashes of what she assumed must be a camera going off.
“Here we are,” Sabrina whispered. “Move up to the front if you like.”
She smiled shyly at the assistant and politely edged her way in between the people on the set until she was right up front and center looking on with the others. The moment she saw David in his element, it was as if the clouds in the sky had parted to reveal the glorious orb of the shining sun in all of its splendor. She inhaled sharply, her eyes fixated on a gorgeous man commanding everyone’s attention. He was fluid in his subtle movements—like water gliding over river rocks. She was transfixed watching him, wide-eyed and in awe, totally unaware of the cold weather, the throngs of people and the blinking of lights. It was just her and David.
“That’s it, lift your chin slightly to the left and look off in the distance,” the photographer instructed. “Lean your body against the door and fold your arms across your chest. Yes, that’s it!”
David glanced her way and did a double-take, his eyes locking in on hers. His chest rose as he took in a deep breath, a slight grin burgeoning across his famous face. It was obvious he was happy to see her.
“Oh, nice! A slight smile today, eh? You never smile for me, David. I like it!” The photographer was getting excited by his facial expressions and started to move closer to capture the moment. The supermodel looked away from Lauren before quickly turning back, unexpectedly chuckling and pursing his lips in an effort not to smile. He was absolutely adorable and she couldn’t help but blush and smile back at him wanting desperately to run into his arms.
The photographer was going nuts. “Yes! I love that! Keep doing that! Whatever you’re thinking about, keep it up!” he encouraged, flashing away. It seemed as though everyone was oblivious to the chemistry happening between them, transfixed by David’s smile.
Suddenly, a hand grabbed her by the arm and firmly pulled her back behind the team of people.
“Hey!” Lauren squeaked, not sure what was happening.
“Sorry, but I’m not going to have you spoil the entire shoot with your presence,” Sabrina chastised, clearly miffed.
Lauren stumbled pulling her arm out of the woman’s grasp. “I beg your pardon?”
Sabrina’s brow creased as she spoke quickly through gritted teeth. “David Randle is one of the most sought after male supermodels on the planet. He has a trademark look. Have you ever seen him smiling in a photograph? No! He smirks, he smolders, he sizzles. He does not, however, smile!”
She was taken aback by his assistant’s disturbing tone. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to distract him….”
Lauren & David’s Playlist
The story of Lauren and David was heavily influenced by music from days gone by. These are a few of my favorite versions I hope you might check out – several of these songs are also featured in my cabaret act, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet and spicy love.” (www.kgfletcherauthor.com/cabaret.html)
Where or When – Harry Connick, Jr.
The Nearness of You – Norah Jones
If I Were a Bell – from the musical, Guys & Dolls
Claire de Lune - Debussy
Fly Me to the Moon – Tony Bennett
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – The Andrew Sisters
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
At Last – Etta James
Don’t Rain on My Parade – Barbara Streisand
Sleepwalk – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
New York-New York – Frank Sinatra
About the Author:
KG Fletcher is the author of the contemporary romance novel, The Nearness of You released in October, 2017. She has also penned romantic suspense novels, Love Song released in April, 2017 and Unexpected released in December, 2016. She is an active member of RWA and the Georgia Romance Writers Association. She was a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN and a recipient of the “Airplay International Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in theater at Valdosta State College and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute.” (www.almosteltonjohn.com)
KG lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Ladd and their three gorgeous sons. She is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet & spicy love” to help promote her romance novels.
Find KG online:
Cabaret Act: www.kgfletcherauthor.com/cabaret.html