I’m really happy to share a wonderful new novel with you today! I’m always up for a new swoon-worthy romance, and this one looks so good. I’m intrigued by the premise, and the excerpt sent me straight to download the book! Get to know L.T. Kelly and KISSING KATIE with this sneak peek excerpt and teaser!
About KISSING KATIE:
Iraq war widow Katie Simmons hasn’t considered giving love another chance since the devastating loss of her husband. She’s happy sharing her love with her six-year-old daughter, Jessica. What more could she want from life?
Evan Waters is headed for the big time. He’s plowing his time, money and energy into recording Spires’ debut album. Following on in his British rock legend father’s footsteps, he has big shoes to fill, a mission made more difficult by his alcoholic mother.
When Katie and Evan meet on the London Underground, she denies his advances. Evan must find a way to demolish the walls she’s built around her heart. But even if he’s successful, will he be able to provide her with the commitment she deserves and still fulfill his ambitions?
Excerpt from KISSING KATIE:
Katie held up a shaky finger and pointed to the lead singer, who warbled a soulful ending to the song.
Mel followed the direction of Katie’s pointed finger. “Oh, right.” She chuckled. “And you really turned him down?”
Mel’s excited voice rang out, but Katie didn’t actually take in what her words meant. The lyrics curled from the singer’s mouth, and her focus didn’t waver from them. Her heart thudded, and her nipples tightened at the sight of his tongue running out to wet his lips.
She cleared her throat and sipped the wine she held by the stem of the glass. “What did you say?”
Mel’s eyes crinkled at the corners as threw back her head laughing then shook her head. “It doesn’t matter, mate.”
“Okay,” she breathed, unable to snatch her gaze away. Katie had been thrown into a stunned silence. She looked intently at the boy who’d been cocky enough to ask her out on the train. But all she saw was a man, a bloody gorgeous one. She stumbled off kilter. He clearly wasn’t the unemployed busker she’d him down to be.
“What’s up? What you thinking?” Mel asked.
Mel’s grin made her squirm. “I shouldn’t have been so judgmental,” Katie admitted.
“So, are you going in for the kill?” Mel’s toothy grin, accompanied by her squinted, mischievously sparkling eyes forced Katie to clear her throat and turn to look back at the stage.
“I didn’t say that, did I?”
“You don’t have to, love. Your face says it all.”
“Well, you read my face wrong then, didn’t you?” Katie huffed and folded her arms across her chest.
“Whatever you say.” Mel cackled as though she should be stirring a bubbling caldron. Katie hoped her cooking pot didn’t contain a bloody love potion.
She sipped at her wine slowly, letting the velvet-toned voice take hold, repeating to herself that she’d never be some groupie. Each time she looked at him, she knew she stared for a little too long.
Mel seemed to be enjoying herself, dancing on the spot and letting go. A few glasses of wine later and Katie joined in. Her breath caught in her throat when the band stopped and announced they were taking a break. Would he recognize her? Would Alex come over alone to chat to Mel?
* * * *
“Hi, Mel,” Evan said, approaching the two women with a smile.
“Hi,” Katie replied, trying not to look Evan in the face. She peeped at Mel, and her friend’s forehead creased as though she couldn’t understand what was going on.
“That’s not Mel.” She pointed at Katie. “I’m Mel,” she said, bringing her finger to her chest. Her voice pitched high, causing the burn on Katie’s cheeks to intensify.
“Is that so?”
The calmness in Evan’s voice forced her curiosity to get the better of her. Her head snapped up to look at his face. Somehow, he looked more grown up than the last time she’d seen him.
“So what’s your name then?”
His eyes burned into her. He didn’t appear to be mad at her lie, but more filled with intrigue. A bubble of laughter jiggled around in her stomach. She quickly raised her wine to her lips and took a sip to keep it at bay. She wouldn’t want him to think she was laughing at him. Her amusement lay purely with herself. She could never have foreseen these events, but she’d somehow managed to morph herself into a woman of mystery though she hadn’t meant to do it. Things like that didn’t happen to straight-talking women like her.
She successfully managed to drink down her delight enough to speak. “It’s Katie.”
“Well, it’s nice to meet you, Katie.” Grinning, he offered a large hand to her.
She took his hand. The warmth of it flooded her. “You too,” she said, trying to keep her voice level. Sure, she’d met him before, but somehow, it felt as though they were meeting for the first time now.
Alex bounced over, his dark hair stuck to his forehead with perspiration. Katie watched him. His eyes were firmly trained on Mel, as though no one else existed.
“Hi babe, glad you came,” he said, flinging his arm around her, with over-familiarity.
Mel shrieked so loudly that several people turned and shot her a look of repugnance. “Get off me. You’re covered with sweat.”
Katie giggled at her friend’s face, screwed up in disgust. This scene didn’t suit Mel at all. It didn’t Katie, either. They’d both rather be at home watching weepy movies on TV or snuggling up with a good book. Mel had come here for her, she knew that, but little did she know that Katie had had the same intention. Mel needed to move on from her rat bastard husband, and everyone knows the best way to get over one man is to get under another.
Despite being given the obvious brush off, Alex grinned at Mel as she shoved his arm away. “Aw, come on, babe. It’s a hazard of the job. What did you think?” He waved a hand back to the stage.
Katie held her breath as she watched Mel’s lips do a bit of a dance. She silently prayed Mel wouldn’t go so low as to insult their music merely to get out of dating Alex.
Mel’s pretty blonde head dropped to one side. “I don’t want you to take this comment as a deal sealer, but you’re bloody good. You’ve got talent.”
Katie blew out a long, slow breath of relief then nodded in agreement. She’d been concentrating on Mel and Alex for so long she hadn’t taken a look at Evan, still standing beside her. Her body tensed muscle by muscle as his breath tickled her earlobe.
“I’m glad you enjoyed it. After the break, we have an hour-long set before we finish up. Is there any chance I can buy you a drink after?”
Katie cringed. She wanted to, but how could she? Taking up with this lad seemed wrong on every level. He was good looking, talented, young and carefree. Maybe, they could just be friends?
“Okay,” she breathed, still struggling through the images of them hanging out together and nothing more occurring. She peered at his face, wearing a triumphant look. “But only as friends, all right?”
He stepped away, still facing her and cupping an ear. His grin revealed his perfectly straight, white teeth again, and he mouthed, “Sorry, I can’t hear you.”
Katie shook her head with a smile as she watched him spin away and get lost in the crowd gathered at the front of the stage.
About L.T. Kelly:
L.T. Kelly lives in rural Lincolnshire with her husband, two children and a mentally unstable Cockapoo named Mylo. She enjoyed a successful eleven-year career in the Royal Air Force which put plenty of stories in her writing cap.
L.T. now divides her time between writing, being a wife, mother and an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the ambulance service.
It’s the writing that keeps her sane.