A little bit about Keira Corners Featured author –
Nell Dixon is a Black Country author, married to the same man for over twenty-eight years she has three daughters, a tank of tropical fish and a cactus called Spike. Winner of the RNA’s prestigious Romance Prize in 2007 and 2010, she writes warm-hearted contemporary romance for a number of publishers in the US and the UK including Astraea Press, Myrmidon Press, Samhain Publishing, Little Black Dress, E-Scape Press and Freya’s Bower.
A little bit about The Cinderella Substitute -
In the two years since the tragic car crash that killed his fiancée, Nathanial (Nate) Mayer has successfully avoided another relationship. His family and especially his twin sister Nathalie are worried. Jennifer (Jenni) Blake is Nate’s personal assistant. Hired after the accident, she has her own problems to deal with, including the deaths of her adoptive parents and the debts incurred by their nursing care. But those difficulties pale into insignificance when Jenni finally traces her birth mother…
Excerpt from The Cinderella Substitute -
Nate jabbed the buzzer on his desk for the third time. Whereon earth was Jenni? He paced up and down the room, glaring at the closed office door.
What could be keeping her? Today of all days he needed to getgoing, finish up the job in hand, and escape. Away from the
sympathetic glances of his employees and the murmured
conversations which stopped abruptly whenever he came within earshot.
He opened the door to her office and saw her in her usual
seat behind the curved ash desk. So why hasn't she answered the buzzer? He crossed the pale green carpet in a couple of paces. As he got closer to her, he knew something was wrong. Her back was towards him and her shoulders quivered.
He moved round the desk to take a better look. A pile ofpost lay unopened in front of her, one envelope still secured in her slim fingers.
"What's the matter? Are you ill?"
Nate couldn't imagine why his super-efficient personal secretary appeared to be having some kind of breakdown.
Jenni never broke down. She had insisted on returning to work after only a few days' leave after her adoptive mother died.
She shook her head and he caught a glimpse of tears on her pale face. For a split second he wondered if Jenni had developed some kind of sympathy scenario for him based on the office rumour mill. He dismissed that idea as quickly as it had arisen. One of his main reasons for employing Jenni had been her complete lack of interest in gossip and speculation.
"I'm all right." She wiped the tears away from under her glasses with shaking fingers.
Nate sighed. "Well you don't look it," he remarked. In fact,
now he came to think of it, Jenni looked positively unwell."You're not doing one of those faddy diets?" He hoped he'd
hit on the right answer. It had to be something like that.
She blinked with astonishment and glared at him. "No!"
Nate settled back onto the edge of her desk and folded hisarms. He'd have to think again now his first theory had been shot out of the water.
© Nell Dixon 2012
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