woensdag 14 oktober 2015
My anger at what Cotner had done to me earlier in the day came flooding back. “I got Honky Tonk to your agent on time. He was very pleased with it.” I snapped at him.
“Good,” he equally snapped back. I could tell he was surprised his agent Charlie hadn’t rejected it. He hadn’t thought I could do the job in the time he had allotted to me. The bastard! “I guess it must have been fine if he said so,” the Honky Tonk genius begrudgingly told me.
“Yes, it is all set for day after tomorrow, he’s already transmitted the column. Done deal!” I said handing him the copy I had fudged so badly. “I think it came out great.” I had handed him the two awful drawings.
He grabbed them, and glanced down. His eyes went wide and his hands shook. “HE ACCEPTED THESE!” His voice cracked, his face went red. “Is he crazy!”
Ellie ran over to him. Les dropped the cooler and also ran over to the old man, taking his arm. “Jeb, what’s the matter?”
Cotner pushed them away. “You are the most incompetent artist I have ever seen!” he yelled at me.
I smiled, “And you are the biggest liar in Arizona!” I yelled back.
Les had grabbed the papers from his gray haired fisherman friend. He looked at me. Cal’s brother knew! A slow smile curved up on his face. “Jeb, this is a copy, this isn’t the drawing you gave her this morning.” The younger man reached over turning on the overhead kitchen light and pushed the papers on the old man. “Put your glasses on. Look it’s copy paper. It’s the copy she made this morning, it’s not the original.”
I took the real drawings from behind my back and handed them to Cotner. “How does it feel?” I pointed my finger at him. “That was the meanest thing anyone has ever done to me!” I told him, spitting out my words.
“You are fired!” his angry face said. “I should never have let Ben talk me into hiring you!”
“Great! I’ll be out of here quickly!” I shouted.
“Wait, wait!” Les held up his hands. “Look at them Jeb. She’s the best you’ve ever had. You both are wrong!” He pushed my finished drawings in the old man’s face.
Author: Pauline Parson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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At 41 Paula finds herself on her own in beautiful Arizona. She’s a talented comic artist – with a broken heart – a widower that has a chance to discover if she can make it as an cartoonist or fall flat on her face. Jeb Cotner accepts Paula as his new finish artist for his famous Honky Tonk Man comic strip. She has a chance of a lifetime to learn from the famous syndicated satirist. This job holds the opportunity that could lead to her own comic strip career. Yet, rumors fly that the 75-year-old artist is a cantankerous old man who has an eye for the “young girls”.
With grave doubts, she leaves her quiet life in New England and heads into “cowboy” country with her own comic character, Abby Press, at her side. Her world is turned upside down by two handsome brothers, neighbors of Jeb Cotner, who vie for her attention. Her sexual desires awaken, something so new to the young woman that it sends her to heights that she had long forgotten existed. She plays a dangerous game of “Tug of War” as her heart is torn between the two men.
Pauline lived in New England most of her life. She grew up in the hills of northwest Connecticut, did her college on Maine’s beautiful coast and spent her early-married years in Massachusetts. She later returned to her Connecticut roots. She settled in with her husband, two boys and a big Great Dane on a small “gentleman’s farm” in the mountains (yes there are mountains in Connecticut) for 33 years.
During those years, they raised goats, geese, turkeys, chickens and a mischievous horse named Midnight Madness. After the boys grew up and had lives of their own, Pauline and her husband moved to Central Florida. Ever since the kids were little they had loved Disney- they are now only 20 minutes from the parks and visit often. She lives a quiet life writing fiction and motorcycling with her husband whenever she can find the time. Her two cats and fun loving miniature beagle keep life interesting.
This is Pauline’s first foray into a Romance type genre. (Her SciFi, Fantasy, Racing and Motorcycling books are published under a different pen name) “I always wanted to write books about women coming into their own while fighting adversity and finding meaningful relationships. My women characters are always strong and independent and in “Tug of War” I continue with Paula finding the courage and independence to find her own way.”
Don’t miss Pauline’s next romance, coming soon, “Love’s Passion Perfect”.