Charmed By Charlie placed third in the contemporary long category of The 2016 Cleveland Rocks Romance Writers Contest.
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Paint, Promotions & Perfection
Creative genius Charlie Solanger has it all: good looks, money, intelligence, charm. And when he swoops in to save Reynolds Paint Company with a brilliant marketing campaign, he has all the ladies in the office vying for his attention. Everyone except math whiz Valerie Wilson.
Val’s not happy Charlie stole her promotion. Worse, his brand of flirtatious charm is reminiscent of her cheating ex-fiancé. So, how come she can’t get him out of her head? The more she challenges him, the more interested—and interesting—he becomes. What secrets is Charlie hiding, and who or what is behind the sudden mysterious drain on their company’s funds? The only way to find out is to join forces. Then it will be a battle of wills…and a triumph of hearts.
I studied him again carefully. A shock of golden hair had fallen across his forehead right next to his baby blues. He seemed genuinely concerned and knowledgeable. “You’re not a merchandiser are you?”
Despite my anger, I was intrigued. “So, what are you?”
“I’m a consultant. I help companies like Reynolds, who are experiencing slow growth in some of their main lines, with a creative boost.”
“So, you being here…this is not a permanent position?”
“They’d like it to be. But I only take on temporary assignments. I specialize in turn around situations.”
“Why?” I couldn’t fathom why anyone who needed to earn a living would accept temporary work.
“Reynolds hasn’t made a profit the past three quarters. This has become a pattern. We need to fix it.”
“No, why would you only accept temporary work? That doesn’t make a lot of sense. What if you can’t turn it around? Then you’re out of a job.”
He shrugged. Somehow, maybe it was the ease with which he did it, the gesture seemed elegant. “I get bored easily. I like a challenge.”
He looked me in the eyes, and I noticed that his had that chess-playing spark in them again. He wasn’t talking about just the consulting gig. His eyes said that I was a challenge, too. One he would not back away from.
My heart pounded, and my alter ego came out to play. This my dear. This is what you have been missing with George.
Released April 2017 from Boroughs Publishing Group.