Hope you all are enjoying your morning so far!! Here is another excerpt from Reclaiming What Is Mine, which will be released independently after No Other Love 3. It should be available towards the end of next month or early September. I’m really excited about this book because it’s sort of going back to my roots as a romance author, which I absolutely love.
This scene is when Asia and Bryon meet for the first time. This excerpt is unedited (the story will be going to my editor soon). Enjoy! 🙂
After deciding on where to go, I ended up at the local coffeehouse near the mall. I went in and order a latte before searching for a seat that was near an outlet. Once I got my drink, I found an empty table at the back when I almost bump into someone. My latte almost spilled on him, but he caught the cup just in time. I pulled up the strap to my laptop bag and stared at him. He was gorgeous. His pecan-colored skin gave a healthy glow, which was uncommon for a man. I stared into his light brown eyes, which looked warm and inviting. His lips gave a sexy smile as he handed back my latte.
“I think this is yours.” He said.
“Yes, thank you. That was a close one.”
“I should had been paying attention. I was trying to get the seat before you did.”
“Oh, if you want it you can have it.”
“No, it’s cool. I can find somewhere else to sit.”
I smiled. “There’s four chairs; since it’s crowded, why don’t you sit with me.”
The guy nodded and smiled. “Cool.”
We both sat down and I took out my computer. I found the outlet and quickly plugged in my computer before it turned off. That’s one of the issues I have with my laptop. It could be fully charged but I still need the charger plugged in for it to work. It’s raggedy, but it gets the job done.
I glanced up and saw him looking at me. I gave a shy smile and looked at my computer.
“I guess I should introduce myself. I’m Bryon.” He said while extending his hand.
“Asia.” I replied and accepted his handshake.
“So, looks like you’re working. What do you do?”
“I’m an author.”
“Really? And you don’t have another job?”
“No, not at the moment, anyway.”
“Evidentially, you must be doing well for yourself if you don’t. I heard authors don’t make that much.”
“Some do, but not all.”
“I heard you can have a bit of inspiration at coffeehouses.” He said.
I smiled. “What do you do?”
“I own an advertising company. I help promote a lot of local businesses, including this place.”
I gave a shocked smile. “Really?”
“Yeah. They give me free coffee every time I come here.”
“They should if you’re bringing in crowds like this.”
“I can’t take all of the credit. They serve some really good coffee. What you working on?”
I looked up from my computer and smiled. “It’s kind of top secret, but hopefully my publisher likes it. I kind of need to redeem myself from my last story I submitted to them.”
“It was that bad?”
“Not to me, but for them, I think they were looking for something grittier.”
Bryon nodded. “I think this is the best place to get some inspiration.”
“Believe me, I rather be at my own place, but I can’t do that right now.”
I definitely wasn’t going into details about my personal life. That one I would have to keep under wraps.
“It’s complicated right now.”
“Oh, you don’t want to talk about it.”
“I just met you a minute ago, so no.”
“No problem; I understand.”
I began working on where I left off with my story. After a minute of typing, I looked up and saw Bryon staring at me.
“Is there a problem?”
He smiled. “No, not at all.”
I looked back at my computer, feeling a little shy at the moment. I don’t know why, but he was making me feel something that I haven’t felt in a long time.