I’m delighted to be featuring A New York Love Story by Cassie Rocca, which is published tomorrow, 1st October 2016, by Aria Fiction, a digital imprint of Head of Zeus. A New York Love Story is available for purchase in e-book here.
To celebrate publication I have an extract for you to read and the opportunity to enter to win one of three e-copies of A New York Love Story at the bottom of this blog post.
A New York Love Story
Giving a present is not always easy. Clover O’Brian knows that only too well: her job consists of helping people in the arduous task of choosing unusual gifts. Christmas is coming, New York is buzzing, and Clover, who has always loved the festive period, savours the atmosphere.
Cade Harrison already has everything in life. A Hollywood actor, he is handsome, rich, famous and popular. Success, however, has its downsides; having just emerged from a disastrous relationship with an actress, he feels a need to hide away in an area unfrequented by stars, in an apartment lent him by a friend, far from prying eyes – especially those of tabloid reporters. But as chance will have it, the apartment in question is right opposite the one occupied by Clover, who until now has seen Hollywood actors only on the big screen. Two quite different lives meet by chance, at the most exhilarating time of year…
An extract from A New York Love Story
The Rockefeller Center was crowded beyond all expectation. The concert had started an hour earlier and it always attracted hordes of people – this year even more than usual.
In the past Clover was able to find a quiet corner to watch the show, but this time it was impossible.
Cade was looking around, surprised to see so many people, yet he seemed completely comfortable. Obviously he was used to being in large crowds. However, he tried very hard not to be noticed, and so did Clover.
“All the photographers are focused on the evening’s celebrity guests. Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Billy Crystal are on the stage. They are more famous than you, right? You should be perfectly safe.” Clover said to lighten up the situation.
“Of course!” Cade answered, without pointing out that they weren’t exactly the trendiest of today’s stars.
But Clover knew perfectly well that right now Cade Harrison attracted more curiosity than those has-beens. She wasn’t indifferent to him either. The crush of the crowd kept pushing her closer to him. In this close proximity, she could inhale his scent, which began having a certain effect on her.
She wondered if these people might think they were a couple. Just for a few seconds she imagined that some paparazzi would take a picture of them together. The photo would appear on the latest news with the title, Cade Harrison’s new girlfriend? This would raise hell, provoking millions of questions and a lot of envy. She imagined with a certain satisfaction her mother’s surprise – her mother who thought that she couldn’t attract any man on earth… God! It would be really fantastic!
These impossible daydreams, the music and the excitement she felt all around made her so happy. Not even her sore knee stopped her from darting around Rockefeller Plaza in search of the best spot.
She felt Cade’s arm around her waist and her heart leapt in her throat.
“Would you like to watch the show from above, away from this crowd?” he whispered in her ear. His warm breath on her neck gave her the sort of shivers she could barely remember.
Go ahead and shoot, fucking paparazzi. Right now! She thought, in a moment of total insanity.
She didn’t know why she wanted to be photographed with him, to appear in a trashy tabloid tomorrow, but at that moment it was what she really wanted. When would it ever happen again, a stroll around New York with someone like him? She would frame any photo of them together, just to remind herself – in her darkest hours – that great things could happen and not only in fairy tales.
She tried to come back to reality. Damn! This guy had more talent than a snake charmer! Even if he didn’t realize it.
About Cassie Rocca
Cassie Rocca is an author of Sicilian origin who has lived in Genoa since the age of three. in every-day life she is a child minder, a job which gives her plenty of ideas for her modern fairy tales.
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