Oh My Shelves welcomes author Poppy Dennison to the blog to share an exclusive excerpt from her new novella Spring Fever, book two in her Holly Creek Series – releasing from Dreamspinner Press Friday, April 1, 2016. Our resident ginger, Sara, is in love with this series and can’t wait for more to come.
Welcome back to Holly Creek, home of Jefferson Lee Davis and the quirky small town neighbors that always seem to get into trouble. In Spring Fever, Jefferson Lee has finally found his happily ever after with Sheriff Zane– or has he? Trouble is getting thick as Gracie’s gravy for our favorite small town boy! In this exclusive excerpt, Jefferson Lee faces off against one of the biggest challenges in Holly Creek: Gracie, the elderly owner of the town’s only diner.
“Oh my God. I forgot to tell you the worst part!”
Zane’s eyebrows rose, and he took another drink of coffee.
“Mr. Hartman said he got an eyeful of us and that we needed to close the blinds!”
At that, Zane’s smile dimmed. “What does that mean?”
“You know exactly what that means! He not only saw my butt when I was a baby, but now he’s seen it as a grown up. I’m—I can’t, Zane!”
Zane chuckled and squeezed Jefferson’s shoulder. “He can’t see that far into my house, darlin’. Stop panicking. He probably saw us kissing in the living room the other night. Remember when we—”
Jefferson covered Zane’s mouth with his hand. His cheeks heated, and he imagined they were turning as red as the checkered curtains covering the diner window behind him. “I remember very clearly.”
He removed his hand slowly when Zane didn’t seem inclined to continue. He forgot Zane’s patience as he spoke the moment Jefferson’s hand was free and clear. “Okay, so next time I put you up against the wall, I’ll make sure the blinds are closed first,” Zane said once he’d given Jefferson a heated glance that had him squirming in his seat.
“Glad you can think so clearly when we’re, you know.”
“Can’t even say it out loud?”
“No! What if Gracie heard me?”
Zane leaned in and whispered in Jefferson’s ear. “I liked fucking you against the wall. Your hot little hole squeezed me so tight.”
Jefferson shivered, and his jeans grew uncomfortably tight. “Stop that.”
“Gonna do it again tonight. Been imagining bending you over the back of the couch and making you scream.”
Fortunately Gracie herself arrived at the table carrying a tray with their food. She smiled at Zane and placed his plate down in front of him—fluffy scrambled eggs, three slices of bacon, and a little dish of grits. Zane beamed up at her.
With a glare, she slapped a plate down in front of Jefferson. “Egg white omelet with spinach and a side of fruit.”
Jefferson scowled, and she scowled back. “I wanted hash browns.”
“Want in one hand and crap in the other. See which one fills up first.”
“Gracie! That’s disgusting!”
“Uh-huh. If I hear you whine one more time about your jeans being tight, I’m going to whoop you. Now eat your healthy breakfast, and be happy I’m feeding you!”
Well, it looks like Gracie wins this round. To find out more about Holly Creek and it’s residents check out Dogwood Days and Spring Fever!
Spring Fever by Poppy Dennison
Series: Holly Creek
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Pages: 70 • Cover Artist: A.J. Corza Pages
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Holly Creek: Book Two
Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek’s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn’t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community. Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they’re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.
Available April 1, 2016