Friday, March 08, 2013

First Page Friday - The Proud Wife

My First Page Friday guest today is not only a colleague, but a dear friend who has been writing wonderful books for Harlequin for more than twenty years. The Proud Wife isn't her latest, but has that special, original, Kate Walker touch so I wanted to share it with you.

Here's the blurb -

Her husband wants her back!
Marina thought her dreams had come true when her husband placed a wedding band on her finger. But their marriage was not the fairytale she'd hoped for, and eventually Marina walked away, her heart broken.
But two years on Pietro DInzeo no longer haunts Marina's dreams. She knows the time has come to move on, and even a summons to join him in Sicily won't deter her However, with his wife standing before him, about to sign on the dotted line of their divorce papers, Pietro wonders why he ever let her go?

And here's the first page -

THE letter lay exactly where he had left it last night, right in the centre of his desk. The single sheet of paper was aligned carefully square, in the centre of the polished oak, straight in front of his chair where it could not possibly be missed. All it needed was his signature and it would be folded neatly, placed the already addressed envelope and sent on its way. 
            And after that there would be no turning back.
            But until he made the final move, added the swift, determined scrawl of his signature – the work of just a couple of seconds – nothing at all would happen. It would just lie there,  untouched, until he was ready.
Of course it would, Pietro told himself, his mouth twisting slightly wryly at the corners. He hadn’t spent almost half his lifetime building up the sort of  retinue of employees that any man would envy. The staff who would not only obey his every command but anticipate it perfectly, knowing exactly what he wanted and when. They would remain poised, waiting, until he would give the word to act. Then  - and only then – would they carry out his instructions to the peak of perfection he had come to expect so much that he no longer even noticed it was there – only coming up against the system that created it when something went wrong. Which happened so rarely that he couldn’t actually recall the last time it had ever ruffled the controlled surface of his world.
He would never allow it to happen.  Lack of control, the wildness of emotion, brought confusion and chaos with it. Confusion and chaos of the sort that he never ever wanted to experience again.
Dannazione!’
The curse was torn from him, the flat of his hand slamming  down on the polished surface of his desk so that the letter lifted slightly in the air current it created, fluttered,  shifted, landing back down again an inch or two further left before lying still again.
He had known the sort of chaos that could be created by lack of control. Once, just once, he had been fool enough to let that sort of wildness invade his life and take with it the organisation and the rule of rational thought he valued so deeply. He had loosened his grip on the reins and lost control. And he had hated the results.
Just once had been enough.
Just once. Never again. And it had all been this woman’s fault.
To read on click here for Amazon US or here for Amazon UK

5 comments:

PrincessFiona01 said...

*sigh* And this is why Kate Walker is on my keeper shelf with Liz Fielding.

TashNz said...

Hi Liz and Kate, I dont need to go in the draw, I'm just stopping by to ask anyone who's not lucky enough to win a copy to add this to your tbr pile, i LOVED it, fab fab Kate Walker story!

bn100 said...

Nice excerpt and covers. Kate sent me.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Samantha Veerasamy said...

Fantastic first page! I love you two ladies. x

Kate Walker said...

I'm a bit late with this but I just wanted to say - Samantha - Charllie the Maine Coon picked your name as a winner of a copy of The Proud Wife. See my blog for details