Hi, Leah! Thanks for asking me to join you today. I can’t wait for you to meet my handsome friend, Parker. He’s the hero in my novella Through The Wall, but he doesn’t know that yet. He’s a mechanic and sent me a message about some sudden work and will be a little late.
Before he gets here, let me tell you about him. He’s hot, charming, hot, good with his hands, and hot. I suspect he’s got a secret huge crush on his best friend, Stephanie, but he’s not acting on. I’ll see what we can get out of him today.
Keri: That must me him! *Parker swaggers in* Hi, hon. This is Leah.
Parker: Hi, Beautiful. Sorry, I’m late. Mrs. Harris–I’m not sure if you know her, but her car ran out of gas and was full of groceries. I ran her home, unloaded her groceries for her and then took care of her car.
Keri: For something like that, it’s okay. Here. Leah fixed us some tea. You must thirsty after all that. I asked you here with me today to tell us about Stephanie.
Parker: *chokes on tea* *beats on chest* Why–*voice cracks and he clears it*–why ask me?
Keri: You’ve known her a long time. How did ya’ll meet?
Parker: I met her shortly after she started dating my former best friend.
Parker: *Face reddens. Temples tick.* Fucking bastard was cheating on her with her best friend. Stephanie’s divorce was really nasty. Son of bitch treated her like shit and then made each step hard as hell. That’s when Stephanie and I became really close. Uh, can I cuss here?
Keri: I’m sure Leah will do *@&# in place if it’s a problem. Just how close are you to Stephanie?
Parker: Just friends. And that’s all. She doesn’t need more. Her divorce was final just three months ago.
Keri: So you’re interested in more?
Parker: I didn’t say that.
Keri: It was close enough.
Parker: No it wasn’t.
Keri: Yes it was.
Keri: Don’t argue with me. I know you want her.
Parker: *scrubs hands through his hair* Fine, yes. I want her. God, I want her more than anything. I’ve wanted her since the first time I saw her and she’d started dating him. I tried finding another woman like her, but there’s not another out there.
Keri: She’s single now.
Parker: Her divorce was just final. She doesn’t need me right now. I don’t want to be her rebound. She just needs some time.
Keri: You said her divorce was long and nasty.
Parker: Yeah. Took over a year from the time she found him cheating until papers were signed.
Keri: Wow. So over a year now? And you think she wouldn’t be ready for something more?
Parker: Too soon. Another year or so. Maybe eight months and then I’ll consider it.
Keri: And what about you until then?
Parker: What about me? *pulls shirt away from chest* I’ll be fine. I’ve been hiding my feelings from her since I met her. I can make it a little longer.
Keri: That’s sad. You should confront her.
Parker: I know what I’m doing.
Keri: Sure you do. You have man parts, you know everything *rolls eyes* You know I wrote a story about you and Stephanie.
Parker: *frowns* Why? What’s it called?
Keri: Through The Wall.
Parker: Why that title? What does that mean? *cell phone trills* afraid I’m going to have to cut this short. Stephanie is asking me for supper and she’s not supposed to know I’m here.
Keri: Ok, I’ll see you later. Thanks for coming. *waits until he leaves*
All right, let me tell you more about this story now. Parker is an idiot.
by Keri Ford
She doesn’t want wild and raunchy, just a little spice….
Stephanie listens to her neighbor’s exciting sexcapades through her bedroom wall. What used to make her blush now has her reaching for her vibrator. But she’s had enough self-fulfillment and wants the real thing.
He wants commitment and long-term, not a quick roll….
Stephanie is the only woman Parker ever wanted. He’s tried for years to find a substitute, but there isn’t another woman like her. Stephanie’s now available and he knows if he gives her time to overcome her ex-husband, he can have his long-desired chance.
Short-term does not lead to long term. Or can it…?
When Stephanie digs up the courage to ask Parker for something a little exciting and spicy, she’s surprised to see him nervous while rejecting her. She’s known Parker for a long time, but never seen him nervous, especially about a girl. Parker knows he could never be satisfied with having Stephanie temporarily. As she asks and tempts him, he begins to think short-term would be better than nothing at all. Unless he could convince her into more.
Through The Wall is now available! Thanks for having me Leah!
*Leah here: Keri was interviewed by KJ Reed on her blog the other day. I was seriously tempted to add the video here because every time I watch it I think of Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. She’s so sweet. And southern. But I figured that would be bad form to borrow it from KJ. So if you do want to hear a real southern accent, go on over to KJ’s blog and watch Keri’s video interview. It’s a hoot.