Only This Tuesday: A Copper Mills Novella
As a guest (substitute) teacher, I work with a variety of students from a special needs preschool to sixth grade. I love working with the students. They inspire me in so many ways. One day over the summer, I worked in a special needs school with developmentally handicapped young adults. They were being taught basic skills like sorting. While many of these students are young adults, they are unable to live on their own. They still want to be successful in life. Teaching them a basic skill like sorting, allows them to if possible enter the workforce and give them a boost of personal accomplishment. From that moment, the secondary character of Gil was born. I knew he needed life skills and set about to tell his story through my main characters, Tuesday Benson, who is a strong supporter of helping the disabled and the mayor, Blake Rogers, who wins her heart. Toss in a jealous ex-fiancée and the conflict was born.
Only This Tuesday…
Tuesday Benson sets out to escape her past. A thieving boyfriend. A bankrupt restaurant. Memories of her brother. She’s started over in Copper Mills with a taco truck more popular than most of the local eateries. But when Tuesday hires a local boy to help, will she stir up something more than a tasty treat?
Mayor Blake Rodgers enjoys the simple things in life. An early morning jog. Down-home cooking. The comradery of the small-town residents. With his help, Copper Mills has become a trendy tourist destination. But when Blake falls for the controversial food-truck owner, will he lose the town’s backing?
Toss in bigotry and gossip as well as the mayor’s former fiancée, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Come Visit Copper Mills, Arizona–a small town with a heart as big as the wide-open spaces and a long history of making dreams come true.
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Tuesday rammed into another cart, jostling her and pitching her toward the floor. She closed her eyes and prepared for pain, but muscular arms wrapped around her waist and steadied her.
“Are you okay?” A deep masculine voice resonated near her ear, warm breath brushing across her cheek. “Did you bump your head?”
A zip of energy from where he held her slid across her skin and sent tendrils of heat throughout her limbs. Feeling buzzed, Tuesday unwrapped herself from his body and pushed herself to stand on her own. She rubbed her fingers along the side of her face from her hairline down to her cheek, to clear her brain.
Slowly she inhaled and exhaled, feeling more like herself. Raising her gaze, she met the bluest eyes she’d ever seen. They were the light-sky blue of a summer morning. She took him in from the determined chin, which could have been chiseled from granite, to the strong Roman nose softened by full kissable lips underneath it. His dark-brown hair reminded her of dark chocolate and was styled in an Ivy League cut with shorter, tapered sides. While not traditionally handsome, the different aspects of the man’s face came together, creating a boyish yet sinful appearance.
“Thank you.” Her words came out breathy and deeper than normal.
“Are you okay?” He leaned in, bringing his face closer as he gazed into her eyes.
“I’m fine. No concussion. I didn’t hit my head. Thanks to you. Just a crazy accident.” She ran her tongue over her top lip and shoved her hand out. “I’m Tuesday Benson. Sorry about the crash, and thank you, once again.”
Zips of electricity flew through her skin when he grasped her hand. “I’m Blake Rogers. It’s nice to meet you.”
Tuesday caught herself staring at his teeth—shiny white teeth. “Do you use a whitening toothpaste?” Quickly, she clasped her hand over her mouth. “I’m sorry. Sometimes I talk before I think. You have a nice smile.”
His laughter lightened her mood. “I do use a special toothpaste my dentist recommended. While much of the work is my dentist’s skill, the real credit goes to my mom. She still has a beautiful grin at eighty-three.” He ran his hand over his chin, where a hint of a five o’clock shadow showed. “You’re honestly charming. I don’t think I’ve met anyone like you before. Would you like to stop for a coffee before you continue your shopping?”
“Sure. It’s the least I could do since you kept me on my feet. There’s a Starbucks at the front of the store.” She wiggled her brows. “Wanna race?”
He chuckled. “You’re on!”
Tuesday grasped her cart and sped off.
About the Author:
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer with WHMI (a local radio station), owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
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Other Books by Melissa Keir
Wilder Sisters Series:
A Christmas Accident
Home is Where the Heart Is (combine print of Wilder Sisters’ Books)
The Cowboys of Whisper, Colorado
The Heartsong Cowboy
The Heartbroken Cowboy
Claiming the Cowboy’s Heart
A Pigskin Cowboy
Bidding for the Cowboy’s Heart
Charming Chances (print of combined ebooks)
Second Time’s a Charm
Three’s a Crowd
Pigg Detective Agency:
Protecting His Wolfe
Protecting Her Pigg
Protecting His Red
Tempting Danger Box Set (Coming Soon)
One Night in Laguna
One Night Behind Bars
Crash and Burn
The House that Built Me
Wildly Drawn to Him
Love, Bake, Write (recipe book)
The Way to the Heart (recipe book)
We’d Rather Be Writing (recipe book)
Musings of a Madcap Mind (memoirs)