For The Nearness of You, she created a playlist for the couple. What a perfect way to enjoy the book, curled up with a glass of wine and some tunes on.
Lauren & David’s Playlist
The story of Lauren and David was heavily influenced by music from days gone by. These are a few of my favorite versions I hope you might check out – several of these songs are also featured in my cabaret act, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet and spicy love.” (www.kgfletcherauthor.com/cabaret.html)
Where or When – Harry Connick, Jr.
The Nearness of You – Norah Jones
If I Were a Bell – from the musical, Guys & Dolls
Claire de Lune - Debussy
Fly Me to the Moon – Tony Bennett
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – The Andrew Sisters
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
At Last – Etta James
Don’t Rain on My Parade – Barbara Streisand
Sleepwalk – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
New York-New York – Frank Sinatra
In town for his sister Catherine’s nuptials to NASCAR driver, Brian Brady, David invites Lauren to the wedding on a whim. The two instantly bond over music, fashion and family. They continue their new relationship in New York City when David invites Lauren to see him in action at a high profile fashion shoot for his debut fragrance, “Drive.”
Sparks fly when his assistant, Sabrina Watson is none too happy that his new girlfriend has interrupted his grueling, fast-paced schedule. She becomes fixated on separating the happy couple who are falling in love.
Traversing the East Coast and Europe with the paparazzi in hot pursuit, David and Lauren navigate the precarious path of fame, fashion and fate.
Her wildest dreams were coming true. Would she ever truly believe that his desire was to be near her – always?
Lauren padded barefoot down the narrow hallway and stopped in the doorway of the shadowed living room. “Hello? David?”
There was no answer, and for a fleeting moment, she thought her roommate might be playing a joke on her. She took a few more steps into the large room and gasped when she saw him. He was slumped in a chair near the sofa, fast asleep with a red rose clutched in his hand.
She smiled and tiptoed near him. The light of the television accentuated his chiseled features and his long lashes made shadows across his famous cheeks. A faint outline of red lips colored his skin just above a five o’clock shadow, making her raise a curious eyebrow before she knelt beside him. Lauren couldn’t help but stare for several minutes. When she could no longer resist, she boldly brushed his dark hair from his forehead, making him stir. He exhaled noticeable whiskey breath and his eyes fluttered open, locking in on hers.
“Lauren…” he whispered, leaning his head back and smiling at her with bedroom eyes.
“What are you doing here?” she asked quietly, continuing to drink him in.
He seemed to remember the flower in his hand and held it out to her. “I came across this beautiful rose and thought you should have it.”
She took the flower and smelled it. “Thank you. That was very thoughtful.”
He continued to stare at her for several seconds. “You should probably know that I am thoroughly bladdered thanks to Brian Brady. My inhibitions are at an all-time low and there is no telling what I shall do next.” He paused licking his lips. “I’m so sorry for the lateness of the hour.” He slowly hoisted himself up into a sitting position and rested his elbows on his knees, rubbing the scruff on his face. “I’m an utter mess.”
Lauren giggled and sat back on her heels. He looked at her, one side of his mouth tugging upward into a smile. “I have to be completely honest,” he paused and swallowed. “I saw the rose and I just really wanted to kiss you again.”
“Oh? Is that right?” she teased.
“Yes. Absolutely, positively correct. May I?”
She scooted to where she was directly in front of him placing both hands on his knees tilting her face upward. “Yes,” she whispered confidently.
David gently put both of his hands on her cheeks and leaned down, positioning his mouth close to hers. She was lost in his penetrating, blue gaze. “Thank you, Lauren,” he whispered politely before closing his eyes and melding his lips with hers. His large hands slid into her hair, the kiss becoming passionate. His tongue circled hers, aromatic and spicy from the alcohol. Moaning in her mouth, he continued the kiss, pulling her up into a standing position, gripping her tightly at the small of her back, his fingers dangerously close to the edge of her t-shirt. He disengaged from their lip-lock and rested his forehead on hers, sighing.
“What are you doing to me?” His words were barely audible.
KG Fletcher is the author of the contemporary romance novel, The Nearness of You released in October, 2017. She has also penned romantic suspense novels, Love Song released in April, 2017 and Unexpected released in December, 2016. She is an active member of RWA and the Georgia Romance Writers Association. She was a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN and a recipient of the “Airplay International Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in theater at Valdosta State College and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute.” (www.almosteltonjohn.com)
KG lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Ladd and their three gorgeous sons. She is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet & spicy love” to help promote her romance novels.
Find KG online:
Cabaret Act: www.kgfletcherauthor.com/cabaret.html