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Harlequin Special Releases
Harlequin
January 2006
On Sale: January 30, 2013
Featuring: Jill Amory; Charlie Hartman
208 pages
ISBN: 0373470495
EAN: 9780373470495
Kindle: B000MAH9GG
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Forever Mine, Valentine
by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Excerpt

JILL STOOD in front of the camping supply store and plotted ways to sell the manager on painting his window for Valentine's Day. You've backpacked your way into my heart. Nope. Warm her heart with a Coleman stove. Ugh. My canteen runneth over with love. Yuck!

Of all the stores in this mall, Jegger Outfitters promised to be the toughest sell, but she liked challenges. Maybe she'd walk in without a specific window plan, and if the manager sounded the least bit interested, she'd come up with an idea on the spot. Sometimes pressure could be inspirational. That's how she'd snared the optometrist, with her sudden brainstorm of Give her rose–colored glasses for Valentine's Day.

Jegger Outfitters smelled of canvas, crepe soles and pine shelving. Old–fashioned picks and shovels hung on the walls, along with tins for gold panning, old mining claim maps and a ragged banner that vowed Pikes Peak or Bust. In the merchandise on the rustic shelves were several camping items she could have used, but she was here to sell, not buy.

As she continued down the aisle toward the rear of the store, she overheard an angry voice and a placating one coming from behind a closed door marked Private. Damn. Store managers with problems seldom wanted their windows painted with hearts and flowers.

Just then a thin young man in a rumpled cotton shirt and parachute pants rounded a counter and came toward her. "Can I help you?" he asked. "My name's Jill Amory. I'd like to see the manager please. I think," she added as the tirade from behind the door continued, punctuated by an occasional distinct "Dammit, Charlie," or "She's crazy."

"Uh..." The clerk hesitated and followed the line of her gaze.

"This seems like a bad time. Perhaps I could —""

"No," he said quickly, assessing her with a glance. "I wouldn't want to make that decision for him."

"Thanks, but I could easily come back tomorrow. I'm taking orders for valentine window decorations, and it's really no trouble for me to come back." Jill was certain rejection lay behind that office door.

"No," the young man said again, continuing to appraise her from behind wire–rimmed glasses. "Stay right there and I'll tell him you're here."

His blatant perusal didn't disturb Jill; she was used to being ogled. In tandem with orders for window decorations had come several offers for coffee and/or drinks from the male managers she'd approached. Her polite refusals hadn't lost her a single order, which delighted her, confirming that in the past seven months she'd learned to deal effectively with predatory men.

The clerk rapped on the closed door and without waiting for clearance, opened it. "Someone to see you, Spence," he said.

"Who is it?" The voice was still gruff with anger.

"Jill Amory. She wants to decorate the windows for Valentine's Day."

Through the open door Jill heard a bark of laughter. "Has she cleared this with Tippy the Lip?"

"I didn't ask."

"Well, I don't think —""

Jill sighed, knowing what would come next. "Wait a minute, Spencer, my boy," interrupted a second, older–sounding male voice. "Horace, did you say her last name was Amory?"

"I think that's what she told me, Charlie," the clerk said.

"You know her?"

"No, but the name is...nice. Is she, ah, young?"

"Maybe early twenties."

"That's young," said the older man, chuckling. "Spencer, couldn't you at least find out what she has in mind?"

Jill was grateful for this unknown Charlie who thought she had a nice name and wanted to give her a chance. At that point the clerk lowered his voice and she heard only snatches of his comments. "Foxy–looking brunette," came through pretty clearly, though.

"Okay." The man named Spence sounded weary. "Send her back."

Excerpt from Forever Mine, Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson
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