“Well, you could be a big star. Your music is fantastic.” April looked shy right after she said this, which for some reason made James feel elated. His ego was just as fragile as the next singer’s. It felt good to have your work appreciated.
“Hey, you know I just thought of something. My friend Tony has a little theater group in town. I should introduce you. He’s always taking on new actors.”
April’s face lit up. “Yeah? That would be great!” Then she sagged a bit. “After the baby, of course.”
James’s heart went out to April. She must be terrified at the thought of how a little boy would change her life. She’d had to put her acting dreams on hold to support her child. It was one thing to be a ‘starving artist’, but quite another to bring a child into that life. “Sure, whenever you’re ready.”
There was a long silence after that as they concentrated on their meals. James was trying to think of a way to tactfully ask her what happened with her child’s father. Why wasn’t he in the picture? Was it a one-night stand? She didn’t seem the type for that.
“Do I have something on my face?”
Oops. Had he been staring? “What? No! Sorry, I didn’t mean to…I was just thinking.”
“Oh really? What were you thinking about that related to my chin?” April was teasing him, but he felt quite serious suddenly. He found himself taking the risk, against his better judgment.
“Do you mind if I ask you what happened with the father?”
April’s face suddenly drooped into an unreadable expression. He panicked. Bad idea, Jimmy. Abandon mission! “I’m sorry, it’s none of my bus-”
“He left me,” April blurted out. He searched her face to decipher what her emotions were, but he didn’t see any, at least on the surface. Instead, she seemed to be indifferently stabbing her mushroom ravioli and shoveling it in. “He left me for a gorgeous, tall blonde when I was six months pregnant with his child.”
“Oh, I’m sorry.”
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April Connors figured her love life was on hold indefinitely now that she was about to have a baby while temporarily staying at her grandmother’s house (what a turn-on!). Meeting infamous country singer Jimmy Wick may have made her giant belly flip, but she was filing him under a big “as if.” No man in his right mind would fall for a gal this pregnant, and besides, she needed to focus on herself and the baby. James Warwick (a.k.a. Jimmy Wick) was not in his right mind. His ex-wife was petitioning for full custody of the only thing that made him happy besides playing music, his four-year-old princess, Summer, and the thought of losing her had him crazier than an outhouse rat. His saving grace was his new ‘friend’ April who he was falling head over heels for. The only problem was, April had just been knocked up, dumped and stranded by the last guy she was with and was in no mood to go down that road again. She was hellbent on getting her life back on track just as James was watching his fall apart, leaving them both caught off guard by the unstoppable romance that would sweep them off their feet.
Paula Tiberius is an author, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and mom living in North Hollywood, California with her musician husband Richard, their daughter Violet, and their German Shepherd, Jackson. Paula wrote and directed the award-winning feature film Goldirocks in Toronto, which came out theatrically in 2004, played on Pay TV and Cable in Canada and is currently available on Netflix, distributed by R Squared Films. To learn more about Goldirocks, visit www.goldirocks.com You can read more from Paula Tiberius at her website www.paulatiberius.com/blog, where you’ll find lots of thought-provoking blogs, vegetarian recipes and more. The Cowboy Singer is her first novel.
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