An Event to Remember... or Forget
Sienna Harris is a girl with a plan. Her days of slaving away at Carrie’s Classic Events and More are numbered as she is on the brink of launching her own event planning company. Her relationship with Luke Price is headed in the right direction and they are approaching their one-year mark. The future is looking bright and she knows that life could not get any better . . . That is until her perfectly planned world is thrown upside down by the unexpected arrival of someone from Luke’s past.
She receives the shock of her life on the night of the biggest event of her career. Sienna will now have to pull it all together without a list or a plan. The question is, can she do it?
Excerpt #1The waiting area is full of big, cushy love seats, and the décoris very Mediterranean with rich shades of gold, red, and brown. It is so warmand inviting. I have to text Madison, so I tell Luke I need to use the restroomand check my makeup. I’m sure he knows I’m lying, but who cares.There is a very sweet attendant handing out hot hand towelsin the restroom, which is probably the size of my apartment. It has so manyproducts that it could very well be a beauty supply store.I pull out my phone to text Madison.BEST PLACE EVER!I put my phone back in my Tory Burch clutch purse (a smallsplurge, but I bought it at the outlets), check my makeup and hair, and headback to Luke.As I am walking back to him, I notice that he is talking tosomeone. His body language says it all; he does not like this person. I walk upand stand beside him to see who this person is.I think my heart stops beating for a minute.I look up to see the most handsome man I have ever seen inmy life; he smiles at me and his eyes actually sparkle. I am NOT KIDDING! Ifeel like I have landed in a Disney movie.“Luke, who is this beautiful woman standing here?” he askswith the hottest Australian accent I have ever heard. “Good for you, mate!”“Hello, I am Ace Eckelund. I am Luke’s mate from our summerof soccer in Europe. I am sure he has mentioned me?”How do I answer this?“Um, yes he has briefly. I am Sienna, Luke’s . . . girlfriend.”Why did I just hesitate? I am on an anniversary date with my boyfriend. “It’snice to meet you.” I reach out to shake his hand, and I swear my stomach does abackflip.
Excerpt #2I hear my phone ringing from somewhere on my desk. I shift some stuff to find it and see it’s Carrie calling me.“Hello?”“Sienna, I sent over the remainder of the paperwork I needed to sign. I will be away for the next few days and unreachable. I also wanted to tell you that I am very impressed with how well you have handled this event.”I think I’m hallucinating again. First of all, she seems a teeny, tiny bit interested in this event, and secondly, she gave me a compliment. I now have no doubts that she is up to something. I’m about to say something but she continues.“I also saw that Mr. Eckelund and his firm are listed as a sponsor. No doubt you had something to do with that. I’m sure you were extremely persuasive in securing that, and I have to say WELL DONE. I suppose I have taught you a lot.”Wait, what? Is she implying what I think she is?“Carrie, I can assure you that there was no persuasion involved in that sponsorship. I had simply mentioned the event in passing, and he scheduled a meeting with Mr. Canton. To be honest, I am offended you even suggested that.”“Come now, love, don’t be coy. It was just an observation from the other evening. That is a very good relationship to build, professionally of course. I’m very aware of who he is and his connections. Surely, we can add him to our clientele. Next time you see him you should mention that. Will you be seeing him again soon?”
Author Melissa Baldwin
Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she fulfilled her dream with her debut novel, An Event To Remember . . . Or Forget.
Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. She is a master at organization and multi-tasking. Her daily jobs include mother, chauffeur, wife, PTA President, Fitness Trainer, and now Author.
When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, fitness, decorating, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.
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