I was tagged in the 7s game on Facebook last week and I shared 7 sentences from a WIP I have called, Bel Amour. In my mind my character, Kennedy Holloway looks like model, Christina Santini and Elias Dacosta looks like actor, Kofi Siriboe.
This is my first real LOVE STORY! I'm so excited about this project, but I have to be patient and let the baby finish baking in the oven before the birthing process. Anyhoo...I'm sharing an excerpt from that embryo today...
Bel Amour Excerpt...
Elias reclined in his bed. Tired after another round of business meetings, he had come in straight from the airport, not arriving home until ten-thirty. He’d showered, and ate the meal left for him by Gilda, his chef.
All of that behind him, he had settled down and called Kennedy to let her know that he’d returned home. He had received her voicemail twice, before deciding maybe she was asleep for the night. Grabbing his remote, he turned on the TV, prepared to change it from Fox, the last station he’d watched. He hit the menu button to see what selections were available.
Scrolling down and reading the list, he paused momentarily as he heard his name called out on the TV.
“Does Elias know?” Mia Michaels co-host of CLM, Celebrity Life Magazine asked.
“Apparently not,” Tammy Salters stated, looking down at a paper in her hand. “Our sources stated that he’s been out of town the last few days on some undisclosed business. When we tried reaching him we were unsuccessful, and his PR person told us he was unavailable for comment.”
“Man…this is interesting. Ladies and gentlemen, we’d been reporting on how Atlanta’s most eligible bachelor seemed to be taken off the market, since his impending retirement. The ball star could often be seen at various events with a different woman on his arm, over the last several years. He had never truly been linked to one particular woman, until Miss Kennedy Holloway came along,” Drew Rogers stated, looking towards Tammy. “What did we find out about her, Tammy?”
“Well, it seems that Miss Holloway, is actually Mrs. Holloway. She’s a former regional controller for Thomas Meyer, the international powerhouse investment company, Drew.”
“So, she’s holding her own in terms of income…okay. But she’s married?” Mia followed up.
“Our sources say she and her husband are in the process of divorcing. But get this…it seems that for some reason she quit that high-profile career with a lucrative income, to become a freelance photographer,” Tammy confirmed.
“Whoa! Do I smell a story here?” Drew asked, stroking his beard.
“I don’t know, but that brings us back to our original story, Drew. She was supposed to be divorcing, but it seems like Elias Dacosta may have just been a rebound.”
“From these pictures in the park, Tammy, it sure looks like it. Seems like Mrs. and Mr. Holloway are making up. They’re awfully cozy.”
“Definitely looks that way to me, Mia,” Drew agreed.
Elias popped the menu off the screen, so he could get a closer look at the pictures they were showing. He prayed that they were wrong, or maybe had the wrong female. Perhaps they’d mixed Kennedy up with one of the former females he had been seen with, but he knew that wasn’t true. They had their facts straight about the career and the divorce, and now the pictures confirmed what his heart already knew.
Kennedy was wrapped in the arms of another man, kissing him on the lips. The next picture showed them huddled together in a park in the middle of downtown, and he was embracing her. Another picture showed him caressing her face, and then another showed him kissing her on the top of the head. The TV magazine, flipped to another of the man cuddling her in a passionate embrace, while her face rested against his chest. Each of the photos they displayed, showed a couple clearly in love and expressing their emotions towards one another.
Elias didn’t want to hear anymore; he turned the TV off and threw the remote at the wall.
“Arggh!” he screamed, “Lord, why didn’t she tell me? Why didn’t she just tell me?”
Somewhere deep within he heard a little voice reminding him, “She tried to, but you wouldn’t listen.”
About Chelle Ramsey...
Women's fiction author and blogger, Chelle Ramsey brings a refreshing perspective into the lives of her readers and wants them to find entertainment, healing and inspiration in each novel. Using real problems and challenges faced by ordinary people, Chelle wants readers to become empowered to rise above life's adversities, with faith in God, and belief in themselves.
Her stories are relatable to individuals of diverse demographics, who have suffered a loss, been hurt, have low self-esteem, have lost hope, or need a word of encouragement. She strives to take your emotions on a roller coaster ride, one page at a time. Chelle holds an MBA in Human Resource Management, which she puts to use in her Human Resources role by day, while she writes her fiction novels at night. And in her spare time, she’s a blogger, freelance writer, and ghostwriter.
Her most important roles are those of a wife and mother of three. During her “me time,” she becomes enraptured with the enthralling stories of Terry McMillan, Nora Roberts, James Patterson and Stuart Woods. Chelle Ramsey resides in a rural community in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys writing, family time, and watching NBA games.
She hosts the annual 20 Days of Love authors’ blogging campaign, March Madness authors’ giveaways campaign, and showcases other authors on her blog at www.chelleramsey.com/beautifully-inspired-blog. Her novels can be found online at Chelle Ramsey Amazon.
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