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Lisa McDonald’s life is turned upside down when Lucienda, the rather odd corporate fairy godmother, enters her life. One minute Lisa’s seated at her computer—the next, she’s walking down the aisle in a wedding dress. The groom? The engaged owner of the company she works for. Also the man of her dreams.
Lisa whirled around just in time to see Lucienda walk through the office wall. All five feet nine inches of the rather heavyset black woman disappeared between plaster and paint.
Oh, God. This isn’t funny. Lisa darted through the doorway leading to grouch-head’s desk. She looked back and forth. I think I’m losing my mind. It must be the Vitamin A. The doctor said too much can be toxic. She started back toward the front office and yelped. Lucienda stood blocking the doorway. She smiled, all gums and teeth. A scene from Mr. Ed flashed through Lisa’s mind. Lucienda poked Lisa’s shoulder with her index finger.
"Vitamin A has nothin’ to do with it, girl. And walkin’ through walls ain’t even my specialty." Lucienda twisted her index finger above Lisa’s head and vanished. "Just like magic, Lisa," Lucienda’s voice echoed throughout the office. "Only better. ’Cause it’s gonna help you catch the man of your dreams." Lucienda reappeared seated on Lisa’s computer monitor.
Lisa covered her eyes and swallowed. "If you break that Seymour will have my head on a corporate platter."
"We gonna set some ground rules, girl. Number one: Don’t worry about grouch-head Seymour. Lucienda’s got that covered. Number two: Lucienda don’t have the problems you humans do. Case in point," she motioned to the computer monitor. "Number three: I ain’t wastin’ my time on a twenty-six-year-old virgin for nothing. I’ve got a contest to win."
Lisa turned three shades of crimson that clashed with the bright pink tips of her ears. She wanted to crawl into the wall Lucienda had walked through a moment ago. This strange woman knew Lisa’s age, that she liked Bill in security, and now this. Lisa cringed. The thought of anyone finding out that she’d never slept with a man horrified her. She buried her head in her hands. A virgin at twenty-six and this woman knew.
Lisa looked up. She must be an alien. Either that or I’m certifiable. Just like that song, ‘They’re coming to take me away ha ha, ho ho, hee hee’."
Lucienda sighed and placed a hand on Lisa’s shoulder. "No, girl. I’m not from outer space. At least not the kind of space you think exists. You are sane. And for the record, I can read minds."
"Who are you?" Lisa demanded. The heck with propriety. "And what do you want with me?"
"Oooo-eee, girl. Get a grip. If you just settle down that tiny butt squeezed into a too tight skirt, I’ll clue you in." Lucienda reached into the air and produced a photograph. Lisa gasped. She recognized the photo as the one taken at a corporate party last winter. The night had been a complete disaster.
"Close call that night, huh?" Lucienda clicked her tongue. "Tsk, tsk. What a little drinky-poo can do."
Lisa shuddered. It’s a wonder she and half the women in her office stayed friends after that night. She flirted shamelessly with every man that paid her any attention. It had soothed her soul. Broken heart was more like it. When the owner of her company, Josh Evans, announced his engagement, she’d been crushed. She never dreamed he’d actually marry the ‘Queen’. Serene Ridgemont was nothing but a two-timing mannequin. All plastic and fake. And Lisa knew Serene wanted Josh for his stocks, private options and corporate plane. Not to mention the island, the houses, the entire corporation for Pete’s sake. Why was it men couldn’t see?
"I hear he thinks you’re a tramp," Lucienda said getting to the point.
"Josh? Why on earth would he think that? Lucienda... that couldn’t be farther from the truth."
"You know that, and I know that. But, the walls have ears, and ooo-eee, girl, the stories they tell. Makes Pinocchio look like a saint."
"Who exactly are these ears?" Lisa demanded. She’d had enough. If there was one thing she couldn’t stand, it was men bragging about how far they got--especially when they hadn’t.
"Try Fred, Kevin, Peter and Max," Lucienda rattled off the list. "Need I go on?"
Kelly McDonough has been writing since she could pick up a pencil. She has written everything from radio, newspaper, sales and advertising copy to writing for an international catalog. She is also published in children’s fiction, non-fiction and poetry. After spending years working as a corporate marketing/promotions assistant for nine radio stations and eleven newspapers across the country, she decided to try her hand at writing a novel. Crazy for Kate, Twist of Faith and Love’s Magic Spell are the result. She lives within a close-knit community with her husband, Jack, and two children, Jackie, nine and Kayleigh, five and their thirteen-year-old golden retriever/collie, Ringo. She hopes to bring more fairy-tale endings to the world.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 232
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