A Perfect Fit by Lynda Simmons – Serialized Novella and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

Enjoy the first chapter of “Good Works” a serialized novella from Lynda Simmons:

Chapter One

Melissa’s Big Mistake – A Cautionary Tale
By Rebecca Sandhurst

Gather round children and I’ll tell you a tale. Not of happy endings and
love everlasting, but of love’s missteps and warnings unheeded when
the beautiful Princess Melissa fell in love with the dashing Prince Khalid.

“It’s K-h-a-l-e-d,” my daughter Melissa said, squeezing a cup of coffee and a plate with a chocolate chip cookie in beside my laptop. “And aren’t fairy tales a bit of a stretch for you?”

“Perhaps,” I said, shutting my laptop and stuffing it into the bag at my feet. Summer in Toronto might be made for patio seating, but Melissa’s tables are far too small for computers and food to safely co-exist. “But sometimes,” I added, eyeing the cookie as she nudged the plate forward, “the best way to communicate an important message is also the simplest.”

To the untrained eye, that cookie might look perfectly normal, but I’ve learned the hard way that here in Melissa’s vegan/paleo/wingnut bakery, nothing is ever normal, including the prices. “What’s in this?” I asked.

“Just try it,” she said, pulling out a chair and sitting down across from me. “And in the interest of better communication, I’ll keep this simple too.” She glanced at the couple devouring butter-free croissants at the table on the other side of the front door and paying us no mind whatsoever then leaned closer anyway. “Like I’ve said before,” she whispered. “Khaled and I are just friends.”

“Those men don’t have female friends.” I motioned to the cookie. “How much is that?”

“Five dollars. And did you just say, those men?”

“Come on Melissa, everyone knows his culture forbids dating. I can’t imagine female friendship is an idea whose time has come. And when did five dollars for a cookie become acceptable?”

“I refuse to have either of these discussions.” She rose and headed for the front door. “And if Khaled drops by—”

“When Khaled drops by.”

“Whatever. Just keep your fairy tales to yourself.”

“I always do,” I muttered, watching her pick up empty plates from the croissant couple and smile at a group making their way to the front door. While she escorted the four of them inside, I lifted my plate and sniffed the cookie. Being careful not to touch it so Melissa could put it back in the display case. Sell it to someone who appreciated agave nectar and chickpea flour and whatever else she’d put in there.

At twenty-six, Melissa is the youngest of three daughters Nathan and I brought into this world. The older ones are off in Papua New Guinea on their latest stint for Doctors Without Borders. While that’s a definite improvement over their last destination, I blame Nathan and myself for their choices. We were young and naïve when we had them. Two journalists out to change the world, chasing stories across the globe, and dragging our kids along for the ride. With three girls of our own, it was only natural that we gravitated toward work that would change the lives of other girls and women. Building schools, clinics, even shelters where I spoke about equal rights and birth control, anything that would make a difference. But when Nathan died at the hands of religious extremists, so did my passion for change. I brought the girls back to Toronto. Bought a house in my old neighbourhood and made a living writing about women’s issues for a national newspaper. I tried my best to give them a normal life, but the damage had been done. All three had deep-rooted social consciences. If not for dumb luck, Melissa would be off saving lives with the other two now, but she dropped out of med-school when her belief in natural healing ran head long into the Western love of all things pharmaceutical. To my delight, she headed home. Took over an old variety store only a few blocks from the house and turned it into Mel’s Bakery – Changing the Way We Eat. One cookie at a time.

Who knew extreme eating would become her passion, but as Nathan liked to say, the world is constantly evolving and so are we. Discovering who we are and who we’re becoming as life rolls out ahead of us. And always delighting in that person even when she takes us completely by surprise.

Melissa was more than surprised the first time I showed up at her door on two wheels. The city has a bike share program, so I rented one as a lark, my way of showing support for her healthy lifestyle without giving up meat or cheese. Imagine my shock when I realized I liked cycling and kept going back to the share station, even taking out a year-long membership. A social conscience is hard to shake.

But when the membership ran out last month, I finally bought a bike of my own. A silver and black beauty with all the trimmings including a high-tech lock, the kind no one can break without heavy equipment. But there are no bike parking rings near Melissa’s bakery and while the penalties for snapping your lock to the wrong post in this city are ridiculous, they’re also effective, which is why I keep my baby with me when I’m on Mel’s patio. Standing right behind me and always within arm’s reach.

“What did you think of the cookie?” Melissa asked when she came outside again.

Luckily my cell phone pinged, rescuing me. Too bad it was only more comments on my latest column, The Girls Aren’t Alright, Part One: The Rise of the Female Terrorist

I flipped through the list, finding nothing unusual:

You the terrorist, bitch.
Bet U don’t get laid much.

And of course, the one I’ve come to expect, the same message some anonymous creep has been posting every day for weeks: Babble on, Mrs. Sandhurst. God knows where you sleep.

MediaKit_BookCover_PerfectFitFast-paced, funny and incurably romantic

Rachel Banks has never believed in magic or moonlight, but if she’d thought that putting a piece of wedding cake under her pillow would conjure up a nightmare in the form of blue-eyed charmer Mark Robison, she’d have stuffed that cake into her mouth instead! Mark is only in Madeira Beach for some much needed R&R and his new neighbour is not the kind of woman made for vacation memories. But there’s something about the incurable romantic that just keeps drawing him back.

Jennifer Crusie. Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Lynda Simmons? Oh, yeah!

About the Author: Lynda Simmons is a writer by day, college instructor by night and a late sleeper on weekends. She grew up in Toronto reading Greek mythology, bringing home stray cats and making up stories about bodies in the basement. From an early age, her family knew she would either end up as a writer or the old lady with a hundred cats. As luck would have it, she married a man with allergies so writing it was.

With two daughters to raise, Lynda and her husband moved into a lovely two storey mortgage in Burlington, a small city on the water just outside Toronto. While the girls are grown and gone, Lynda and her husband are still there. And yes, there is a cat – a beautiful, if spoiled, Birman.

When she’s not writing or teaching, Lynda gives serious thought to using the treadmill in her basement. Fortunately, she’s found that if she waits long enough, something urgent will pop up and save her – like a phone call or an e-mail or a whistling kettle. Or even that cat just looking for a little more attention!

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  1. lori faires says:

    I enjoyed the first chapter of A Perfect Fit. I try to eat healthy, but I am not a big fan of chickpea flour or hummus. Blessings and Thanks to all.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Lynda Simmons says:

    Thanks for hosting. And stay tuned for more of the serialized novella, Lori! Cheers, Lynda

  4. momjane says:

    I really enjoyed the excerpt. It made me want to read more.

    • Lynda Simmons says:

      Good to see you, Momjane! Hope you enjoy the rest of the serialized novella, and pick up a copy of Perfect Fit at axon as well! Cheers, Lynda

  5. The beautiful cover is what I like best from today’s post.

  6. Congratulations Lynda.
    Always a perfect read.

  7. Sally Schmidt says:

    I enjoyed this excerpt. Thanks.

  8. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  9. Loved the excerpt. Just downloaded. Can’t wait to get started reading it.

  10. To be clear, I did not see an excerpt of Perfect Fit here, which is one of my favourite of Lynda’s romances. Rather, I read the first part of a serialized novella. Good Works which I LOVED. Can’t wait to read what’s next.

  11. I would be the type to be curious about the taste to Melissa’s goodies. Nice twist in flow to the chapter with the creepy message at the end.

    • Lynda Simmons says:

      Thanks Jess. I can vouch for how tasty those goodies in Melissa’s bakery are! And I hope you tune in for the next chapter of Good Works tomorrow! Cheers, Lynda

  12. Cali W. says:

    The excerpt is interesting and I like the cover. 🙂

    • Lynda Simmons says:

      Thanks Cali. This cover is one of my favourites. Tune in for Chapter Two of Good Works tomorrow! Cheers.

  13. Shannon says:

    Great excerpt, I look forward to the tour

  14. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Congratulations! i loved the excerpt. thank you!

  15. sounds interesting

  16. Tammy heath says:

    Thank you for the giveaway and sound like a great story.

  17. Great excerpt, Lynda. I’m on to the second one now. Sorry, I’m a day late.

  18. Figured what a virtual tour is just in time to read the first chapter before bed. Perfect read as usual Lynda! Can’t wait to read the rest.

  19. Deb Neal says:

    Great pace…has me hooked…like the characters already

  20. Joan DeJesus says:

    Love it already. I’m playing catch-up today, so I’m quickly on to the next installment.

  21. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and I love the cover too.

  22. Victoria says:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt.. I enjoyed it 🙂

  23. It’s an engaging excerpt!

  24. I enjoyed the excerpt today! Thank you so much! I have never seen another blog tour that had serialized chapters posted!

  25. Thomas Murphy says:

    I liked reading the first chapter.

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