Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Just Good Friends by S.W. Siwek: Interview and Excerpt: Bewitching Tour Stop


Just Good Friends
Friends Book One

S.L. Siwik
Genre: Romance

ISBN: 9781480271487

Number of pages: 180

Word Count: approx. 77,000

Book Description: 

Juggling two jobs and mounting bills, Audrey decides she doesn't have time for a boyfriend, but contemplates a friends plus situation. After placing a personal ad, she meets Mike, a local cop, former Marine. He's old fashioned and overbearing, but she just can't walk away. 

Unfortunately for her, Michael is an expert marksman, and her heart never stood a chance. Their tumultuous love affair crashes to an ending neither foresaw, and Audrey is forced to make a decision that will change both their lives forever.

The week rolled by, the same as usual, and Monday came again, her group of cops sitting in front of her. Mike leaned forward, kissing her cheek. Even though Audrey’s eyes closed the moment his lips neared her skin, she made sure to pull away before him. From now on, she would make sure to always pull away before him.
“Did anyone give you trouble today?” He asked, invading her personal space in his normal, pushy manner.
Why did this make her heart race? What was wrong with her? She shook her head, and he sat back down in his seat, the same exact booth in the diner that the cops always sat in, his eyes remaining on her.
“What are you doing tomorrow?” He asked.
A smile crept across her face. “I have a date.”
“Do you now? Give me the details,” he said, clasping his hands on the table. The rest of the cops watched the exchange.
A slight blush tinged her cheeks as she shoved her hands in her apron pockets. She realized that talking to Mike about men she was romantically interested in made her uncomfortable. The situation was really weird.
 “His name is Todd.”
“What do you know about Todd?” He asked.
She frowned, realizing very little. “Well, he likes to read, he went to community college before transferring to a four year college. He works a desk job, lives in Mercerville. His degree is in civil engineering. He likes dramas and foreign films. He goes to poetry readings nearby at a local coffee shop.”
“He sounds like a real hoot,” John said, sarcasm dripping from his words.
“Hey,” she said, turning towards him, “it’s slim pickens if you exclude the insane and the taken. He sounds pleasant to me.”
“Yeah, cause pleasant is gonna rock your world beneath the sheets.” Garver, the cop whose name Audrey was making it a point to remember, commented.
Mike ignored them all asking her, “Did you go to these supposed poetry readings and check him out?”
She blinked. “Of course not.”
Mike frowned. “Why not?”
“Because I’d be invading his privacy. It’s stalkerish, and creepy.”
“You’d learn a few more things about him, though. Wouldn’t you?” He asked rhetorically before continuing on, “How many weeks have you been talking to him?”
She bit her lower lip thinking. Had it been five weeks?
“Five, six maybe…I think. What? I work a lot. The days bleed together after a while.”
“Five weeks and those few pieces of information are all you learned?” He asked.
“Well…he hasn’t been consistent. He replies sporadically.”
“He’s poking someone else,” Garver said. “The poetry readings are his hunting grounds.”
“He can’t enjoy poetry and coffee? Must he have an ulterior motive?” She asked.
“No man enjoys poetry readings,” Mike replied.
Many men enjoy poetry!” Audrey shouted back.
“No, they don’t,” John replied.
“Of course there do! Some of the most famous poets are men.”
“Yeah, to get laid,” Garver explained.
Audrey sighed, her hand on her hip, rolling her eyes.
Sergeant Scarface spoke up next. His voice reminded her of a man who had drunk far too much scotch for far too long.
“Michael is correct. You should be wary. We see many, pretty, young women down at the station filing reports because they had chosen to be naïve and optimistic, rather than cautious and prepared.”
“Fine,” she slapped her hand against her thigh in aggravation. “I’ll bring along my pepper spray and wear high heeled shoes in case I need to bludgeon him.”
The remark had been sarcastic, the joke lost on the older man who seemed impressed. She sighed, irritated by the commentary on her love life, wondering when she had adopted a police force. Man, these guys were such a buzz kill.
“Alright, enough about my love life.” Or lack of. “Who wants disco fries?”
Audrey may have been annoyed by their comments, but thirty minutes later, she realized just how touching it was that they cared for her safety. She may have placed extra cherries on Sarge’s apple pie because she knew how much he loved them, and spent more time than usual making Garver’s milk shake extra thick just the way he liked it. After the crew had finished eating and were leaving, Mike walked over to her as she wiped down a counter. He placed his hand on her arm and as always, stood a little too close.
“Please call me when you get home tomorrow, so I know you’re safe.”
She would have, under normal conditions, not agreed to the request. The situation seemed ridiculous, like she was calling a parent to check in. He looked so genuinely worried, however, that she caved. She might as well tattoo SUCKER across her forehead at this point.
“Alright, I’ll call you when I get home, but if you don’t receive a call, you’ll know it’s because I decided not to go home tomorrow night.” Audrey was firmly holding on to positive thinking.
Mike frowned. “Why wouldn’t you go home tomorrow night?”
She shuffled her feet uncomfortably. “You know why.” Did he really need her to spell this out?
Mike didn’t seem relieved. “In that case, don’t forget to bring protection. Don’t trust a guy to have it. Alright, talk to you tomorrow. Enjoy your date.” He paused for a moment looking conflicted. Finally he added, “Make sure he treats you right.”
She smirked. “You know what’ll happen if he doesn’t,” she said in a teasing manner, carelessly shooting her mouth off before thinking. His smile faded as he simply nodded before walking off, and for a moment she swore he looked regretful.
She waved goodbye as he strutted to the front door, John waiting for him. The two walked out together and Audrey was the one regretful for not thinking before speaking.

Name: Audrey Hoffinger

Age: 25 years old.

Height: 5’ 7”

Appearance: Red hair, green eyes (usually wears blue colored contacts), nose piercing, freckles more prominent during the summer, average weight.

About her: Audrey graduated college with a Bachelor in History and went on to receive her Master’s in Military history. After working for several grant projects through the New Jersey Historical Society, Audrey landed her dream job- preserving Civil War weapons. On the first day of her job, she was told that the project had been shut down by the state. Audrey now works as a waitress at Romeo’s Diner at night and stocks shelves at Bargain Buys overnight with her friend Calvin.  She is the estranged daughter of Multimillionaire CEO Maxwell and Carol Hoffinger. At this point, it is unknown why she has cut nearly all ties with them, instead living in her mobile home instead of her parent’s sprawling estate. Audrey starts the story out looking for a friend to have casual sex with. She, however, meets Mike, a man far more than she had bargained for. 

Name: Michael Kowalski
Age: 31 yo

Appearance: Blue eyes, military cut hair style, black hair. (No earring). Rarely ever smiles.

About him: Michael is a police officer for the Mercerville Police Department (the town they live in).  He was in the Marines before that, but Michael is always vague on the details except that he is an expert sniper, and that he met his best friend, John while serving. He has lingering pain from his mother abandoning him, and his father’s alcoholic binges which Audrey notices nearly immediately. He’s a speed junky, loving fast vehicles. Michael had no intention of ever meeting Audrey, but was pushed into meeting Audrey by John.
About the Author:

S.L. Siwik lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. 

She loves going to NJ diners on the weekend for inspiration, drinks a pot of coffee a day, and loves finding new music to add to her list. 

Just Good Friends is her debut book.

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May 2 Spotlight and review
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May 3 Interview
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1 comment:

Stephanie Siwik said...

Thanks for having me today! It's been a lot of fun!
~SL Siwik