Thursday, September 26, 2013

Shades of Pink Teaser - The Pink Hippo by C. Deanne Rowe

Every day until the end of September, I will post here the blurb for one of the stories from the Shades of Pink charity anthology, as well as a teaser, and a short bio for the author. The anthology will be available on October 1st, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research but you can donate today and get it 5 days early! I invite you to come back, share the links for these teasers, tell your friends about it... It's all for a good cause! And if you tweet about it, you can use the hashtag #shadesofpink :)

Today, a glimpse from The Pink Hippo by C. Deanne Rowe

Fate used Seva Franklin's past to change her future the day Michael Peterson walked into her store and also her life.

“Welcome to the Pink Hippo. May I help you find something?” Seva Franklin peeked up from her bookkeeping ledgers to welcome her customers.

“I hope so.”

Seva noticed an attractive man wearing a tailored business suit and a small girl holding on to him with one hand while touching each piece of clothing on the racks with her other small hand as they walked past.

“Ms. Jones from the dance studio sent us. I understand we can find a dance outfit for my daughter’s recital.”

“Of course, I know the exact outfit you need. It’s right over here.” Seva motioned for the two to follow her across the floor. “All we need to do now is find your size. I would say you would probably wear a size four.” Seva held the outfit up to the girl. “What do you think? Do you like it?”

The little girl nodded her head, causing one of her golden blonde ringlets to fall in her face. “Your hair is very pretty. Are you going to wear it pulled up for your recital?"

“Ms. Jones said she would help me with my hair.” The little girl brushed a ringlet from her face. “Daddy’s not good at it yet.”

Seva noticed that the girl’s expression changed as she looked down twisting her foot on the toe of her shoe.

“Four sounds about right,” the man said.

As he rubbed the back of his neck, Seva caught the puzzled look on the man’s face. She could tell he wasn’t experienced in this area either. “If you would like to try this on, there's a dressing room over here.” She pointed to the doors behind the tied-back curtains.

“We are running a little late today. If you could show me what else she needs, we’ll take this one. We can return everything if it doesn’t fit, right?”

“Yes,” Seva paused. “Of course, save your receipt and bring it back with you. Let me find some tights and the rest of what you need. I’ll ring you up at the counter.” Seva picked up a pair of tights she was sure would fit the little dancer along with a hair bow and some gloves. “I think this is everything.”

Seva rang the total on the cash register. “Your total will be forty-nine dollars.” She swiped his card but not before catching the name. He signed the merchant copy and she handed him one of the receipts. “This is your copy, Mr. Peterson. If you need to bring anything back, please bring this with you or have her mother bring it back with the items you wish to return.”

“My mommy is in Heaven.” The little girl took hold of her father’s hand and looked up at him with her beautiful brown eyes. “Right, Daddy?”

Placing the receipt in his wallet, the gentleman picked up the bag. “Thank you. You’ve been very helpful.”

“You’re welcome, Mr. Peterson. If your daughter needs anything else for her recital, please let me know. I hope I didn’t say anything wrong.” Seva noticed his daughter must have inherited her eyes from him along with the dimple in her right cheek.

“It’s fine. We’re adjusting…or trying to. Thank you again.”

As they walked out the door, Seva’s eyes filled with tears as memories of her own mother dying when she was a little girl came crashing back. Her heart broke for a child losing her mother at such a young age, and for a father losing his wife.

C. Deanne Rowe was born in Southern Oklahoma and currently lives in Iowa. She has six books in print, five anthologies in The Stiletto Series with two other authors and one book of her own published in June 2012. Cowboy Temptation ~ Colt and Cassy is the first in her Cowboy Temptation Series. More information is available on her website

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