Peanuts and Eggcups
For Maggie Parsons there’s only ever been one man: the stunningly delicious Luke Henderson. Unfortunately, he left her, without explanation, after their ‘first night’ together …breaking her heart in the process.
Now ten years on, without any contact, he’s back and going to her school reunion. Great! And, to confuse matters…so is his suave, sexy, brother Tony who makes a major play for Maggie, then turns up with his insufferable – supposedly ex – fiancée!
Via the reunion, a black eye, getting the sack (as a result) a madcap girlie holiday and juggling her confused emotions around the two alluring brothers…Maggie starts to build a picture of what she really wants in life.
Trouble is, Maggie’s a pawn in a game she doesn’t even know she’s playing …and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.
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Here’s an excerpt from Peanuts & Eggcups where Tony Henderson calls Maggie to arrange their first date and they end up having some fun banter. Maggie has a black eye and is seriously hoping it’ll go down before they meet. (Just so you know, as part of a previous text conversation, Tony’s nicknamed Maggie ‘Doc’)
Tony called me the following Friday. I found myself inadvertently checking my black eye in the mirror. I was very glad he couldn’t see me.
‘So, Doc, how goes it?’ he asked. I grinned down the receiver.
‘I’ve been better,’ I admitted.
‘Ah, well that’s where I come in. What are you doing next Friday?’
‘Hmm, now let me think. I do have a couple of options.’
‘Well, Brad Pitt popped round yesterday and asked if I was free for a little soirée.’
‘Ah, you’ve been asked too, huh?’ he joined in, seamlessly.
‘Yes, but I don’t know about you, I’m not keen. I never know whether he’s on or off with Ang’ or if those rumours about Jen were true. I really don’t want to put my foot in it again.’
‘No, I know what you mean, last time I went round I called Angelina “Jen”, twice! And when Brad collapsed in a fit of giggles, you know what he’s like, I thought she’d never invite me again.’
‘Maybe they’re low on numbers?’ I suggested.
‘Oy! Watch it, you.’
‘Sorry,’ I giggled.
‘Still,’ he said ‘what say we swerve it?’
‘Maybe you’re right.’
‘What about your other option though?’ he reminded me.
‘Ah yes, the council planning meeting. That one’s more difficult.’
‘Really, what’s on the agenda?’ he asked seriously.
‘Well, first there’s my gazebo, then the rooftop swimming pool. They’re buggers to get passed you know.’
‘So I’ve heard. I opted for a basement pool myself, bit dark sometimes but the fairy lights help.’
‘Aren’t you worried they’ll fall off the wall and into the pool and you’ll end up electrocuting yourself?’ I asked.
‘No, the fairies won’t let that happen.’
‘I see.’ I giggled, thoroughly enjoying myself.
‘So you think I should reschedule the planning meeting and put in new plans for a basement pool instead then.’
‘With fairy lights?’
‘With fairy lights,’ he confirmed.
‘That only leaves the rooftop gazebo then.’
‘Ah, but now you’re moving the pool, you don’t need one, at least not this summer.’
He had a point. ‘So, you’re saying I should decline my two options and go out with you instead then?’
‘Well, if you don’t come out with me, then we’ll both have to go along to the Pitts’ and they might not let me sit next to you. That just wouldn’t do.’
‘I suppose you’re right. Last time they insisted I sat next to – God rest his genius soul – David Bowie. I mean, the guy’s a serious legend, there’s no denying that, but he kept bending my ear about how Ground Control wasn’t what it used to be and did I want to make friends with his Major Tom.’
About Sara Mendes da Costa
Sara Mendes da Costa is the voice of the BT Speaking Clock; the fourth person to hold this prestigious title since 1936.
A successful, world-renowned voiceover artist, her dulcet tones are easily recognisable on television, radio, film and across countless media.
Never far from the press, she’s known for her appearances on BBC Breakfast, ITV This Morning, Children in Need, Wake up to Wogan and The Today Programme, and balances her prolific voiceover career with her passion and commitment as a novelist.
Peanuts & Eggcups, her debut novel – hotly anticipated by the industry – is “The perfect & highly addictive reading companion for women’s fiction fans”. `
A lover of laughter, creativity, great storytelling and a wee dram, Sara adores writing novels and seeks to entertain, uplift and inspire.
Her upcoming novels: Time & Time Again & Maggie Ever After, are expected in 2017.
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