Let Me Show You
When a veterinarian and a construction worker connect, it takes mishaps, mistakes, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rex to show them they’re made for each other.
Dr. Carter Falon is content living a quiet life in a small town caring for his animal patients. That doesn't mean he's not looking for a distraction. After finding himself precariously wedged… naked and at the mercy of a drop-dead gorgeous construction worker, Carter hires his savior to renovate his home.
When Tanner Grady’s best friend and new niece needed him, he uprooted and relocated without a second thought. His life has since been centered on work and spending time with his family, but when he comes to the rescue of a cute vet, Tanner finds he's a lot more interested in the homeowner than the house he’s renovating.
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Looking at the caller ID, I greeted, “Hey, Mom.”
“Hey, baby boy.” I smiled. In my late twenties, I was far from a baby, but she’d once told me that even at fifty I’d still be her baby. “Good day?”
“Yep. Not too bad. Nothing too hectic or crazy. You?”
“A great one. Your dad’s booked a cruise for our anniversary.” Excitement lit her words. She’d been hinting at Dad for a while about a cruise. I was pleased he’d listened. It didn’t take a lot to make my mom happy; she found joy in the smallest of things,so that he’d organized it all was pretty impressive. Mom usually organized everything, so I knew him booking the vacation for them was a big deal.
“That’s terrific. Caribbean?”
She actually squealed down the line. I pulled the phone from my ear and laughed loudly. “Yes! Carter, I’m so excited.”
“Really? I’d never have guessed.”
“Oh, hush.” She spoke over me as I laughed again. “Don’t sass your mother.”
My laughter continued. “Never, Mom. You’d tan my hide. Wouldn’t dream of it.”
“I should think not. So anything new? Any dates?”
With a groan, I rubbed my face and then stepped further into the kitchen and pulled out a glass. “Mom…,” I sighed.
“What? I worry about you. You’re so far from home and are there all alone.”
I poured myself a glass of wine and took a sip. “I know you worry, but honestly, life’s good.” Admittedly it would have been nice to hook up, but one, I didn’t do casual and never had, and two, there was no way I’d tell my mom I was afraid my penis would drop off from lack of use. “There’s nothing new either, and that’s okay. I’m liking the quiet life.”
“Hmm….” That was her tell for not being convinced. “You know, I was talking to Julie last week, and her nephew’s gay.”
“Mom,” I said with laughter, “honestly, no hookups. I do not need my mom fixing me up.”
She ignored me. “Well, he lives quite far away, but maybe a week of casual—” She cleared her throat. “—sex would do you good.”
“Jesus, Mom.” I spluttered on my mouthful of wine. Grabbing a towel, I wiped my face, catching the dribble of red wine on my chin, and wiped the counter top I’d sprayed. “Stop. I don’t need you arranging anything, okay? Please tell me you’re listening.” She was quiet. “Mom,” I said louder.
“Yes, yes, I hear you.” She sighed. “Grandbabies would be nice.”
Holy crap on toast! With wide eyes, I looked at the ceiling and counted to five. I then took a big gulp of wine before saying, “Mom.”
“Yes, baby boy?”
“I have to go. I need to grab a shower. I’m expecting someone.”
“Someone to fix the house up.” I’d heard the interest in her tone, the hope in that one syllable.
“Oh.” This time her voice dropped. I hated to kill her enthusiasm, but geez, I really needed to get off the phone.
“Love you, tell Dad I love him too. And I’ll speak to you guys later. Bye, Mom.”
“Will do.” Her tone was a bit brighter. “Love you too. Bye, honey.”
I disconnected quickly and placed my phone down. My mom, yeah, she was wonderful and drove me to absolute distraction. I knew how lucky I was. Every decision I’d ever made, my parents had always had my back. They supported me unconditionally. It was just that my mom could be a little extreme at times. I laughed into the empty room. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Quickly finishing my wine, I looked at the time. I had just fifteen minutes until the contractor was due. I’d left it late to organize myself, still a little in a tizz after the conversation with my mom and the mention of babies. I glanced around the room at the disorderly mess. Every time I did so, I regretted it.
I detested chaos,and that was what the house felt like. The place was still strewn with my moving boxes, but I had yet to see the point in unpacking. Not necessarily because I planned to move, but rather, the whole house needed a lot of work, so I knew I’d have to pack my things up for any work on the house to start.
I really hoped this Tanner guy would be the person who could finally help me out. I’d had two other quotes, one local and one from out of town. Both were crazy high,and neither would be able to start for another five months or so. I was running out of options. This guy had come recommended to me by one of my clients, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.
I sighed in defeat as I looked around. I’d have to continue ignoring it all until I finally had the place fixed up. I headed upstairs, careful to miss the couple of steps that had loose boards, and headed to the main bathroom. I had an en suite, but the shower didn’t work, so it was the pearlescent green suite I headed toward. The sickly porcelain made me shudder every time I laid eyes on it. It was clean though, so there was that.
I hopped into the shower, lathered myself up, and quickly rinsed off. That was when I heard the knock at the door. “Shoot.” I quickly turned off the taps, stepped out and grabbed a towel. In my haste to get myself together and then answer the door, the dodgy floorboard didn’t even register until my foot slammed through it, snagging my ankle and bringing me to my knees.
I yelled as I fell, and cursed. Wincing, I looked at my predicament, trying to yank my foot out as I did so. A loud groan slipped past my lips. This was no good. I was wedged, and it appeared I’d lost my towel in my fall. Just great.
Interview with Becca Seymour
- How would you describe your writing style/genre?
I tend to focus on the lighter side of romance, providing wit and humour to guide my characters on my journeys. So, my books (I’ve written 4 at the moment and have published 2) tend to be low angst, and I like to believe uplifting. I’m keen to explore different styles, perhaps with more angsty tones in the future.
- What do you do when you get writer’s block?
Procrastinate. *snort* Read, watch TV, usually in completely opposite genres so I can get a complete break. Sprints with author friends can also help. I will often skip ahead scenes, or sometimes write the sex scenes first when this happens too.
- Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes. I smile at the good, and take the more negative on board if the feedback is constructive. If the bad review is nothing more than seemingly unnecessary venting, I can happily shrug it off. Reading is so personal, and I absolutely know we can’t all enjoy the same books.
- What do you do if you get a brilliant idea at a bad time?
Usually curse. Loudly. I’ll try to scribble ideas down or note them on my phone. Admittedly though, I’m not one who will turn the light on in the night to write down those sneaky ideas and concepts. I really wish I was, but hell, my sleep is precious.
- Do your books spring to life from a character first or an idea?
I usually come up with an opening line or scenario related to a character. I do follow voices fairly often. *runs away from the straitjacket coming towards me* It’s my characters who speak to me, and as I write they push me into directions I never saw coming. Because of how loudly characters can speak to me is the reason why I wrote Davis’s story, a character who we meet in Let Me Show You. My characters can be quite persistent.
- If you had a grant to write any book you wanted as a freebie without worrying about sales, what kind of story would you like to tell?
An urban fantasy romance, one with lots of wit and maybe just a little angst. UF is one of my first loves. I go through phases of refusing to look at another genre for a lengthy period of time while I get my fill. My concern is keeping on top of the world I created. I really don’t like tracking and note-taking. One day though. Maybe.
- How do you approach covers for your stories?
I list my characters’ traits and send that with the blurb to one of my awesome cover designers. They’re so fabulous. I usually try to allow them to take design control, trusting in their craft and their skill.
- How did you choose the topic for this book?
The book was actually initially written for a novella submission call, with a main character needing to be a blue-collar worker. 25k in, I knew the book was more than a novella, so I kept going until the story was told. It quickly became apparent that Carter especially had a very loud voice and wanted me to push his story even further. I’m pleased I listened.
- Who has been your favorite character to write and why?
I actually love Carter’s mum(or mom as this book is set in the US). She reminds me of my own mum in so many ways, and what I imagine I’ll be like when my son is older and dating. She adds such a fabulous layer of humour in both this book and You’ve Got This, a novel I’m releasing in July.
- As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut when in primary school, until I realized I was appalling at science. Then in high school, I want to either join the navy as a helicopter pilot or become an English teacher. I met my now husband when I was 16, so that helped make my decision for me.
- What pets do you have, and what are their names?
Becca Seymour lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.
Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.
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