A Snippet from WHAT’S A MAN TO DO?

Here is a preview of my upcoming comedy-romance WHAT’S A MAN TO DO? which I hope you enjoy.



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Today was a particularly humid but sunny summer’s day, and sunshine poured into Mike’s living room windows. Mike had submitted his advertisement to the newspaper the evening before, and it would be appearing in today’s edition. For the first time in a while, Mike felt as if he was actually happy, if a little wary, of the radical new direction he was taking with his life. He arose from bed refreshed and relaxed, something he had not experienced in weeks. He knew that life was not all wine and roses, and things sometimes happen to stop people from getting into a rut.

Mike recalled the online version of the newspaper, and raced over to the computer to see if his advertisement had appeared. He noticed it had, and Mike began to make breakfast. Mike thought he might as well start rehearsing for his new job, and was wearing only his boxer shorts this morning, preparing breakfast. Any which way, it was hot, as only a sultry summer’s day can be, and Mike was comfortable wearing the little he was.

Mike remembered Janie, and that he had not spoken to her for a few days. Mike wondered what she would say about his new job, and knew her opinion would be helpful to him. Throwing caution to the wind, he turned on his CD player, and inserted a CD of his favorite Latin rhythms. The infectious nature of the music quickly got to him, and Mike began to dance, humming away happily to the tunes. Mike danced around the room, singing along to the songs, a broad smile on his face. At this point, Mike heard a knock on the door, and wondered who would come so early to see him. He danced out into the living room, and opened the door, forgetting that he was wearing only his boxer shorts.

“Mike!” Janie said, her mouth open in shock.

“Hi Janie!” he said, with a wide smile.

“What’s going on?” she said, seeing Mike in his boxer shorts, and noticing the music in the background. “Have I come at a bad time?” she said.

“No, not at all, come on in – if you’re asking if someone’s inside, no, I’m all alone,” he said, and with this, Janie passed through the door and into the living room. Mike continued to hum along to the music, which made Janie even more confused. She had never seen Mike act this way before, and it piqued her interest. Apart from this, she had never seen Mike wearing so little, and this made her a little uncomfortable around him. Janie sat on the sofa, and Mike made himself at ease in the armchair close by.

“Mike, I know it’s summer and everything, but shouldn’t you be wearing a t-shirt or something?”

“No, I’m okay. So, how’ve you been?” he said, hitting an imaginary drum to the music, Janie smiling at Mike’s antics.

“Oh, you know, the same, busy with business at home, but happy. We haven’t talked for a while, and was wondering how you were. How have you been since you left work?” she said, with great concern in her eyes.

“Oh, I had one rejection after another, some employers even said I was too good-looking for them,” Mike said, curling his lips, making fun of them.

“What?” Janie said. “Is that the criteria they use now? They must be in trouble if they’re resorting to that.”

“They must be,” Mike said, with a wicked smile. “So, I’ve decided to take things a different way.”

“What do you mean?” Janie asked, adjusting the jacket on her pantsuit, and seating herself into the sofa.

“Well, I’m going to try something completely different, something totally unrelated to what I did before. Like some coffee?” Mike asked.

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Want to read more about Mike’s employment dilemma, and exactly what he does for a new job? WHAT’S A MAN TO DO? is available now for pre-order on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Apple I-Tunes, and will be released on these bookstores on December 4, 2013, and afterwards on other bookstores.


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