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The Secret Stash
Sara Livingston, heroine of Taken By Trouble, isn’t the craftiest girl out there. Not in the sense of gluing and sewing. She’s crafty in her thoughts, but she has the occasional moment.
She is a total and complete chocoholic. It’s one of the first things that draws her to the hero—she smells chocolate on his shirt. From fun sized to king size, it’s sweet, sweet comfort food. When things really hit the fan, Sara lays on the floor with a bag of chocolates and eats the whole bag. When the hero, Clark, returns, he finds her surrounded by wrappers.
Everybody needs this survival kit. While Sara’s kit had been brought to her, many of us aren’t so lucky. And when we bring chocolate in the house, husbands, kids, pets, visitors all seem to think it’s a free-for all.
So, for you crafty readers, I suggest a secret stash.
Clark has a secret stash in the bottom drawer of a dresser. And in his bag. Both are for when Sara’s hair is on end. (She eventually finds both…he needs to hide better if he wants to ration them out!)
I secret stash, too. I’m the only one who eats somewhat healthy in this house, so a handful of treats stuck behind the fruit will go unnoticed. I have decorative boxes by my desk filled with office supplies. (psst…paper and pens aren’t all that’s in there!). Here’s some secret stash ideas:
-Old purses hanging in the closet.
-The bowl in the cabinet you keep because it belonged to your great-great aunt, but you never use it.
-An empty tampon box (or half full…you never know).
-Behind your shoe rack.
-The pockets of your robe.
-Pull all your books forward and inch, fill the new space behind them.
Where are you stashing the goods, and do you have any other ideas?
Taken By Trouble
It’s not every day a girl takes out the trash and is nearly run over for it, but that’s exactly what happens to Sara Livingston. Manager and waitress at a bar, Sara typically spends her days serving drinks and turning up the TV volume on the latest sports game, a job that is quite enough to make her mostly liked by all. When she’s dropped into a game of cat and mouse with a stalker, she has no idea who could be behind the wheel of the truck or why they want her flattened on the pavement.
With her private eye brother out of town, she’s relying on her brother’s coworker, Clark Russells, to keep her from eating asphalt.