Bonus scene: What Henry Wants for Christmas

by | Dec 19, 2013 | Neighborly Affection series, Writing | 2 comments

In the spirit of the season, I have a gift for you. You’ve made this year an amazing one full of emotional highs (and lots of hard work)! 😉

So to thank all of the Neighborly Affection fans out there — especially the Henry fans (you know who you are) — I’m including a flash fiction piece in the next newsletter. It’s a bonus scene from Playing the Game and not available anywhere else.

If you recall, in Chapter 11, the trio is headed into the holiday season:

Jay wished her a merry Christmas at their Tuesday lunch. Henry left a card on her door Thursday wishing the same. Temptation begged her to knock on his door, but…

M.Q. Barber. Playing the Game (Kindle Locations 3995-3996). Lyrical Press, Inc.

The flash fiction piece picks up Henry’s point of view that week. What kind of card did he leave for Alice? What did Henry want for Christmas?

If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll find out on Christmas Eve. If you’re not a newsletter subscriber yet, it’s as easy as entering your email address in the box at the bottom of any page on You’ll get an email right away to confirm you want to subscribe; just click the link and you’re done.

Why sign up? Because you’ll get sneak peeks at upcoming books and exclusive fiction like this month’s bonus scene. I promise you’ll only get one email from me per month, and your email address won’t be used for any other purpose. Pinky swear.

Here’s a quick taste of “What Henry Wants for Christmas”:

How he relished those moments when she became a creature of restless instinct and pure feeling under his command. When his voice, his touch, soothed the endless questing need in her.

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