Thursday, March 23, 2017

Now It's the Hero's Turn by Margo Hoornstra

 Beautiful Niagara Falls

At the risk of boring readers silly with my attempt at promo for the box set, All In For Love: A Lucky 7 Anthology coming out in June, I have more to share. As many know by now, my contribution is titled For Money or Love. Having introduced Lindsey Carr in my last couple of posts, I figured Dan Montgomery should have at least a bit of time in the spotlight.

Please join my characters at the LaBonne Chance Casino in Victory, New York near the always beautiful Niagara Falls with more from For Money or Love.

She’s one woman he can’t afford to lose...

Mega-millionaire Daniel Winston Montgomery lives to work. Money means everything to Dan, and he’ll do whatever it takes to preserve his wealth. His brilliant top assistant, Lindsey Carr, is essential to his firm’s continued success. Though, truth be told, he needs Lindsey far more than he she needs him…

Computer Brainiac Lindsey Carr wants more out of life than being no more than boring tech support. Convinced Dan and his company will survive just fine without her, she tenders her resignation. He’s never required more from her than her superior analytical skills, except for that one time she won’t let herself think about…

Unwilling to let Lindsey go, Dan must fight to keep her in his life. In a clash of priorities, will he choose money…or love?

Here's a taste of the story from Dan's point of view:

“Don’t worry, Rory.” Dan Montgomery flattened his palms on top of the large black lacquered conference table and leaned toward who was clearly his most exasperating client. “We’ve run into this type of glitch before. It’s a relatively easy fix.”

“I sure as hell hope you’re right.” The man across from him reached into the pocket of his grey pin striped suit coat for a handkerchief he mopped across a flushed forehead. “Check that. You damn well better be right.”

 “I know I am.” Dan flexed his elbows to move in closer and wished to hell Lindsey was here to back him up.

Blunt fingers shoved the sweat dampened material into his pants pocket. “Every second that software of yours doesn’t work right is costing my employers money.”

“I get that. Your up time sucks.”

Rory’s brow creased far enough to draw down the top of his bald head. “What the hell does that mean?”

“Uptime. The amount of time your systems are functioning properly.”

“Which is not nearly enough. But, it’s the down time I’m concerned about. I got a boatload of that. I talked my people at La Bonne Chance into buying your high priced product and it’s not working right.”

Dan did his utmost to stay in control. Correction! Upware 6.8 is not being utilized right. If Lindsey were here, she’d have a tactful way to say user failure. Teeth gritted, he took time to swallow before opening his mouth. “As soon as I can remote into your system and get an in depth look, we’ll have the issues you’re having identified and repaired.”

“If you can accomplish that in the next couple of days, you’ll save me more than a few million bucks.”

“Won’t be a problem.”  As Rory talked, he’d mentally formulated a probable solution. Now all was left to do was bounce the concept off Lindsey. Get her to fine tune the process, then start implementation. With a wrist flick he checked his watch. As a tribute to his confidence in their star programmer, Dan took a chance as he went on. “With any luck, we’ll have it done yet today.”

“I got no use for luck. What I expect are results.”

A sharp retort thundered to the forefront of Dan’s tongue. He bit it back. To think I got dressed up for this. When Rory called the day before to say he’d be over for a face to face meeting, Dan figured he’d better suit and tie up for the occasion.

“Name one time we’ve not given you results.” He slammed both hands down hard on the table top. An array of empty coffee cups in its center rattled.

Eyes wide, Rory’s head jerked back as if Dan had just taken a swing at him. Then he blinked and smiled. “I guess I deserved that.”

Arms folded over his chest, he made no comment one way of the other. The fact Rory was one of his initial clients when he first started out afforded him a pass. This time.

When Dan kept silent, Rory spoke up again. “I do appreciate you not holding a grudge when we dropped your product. Temporarily.”

Dan shrugged then and uncrossed his arms. “You made a business decision. That’s all.”

Rory’s head came up. “The damned board of directors made a business decision. A bad business decision when they decided to take the cheaper bid from your competitor. I was out voted.”

Dan seriously questioned whether Rory’s version of his casino’s desertion as a client was entirely true but didn’t call him on it. “Either way, we can get you re-established with an updated download.”

“You’d come by personally to oversee that, right?”

To a casino? Oh hell no.

Dan held in the knee jerk reply then couldn’t answer right away. Not that Rory would grasp the concept, but these days most of their clients were miles away from Victory, New York. Some even in other countries. Personal, on site visits were hardly the norm at UpTech. “Depends on my schedule.”

Rory shrugged. “I was kind of looking for that assistant of yours to be here this morning. Lindsey.”

That makes two of us.

“She doesn’t generally come in until nine.” And I wasn’t about to ask her to come in early for you.

“Wish I’d known that. I missed seeing her.”

Dan’s nod was automatic. Same as always when someone mentioned Lindsey’s value to his company. “She does contribute a lot.”

The man moved his hand to graze over his belt buckle. “That too.”

“Looks like we’re done here.” Coming around the table, Dan raised his right arm to circle his client’s shoulders then maneuvered both of them toward the conference room door.

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Leah St. James said...

Nice set-up for Lindsey's departure, Margo! Dan is for sure taking her for granted. And the client sounds like a jerk, too. :-) Looking forward to reading the whole story!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Hope I can deliver the goods, Leah. I'll sure try. Dan needs to come to his senses. Lindsey too! Have a good day today.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Looks like someone needs a course in people skills. Great excerpt. I know you're eager for this series to come out and do well. I'm sure it will.

Diane Burton said...

Before a book comes out is a nervous time. Is this the best I can do? Will people like it? Will anyone buy it? Our insecurities run rampant. (I know, I'm in the middle of it myself.) Great excerpt. He's going to get a rude awakening when Lindsey leaves.

Barbara Edwards said...

Where do I find time to read? I must make room for this story. It's great.

Jannine Gallant said...

Sounds like Lindsey does more than fix the software. She smooths over Dan's communication skills. He's going to be in a world of hurt without her.

Brenda Whiteside said...

I love the name Lindsey. I know right away she's a competent person and still all female. Sounds like a winner, Margo!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Thanks, Vonnie. One of my to do list items was to be part of a boxed set. Here I go!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Here's hoping, Diane. Insecurities? You bet. Let the nail biting begin!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Thanks, Barbara. Glad you're enjoying it so far.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Isn't that why heroes are created, Jannine? To get in that old world of hurt and all.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Thanks, Brenda. The names of our characters to project their personalities, don't they?

Nancy Gideon said...

Sounds like a case of don't know what you've got til it's gone. And it sounds GOOD! Can't wait to read this one, Margo.

Andrea Downing said...

Great excerpt Margo. Good luck

Alicia Dean said...

Loved this glimpse into the hero. Can't wait to read the entire story. Great job on sharing our anthology!!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Exactly right, Nancy. Thanks for stopping.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Didn't bore you silly, Andi? LOL I'm glad.

Margo Hoornstra said...

***grin*** Ally. I do what I can. ;-) Glad you liked it. Yours is next, huh?

Rolynn Anderson said...

Neat excerpt. My husband and I are going to Niagara Falls in July...can't wait. Looks like a torrent of emotion (waterfalls) in your book, Margo. These guys never know how much they depend on women, do they? Sounds like a fun plot!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Good thing women really do run the world, Rolynn. If only men would come to realize that. ***heavy sigh*** This is a fun book to write. Thanks.

Kathryn Cottrell said...

As always my friend, you put such emotion into your prose.
Can't wait to read the whole thing!!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Aw, Kat. Nice to 'see' you. High praise, considering the source. Thank you.