Hello all and welcome to my stop on the For Internal Use Only tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today, I have an excerpt, a link to the other stops on the tour (click here) and, a link for the event sweepstakes. Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a great Friday 🙂
A humorous love story with an edgy and dramatic twist, For Internal Use Only is a vastly entertaining novel that gives each of us a new fairy tale to look forward to: our own.Chloe Kassidy has just been accepted into one of Manhattan’s most exclusive art exhibits, Love Through Light. However, with her singular dedication to her career, she soon realizes that in sacrificing her personal life, she has never been in love. A hopeless romantic who is terrified of heartbreak, Chloe begins to enlist the help of her circle of friends to learn about love through their very different stories and experiences.
In Chloe’s emotional roller coaster to having the greatest love story ever told, she’ll learn that like her photography she must use the negatives in life to develop and prove that she’s a strong woman who found her way to love through light.
Inspired by the notion that women grow up with ideas of true love and destiny, For Internal Use Only approaches those ideas with a decidedly twenty-first century viewpoint.
Startled by the ring, I was lead to consider I did have ADHD since almost two hours had vanished. Emma called, and I was disappointed when the screen didn’t flash private.
“Good Morning, Emma,” I answered with an extra dash of happy to hear from you. I knew her purpose for the call.
“You’re coming tonight, right?” she sighed without even hearing my response.
“No how are you? Good Morning?”
“You’re still coming, right?” she persisted.
“Yes, of course. I haven’t completed the novel, I’m on Chapter—”
“Chloe! I can’t believe you’re reading it? I’m going to look lazy,” she whined.
“It’s a book club. A club where people read books and discuss them . . . I didn’t realize you needed a memo on something you forced my participation.” I refocused my efforts back to the task at hand.
“I’m not going for the stupid book. I can’t believe you don’t understand.”
“You’re right . . . I don’t . . . You should explain it to me,” I groaned, now completely annoyed and forcing myself not to give her a proverbial kick in the ass.
“I still think I’ve got a chance! There’s a connection.”
“Emma, he’s gay. Seeing is believing, and I believe we both witnessed this critical detail last month. The only chance you have for him to be in your life is Lily having two new handsome uncles.”
“What are you cranky about?” she asked in an absurd tone.
“Listen, I’m busy with my deadline.”
“I’ll pick you up at four o’clock . . . That’ll give us plenty of time.”
“Got it,” I confirmed, annoyed that I’d picked up the curator’s two word habit. “You should at least read the synopsis on the back, Emma. There’s going to be a discussion tonight . . . Just an FYI.”
“Super idea!” she cheered.
Within seconds of me returning to work, I received a message.
Text from Christoph: I’m already missing talking to you and remembering you’ve got book club tonight. You should skip it and we will do our book club! p.s. What are you wearing?
Text from Chloe: Still have work to do between now and book club! Page four, page thirteen, page seventeen and suede black flats with hair in a ponytail.
Text from Chloe: p.s. Most recent J. Crew catalog. Do your homework! And you? xo
Text from Christoph: Jeans, espresso V-neck cashmere sweater, dark brown shoes, three-button corduroy sport coat, collar’s up.
At 4:00 p.m. on the dot I was curbside, book in hand, waiting on my ride, while my mind was still upstairs attached to the image on my screen. Cabs were flashing by sending the effects of my blur tool to draw contrast as a mental image. This possibly was an out of body experience.
From: Christoph Kostas
To: Chloe Kassidy
Date: November 9, 4:01 p.m.
I know this will probably freak you out and trust me you have no idea how much it freaks me out, but it’s amazing how right you feel even though I’ve never laid my eyes on you. It makes me scared, speechless, amazed, terrified, a little crazy, a bit uncomfortable, way out of my safety zone. I can go on for hours.
I don’t consider you a stranger—I wonder if you’ve failed to notice we almost probably no longer are. Are you ready for someone with expectations and a crazily unique interpretation of life and people? The part that has no choice but to think of this perfect stranger while you’re out with great friends, I’m dying to read to you tonight but who of course, will never admit it . . . only . . . he just did . . . look at her smile.
Cari Kamm has worked in the beauty industry for over a decade, building brands, working behind the scenes, and even selling her own skin care line. She has a master’s in clinical nutrition from New York University. Kamm currently works in corporate social media management with clients in the beauty, fashion, and restaurant industries. Living in New York City with her mutt Schmutz, Kamm loves finding inspiration in the most unexpected places, being a novelist, and convincing her fiancé that ordering takeout and making dinner reservations are equal to cooking.
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