Hello lovelies, today I have an exclusive excerpt as part of the blog tour for The Death and Life of Penny Pitstop but first a little about the book:
Title: The Death and Life of Penny Pitstop by Leopold Borstinski
Publisher: Sobriety Press
Date published: 20th October 2019
Making a killing in the City can be murder at home.
After sharp-witted trader Ray is told by his sexy corporate lawyer wife Penny to stop insider trading, he knows that something must change. When he discovers she’s been having an affair on her business trips, the tables are turned and he has to choose between keeping the millions he’s fraudulently made or keeping the woman he loves. How will he decide?
The Death and Life of Penny Pitstop is a stand-alone steamy modern thriller set in London’s world of high finance. This hot crime drama is based on the scintillating experience of Leopold Borstinski’s life working in the City.
The sun was close to setting and the warmth of the day had departed. Claudia awoke with a shiver and flipped her head from side to side like she’d forgotten where she was.
“It’s okay. You’re in my garden. You fell asleep.”
Claudia looked at him and drunk-nodded. Ray stood up and came back out with a glass of water and passed it to her.
“De nada. When you’re ready, shall we go inside?”
Now it was Claudia’s turn to nod and a few seconds later she stood up and they wandered into the kitchen then Ray led her into the living room and they sat on the sofa, half facing each other.
“Yes, thanks. Sorry about falling asleep on you.”
“Doesn’t matter. You needed the rest. Besides most beautiful women fall into a coma near me, so sleep was a refreshing change.”
He touched Claudia’s knee to reassure her all was fine and Ray followed her eyes as they went from his hand to his face and back to his hand again.
“I was going to fix some food. Fancy some?”
“You don’t have to go to any trouble.”
“It was only going to be a bowl of pasta, to be honest. So don’t get your hopes up too much.”
“Pasta would be lovely.”
Claudia smiled and Ray saw her dark blue eyes as if for the first time. Intense colour. He went into the kitchen and made them dinner, opening another bottle of wine.
He laid the kitchen table and, fifteen minutes later, they were both sat eating penne with a tomato sauce, peppers and olives. Simple but tasty. The wine went well with the flavours too.
This time, as they drank and ate, Claudia got quite giggly.
“So, what does a man like you do rattling around a place like this when he’s on his own?”
“The usual stuff. Catch a bit of telly, read a magazine, watch the odd movie.”
“What kind of odd movies do you watch?”
Ray looked blankly at her, not understanding what she was getting at. Claudia giggled and poured herself another glass, then topped up Ray’s.
“Do you like adult movies?”
“That’s not really my thing.”
“Are you sure? Most men like to see naked women. Do you like to see naked women?”
“There’s nothing wrong with a naked woman, for sure.”
“Would you like to see a naked woman now?”
“You heard,” she giggled, “Would you like to see me naked now?”
Before Ray could answer, Claudia stood up, knocking her chair backwards, grabbed Ray by the hand and led him back into the living room.
“Let’s dance. Put on some music for us, Ray-my-man.”
Without thinking, Ray did as he was bid and found a compilation CD to play. As soon as the first track buzzed into life, Claudia started tapping one foot and moving her hips, which encouraged Ray to try to do the same. He knew he had no rhythm and was going to massively embarrass himself, but Ray felt he had no choice. He didn’t want to upset Claudia and the way she was gyrating her body was beginning to turn him on, despite everything.
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About Leopold Borstinski:
Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.
There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.
He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.