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A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
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Stained glass artist Deni Sparks has inherited a house on the lake. Now Glass From The Past, the business she's dreamed of, can become a reality.

Architect Shane Anderson wants to build a resort to enhance the community. If Deni doesn't stay her three months, and he's sure she won't want to, the property becomes his.

Two dreams, one house. And a powerful attraction only complicates matters....

Awe-Struck Publishing; September 1999
99 pages; ISBN 9781928670629
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Title: A Time to Dance
Author: Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
He meant it to be a brother-to-sister reassuring kiss. Thatthought flew from his mind as her warm lips quivered and responded to his.He pulled her close into a deeper kiss. He gathered her hair into one hand,released it and slowly stroked her back.

Deni froze. "Stop. Please." Her face flushed, she wrapped her arms aroundherself. "The window is under there. Just take the measurements. I'll, I'llsee you later." She brushed past him leaving behind a cooling rush oflavender.

"Deni! Wait!" Shane ran after her. The kiss had shocked him, too. "Talk tome!" He watched her run into the house and slam the door. He followed her,knocking on the door. "Deni!"

Why wouldn't she talk to him?

Deciding to leave her alone for a while Shane stepped back and let his handdrop, frustration filling him. He hadn't meant the kiss to be like that,but he couldn't deny its impact. But he couldn't deny that it had upsetDeni, either. But why? Edging aside the frustration, he knew better than topush her now for explanations. Especially since he wasn't sure he wanted tohear them. Why had he done it? And, what was he going to do about it nowthat it had been done.

Back in the studio he walked to the dimly lit corner and slid the timesoftened blanket from the window onto the floor. He picked up the windowand carried it into the light. The beauty stunned him. It was done indelicate pastels instead of the dark jewel colors he associated withstained glass. At first glance it was a design of flowers. Looking closerhe could see smaller details woven into each flower. He didn't understandhow the designs were connected. There were ballet slippers, three birds,and a Bible. Now that one makes sense. He wondered if the ballet slipperswent with the Bible verse on Deni's key chain. But why did she include thethree birds? They had to be there for a reason or they wouldn't be embeddedin the flower design.

After measuring the window, Shane put it back in the corner. He set theblue blanket over the window, adjusting it until both sides were equallycovered. He smoothed the corners until there were no bumps, then gently letit rest against the wall. To protect it further he surrounded it with boxes.

Shane stood in the studio doorway thinking about the excellentcraftsmanship used to make the window. The glass was cut and joined withsolder that was free of bumps. The choice of colors and glass told him shewas an artist, not just someone that put pieces of glass together andcalled it art.

It was obvious to him Deni was an expert at working with glass.

An expert was just what he needed, too. He had been looking for someone toput in a few stained windows in a display house. Now he had foundone--living next door in the house that he wanted. It would be a toughdecision. He knew if he hired her the lake property would no longer be inhis future. Deni would have enough money to continue living next door andthe business she would attain from the display houses would only make'Glass From the Past' grow, rapidly.

The memory of Deni's warm lips and the hunger that responded to his madehim wonder. He smiled. Maybe, just maybe there was another way to solvethis problem.