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The roar of applause fills her ears. Louisa Frank has never forgotten a line, so why is she doomed to a life of waiting off-stage in the shadows?
Excerpt of ‘Encore’ by Noelle Clark
When she’d first met James, he had a girlfriend. A pretty young thing—if you liked them flat-chested, bony, and brainless—whose name was Carole.
Carole had many annoying habits, but the worst was how she followed James around like a puppy. At one point, Louisa thought of buying her a bag of liver treats and locking her in the bathroom. James and Louisa had lines to learn, scenes to practice. Having Carole underfoot every moment was a most unsatisfactory situation.
Eventually, Louisa told James that if he wanted to be her leading man, he had to ditch the blonde. Not permanently, but long enough for them to rehearse. It was James’s idea to head off to Café Cleo after every performance. He apparently told Carole that it was a ‘Director’s Meeting’, where they went over the night’s performance and fixed any issues. He told her she wouldn’t be at all welcome. Instead, as soon as the curtains went down, Carole caught a taxi home. On her own.
Those hours spent in the Café Cleo were the start of a great—a magnificent—love affair.
BLURB for Encore
Louisa Frank is a creature of habit, borne of years of discipline.
She lives with one foot in the glorious past, the other in the mundane and lonely present. If it wasn’t for Alfie Baretto, she might have been forgotten, lost in a sea of successful young starlets.
In the narrow streets of Hell’s Kitchen, in a small but atmospheric diner called Café Cleo, Alfie ensures the Broadway star—Louisa Frank—will forever be feted by theatre-goers, and remembered for her amazing performances. For fifty years Café Cleo has supported the Off-Off-Broadway stars—the non-Equity actors who were forbidden from performing in the big name theatres on and off Broadway. Instead, the rebel movement grew, allowing actors to tread the boards in tiny establishments where they achieved their own brand of fame.
But the years have passed slowly for Louisa. Will the endless quest for a return to the glory years ever end?
About the Author
Noelle Clark is an Australian author of contemporary romance novels, rural romance, and historical fiction. Her books weave romance, intrigue, and adventure into colourful and interesting settings. They feature characters who deal with love and loss; and who experience the often difficult facets of life, such as forgiveness and redemption.
Noelle lives close to the sea in sunny Queensland, Australia, and shares her home with one cat and two dogs. She has two grown up children and four very small grandchildren. When Noelle's not writing and travelling, she procrastinates a lot thinking about travel, and perfecting ways to avoid housework.
Other books by Noelle Clark
Let Angels Fly
Honor’s Debt – Book 1 Robinhill Farm Series
Honor’s Promise – Book 2 Robinhill Farm Series
Honor’s Legacy – Book 3 Robinhill Farm Series
Contact Noelle Clark
iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/second-chance-cafe/id1055312419?mt=11
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Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/588802
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017Z7V4SC/