Thursday, 25 February 2016

"Rumpled Sheets" by Sheri Velarde - Twisted Fables Anthology

Rumpled Sheets by Sheri Velarde – Part of the Twisted Fables Anthology

So I have a not so dirty little secret, and well it’s not much of a secret either, but it is not widely known anymore… I used to work in fashion. Like real fashion for a major house whose name I will not drop, but trust me you have heard of them. It is my time spent in this glamourous and yet not so glamourous setting that inspired my story Rumpled Sheets. To this day I still love and hate that world in turn, it nearly destroyed me yet I saw and did some of the most amazing things in my life.
It can be a cut throat and back stabbing sort of world at time, as Charlie learns, yet there is an undeniable magic to it, as Ron shows us. Of course when thinking about combining a fable and the fashion world, Rumpelstiltskin seemed like to perfect match, except he would of course be a hotter, modern and less of a jerk, version. I think I accomplished what I set out to do. A blend of the real world of fashion and just a hint of the fantastical.  

A mysterious offer sends Charlie Martin into a frenzy. He must create an entire fashion collection within a week or risk losing a backer promising him his dreams. Just when he thinks it’s impossible, someone claiming to know him from his past agrees to help him. That is when things really get interesting for his career and for his heart.
Ron Stein is a likable but forgettable guy. He loves to help people and he really wants to help Charlie, someone from his school days who has finally noticed him. However Ron has some secrets to hide, will they ruin his chance at happiness?

Back at his loft/design studio, Charlie and Ron got down to work. First they went through what Charlie had around already made and ready to show. He was duly impressed with Rob’s keen eye and they soon had a couple of pieces, the rest ruled out as not up to his current standards, but it was a start at least. Next they moved onto sketches and found a few more pieces that would help the collection they were building. They poured over sketches and made plan until the sun had started to rise.
“Wow! Look at the time! We got so much done, mostly thanks to you! Without your critical eye I would still be sitting her with my head spinning in all directions! Let’s get some sleep and truly get started this afternoon?” Charlie yawned, exhaustion hitting him hard all of a sudden.
“I am still buzzing with energy. You go to sleep and I am going to whip out some patterns for a bit. I promise to sleep when I feel the need.” Ron smiled and headed over to a work table. Shaking his head at the other man’s energy, Charlie headed towards his bed. “Make yourself at home, I mean that.”
Ron gave a nod that he’d heard and got to work. Charlie passed out the moment his head hit the pillows.  He knew nothing until he woke up late in the afternoon, cursing himself for sleeping so long and knowing he had put himself way behind an already impossible schedule. “Shit, shit, shit!” He yelled at himself before setting out to find and wake Ron to get to work.
He walked into his work studio and stopped, shocked. While he didn’t see Ron anywhere, all the patterns they had discussed the night before had been made and cut. It should have taken a couple people an entire day to get that much done, yet one man appeared to have done it all in less than eight hours. Some muslin had even been draped on a couple of dress forms, ready for Charlie to get to work.
As he stood there in amazement, wondering where his miracle worker had gone, he heard the door of his loft open and Rob call out, “Are you up sleepy head? I have coffee and we have a lot of work to get done tonight!”
“How… Why… How…” Charlie couldn’t seem to form a coherent thought or sentence.

Author Bio:
Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her husband and their two dogs.
Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living. She specializes in all things paranormal and that go bump in the night. Her heart truly lies in exploring unknown worlds or adding the supernatural to our world. If it goes bump in the night or has magical connotations, Sheri writes about it.
She is constantly putting out new material with various publishers, so it is best to keep up with her on her website 

In her spare time Sheri is an artist, jewelry designer, independent comic writer/artist and freelance non-fiction writer. Hiking in the mountains, going to live concerts, art openings, museums, and hosting intimate dinner parties.

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Twitter handle: Sher_V

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