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May 12th, 2012, 08:43 PM
A lot of readers are telling me how much they love my latest from Champagne - Long Live The King. Here's the blurb, details and a little taste:

Long Live The King
May 7, 2012
Champagne Books
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Lacie Logan is just another Deltaraised beauty until her attempts at a movie career fail and leave her workingas a professional escort in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Las Vegas</st1:place></st1:city>. She doesn’t like it, but what's a girl to do?Then, during an unexpected thunderstorm, she walks into a coffee shop and issuddenly back in April 1956. When shemeets Elvis Presley, she’s sure she must be dreaming but when their chanceencounter becomes a full-blown romance, she realizes that she has the chance toboth win the King of Rock and Roll’s heart and change history.
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Back at herroom, she began preparing for the show and last of all, she donned the dress.The navy blue organdy fit her like a glove, sleeveless with a petal necklineand a full skirt made stiff with the crinoline slip the sales clerk insistedshe must have. She sprayed the Tabu perfume she’d bought and donned the shawlfrom the previous night, now dry, before taking her ticket and going down tothe show.<o:p></o:p>
Entering the Venus Room felt surreal, like avintage movie. Dozens of small tables dotted the floor, facing the stage. Pinktoned curtains covered the walls and the sounds of conversation wafted towardher in waves. Thankful for the dress that made her the equal of anyone in thecrowd, Lacie slipped through the tables to a small one on the far right side ofthe room. When a waiter appeared, she ordered a Coke, wanting to keep her headclear so she could enjoy Elvis as he performed. Cigarette smoke hung in the airabove the tables and when Elvis stepped on stage, few people stopped talkinguntil he began to sing.<o:p></o:p>
Lacie hadlistened to his voice all her life, first on scratchy old LPs, later on CDswith no hiss or pop. She watched videos of him from his early years to the lastpainful ones, but she had never seen him perform live. None of the multiplebiographies she read prepared her for the impact of Elvis live on stage. Elvis,live, came across as awesome in the extreme and she loved it. As expected, heshook his legs, twitched as if electricity made him dance, and moved in hisunique manner.<o:p></o:p>
Even if hehadn’t ignited a flame inside her with his kiss, she would’ve found him sensualand sexy. In his stage persona, she glimpsed the kind, amusing, andsometimes-quiet young man she was fast getting to know but on stage, he cameacross larger than life, enhanced in a way she could not begin to explain ordefine. Elvis on stage impacted her hard, hit her as deeply as his kiss in adifferent way.<o:p></o:p>
As Laciewatched, he gave himself to the crowd, gave with everything he had, body andsoul. Some ethereal magic shimmered between him and the audience although, ashe had told her, much of the crowd had no more than a lackluster response. Laciefailed to understand because he fired and inspired her on every level.<o:p></o:p>
The last songwas his Heartbreak Hotel, always aplaintive, soulful song but it was more poignant and sad now, sung just a fewfeet away. If she remembered right, he had not yet released a record of thesong but when it was out, it would soar up the charts and be his biggest hityet. <o:p></o:p>
Although most of the time he kept hisconcentration fully on the song, Elvis glanced at her several times, with the famouscurl of his upper lip and a smileteasing the edges of his mouth. That melted her heart all the more.<o:p></o:p>
At the end, hepulled her up on the small stage and in front of the Vegas audience, his band,and Colonel Parker, Elvis kissed her again. Although this kiss lasted justseconds, she felt the same wild pull, the desperate need, and the desire formore. Self-conscious of the lighting, the people, and Elvis’s entourage, Lacieblushed as the crowd, unmoved by the songs, went wild clapping at that kiss.<o:p></o:p>
“Thank you,thank you very much,” he told the audience in his deep voice, both humility,and gratitude genuine. Then Elvis took her by the hand and led her from thestage while Colonel Parker glowered at them both. His band members grinned asElvis called back over his shoulder, “I’ll see y’all tomorrow.”<o:p></o:p>
Outside, as awarm desert breeze ruffled through her hair and touched her bare shoulders,Elvis sighed. “Baby, I’m glad it’s over. It’s hard working a crowd like thatone.”<o:p></o:p>
“You wereawesome, though,” Lacie said. She meant it, too. “On stage, you have so muchenergy and power flowing out of you. I don’t even know how to describe it.”<o:p></o:p>
Elvis went stillas a rabbit poised just before taking flight before he spoke,<o:p></o:p>
“But you likeit.”<o:p></o:p>
His voicedropped down so quiet she struggled to hear as she replied, <o:p></o:p>
“I loved it.”<o:p></o:p>
Elvis lifted hishead and his grin was back, incandescent as the neon lights of Vegas. “Good.You give me confidence, girl. I’m hungry--let’s go eat.”<o:p></o:p>
He took her outfor steak and eggs at the little coffee shop where they met. Over eggs donejust as good as her mama could make them and steak so tender she really couldcut it with her fork, she talked to Elvis. This Elvis wasn’t the icon she grewup with or the popular image but a real man, one with dreams and desires andworries like anyone else. They talked until dawn broke over Vegas, dimming theneon with the sun’s natural splendor, and separated so they could sleep.<o:p></o:p>
“I’d stay upanyhow,” Elvis said, yawning as he walked her down the corridor to her room.“But the Colonel’s going to give me noise about it now. Go buy a swimsuit andcome down to the pool this afternoon. I will be there with Scotty, DJ, and Bill--youcan meet them. Okay, baby?”<o:p></o:p>
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