Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary-Short: Jennifer Shirk


“Wedding Date for Hire” by Jennifer Shirk (Entangled Publishing)

He shrugged out of his suit jacket then began unbuttoning his shirt. If she allowed his fingers to continue south much longer, she was sure she’d be admiring other parts of him as well, which was starting to make her feel…edgy.

She hesitated one brief second then held up her hand like a crossing guard. “Halt!” she blurted.

Trent paused and quirked an eyebrow. “Halt?”

“Um, yes.” She swallowed. “Don’t you think you should change in, um, private?”


She huffed out a breath. Of course he wouldn’t. Women paid top dollar to drape a body like his over their arm at various functions. He probably even thought he was giving her an added unpaid treat of some sort, thinking the poor girl who had to hire a wedding date hadn’t gotten any in a while and could use a cheap thrill. Well. That may be true, but she still didn’t appreciate it.

“I do think you should change in private. You don’t see me ripping off my clothes in front of you, now do you?”

He gave a deep fake sigh. “Sadly, no.”

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Jennifer and all our Golden Leaf finalists! Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 14, 2016.

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit for more information and to register. Registration is open until October 4th.


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