Black Friday: Fiendish Friday by Cathy Yardley (+Contest)

Cathy Yardley

BlackFriday.2012Black Friday is here and we’re discussing the season with Cathy Yardley’s Kate and Thomas from Temping Is Hell.

Kate O’Hara can’t wait until this temp assignment is over. The woman who hired her is a psychotic pageant queen, her coworkers are convicts-turned-clerks, and it’s so boringly corporate it makes her skin crawl. Even her sexy-as-sin boss, famed billionaire Thomas Kestrel, isn’t enticement enough to keep her there. Once she makes enough to pay off her bills, she’s out. Or so she thinks…

Next thing she knows, she’s accidentally signed over her soul. Literally. And she’s discovered Thomas’s real mission: to kill thirteen bad guys in one year, in order to get his—now his and Kate’s—souls back.

From learning to boost the morale of some paper-pushing demons to navigating her way through blood-red tape, Kate has to work closely with her super-hot supervisor and get her flaky act together, before somebody clocks her out—permanently!

Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away an ecopy of Temping Is Hell.

Fiendish Friday

CYardley-Temping is HellKate , venturing out in the malls to pick up a gift for Thomas.

Kate O’Hara staggered into her boss Thomas’s office, dumping a bag on his desk, which was covered with open files and photos. “Well, I hope you’re happy.”

Thomas surveyed her absently. “I generally am,” he drawled, sounding deeply Southern with a liberal helping of amusement. “When I’m not neck deep in work. What should I be happy about, particularly?”

“You told me to go pick up the new leather jacket from Fiendish Fashion today, remember?” She barely waited for him to nod. “Had to be today. So I ventured out to the Fiendish flagship store.”

“The flagship store,” he echoed, frowning. “You didn’t pay for it, did you? Because…”

It was a nightmare,” she growled. She slumped in the chair, taking a long draw from her go-cup of coffee. “Do you know what today is?”

“Friday?” he ventured, trying to glance at his calendar.

Black Friday,” she corrected.

“Wha… ohhh,” he said, realization dawning.

She got to her feet, emerald eyes glaring at him. It was then that he noticed her red ponytail was askew, and the sleeve of her jacket had a rip. There was a smudge of dirt on her cheek. She also appeared to have the beginnings of a shiner.

“First, the BART was filled with people who were loaded for retail bear. They had their game faces on. And all anybody could talk about was ‘Fiendish Friday’ and all the sales.”

He grimaced. “Is that a black eye?”

Then,” she said, rolling over his question and placing her palms on the surface of the desk, “after almost getting stampeded at the train station, I wound up waiting in line for an hour just to get in. And when I got there, after struggling with a wave of humanity that looked like something out of a Cecile B. Demille movie, I finally found the damned jacket.”

“Well, that’s something…”

“It was the last one,” Kate growled. “And I got it. Then this woman comes, out of nowhere – I swear, she must be a benchwarmer for the Niners – and she frickin’ clobbers me. Says it’s her jacket.”

“I’m so sorry,” he said, aghast. “So did they get you one out of the back, or something?”

She stared at him in surprise. “No. I just didn’t let go of this one,” she said, shrugging.

He couldn’t help it. He smiled. That’s my Kate.

“I got there first,” she added, “and I don’t care how big she was, or how tough she thought she was, I’m not going to back down because some wildebeest in Armani thinks she’s got a right to… hey, stop smirking at me, damn it.”

He schooled his expression, forcing himself to look impassive. “Well, good work.”

“Why was it so important, anyway?”

“Actually,” he said, clearing his throat. “It’s a gift.”

“For who?”

“For you.”

She blinked.

“Last week, you said you wanted it,” he pointed out. “You lost your last winter jacket in that explosion, remember?”

“I went through all that,” she said slowly, “for a gift? For myself?”

He nodded.

She rubbed her hands over her face. “Well. Thanks,” she said, then grumbled as she grabbed the bag and left the office.

Yagi, his bodyguard and consultant, appeared once Kate had left. “I can’t help but notice that you didn’t mention you meant she should just get the jacket from Yvonne…on the fifth floor of this building.”

“And we will speak of this to no one,” Thomas said solemnly.

Meet Cathy Yardley!

Cathy Yardley has always been entranced by fairy tales and now spends her time giving them her extra special touch. This multi-published author enjoys movies, video games, cooking, and plotting world domination (Just kidding. She hates to cook). When not writing, she spends time in her beautiful San Diego home with her husband and son.

Cathy YardleyContact Info
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Want to purchase Cathy’s novels?
Temping Is Hell
Crave: The Seduction of Snow White
Ravish: The Awakening of Sleeping Beauty
Enslave: The Taming of the Beast

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Contest Time!

Thank you Cathy for taking part in Literary Escapism’s Black Friday!

Cathy is giving away an ecopy of Temping Is Hell. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: If you were Kate, what would you do to Thomas once you found out you could’ve gone to the 5th floor instead of the flagship store? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.

Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.

The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.

All Black Friday contests will remain open until December 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other Black Friday contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the Black Friday giveaways

I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.

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  1. What a fun story! This is the first I’ve come across this author and I’m definitely intrigued now :) I’d make him grovel and pay for a massage!

  2. I think I would have made him wear it. lol. And then I’d see what other goodies I could get from the 5tth floor as compensation for my perilous ordeal.
    Although I think it would be best if I never found out in all honesty, hell hath no fury. haha ;-)

  3. I would invite him to mine for dinner to ‘thank him’ but secretly invite all my girlfriends too. Make them arrive 15 minutes after him. Let them demand that he pay for his ‘sins’ by serving all of them take away pizza shirtless! They would then make the necessary noises as he does so. He must stay on until everyone is fed.

  4. Invite him home for dinner to’ thank him’ but also invite girlfriends over. The girls will be instructed to arrive ten minutes after he has arrived. They will order pizza and order him to serve them each a piece but he has to serve them topless.

  5. I would demand a HUGE bonus and light duty until the bruises faded.

    I am very intrigued by this series since I was a temp for about a year and a half while I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. It wasn’t all bad, but sometimes, it wasn’t pretty. At least I never accidentally signed away my soul!

  6. City-wide scavenger hunt with clues sent by text message so I don’t have to go anywhere while his present is actually taped to the bottom of his desk chair.

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