This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Elizabeth will be awarding an eBook version of EACH of her three short stories to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, plus a grand prize of an eBook version of her first novel, Ship to Shore, will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.
Three weeks before their wedding day, Nicola and Greg discover that they may have the same mother.
They met when Greg joined the San Francisco newspaper where Nicola is the travel editor. After six months, eager to start a life together and raise a family, they decide to marry.
When Nicola finally meets his family in Seattle, and mentions the circumstances of her adoption, Greg’s horrified mother is forced to reveal the shameful secret she has kept for 36 years.
As they struggle to deal with her revelation, their relationship is challenged and strained. If his mother’s suspicions are true, they will be forced into a devastating choice: break all of society’s rules and fight for their love, or break their hearts and give each other up.
It will be the greatest test their newfound love has faced – and their love may not survive.
Enjoy an excerpt:
Scene: Greg’s mother Mona has just revealed the truth about her past to Greg, Nicola, Greg’s stepfather Edward and Greg’s half-sister Janine.
An appalled silence hung over the kitchen, broken only by the faint sound of a distant foghorn and by Mona’s soft sobs. She was enveloped in Edward’s arms, pulled hard against his chest. His face was pale, his eyes fierce and shimmering with unshed tears.
Janine was the first to speak. Revulsion and disbelief tinged her expression, and she sounded puzzled. “Mom, why are you telling us this? And why now?”
Mona’s head came up in jerky movements, an inch at a time. “Don’t you see?” she whispered. “That baby…in San Francisco….” Her gaze fell on Nicola, and stayed there.
Greg put out a hand towards his mother, let it drop to the table. His eyes sought Nicola’s, but she stared out the window, her eyes as blank as her face. “No!” he said vehemently. “We’re not…she’s not…no!”
Nicola’s eyes swiveled to his, true as a compass to north. He saw the bleakness there.
“No,” Greg whispered.
Then her chair crashed to the floor and she was gone, the cold damp wind seeping into the kitchen through the door she had wrenched open.
“Nicola!” he shouted, and ran after her.
She was still on the deck, huddled against a corner post with her hands pressed against her stomach. “I think I’m going to be sick,” she said.
About the Author:
Most of her career was spent as an editor, but now she works as a print and digital graphic designer. An unexpected side-effect of leaving editing was the resurgence of an interest in writing. Her first novel, Ship to Shore, was published in February 2012; her second, Too Close, in January 2013.
She is also the author of an occasional series of short stories themed around holidays, called Holiday Romances.
Elizabeth’s interests include travel, tall ship sailing and cocktails.
website/blog -- http://elizabethkrallwriter.wordpress.com/
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video trailer for Too Close -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVHKZHdBA08
Too Close on Amazon -- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B6AE1E4
Too Close on Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/too-close-elizabeth-krall/1114675806
Too Close on Kobo – http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Too-Close/book-Hz8nYi9Qy0WfQylhkcSufg/page1.html?s=ToAzyMSSx0quIPfV8u2C0A&r=2