Friday, August 2, 2013

Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Too Close by Elizabeth Krall


What rules would you break for the one you love? What lies would you tell?

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.
 
 Scene:Greg discusses the options with his friend Sam.   
In a few words, Greg outlined what Nicola had said to him last evening.
Sam breathed out sharply through his nose, and ran a hand over his head. “Boy. That’s a hell of an idea.” His voice held admiration.
“Yeah, well, the hell of an idea was followed by a hell of a fight,” Greg said, with a short humorless laugh.
“Why?”
“You can’t imagine I would ever agree to such a thing?” Greg asked. He sighed. “Sometimes, it seems like all we do now is fight. Two weeks ago in Seattle, last weekend in Death Valley, and yesterday.”
There was silence for a minute, while Sam rolled his bottle between his hands. “Have you even considered it? Or did you get all high and mighty, and storm out?”
Greg blinked. “That’s not exactly how I would describe it,” he said stiffly.
“I would, and Debbie would, and I’m sure after these past few weeks Nicola would too, but no, I don’t suppose you would. Come on, Greg,” said Sam, an impatient edge to his voice, “you can be a holier-than-thou son a bitch sometimes, and you know it.”
“I know nothing of the sort, but thank you for pointing it out.”
“Did you bring down the wrath of God on her head? Quote scripture at the poor girl?”
“No.”
Sam sounded surprised. “Good.”
“It was more of a paraphrase. I couldn’t remember the precise wording,” said Greg, deadpan, and they both laughed, breaking the tension. “Hand me another beer, will you?”

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Elizabeth Krall grew up in Canada and lived in London, England, for many years. She has now settled in Sydney, Australia.
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.
 


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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting the last stop on the 'Too Close' virtual book tour.
    And 'Hello!' to everyone who stops by.

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    1. You're welcome. Thank you for stopping by.

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