I logged onto Facebook last Saturday to find that I’d been invited to an event hosted by the lovely Tammie Clarke Gibbs called Share An Excerpt Saturday. I jumped at the chance to be a part of that week‘s celebration, and I thought I would continue on for as long as I possibly could.
It is, after all, a fabulously easy way to introduce my current readers (and future readers) to my books that have been published and those that have yet to be released.
Last week I started with my contemporary romance which is available right now for Kindle, Believe in Me. I am, however, currently reworking this book in the hopes that it will be better (and longer) when it’s done, and the projected release date of the new version (with a new and improved cover) will be May 1, 2013.
**UPDATE** The book is available now. Click on any of the book cover pictures below to buy!****
I might actually release the new version sooner, if I can get it done faster than I think I can. That would be nice, anyway. 🙂 In my experience, though, things usually take much longer than I think they will to get done.
But I’ve already started stepping things up a bit when it comes to this little novella. I’ve at least uploaded the new cover. You’ll see it on Amazon now, if you click on the link above, or if you click on this picture.
It looks so much better than the old cover did (see this photo link for the currently out-of-print paperback version):
But this isn’t a post about book covers. I’ll need to write another post for that. This is a post about a book excerpt.
This excerpt is taken straight from pages 75 and 76 (about the middle of the story). This is just after the turning point, but I don’t want to give too much away. Oh, and if you’re looking for this scene in the older version of the story, you will be disappointed. This is one of the scenes I added during the revision process. I think it’s a good one, and I hope you will too. 🙂
Trina heard a knock on her bedroom door some time later. She thought it might have been Kurt trying again for his one night of passion, but then she heard Mim’s muffled voice call through the door.
“Trini? It’s me, dear. Please open up.”
Trina groaned and rolled out of bed. She hadn’t been asleep. She’d been too keyed up. True, this emotional chaos was exhausting, but it was also bothersome to the point where Trina couldn’t shut off her brain long enough to get any rest.
Mim wasn’t really one of the people she wanted to see right now. In fact, there wasn’t really anyone she wanted to see right now. She felt both betrayed and used by pretty much everyone with whom she’d come in contact for the past few hours.
Still, it was Mim’s house…
She crossed to the door and opened it slowly, peering around the edge as she did so to make sure Mim was alone. She was.
“Why did you tell him I was here?” Trina asked before she realized what a stupid question that really was.
Mim brought a hand up and opened the door wider, pushing her way inside. Her facial expression told Trina just how insane and irrational she thought the accusation was. “I didn’t. You did, remember?”
Trina nodded and sank down on the bed. “I know. I’m sorry. I…I’m just so confused right now.”
“Confused about what?”
“All this—you, Mom, Dad, Walt…Kurt.”
“I’d leave all thoughts of Kurt out of this, if I was you.”
Trina ran her right hand over her forehead, rubbing her eyes as she lowered it. “Why?”
“Because he’s bad news.”
Trina laughed lightly. “’Bad news’? What do you mean?”
Mim took a few steps closer to the bed and reached out her left hand to clasp Trina’s shoulder. “I mean you really shouldn’t trust him.”
Trina blinked. “Why not?”
“He lied to you. That’s why not. He isn’t divorced. He’s still married.”
“What? Why would he lie about a thing like that?”
Mim shrugged. “Why do you think? He was looking to get some.”
The somewhat crude phrase coming out of the older woman’s lips shocked Trina. “How do you know?”
“Because I know his wife. She owns the flower shop on Main Street. He doesn’t live in Chicago. He lives right here. In town. In his father’s house, which he told you he’s trying to sell. That was another lie. He lives rent free in his father’s house, and he sponges off of his father-in-law’s money and his wife’s earnings from her shop. He’s no good, Trina. Leave him alone. Give Walt another chance.”
Trina shook her head to try to clear it. She was more confused than ever. “Why didn’t you mention all this before…when he was downstairs chatting me up?”
Mim shrugged and shook her head sadly. “I didn’t think it was my place.”
Trina bristled. “Oh, but you did think it was your place to tell me that I need to get back together with my ex-husband who cheated on me?”
“You were about to cheat on him with Kurt,” Mim said gently.
“That’s different! We’re separated!”
“But you’re not divorced. The marriage vows haven’t been completely dissolved.”
“The marriage vows were broken when he kissed my sister!”
Trina was tired of hearing it. Really tired. Suddenly, all she wanted to do was escape. And the best way she could think of to escape right now was to get out of this room. To go to the one person who could offer a few minutes’ pleasure with no strings attached.
Kurt said he wasn’t married. Mim said he was. Neither one of them had ever lied to her before, to Trina’s knowledge. She wasn’t sure who to believe. Who had the most to gain by lying to her? All Kurt would gain was a one night stand. How much dishonesty was that really worth? Mim stood to gain a whole lot more…
For some reason, Mim had joined in this little conspiracy against her with her mother and her soon-to-be-ex-husband. She had a much better reason to lie than Kurt did. Trina nodded her head.
“Mim, I think you should leave now.” Trina said it as calmly and neutrally as she could.
Mim cocked her head and frowned. Trina knew she was trying to gauge the abrupt emotional shift.
“I’m not so sure I want to. I’m not even sure I have to. This is my house, after all.”
Trina’s ire spiked once more. “Well, then, don’t. I’ll leave.”
Before Mim could say another word to try to talk her out of it, Trina was out the door, walking in the direction of Kurt’s bedroom. She wasn’t sure if he’d be there. He could have left for a night out on the town, since Trina had told him he wouldn’t be able to get anything from her tonight. But she had to at least try.
Mim didn’t try to follow her, and Trina was instantly grateful for that. She wasn’t exactly proud of what she was doing. She wasn’t even quite sure why she was doing it. All she knew was that she hurt. She still hurt from the fact that Walt had kissed her sister a year ago. An eye for an eye. Adultery for an act of adultery? She knew it didn’t make sense, and she knew that it wouldn’t actually fix anything. But, in this moment–in her anger and doubt and fear—it just felt right.
Trina took one deep breath and knocked on Kurt’s bedroom door. Within minutes, he was standing there in the open doorway. He was still wearing his jeans, but his shirt was off. Trina inhaled sharply.
BELIEVE IN ME
A contemporary sweet romance novella
$2.99 on Amazon.