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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample

I'm so glad to see you!  Thanks to everyone who drops by to check out my sample.  Today's excerpt is from my Christmas release The Table in the Window.  The story is published by Astraea Press and will be released on Black Friday.  I'm sharing the cover even though it's only a proof.  Hope you like it!

Robert offered them a menu, but Michael waved it away.  “I’m not having lunch.”
Marley’s eyebrows shot up.  As the waiter left the table, she said, “I thought you wanted to have lunch.”
“No, I said I wanted to talk to you.”
“Okay, talk.”  Marley reached for his hand, but he drew it away and put it in his lap.
“Uh, Marley, I have something to tell you.”  He cleared his throat, and this time he stared at some point right behind her left shoulder.
Marley’s heart thumped.  “What is it, Michael?  What’s wrong?”  Was he ill?  Had he lost his job? 
He stared at a burned spot on the rustic table as if it had come to life and was about to bite him.  “I..I’ve met someone.”
Marley cocked her head.  “Who did you meet?”
His voice was so low she had a hard time hearing him.  “Her name is Heather.”
Everything clicked.  He wouldn’t hold hands with her.  He wouldn’t look at her.  Cold more intense than anything outside settled into her veins and almost took her breath away, but she clung to the hope that she was wrong.  “I..I don’t understand.”
His eyes briefly met hers before they slid away.  “Yes, you do.  I’m sorry, Marley, but I can’t marry you after all.”

9 comments:

Patricia Preston said...

Getting dumped is never any fun! I'm wondering how she will react.

Sherry Gloag said...

Not a nice way to start Christmas. Congratulations on your new release.

Ute Carbone said...

Great sample Elaine- made my heart go out to her! Like the cover, too.

Sandy Ruth said...

I love the way you showed Marley's physical reactions and her growing awareness of what she was being told. Great scene.

mirriamsmyth said...

Well... Better than a text, right? That sucks. I hope she finds someone who appreciates her.

diannehartsock said...

Oh, that was just cruel. You'd think he would have told her in private, so everyone wouldn't see her shock and pain. What a jerk. Great writing, though!

carrieannebrownian said...

Great sample. I felt bad for Marley to be dumped in public.

Rachel Rossano said...

Ooh, not good. :(

Marsha Ward said...

But, but, but, what a thing to say near Christmas, and maybe near their wedding date. I'm sorry, Marley! Good sample, Elaine!