March 25, 2016

Guest Promo (CXLI) #Eggcerpt Exchange Mary Schiller

                                    
              Hometown Heartache





Blurb 
Nash is trying to make a name for himself in the art world…
But when he meets a realtor to buy a gallery, he is stunned to find Chloe sitting at the table with the man. He has never stopped thinking about her since she disappeared from his life without a trace. Is it too late to win back her love?
Chloe has finally found a way to leave her past behind her…
But her heart leaps out of her chest when she sees Nash. How can he be here? Now…after all this time? On the surface, she pulls herself back together. But underneath she feels she is about to shatter. After remaking herself, how can she deal with being faced with Nash and the life she knew before?
If this chance meeting doesn’t rip Chloe and Nash apart, he will.
Little do they know, someone has been lurking in the shadows, manipulating them all along. If he has his way, the two will never be reunited. Even if he has to take one of them out to ensure it.

Excerpt

I watched from my bedroom window, peering through the branches of the huge oak tree growing at the corner of the front of the house. A large moving van backed slowly up the long, rambling gravel driveway. I held my breath, and repeated in a low whisper, “Please have a boy my age. Please have a boy my age.”

When the truck finally came to a stop, and the door of the cab opened, a cowboy hat appeared on someone about my size and I whooped with glee, pounding down the stairs and out the back door, slamming the screen door as I hollered over my shoulder, “They have a boy! They have a boy!”



My mom called after me as she iced a chocolate cake. “Nash Steven Nabry, you get back here this instant. The last thing they need is you underfoot.”

But I ignored her, running pell-mell to the truck, kicking up rock behind me. Even now I can recall the scratch of my tennis shoes as I made a sliding stop in front of her, scattering gravel left and right, and the way the rock dust filled my throat and nostrils as much as my indignation. “You’re a girl,” I spat.

“Nash!” my mother’s appalled voice yelled from several yards behind me. I still don’t understand how she could always hear every impolite word I spoke, yet not hear me when I called up the stairs asking her where the cereal was. Then Chloe’s father came around the back end of the truck, and the grownups introduced themselves while I stared at Chloe and Chloe stared at me like this was a showdown at the O.K. Corral, which was fitting considering her outfit. Looking back, my mind automatically added the dramatic, high-pitched, whistling notes from the theme song to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, a Clint Eastwood movie my brother, Ed, liked to watch. Chloe rubbed a fist in her eye, which probably was irritated by the chalky, drifting dust I raised from the gravel, squinting the other eye in the bright sunshine as she glared at me.


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Author Bio 
MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois. My gosh! Can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now she has a nineteen-year-old (how did that happen?) and seventeen year old triplets! She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.

Character
Chloe Carmichael

Job- I work for a real estate company. I’m a realtor. Yep.
Level of schooling, or self-taught- Uhh…I only made it through high school.
Birthplace- I was born in New York City, but was raised in Cold Springs, New York. It’s where I met Nash.
 
Currently residing- in a tiny apartment in New York. Good location, though.

 Favorite type of pet- I’ve never had a pet. I think I’d enjoy just about any pet. I’m not sure if I’d be good at taking care of them, though.









21 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me! You've laid everything out so nicely!

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    1. You're most welcome!
      Best of luck with the release!

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  2. I just saw this book on another blog and thought it sounded interesting then. I remember the real estate connection :) Loved the excerpt here. Lots of fun!
    Wishing you the best with the release, MJ!

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Mae!
      When I read her bio I thought about you.

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    2. Thank you so much! And thank you for reading these posts!

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  3. This book is in my TBR pile! Love the reference to the Good/Bad/Ugly theme song. (Now that's stuck in my head. THANKS, M.J.) :-)

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    1. I am sure the author will be delighted to hear it.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Leah!

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    2. Thank you, Leah!
      Oh, and sorry for that earworm!

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  4. Great excerpt and I love this blog setting.

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  5. Such a cute excerpt! I have a feeling I would love Nash and Chloe. Enjoyed the interview too!

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    1. Thank you, Alicia! I appreciate the visit, too! :)

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    2. I am glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Alicia. I did, too. Thank you for checking the post!

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  6. Love hometown romances since my own 50-year marriage derives from a high school love affair. In fact, 7 couples in my senior class married each other at some point. A lovely theme!

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    1. How great that yours and the others' high school love affairs turned into marriage. 5o years, wow! Congratulations, Susan!
      Thank you for checking the post in our tour and MJ's lovely excerpt and cover!

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    2. Wow! 7 couples! I wonder how many have stayed together... Thank you for stopping in, Susan! Your support is much appreciated!

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  7. This story sounds wonderful-- long lost love and a sinister presence. I wish MJ all the best with her book, and Carmen-- lovely post.

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    1. A captivating story, I'm sure.
      Thank you for your support to the author and for checking my last post in our tour, Flossie!

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    2. This was truly a great tour, Carmen. Well done!

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    3. Thank you so much, Flossie! I appreciate you taking the time to read my post and comment. Have a great week!

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