Welcome back to WIP IT UP WEDNESDAY. If you are new to this hop or are just now deciding that joining this hop would be a great idea, visit the WIP IT IP WEDNESDAY blog home page at: http://wipitupwednesday.blogspot.co.uk/ to read the sign-up instructions. Also on that page, you will find links to other wonderful authors and their WIP.
Sorry about last week, but with the holiday, I just didn’t want to sign up and not be able to visit everyone’s posts.
Today I’ll be continuing to share an excerpt from my upcoming novella, Saying Goodbye. I’ve sent this novel to my betas this week. One has already gotten back to me and she loves it. I finally have a synopsis, but I’m not happy with it. I’ll include it here. I would greatly appreciate any help/suggestions. I’m still thinking the release date for this will be January 9th, 2016. Since this one is with my betas and the release date is so soon, I’ll probably stick with this novel until I get tired of it or until Outcast gets a little closer to its final draft. J
The following snippet comes right after the last snippet I posted. Erica is still at Michael’s funeral and is view his body for the first time.
Her parents were right though, she needed to see him. She had to be strong for his family. They had wanted her to stand with them throughout the entire visitation. She loved that they saw her as part of the family, but she couldn’t bring herself to stand that close to him for that long.
At the foot of his casket, she paused; she could see most of his face and the solid, dark gray suit in which someone had dressed him. The funeral home had done an amazing job. In passing, someone who didn’t know him might think he was sleeping, as her father promised. She knew better; she knew his color was off. She felt the lack of life in him. She knew his aura, his soul, the life he radiated, and she didn’t feel it.
“Breathe, you can do this,” her father said, and, for the second time, pulled on her arm.
Erica let her father lead her forward until she was standing beside the casket and looking down at the man she loved even though he no longer looked like Michael. His features were right, his scar was there, but something was missing. She stared down at him waiting for him to open his eyes, waiting for him to get back into his body and sit up, waiting for him to be her Michael again.
“Honey, it’s time to move on. You’ve seen enough,” her mother said. Her mother’s voice barely broke through Erica’s prayer, making her wonder how long she had been standing there.
She turned slowly to look at her mother, then nodded.
Erica left him without putting anything in the casket. There was nothing of hers or theirs for her to give. He took everything she had when he left.
Caroline, Michael’s mother, was the first person Erica met after leaving Michael’s side. She hugged Erica tight and for so long that her father and Michael’s father, John, had to separate them. Erica had stopped crying before they entered the room, but seeing the woman’s lost look brought soundless tears to her eyes. She didn’t stop them from flowing, but she refused to utter a noise. If she opened her mouth, she would scream, and she was afraid that if she started screaming she would never stop.
John wiped tears from her face but didn’t hug her. Michael’s brother, Carl, did
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed it.
Michael was Erica’s world, her soul mate, her future husband and father of her unborn kids. From the day they met as children, she had planned her entire life around him, so when he died too young, she was faced with a blank future that she did not intend to fill.
On the one-year anniversary of his death, she discovers that he hasn’t left her completely. Learning that her longing for him and his desire for her allows him to move in the human world for short periods of time gives her something to live for. As the years pass, his ability grows and changes, giving him hope that there might be a way for him to one-day come back to Earth permanently.
But have too many years gone by with the two of them spending too much time apart to rekindle a teenage romance and turn it into something more? And if they are able to reignite that spark, can they live with the sacrifices they must make in order to bring him back?
Winter Wonderland of Books Giveaway
Want to win an eCopy of Shifter, my BBW paranormal romance, and Saying Goodbye, my upcoming paranormal romance, a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card, or one of many other prizes.
$200.00 Paypal Cash Grand Prize.