Too Close by Elizabeth Krall -- Excerpt and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Elizabeth will be awarding an eBook version of EACH of her three short stories to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, plus a grand prize of an eBook version of her first novel, Ship to Shore, will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

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: Five months later: Will you marry me?

Nicola pushed herself up to look at him, joy and delight fizzing through her veins as she began to suspect that he was serious. “Greg, is this a proposal? It doesn’t sound like I had imagined one would sound, but I could be wrong.”

He looked startled. “Christ, I made a mess of that, didn’t I?” Greg scrambled up to kneel on the bed beside her, legs wide for balance, and flung out his arms in supplication.

Interesting view, thought Nicola, as her eyes traced along one hairy leg to where it met the other hairy leg.

“Nicola my darling, will you marry me? Will you make me the happiest man in the world? Will you consent to be my wife? Bear my children? Will–” He broke off as her fingers slid up his thigh.

She pulled him down into her arms with a laugh of pure elation. “Of course I will! All of the above. But I refuse to move onto this boat,” Nicola declared, slapping one palm against Drifter’s side for emphasis. The bed was so small she could reach the side easily.

“No, of course not,” he laughed. “I’ll move in with you while we look for a house. Your apartment is nice enough, but I want my kids to have somewhere outside to play.”

“Your kids?” she asked.

“Our kids,” he replied softly. Arms around her, he rolled so that she lay on top on him. “Let’s make one now, what do you say?”

She laughed. “I’m on the pill, remember?”

“Then we’ll just practice.”

About the Author:
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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Anonymous said…
Thanks for hosting Day 4 on the 'Too Close' virtual book tour.
And hi to everyone who stops by!
I enjoyed this book.