Friday, July 17, 2015

The Summer Diary by Elyse Douglas Excerpt & Giveaway

After her best friend and husband are killed in an airplane crash, a young woman finds her best friend’s diary and learns that she was secretly in love with another man, a soldier.  Determined to find the secret lover, Keri sets off on a journey and discovers the key to her destiny.

Keri noticed that Sophia’s handwriting was clearer than her usual rushed script, when she often left out commas and didn’t always cross her t’s.  The dots for the i’s were usually far from the intended letter, or left out entirely. 

In the diary, Sophia wrote with care and precision, seemingly enjoying the process of documenting her thoughts and emotions.

I’m going to call this my “Summer Diary,” because when I’m finished filling all these pages, summer will be over, I’ll be married, I’ll fire my shrink and I’ll toss this thing into the fire.  For now, I’m having fun.  I can write any damned thing I want and nobody will ever know it or see it.  I can be crude or selfish, sexy or crazy.  Who cares?  It’s only me talking to me, and when it’s all over—into the fire, baby, and forever forgotten.

My shrink is right, it’s very freeing to write down whatever you feel.  Whatever you think.  It’s like being in a hot air balloon or skydiving or being in bed with a sexy guy who absolutely sends you into spasms of ecstasy. 

Okay, I feel wonderfully wicked.  I went to lunch with the guy—oh what the hell—his name is Ryan.  No last name, though.  We ate hamburgers and drank dark beer at the Main Street Café.  He’s quiet, doesn’t talk much, but wow, he is the sexiest man I’ve ever met.  He oozes with it, but he seems to keep it inside, which really turns me on.  Never met a guy like him.  He’s like an unopened treasure chest, and girl oh girl, would I like to ride on top of that chest! 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a Degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.  She and her husband, Douglas Pennington, have completed five novels: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, Christmas Ever After, The Christmas Town and The Christmas Diary.
Douglas grew up in a family where music and astrology were second and third languages.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years. His two detective books include Death is Lookin' for ELVIS and Death is a TAPDANCER.  His great, great grandfather lived to be 132 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1928.


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  1. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

    1. Hello Mai. Abigail Adams was a wonderful writer (wrote voluminous letters) she was highly intelligent and she was fighting for women's issues in 1776. Here's a quote from a letter she wrote her husband future President, John Adams.
      "And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors." Abigail also bore 6 children. She is a woman I would have loved to have had tea with. -- Best regards

  2. Ohhh, The blurb and excerpt both sound very interesting! The bestfriend and the secret lover's story might be a little predictable, but I personally think it would still be interesting to read it. :)
    -Kristelle @ Amiabooklover

  3. I really enjoyed reading your post.. thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  4. I like the sound of the book.

  5. Good luck with the release!


  6. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Thanks for the excerpt! I've got this book on my wish list!

  8. LOVE the cover! Great post! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. I want to read more! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!