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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Friday, April 24, 2015

I have a secret and I need to tell someone. - Something Like This (Secrets#1) by Eileen Cruz Coleman

"One morning on her way to work she stops to offer a homeless man a bottle of water. As she meets the man’s eyes, Jadie instantly recognizes they belong to her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was sixteen. Unable to accept the truth of her encounter, Jadie flees, hoping eventually to forget the experience and continue leading a normal life."

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Publication Date: April 24th, 2015

Twenty-three-year old Jadie Santiago has a secret.

One morning on her way to work she stops to offer a homeless man a bottle of water. As she meets the man’s eyes, Jadie instantly recognizes they belong to her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was sixteen. Unable to accept the truth of her encounter, Jadie flees, hoping eventually to forget the experience and continue leading a normal life.

But then she meets Reece, an aspiring writer with a mysterious past who is set on capturing Jadie’s affection. Jadie wants nothing more than to give her heart to Reece, but her broken past and crippling secret keep her from surrendering it to him fully.

Things won’t come easy to Jadie as she fights for her place in the world, but there is strength in her, and she is determined never to stop struggling for what so many others have: love, happiness, and a sense of belonging.

EXCERPT



I ran my fingers down the sides of my dress. Wow, could I be more obvious? Here I was trying to fix myself up in front of a complete stranger, who for some reason was making me very nervous. “Oh, well, why are you here?” I managed to spit out.
He winked at me. “To see you.”
Yep, I’m going to faint right here in front of him.
“Oh?”
“I came to ask you if you’ve changed your mind about having lunch with me.”
I swallowed and forced my cheeks not to blush. “I have a busy day today…I’m not sure I can take lunch.” I lied. Mr. Walker didn’t have a single appointment on his schedule. And on days when he had a clear schedule, he often came in late or took a longer than usual lunch.
“I know for a fact you can take lunch today. I called my uncle and asked him.”
“What?”
“Don’t take it the wrong way. I’m not stalking you or anything.”
“You called my boss about my schedule. Why would I think you’re stalking me? What you did is completely normal. Yep, totally normal.”
He crossed his arms. “Maybe it comes across a little weird.” Then he uncrossed his arms. “Look, I’m a good guy. All I’m asking is for you to let me take you to lunch. One hour, less, if you want, and then you can see for yourself whether or not I’m some crazy stalker, which I assure you, I’m not.”
I looked him up and down and gave in. “I’ll agree to coffee and if that goes well…”
He smiled. “Coffee it is.”
“Come back tomorrow morning,” I said, taking my handbag off my chair and placing it on my desk.
“What’s wrong with now?”
I sat down and pulled myself close to my desk. “I just got here.”
“Oh, come on, you’ll only be gone a few minutes.” He gave Mr. Walker’s door a glance. “My uncle isn’t even in yet.”
Sighing, I said, “Twenty minutes, and if I get fired over this…”
“You won’t get fired, I promise.”
Grabbing my purse, I stood. “Where shall we go?”
My stomach started aching. Had I known Reece was going to surprise me, I would have called in sick.
“There’s a place down the street just past the train tracks,” he said.
My heart melted and slid to my toes. We’d have to pass my father. “I’d rather not go to that one.”
“Why not?”
I cleared my throat. “I would rather we not go to that one. Is that okay?”
“There’s one across the street. You okay with going there?”
I nodded.
“We’re off to a good start,” he said.
“What makes you say that?”
“We haven’t even been on a date and I already know something about you.”
“And what is that?”
“You’re very particular about where you get your coffee from.”

******
Moments later, we held each other, my head resting on his chest.
“Are you hungry?” he asked, kissing the top of my head.
“A little, but I need to get back soon.”
“How about I fix you a sandwich to go?”
“That would be great.”
It would also be great if I told you I loved you and you said the words back to me. Did I dare tell him? I could almost hear myself saying the words to him. What if he didn’t say them back? It was too soon. I was acting like a needy, crazy girl.
He jumped out of the bed and proceeded to get dressed.
“Meet you in the kitchen?” he asked.
I nodded.
Once alone, I took a deep breath and gathered my thoughts. I decided not to tell Reece what I was feeling. Doing so would end up scaring him. I didn’t want to risk losing him. Not before we even got started.
I got up, got dressed, and headed for the kitchen.
“Here you go,” he said, holding a sandwich in a Ziploc bag in front of me.
“Thank you.” I took the bag. “I guess I better get going.”
“I’ll drive you back.”
“No, it’s okay, I’ll take the Metro.”
“I’ll drive you.”
“No, really, it’s okay. I’d actually rather take the Metro, if you don’t mind.”
“Are you okay?”
“Yes, I’m sorry, I have to meet with a new guy in our office to go over some manuscripts this afternoon and I could use the alone time to think.”
I had to leave before I blurted out the words.
“Okay. If you’re sure?”
“I’m sure.”
He leaned in and gave me a kiss on the cheek. “I miss you already.”
I smiled. “Me too.”
“Can I call you later?”
“You better.”
He walked me to the door.
“Okay, be careful,” he said.
“Will do.”
I started walking down the hall. “Are you watching me?”
“Yes.”
“That’s kind of creepy.”
“I can’t help it.”
I pushed the elevator button and the doors instantly opened. I took a step.
“Wait,” he said.
“Is something wrong?”
“I have to tell you something.”
“What is it?”

He ran toward me. “Jadie, the thing is. Well, I…”





About the author:
Eileen Cruz Coleman was born in Washington, D.C. to an immigrant El Salvadoran mother and a Puerto Rican father. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in History. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals both online and in print. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

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16 comments:

Unknown said...

Loved the excerpt! Looks like a great read!

skyline1210 said...

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Juana said...

I liked both the excerpt, and the beautiful book cover.

Unknown said...

thanks for the chance

Jan Lee said...

A book I'd like to read especially since I want to know what is said by Reece :)

Jessica Schank Snow said...

I enjoyed he excerpt.
Thanks for the giveaway! =)

katieoscarlet said...

I think its impressive the author has a degree in History. Hope she has much success

joyh82 said...

Looking forward to reading this, and thanks for the contest!

Anonymous said...

Looks great!

Unknown said...

It looks different than anything I've seen recently. I look forward to it.

Anonymous said...

The cover is beautiful. Thanks for the chance :)

wendy Hutton said...

sounds like a great read thanks

Bridgett Wilbur said...

I love the cover and I can't wait to read this.

Betul E. said...

Sounds really good, love the cover and excerpt

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Unknown said...

I need a good book to read to pass the time.