Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Second Wife on Sunday

Thank you for dropping buy and for your super comments last week. Welcome back! If this is your first visit, you're very welcome.

First the blurb:


Emily Marchant died on Valentine’s Day. If only she’d stayed dead...

Something told Chrissie the house didn’t want her, but it’s her new husband’s home, so now she must live in it. Sumptuously furnished, Barton Grove is filled with his first wife’s treasures.

 Emily died six years earlier but a part of her never left. A stunning photograph of the first Mrs. Marchant hangs in the living room. Yet there is something unnerving and impossibly alive about that portrait.

A series of terrifying events take over Chrissie’s life, but no one will believe her. As her marriage and her life unravel around her, she discovers, with devastating consequences, that Emily never intended Joe to take a second wife.

Now, here are my eight sentences:
  
I had to reassure him. “Sorry, I just feel…I don’t know…awkward, kissing you in front of her photograph. As if I’m stealing you away from her.” He clasped me to him and I leaned against his chest. He smelled of Hugo Boss aftershave, combined with his unique personal, clean aroma—warm, comforting, sensual. We stood there, wrapped in each other’s silence. He gently stroked my hair. How could I tell him that I had heard a woman’s voice whisper my name in my ear, just as he kissed me?

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26 comments:

  1. Spooky stuff! Thanks for sharing.

    And if I can nitpick your blurb, something struck me as off about the word Yet in 'Yet there is something unnerving...' Nothing in the sentences before suggested that the portrait would NOT be unnerving or impossibly alive. I would think that starting the sentence with 'And there is...' or just 'There is...' would be more effective, but that's just me. :)

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    1. Thank you for your feedback and suggestion, kelworthfiles. I appreciate you taking the time out

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  2. I think Kelworthfiles is right. The yet isn't necessary. Your excerpt is chilling. In a few short words you made me feel anxious. Great job.

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  3. Ooo... I like this. I have to agree with the previous statement that the word "yet" seems a bit out of place, but other than that I really like it. Can't wait to see how Chrissie deals with all of this - and what else Emily might have planned.

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  4. Lovely, haunting and romantic, I like it! =D

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Daezarkian13. Thank you!

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  5. Shivery indeed - I love how the little spikes of something dark keep inserting themselves into the story. Excellent excerpt!

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  6. This is the kind of book you read in full sunlight. Great excerpt Cat!

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    1. Thank you, Jianne. You certainly don't want any shadowy corners...

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  7. How terribly spooky! Gave me chills. Well done, Catherine!

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  8. Creeeepy...I couldn't kiss my man in front of portrait of his deceased wife either! Especially if she's whispering in my ear while I'm doing it!!! Chilling....

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  9. yep spooky and eerie - very nice!

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  10. How did the first wife die? Why did she die? Is she really dead? There are chills on my spine!

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    1. Now that would be telling, Red Wing! Thank you for dropping by

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    1. Thanks, ED. That was my intention. Glad it worked!

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  12. Excellent premise! I wonder why the first wife died too. And is Emily trying to scare Chrissie away out of jealously or to warn her? I'm liking this one. Creepy yet romantic.

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