~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
BLOG TOUR STOP
-- 'THE ORNAMENT KEEPER' --
AUTHOR EVA MARIE EVERSON
~Post Includes: Book Spotlight,
Author Bio, Excerpt & Giveaway~
Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday
Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays.
The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, “I do.”
Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.
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I entered the bedroom we had shared for so long—the place where we laughed and talked, argued and made up—then stepped from the door to Jackson’s old bedroom closet, empty now, except for one item. The one thing he’d left behind—besides his wife and children—but had ever returned for. Maybe he hadn’t realized it remained. Or perhaps he did. I didn’t know. Couldn’t know unless I asked. And I dared not ask.
At some point, a single sweatshirt had been tossed in the direction of the overstuffed occasional chair in a far corner of the room. After sailing over the back, it landed on the floor, where it remained until after Jackson had been gone for at least a month—maybe six weeks—when in a cleaning frenzy I found it lying wadded up and wrinkled. I brought it to my face, nearly crushed by its sudden appearance, then knelt on the floor, pressed my face into it, and sobbed.
The scent of his cologne and his own masculinity clung to the fibers. I held it as if it were a tiny baby, then rocked back and forth, wishing for all the things that always had been but would never be again. I swore I would never, ever wash it. And I hadn’t.
Now, slowly, I opened the closet door and pulled it off the hanger, then crawled onto the bed and buried my face deep within the fabric. Once powerful traces of Jackson had faded in the days and weeks and months. And they would continue to fade. One day, the only bit left would be in my imagination.
Or my memory.
I lowered the shirt to my lap as Callie’s words slipped into the room without invitation, demanding my attention. I didn’t ask if he was your husband, Leesha. I asked if you love him.
“Yes,” I whispered into the chilled air without thinking, because the time for trying to decipher was over. “I do. I did. I do.” I brought the shirt to my chest and bent over.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award winning author and speaker who hails from the picturesque Southern town of Sylvania, Georgia. She is president of Word Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, Managing Editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. She is an avid photographer who enjoys turning her photos into inspiring memes for you to share (with proper attribution). Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida. They are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world's greatest grandchildren.
CONTACT: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
TOUR GIVEAWAY(1) winner will receive:
- a print copy of The Ornament Keeper, and
- an ornament handpicked by the author
Follow along at JustReadTours for a full schedule of stops!
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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
-- Monday, September 24th: Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday historical fiction feature on 'Dash: Dogs of World War II -- Book 1' by Kirby Larson. Post includes book spotlight and my review.
-- Friday, September 28th: Blog Tour Stop for 'Christmas With the Cowboy', a Love Inspired story by Tina Radcliffe. Post includes book spotlight, excerpt, and giveaway. Tour hosted by JustRead Publicity.
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