To celebrate the release of my latest book, Unforgettable, I am giving away a paperback copy to one reader who comments on this post.
Unforgettable is a love story that spans the Atlantic, beginning in the Cape Verde Islands of Africa and continuing on the East Coast of the United States. (It is not JAFF, but my early readers have loved it, and, yes, I am finally returning to JAFF again. My next book will be a modern variation of Northanger Abbey.)
Here is the back cover copy:
As teenagers, Celia and Manny plan their future together in the branches of a mango tree. Soon afterward, Manny leaves Fogo Island for college, expecting to marry Celia and take her to America once he graduates. However, during Manny’s schooling, the volcano near Celia’s village erupts, burying her home.
They lose contact with each other, and Celia comes to believe that Manny has fallen in love with someone else. When their lives intersect again, too much has changed for their plans to ever become a reality, yet the promises they made and the desires of their hearts persist, becoming unforgettable.
An immigrant love story written in the vein of Safe Haven, Unforgettable reveals a world singing with passion and possibility.
Here is an excerpt
Before the volcano erupted, he and Celia had spoken on his mother’s phone each week.
“Manny,” she once said in a voice that carried sunshine. “I can’t stop thinking of your last day in the village. Do you remember?” He could imagine her perched on the cinderblock porch at the front of his mother’s house, her legs swinging back and forth as she held the phone to her ear.
“How could I forget that day?” They had gone with their friends to play soccer in the sports stadium, but Celia had tugged on his arm, leading him past fig trees, lavender bushes, and grape vines on the path the tourists took to walk to the peak of the volcano. In all the hours they hiked, even as they labored through knee-deep ash, he couldn’t stand not to touch her—to fold her hand inside his or wrap his arm around the curve of her waist—knowing he would have to let go for four long years.
Her olive-green eyes had reflected the brilliance of the sinking sun as she stood at the rocky, black peak. Together they stared down at the vast blue of the ocean, lacy white at the fringes. Their home village was barely a speck in the great black crater below, and still, they couldn’t see the island of Santiago, where he would spend the next four years. He would be so far away.
Reaching for her lips seemed as natural as waves rolling up on the shore, and he had wanted to continue on, kissing her just as frequently.
“I haven’t been up to the volcano since you left,” she said, drawing out her syllables over the phone. “The next time I go, we will be together.” Then she laughed in that teasing way she had. “And I will beat you to the bottom.”
Copies are now available on Amazon.com.
Now, for the Giveaway: I have one paperback copy of Unforgettable for those who comment below. The giveaway will end at midnight EDST on Thursday, May 10. The winner(s) will be announced on Sunday, May 13.