Friday, July 26, 2013

Spotlight on: Too Close

Too Close
by Elizabeth Krall



What rules would you break for the one you love? What lies would you tell?

Three weeks before their wedding day, Nicola and Greg discover that they may have the same mother.

They met when Greg joined the San Francisco newspaper where Nicola is the travel editor. After six months, eager to start a life together and raise a family, they decide to marry.

When Nicola finally meets his family in Seattle, and mentions the circumstances of her adoption, Greg’s horrified mother is forced to reveal the shameful secret she has kept for 36 years.

As they struggle to deal with her revelation, their relationship is challenged and strained. If his mother’s suspicions are true, they will be forced into a devastating choice: break all of society’s rules and fight for their love, or break their hearts and give each other up.

It will be the greatest test their newfound love has faced – and their love may not survive.



Scene: Nicola has returned to Seattle to take DNA swabs with Mona – who is Greg’s mother, and may be her mother.

The swab kit, still in its packaging, sat in the middle of the table. It was only a small box, wrapped discreetly in nothing that would betray its nature to curious eyes, but it seemed out of place in this warm, lived-in family space.

It didn’t seem right to open it,” explained Mona.



To break the silence, Nicola said, “All of you were right, it is a glorious view.” The sun was shining, and through the windows she could see bare branches silhouetted against the sparkling water. Large ships and small yachts moved along safe channels between the green islands.

It’s nicer in the summer,” said Mona, coming to stand beside her. “You must be sure to come back and see it then.” A pause. “Whatever happens.”

Thank you, but if ‘whatever’ happens, I doubt I’ll be back,” Nicola replied emptily.

Mona’s hand brushed Nicola’s so lightly that she wasn’t sure she had felt it.

If it is positive, I would hate to never see you again,” Mona said in a quiet voice.

Oh Mona, how could I? I want Greg as a husband, not you as a mother!” cried Nicola. The anguish on the older woman’s face matched that in her own heart. “I’m sorry,” she whispered.

Mona turned away with a jerk, and Nicola saw her knuckles whiten as she gripped the edge of the counter. Then Mona’s shoulders straightened and her head came up, and, striving for normality in this situation that was so inconceivably far beyond normal, she asked, “Would you like something? A coffee?


AUTHOR Bio and Links:   

Elizabeth Krall grew up in Canada and lived in London, England, for many years. She has now settled in Sydney, Australia.

Most of her career was spent as an editor, but now she works as a print and digital graphic designer. An unexpected side-effect of leaving editing was the resurgence of an interest in writing. Her first novel, Ship to Shore, was published in February 2012; her second, Too Close, in January 2013.

She is also the author of an occasional series of short stories themed around holidays, called Holiday Romances.

Elizabeth’s interests include travel, tall ship sailing and cocktails.


video trailer for Too Close --


Elizabeth will be awarding an eBook version of EACH of her three short stories to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, plus a grand prize of an eBook version of her first novel, Ship to Shore, will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. An eBook version of her first novel Ship to Shore will be awarded to a randomly drawn host.

The more you comment, the better your chances are at winning. Follow along with the tour here


  1. Thanks for hosting a stop on the Too Close virtual book tour.
    And Hi to everyone who stops by!