Today the promotional tour for Glimmers by Barbara Brooke is stopping by the blog, and I have the pleasure of bringing you an excerpt to effectively whet your appetite and hopefully inspire you to give this book a try!
After trying on a pair of vintage boots, Paige discovers she has the ability to “glimmer” into another person’s life. The boots once belonged to a girl who was from another place and another time, and Paige is about to relive an important moment of this young country girl’s life.
I stand, and the room shifts. My hand clutches the counter, and everything swirls around me: chairs, dishes, faucet and my coveted coffee maker. It revolves faster and faster, making me dizzy. I squeeze my eyes shut. This isn’t right. Something is terribly wrong. Okay, I need concentrate on my breathing: one, two, three. This isn’t working. Finally, when the room feels like it has stopped spinning, I reopen my eyes.
I’m in the kitchen, but not in my kitchen. Where am I? The cabinets are replaced by dark Formica. The walls are plastered with beige wallpaper overflowing with images of fruit and birds. Is that an avocado-green stove? I haven’t seen one of those in decades. I’m standing on gray linoleum. My boots, now those I recognize.
Hmm, something smells yummy in here. I wonder what’s simmering on that green stove. I inhale deeply and pick apart the scrumptious fragrance. Ooh, I can smell a sautéed onion, along with stewed tomatoes and bell peppers. Strange, this isn’t my nose; it must belong to someone else.
All right, I had to have slipped and hit my head. Surely, I’m hallucinating and this is just an illusion. Strange—I’m aware of someone else’s thoughts and feel the motion of her body. Yes, it must be a female. I can hear her boots crossing the floor. No, I mean my boots. This has to be a dream.
Frantically, I search for a reflective surface. This is difficult, because I have little control. I can’t move! Thank goodness, she’s looking for a mirror ... hold on. How do I know this?
Long, delicate fingers reach for a cabinet door. It opens, and attached inside is a round mirror. Wow. I’m not me. I mean, this is not me. I don’t have strawberry-blond hair, light freckles, and a soft pouty mouth ... and I’m definitely not a teenager.
Delilah’s Story, June 1988
Lewisburg, West Virginia
“I’m not sure what you’re makin’, but it sure does smell good.”
“Shep, when are you gonna learn to stop sneaking up on people?” I admonish, turning away from the mirror.
“It’s Dad to you—not Shep,” my dad says with a smile, and I notice again how his weathered face tells a tale all on its own; he has spent his entire life working hard outdoors, while raising a daughter all on his own. His salt-and-pepper hair is matted to his forehead, beads of sweat cling to his skin, and his white T-shirt and jeans are smudged with dirt from the day.
Thanks so much for sharing the excerpt with us Barbara! More information on Barbara and Glimmers can be found here:
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Thanks to CBB Book Promotions and Barbara Brooke I have one paperback copy of Glimmers and a cute little treasure box to give away on the blog today! To enter, please just leave a comment on the post with a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is international and will run through midnight EST on Friday, December 14th after which time a winner will be chosen and emailed. Good luck everyone!
GLIMMERSA simple touch and suddenly, Paige is in the past - living someone else's life, seeing the world through their eyes, and feeling their deepest emotions.
Paige used to think memories only existed in one's mind. But now, she knows better. She can't explain how or why, but she has glimmers: special moments that have remained behind - clinging to a letter, a ring, even a worn-out pair of boots.
When Paige returns from each glimmer, a small part of her has changed. Who is this gourmet cook, fashion designer, feisty lover? And how is she supposed to explain this to her family without them thinking she has completely lost her mind?
Paige thought her new talent was a gift, until…she was suddenly transported into her sister’s memory, and caught a glimmer of her secret life.
Take this humorous and romantic journey, as Paige learns about true love through the lives of three extraordinary women.