Monday, August 5, 2013

Begin Again


Hi! I’m Christy Newton and here’s a little bit about me:

I live in Indiana with my adorable husband and two spunky daughters. We spend most of our time chasing around our Boston Terrier puppy. Like my hero, Ryan, we’ve had pet rats, hamsters, birds and fish.

How I thought of the idea for Begin Again:

One day, I thought, what if a young woman lost everything? Her husband, her child and her home. How would she ever get over such a big loss? Then a hero popped into my head. He’d have to be genuine and sweet and patient, but persistent. There were lots of tears while writing this book happy and sad. Begin Again was a story I truly wrote from the heart.
Excerpt from Begin Again:

Laptop guy looked up from his computer with a smile that reached all the way up to his dazzling blue eyes. “I was told you had the best apple pie in town.” His dark blond wavy hair fell just over his ears and framed his masculine, tanned face. His olive-green polo shirt fit snug with two of the buttons undone making her heart rate speed up.

  Maisie swallowed and tried to find her voice. “Sure do. Would you like coffee with your pie?” Suddenly conscience of the coffee stain on her white T-shirt, she lifted her hand to cover it.

  He put down the menu and looked at her. “I’ll pass on the coffee, but I would like a glass of milk.”

  Maisie nodded, “Be right back.” She hurried to the kitchen to get his drink and was thankful to be behind closed doors so she could pull herself together. Dazzling Eyes was the first guy she had really noticed in the last two years. When she looked into those blue eyes and her heart skipped a beat, the moment went away as quickly as it came, replaced with guilt. She poured the milk then straightened her apron and walked back out to the counter to find that he had put his laptop away. Trying not to look at him, she cut a large slice of pie then brought him his order.

  “Apple pie and milk.” She placed the plate and glass in front of him.

  He held up his fork eyeing the pie like is was an old friend. “Thank you.”

  She nodded and wiped her palms on her faded blue jeans. “Sure, let me know if you need anything else.” Maisie looked up at the sterling silver clock to see her shift was over in ten minutes. She nodded at the elderly man in the corner. He was in this diner as much as she was. A couple of regulars came in and sat down at a gray vinyl booth underneath an oversized picture of cookies. The diner’s walls were lined with black and white canvases of sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles, and of course, ginger snaps.

  Already knowing what they wanted, she called back to the cook, “Two cheeseburgers—the works—and two orders of home fries.” She’d leave right after she got this order out. After placing her regulars’ sodas in front of them, Maisie went back up to the counter to give Dazzling Eyes his bill.

  “Best apple pie I’ve had since I left home,” he said, handing her a folded up twenty. “Keep the change.” This time when he smiled, she noticed a dimple in his left, clean-shaven cheek.                                                  
  He had just given her the best tip she’d ever gotten. She wondered where home was but didn’t ask. “Thanks,” she said taking the money over to the register to cash out her gratuity.

  “Order up,” the cook called as he passed it through the window.

  She watched the door close behind her big tipper. And there he goes probably never to be seen again. She sighed and lifted the tray.

Begin Again is available for pre-order.

Release Date is August 5th

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  1. Hi Christy! Congrats on yesterday's release date! What a darling excerpt. "Begin Again" sounds like my kind of story--sweet and gentle but a little fun too. We need more stories like this--stories of hope that there's a ton of happiness waiting even for those who have been through terrible sadness. I wish you lots of success!

    1. Thank you, Lizbeth! I try to write the kind of stories I like to read myself.

  2. I don't even want to think about suffering that kind of a loss. *shudder*

    1. Abigail,
      I agree. I had to put myself in Maisie's state of mind the best I could and it was heartbreaking. But when she finally gets her happy ending it is so deserved and hopeful.


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