The Beautiful Now Exclusive Excerpt

September 18, 2017 / 0 comments

The Beautiful Now Exclusive ExcerptThe Beautiful Now by M. Leighton
Published by Self-Published on September 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook
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Dane James worked my stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door.


From the moment we met, we were star-crossed lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning Destiny had other plans. She knew we would fall in love. She knew we would fall apart. Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare. Or the hope of a familiar dream.

Our past was tumultuous. Our future was bleak. But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.

Until that was taken from us, too.

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It seems like forever that he stands behind me, quiet and imposing, before I hear the soft scuff of his shoes as he turns to go. I sag against the window when the fall of his feet disappears down the stairs. I’m gripping the sill when I see Dane walk across the gravel lot and open the door of a big, shiny black truck. For just a moment before he ducks inside, he raises his head. He looks right at me, an odd expression on his face.
He stares at me for the longest time. And I stare right back. It’s almost like we’re both trying to reconcile the people we were with the people we’ve become.
Finally, he folds his long body into the driver’s seat and, seconds later, pulls away. I watch until I can no longer see his vehicle. When it’s out of sight, I crumble to the floor and sob.
The Dane James I knew and loved is gone. And so are all the irrational hopes I had. All the one-days and somedays and what-ifs I’ve nurtured for a decade and a half are gone.
Dead and gone.

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About M. Leighton

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

About Michelle:  I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined.  I’m convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace.  I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

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