June 7, 2013

#SUMMER MUST READ--- NOTE TO SELF excerpt


HEY GUYS, SUMMER IS HERE. Make Note to Self your vacation and beach read!

Because of the reviews and downloads, NOTE TO SELF IS A BEST SELLER.  MY GRATITUDE TO ALL OF YOU. KEEP READING!



Enjoy!

Note to Self . . .



The day started like any other day.
My receptionist, Kristin, had buzzed me on my pager to let me know that my first patient of the day, Larry Schafer, had arrived and was waiting in my office, which is downstairs from the main part of my house. I answered her by saying that I was on my way down, but just then, my house phone began to ring, and hearing it ring made me stop dead in my tracks. I curiously glanced over to the phone and then looked at my watch, and not wanting to keep Mr. Schafer waiting, decided to let the call go into voicemail. But for some reason, the tone of the ring had a strange feel to it, and the fact that it rang at all did more than pique my curiosity. Maybe my overly suspicious defenses were triggered because my friends and family knew to call Kristin if they needed to reach me during the day and that hearing the phone ring, when it shouldn’t be ringing, almost seemed eerie.
Deciding to ignore it, I walked over to the back door, just outside my kitchen, and grabbed my sneakers and began putting them on. But by the second ring, my gut was taunting me with the idea that this was no ordinary call. I couldn’t let it go and ran over to answer it.

“Hello?” I said very carefully.

After listening to what the caller had to say, I found that I was unable to move; unsure if I had heard correctly or that maybe the caller had the wrong number. She said that if I was looking for my husband, I could find him at his usual room at the Skyview Motor Lodge, right outside of JFK Airport. Suddenly, my perfect life, with its accomplishments, luxuries, and fantastic circle of friends was pulled from under me, and what I had suspected for years now proved to be more than the occasional suspicion. I buzzed Kristin and told her to reschedule Mr. Schafer and to cancel the rest of my appointments for the day. I was going to put an end to my suspicions once and for all.  

 As I stood outside the motel door trying to calm my pounding heart, I knew that I was about to face a pivotal moment; a truth that I had evaded for years. Would I be forced into accepting that my husband, the man I’ve known half my life, was nothing more than a con artist who’d deceived me from day one? I inhaled a deep breath and prayed that I wouldn’t fall apart, and then banged on the door several times. When it opened, I was face-to-face with the biggest liar I had ever known.

He had a white towel wrapped around his waist, and beads of sweat were trickling down his temples and chest. His expression was one of utter shock and disbelief. He never expected to see me standing at that door.
 As I shoved my way past him and went into the room, I looked over to the bed. She had the sheet pulled up to her neck and was studying me through eyes that were wide with panic. I stared back at her thinking that she was stunningly beautiful—with her light green eyes, flawless complexion, and long auburn mane that flowed down and around her shoulders.
Rage and jealousy came at me all at once; dizzying me to the point where I couldn’t think or even speak. The two of them stayed where they were and just watched me. Neither offered words of explanation—nor an utterance of apology. There was only hard-core silence—the kind that makes time stand still; where admission of guilt, though not verbally expressed, was as deafening as my pounding heart. He was with her! He had sex with her! They had shared that ultimate closeness; that bond that only love making could create. They were whispering words of love, making future plans, but worst of all, they were betraying me—the one who loved him unconditionally—the one who stood by him through thick and thin—who wore the gold ring that signified my inherent place next to him. And now, as he took a step toward me, running his hands through his saturated hair, eyes filled with desperation and shame, I just shook my head not wanting to hear what he had to say. I didn’t want lies. I didn’t want excuses. There was nothing to discuss. He broke our pact—obliterated my trust—and it was a pain that permeated my flesh and etched itself into my soul.

When someone cheats on you, the memory stays with you for the rest of your life, and you end up judging all your future relationships based upon that one undying memory.

from Note to Self

Available in ebook and paperback at Amazon



27 comments:

scuffer12345 said...

I like the idea a comedY? I would not know where to begin with that type of writing. Glad to see you writing, Atleast it is not about going to vegas and getting drunk and stupid and thinking the night before is funny. Mafia? I look at you and wonder? where does she live? New York?

Valentine said...

New York, indeed. And you're correct. The story isn't about going and getting drunk. It's about three women who've been badly scorned and who can't break away from their past.

Anonymous said...

Val, Im excited for you! I know we have not chatted in a long while, but I loved the first book. I cant wait for this one. Is it out sweetie? Cuz I want to read it. Don'tcha love the way I write? Geeshzz I been textin' to long. Love you Val, My friend.
Lynn Selzer

Valentine said...

Lynn, OMG! How are you, my beautiful friend? It's been so long, I know. How are things with you? I hope all is well, from my heart!
The book should be out in a few weeks. I just approved the cover and interior. I'm hoping for Memorial weekend-ish, as the story takes off when the three friends go to Vegas for Memorial weekend.
I'll let everyone know when it goes live.

Lynn, I miss you girl. You take care and stay well. Loveya!

Lauren said...

I can't WAIT to read this book... Im so excited for it to come out... Do you have a release date yet?

Valentine said...

Actually, I spoke to the publisher late Monday and we're pushing for Memorial weekend
xo

Pettanponken said...

I believe your storytelling will grab the reader and its hard to stop reading. Promising and enchanting..!

Anonymous said...

Your descriptions and scenes are vivid and real and I actually felt like I was witnessing the entire thing. Wow! Wonderful writing. Will absolutely buy the book. When will it be out?

Valentine said...

Thank you, Pettan. I appreciate that you took the time to read it.

Valentine said...

To Anonymous, thank you for the praise. It means a great deal to me

Anonymous said...

This story is very interesting....i cant wait till the book comes out for me to read and see what happens!!!!!!!!

UniquelyYours said...

Looks brilliant. It captivates from the start and holds you.

Linda

Jessi Lohman said...

I can't wait to read the whole thing. You've got such talent.

Valentine said...

Hey Linda, thank you so much. Your comment means a great deal to me. I hope you enjoy the book.

val

Valentine said...

Hey, Jessi,

I appreciate your compliment. I hope you enjoy the story.

Valentine said...

Thank you Anonymous for taking time to read it. Boook will be out in June, first week, I hope.

Nicky Jones said...

Hi Valentine, just catching up on all your work here. All looking so very good! I wanted to get your book Master of the Realm, but not available in the UK as yet. Maybe get it on Kindle?? very best of luck with your latest venture. Congratulations!!! Nicky XX

Rob said...

I'm dying to know just how these three women are going to get their own back on these men so please hurry Miss Valentine and get this book on the shelves!

Valentine said...

Thank you so much Nicky. Well, first, Master of the Realm is available on Kindle if you want to check it out. Note To Self will be on Kindle as well. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Valentine said...

Hi Rob and wait until you read it. These girls are scorned, but come back with a big bang; no pun intended ;)

elle said...

you got me with the first paragraph!

Valentine said...

Thank you Elle. What a compliment. I do hope you'll take a chance with it when it comes out.

Val

Irene said...

Very nice! I was drawn into the scene and felt the emotions. I'm looking forward to reading more...

Valentine said...

Hi Irene, and thank you so much. The book was just released but not through all retailers yet. I appreciate your feedback.

Val

Andra McCane said...

Hi Valentine,

I read Note to Self and I just want to say it was the best book I've read this year.

Not only was it hilarious, but very touching and insightful. Your ending--amazing.

Keep the books coming. I'm your biggest fan

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Valentine deFrancis said...

Thank you Andra. I appreciate it!