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Saturday, February 12, 2011

A New Dream

I've got a new book coming out March 8! It's being published by a brand new press called Astraea Press. Here's a blur and the prologue from A New Dream.

Thanks for reading!
Elaine Cantrell
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love


After an auto accident destroys his pro-football career, Matt McCallum struggles to find a new dream for his life, but nothing engages him the way football did. After a stint in rehab, he takes a job managing a grocery store where he meets Violet Emerson.

Violet works in the bakery department, but her dreams carry her far beyond the doors of Chef’s Pantry. As soon as she can save the money, she plans to open a catering business. And she thinks the new manager’s broad shoulders and blue eyes are simply divine.

Thrown together at work, Matt and Violet find a common dream for their lives, but a loose end from Matt’s past returns to jeopardize their future. Will love be enough to save their new dream before it turns into a nightmare?


The red convertible cut a path through the moonlight, its headlights dancing along the arched limbs of the trees above the road.

“Oh, Matt, it’s such a beautiful night,” Stacey declared with a sigh. “I’m going to miss you when you leave tomorrow.”

Matt reached for her hand and brought it to his lips. “I’ll miss you too, but if I don’t report on time, I’m in trouble with the coach.”

“That’s what I get for falling in love with a pro football player,” Stacey teased, her blonde hair turned to frosted silver by the light of the full moon above them.

Matt squeezed the hand that wore his engagement ring. “It’s too late to back out now,” he intoned with mock seriousness. “You’re mine.”

“Mmm, do I like the sound of that!”

The car rounded a curve, and without warning a deer bounded across the road. Matt braked sharply to avoid the animal, but the tires slid on a patch of loose gravel in the road, and he lost control of the convertible. It fishtailed and started to spin in the road.

Matt made a tremendous effort to correct the slide, but it was useless. The car turned around once more and skidded backwards for a short distance before it slid off the road where it jumped a steep ditch, and went airborne. All Matt could see was a blur of trees and darkness as the car careened into the woods. It made a lazy turn in the air and came to rest bottom side up.

The last thing he remembered was the sound of Stacey’s screams.

thanks for reading!
Elaine Cantrell
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love


joder said...

What a traumatic scene! And yes, I can see where life will be difficult from there on out for him.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Dru said...

Congrats on your new release.

desitheblonde said...

wow that is some story i now how a deer could be dangerous. the book and then i hopw to be able to read an blog on it

Virginia said...

Congrats on your new release, sounds really good.


Elie said...

Big Congrats.

Linda Swift said...

These images were great. And what a cliff hanger you left us with!Congratulations on the new publisher. I wish you much success.

Kasey said...

Congratulations on your book! BTW, Love the book cover. Cute!

Jean P said...

Congrats on the release, that was some excerpt, could picture it very vividly.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Diane Craver said...

I love the cover. Also great excerpt and congrats on your upcoming release!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you all so much. I appreciate your reading the excerpt. This book is the first one I ever wrote. It's been sitting on my computer for almost ten years now. Thank goodness I dusted it off and sent it out to find a home.