Thursday, July 23, 2015

Straight Browsing from the Library: The Summer Diary by Elyse Douglas

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Elyse Douglas will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


After her best friend and husband are killed in an airplane crash, a young woman finds her best friend’s diary and learns that she was secretly in love with another man, a soldier. Determined to find the secret lover, Keri sets off on a journey and discovers the key to her destiny.


Keri stopped, hovering on the edge of an absurd thought. Should she try to find Ryan? The thought gave her a sudden electric thrill. She stared down into the sand, seeing the eroded ruins of an old sandcastle that had been punished by the hostile tide.

“Ryan,” she said aloud, the sound instantly swallowed up by the beat of waves striking the beach.

Keri circled the space, gently kicking at the sand castle, mentally kicking at “what ifs.” What if he’d been killed? What if he’d moved away? What if he was married and didn’t want to remember Sophia? What if Sophia hadn’t revealed the whole truth about the relationship because there was some awful truth about him?

And how could she possibly ever locate Ryan without a last name? Sophia had never once mentioned it.

In an instant, Keri knew the decision had already been made: She had to find a way to track down and speak to this man. She whirled and marched back across the beach to where she’d left her chair and the diary. There had to be clues in the diary—had to be phrases that could help her find Ryan. At the very least, she could discover what had happened to him.


Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a Degree in English Literature. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist. She and her husband, Douglas Pennington, have completed five novels: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, Christmas Ever After, The Christmas Town and The Christmas Diary.

Douglas grew up in a family where music and astrology were second and third languages. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years. His two detective books include Death is Lookin' for ELVIS and Death is a TAPDANCER. His great, great grandfather lived to be 132 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1928.

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  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

    1. My first novel was a coming of age story entitled The Shadows Over Meadow Green. I was inspired by a young woman I'd met while in college, and how she'd had to mature so quickly because of a family tragedy. Best regards, Mai.

  2. Intriguing excerpt!


  3. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book :)

  4. Many thanks for hosting The Summer Diary. All best wishes.

  5. Sounds intriguing and entertaining, will have to read soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

  7. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds really good. Entering under the name of Virginia

  8. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds really good. Entering under the name of Virginia

  9. Love, love, love the cover! Sounds like a great book~thank you for sharing!

  10. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway!