The Sentence

Well, today is the last day of September. Is anyone ready for October besides me? I’m looking forward to pretty colors and cooler weather, and I do love all the fall decorations. I couldn’t think of anything profound to share with you so I decided I’d just share an excerpt from my novel The Sentence. I hope you enjoy it.


Has her father totally lost his mind?  How could he bring the man who burned the church into their home for six months?  Yeah, it was an accident and her dad’s a minister, but if he wanted to help Clint Hayes, why didn’t he go to the prison to do it?  And no matter what her friend Christina says, she isn’t interested in Clint!


His warm, firm lips came down on hers with an intensity that took her breath away. Rachel never even thought to stop him. Actually, she couldn’t think at all. She had never been kissed this way before. By the time he turned her loose, her breath came in gasps, and she felt flushed and shaky. So this was what her father worried about! She’d never felt this way when Josh kissed her.

Now what did she do? Did she run away, slap him, or…or…

Clint settled the issue by kissing her again. This time Rachel fully participated. His lips felt so ….good, so warm…so…exciting….on hers. Her knees trembled. She could feel every muscle in his chest.

With a gasp, she tore out of his arms. “Don’t do that!”

“Don’t do what?”

Rachel’s eyes stretched wide. “Don’t…don’t…kiss me like that!”

The corners of Clint’s mouth turned up in a little grin. “Then tell me how you want me to kiss you.”

“I don’t!” Rachel gasped as her hand flew to her face.

“That’s not the impression I got.”

“You…you…you…” Rachel couldn’t articulate a single thought.

“Are you asking for another kiss?”

Hope you enjoyed the excerpt!

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to The Sentence

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Love the excerpt! I have this on my Kindle app and need to put it in my reading queue. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Great excerpt.
    Yes, I’m totally ready for October. But I’m NOT eager to endure the cold weather that will surely follow that month.


  3. Oh, yes, I LOVE Autumn. Unfortunately, it doesn’t usually last long here; I am NOT looking forward to being cold.
    I have not gotten to this story, although I have enjoyed your other excerpts. The idea of whys and redemption is very appealing to me.
    And I married the guy who knocked my socks off with a kiss!


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    So you married that great kisser. Fabulous!


  5. Great excerpt. This in on my list of books to read.
    I really enjoy Autumn. It is my second favorite time of year. We already have Halloween decorations up.


  6. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Thanks! I love the fall colors and decorations too.


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