Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just Once by Zulmara Maria Teixeira de Lima

In November of 2010 I participated in my first NaNo and I was soo pleased to write over 90,000 words on my first novel, Just Once. I felt great, euphoric, and giddy as I started and partied like it was 1999 when I finished. I am still editing my novel, but I love my characters and my plot. Here is a bit of Just Once by Zulmara Maria Teixeira de Lima. I will be posting an excerpt on the NaNo site in a few days.

Con un pan y cafecito, seguimos Adelante

What happens when a recurring dream feels so real you think it is a part of your life?

Maritza has been having a troubling dream for almost 5 months. She is walking on the beach with an unknown person who gives her bad news and she starts crying. Sometimes, she wakes up in a cold sweat. Sometimes, she wakes up with tears streaming down her face. What is the message behind this dream? What is the universe trying to tell her? Is someone in her family in trouble? Is there a tragedy awaiting her?

Miguel, 40, has just been handed a lemon, the size of a brain tumor, which is killing him. For the most part, he is handling it pretty well, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Except for Maritza, who is now haunting his dreams. He has loved her and only her for his whole life. She has been the only person he has ever loved, although, heaven knows, he has tried to love others. And now he is dying and he wants to make love to her. The only problem is, she is happily married to his best friend and has not seen him for 15 years. Yet, he keeps having this dream of meeting with her at the beach and they are walking hand-in-hand and he tells her that he is dying. The dream always ends with her crying in his arms.

Just Once explores the lives of these two individuals and how they deal with and handle the choices, dilemmas, and predicaments they have been handed in the middle of their seemingly uneventful lives. Readers of multi-cultural romance, chica lit, and women’s contemporary fiction will truly enjoy and relate to this story of struggle, fidelity, reflection, and love.

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