by Elle Brooks
Title: Empty Promises (Promises Series Book #3)
Author: Elle Brooks
Genre: NA | YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27th 2015
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What would you do if you knew when you were going to die?
Would you will death to come and claim you quickly?
Or would you pray for more time?
It wasn’t until I knew that I was about to die, that I decided to really live.
And it wasn’t until I gave up on love, that I finally found it.
Just not in any of the places that I’d been searching.
Sometimes you don’t get the fairytale happily ever after,
but if you’re lucky,
you get so much more.
You get a perfect beginning that you can keep hold of until the end.
EMPTY Promises Elle Brooks
“Where’s Dad?” I ask as I watch Mom pull a packet of coffee from the back of the cupboard.
“He’s gone for a run, sweetie,” she says matter-of- factly before throwing me a smile. Mom’s got a great game face. If I’d not overheard her conversation, I’d have no clue she was just upset.
“Okay, I have an idea, and I want you to just trust me, so grab your things and come with me. We’re going out.”
Mom looks a little bewildered by my cryptic request before she shrugs and grins. “Fine, lead the way, Emily.”
We climb into her car and I scroll through my phone until I find the address of the nearest bridal store. I locate one three miles away and begin inputting it into the GPS. Mom looks at the address, and I can see the gears in her head turning as she tries to work out the address and wonders what would have me dragging her out the house for. She’s a good sport and doesn’t seem too put out that I’m refusing to tell her what it is we’re doing as we make the short journey. A few minutes roll by before we pull up outside Dana’s Bridal Boutique, and the GPS signals that we’ve reached our destination on the left. Mom looks at me questioningly and I give her a rueful smile. There’s only a bakery, coffee shop and the bridal store on this small stretch of road.
“I overheard you and Dad talking this morning.” She still looks confused so I point to the Bridal Boutique. She covers her mouth with her hand as she leans back into her seat, her eyes crinkling as realization dawns. “You were talking about the fact that you should go first, and that you’ll never see me in my wedding dress, or be there with me at the delivery of your first grandchild. Well, there’s little I can do about an immaculate conception,” I shrug, “but this,” I point to the store again. “This I can do.”
I watch as a million different emotions wage war behind her sapphire eyes before she admits defeat, closes them tightly and slumps forward resting her elbows on her knees and her head in her hands. I watch quietly as she holds a finger up to me, signaling she needs a minute. When she finally opens them again, they’re glassy but she seems to have recovered her composure enough to step outside the car. I don’t know what to make of the situation, and honestly, I’m regretting my decision as I climb out and round the car. Maybe this was a stupid idea and is too much for her. Hell, maybe it’s too much for me. I’m about to apologize and tell her so when she finally speaks.
“You really are something kind of wonderful, Emily,” she says before ambushing me in a fiercely tight hug. I sigh and feel a little of the tension drain from my shoulders, like someone’s just turned on an invisible faucet to ease some of the pressure.
“I’m sorry you heard that conversation. I was just having a weak moment. We don’t have to do this,” she whispers into my hair and squeezes before pushing me back to see my face.
“I’m glad I did hear, and I want to do this. Is that weird?” I answer, and it’s the truth. I am glad I overheard their conversation. I hate that she feels like she needs to be strong one hundred percent of the time for me. It’s not healthy.
“It’s not weird at all, Emily.”
“Good. Okay, enough of this.” I square my shoulders. “Let’s get in there and go play dress up.”
Author Q & A:
I had the amazing opportunity to ask Elle some questions about Empty Promises, her books, and some other fun things!! Be sure to check out the interview below!!
*Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write Empty Promises and the rest of your Promises Series? (Like a specific event, or a character that just came to you?)
Wow, that’s actually a really tough question. It wasn’t one particular thing; it was a culmination of events, ideas and timing that allowed me to write this series. I had an idea for the story, and yes, in part it was inspired by an event. My beautiful daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. Throughout her treatment, I witnessed things that I never expected to in a million years. I watched some pretty amazing children, my own included; beat the dreadful disease that is cancer. On the flip side, I also observed the most heroic children anyone could ever have the absolute pleasure of meeting, make the most of each and every day, with poise and grace, knowing that they were dying. It took a long time for me to be in a place where I could write my series, and whether people love it, hate it, or are indifferent. I couldn’t be more proud.
*Empty Promises is a prequel novella to the other books you’ve written. Did you know the events of this book before you wrote Promises Hurt and Forgotten Promises?
Yes. I had a clear sense of Emily’s story before I had even finished the first book, Promises Hurt. I hadn’t counted on the arrival of one character though. Lucas Wade crept up on me, and once I had his character in my mind, I couldn’t shake it. #PoorLucas
*I know it’s tough to pick, but if there’s one thing you would want a reader to take away from Empty Promises, what would it be and why?
You’re right it is really hard! I think if anything, I want people to read Emily’s story and be inspired to live each day wearing a smile. How wonderful would the world be, if everyone were thankful for today, and hopeful for tomorrow? We don’t get a say in the life that we are born into, but we do have a choice in how we live it.
*What’s something on your bucket list that you hope to one day check off?
I have lots of things on my bucket list from visiting the original 7 natural wonders of the world, to attending a premier. If I could cross only one thing off, it would be to one day make the New York Times Bestseller list .
*What’s the one thing you cannot live without while writing? (i.e. coffee, gum, etc.)
Music. It’s very inspirational. I love to listen while I’m writing, although it does have to be on very low in the background. Oh, and coffee, but I’ll admit, sometimes it’s substituted for wine.
*What’s the best and worst thing about being an author/writer?
I can’t turn my brain off! I look at everything and think, how would that work in a book!
*Do you have a favorite scene from Empty Promises, and if so why is it your favorite?
My favorite scene is Lucas asking Emily to let him try and win her heart. That boy melts me. Sigh. He’s aware that what he’s asking will most definitely break his heart sooner rather than later, but he plows ahead regardless, and not just because of an item on a list, but because he truly believes Emily deserves to know true love.
*If you could spend the day with only one of your characters, who would you pick and what would you do?
Oh, I’d spend the day with Brie, she’s nuts, just like me! We’d go hottie spotting. Stalking sounds so… creepy. 😉
*What’s up next for you now that the Promises Series is finished?
I’m currently working on a new standalone novel. It will be a little sexier than the Promises series, but hopefully just as entertaining. It’s top secret at the moment, but I can tell you that I am LOVING writing it.
THANK YOU so much to Elle for answering my questions!! I have already read Empty Promises, and I LOVED it!! Be sure to stay tuned for my review post of this MUST READ!!
I’m a little neurotic; I function on a tiny amount of sleep and a huge amount of caffeine. I love green skittles and have an irrational fear of stormy weather. When I’m not writing about super hot college guys, you can generally find me googling them…All in the name of research of course. I can be persuaded to do just about anything with the promise of a good book or a bottle of bubbles. Oh, and I also love to write.
Elle is the author of the Promises Series including:
Book #1 is “Promises Hurt” released in August 2014.