Excerpt from Chapter Five

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Excerpt from Chapter Five:

“Merry Christmas!” Joe bellowed gleefully as he opened the
front door. Abby’s brother, Patrick; his husband, Ben; and
their children, Cassie, twelve, and Adam, eight, ambled through the
door, arms laden with packages. Dressed in the firefighter outfit he had
gotten for Christmas, Adam charged into the living room, hose in hand,
looking for a fire to extinguish.

“Look what I got for Christmas,” Joe said as he danced across the
floor, adding a jeté for emphasis.

“Your foot is healed! Praise the Lord!” Patrick said as he hugged his

“He’s been doing that dance for everyone that’s come through the
door, except for the jeté. He saved the best for last,” Abby explained.

“You look fabulous, dahling,” Ben remarked as he kissed her hand.
Patrick smiled at his little sister and could see the tension on her face
that even her widest smile couldn’t mask. “It will be a wonderful Christmas,
just like it is every year. Don’t worry,” he whispered into her ear as
he kissed her on the cheek.

Excerpt from Chapter Four

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Excerpt from Chapter Four:

Abby made eggs and cheese with toast for the kids and Joe and
then hurried out the door to meet Kiersten with the mystery gift
in hand. The friends had met at the community college several years
ago. It wasn’t friendship at first sight. Kiersten had that aloofness that
Germans are believed to possess, and Abby had been bubbly and congenial,
looking to make friends. Abby appeared silly, always a witticism
on her lips, and not particularly intellectual. Kiersten was
studious and scholarly. They were also physically opposite. Kiersten
was nearly six feet tall, thin, blonde, and blue-eyed; Abby was a
smidge under 5’4’, with brown hair and golden brown eyes, and overweight.
But after a few classes in World Literature and insightful commentary
from Abby, not to mention high marks from the professor for
her essays, Kiersten realized she may have misjudged the high-spirited
younger woman. A few lunches and meaningful philosophical discussions
later, they had become friends.

Excerpt from Chapter Three

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Excerpt from Chapter Three:

The days were getting shorter. Abby just about caught the sunset
through the maple tree when she got home. She loved those quiet
moments, watching the fading sunlight while listening to her iPod and the
music she could never listen to with Joe. As more leaves fell from the tree,
the sunlight no longer only seeped through in beams but flooded through
the branches like light through an open window. In those fleeting minutes,
she was enticed by the fantasy of another life. But fantasy didn’t pay bills,
raise children, sit at the table and eat dinner, or make love. Reality with all
its foibles and heartache was something that could be counted on.

Excerpt from Chapter Two

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Excerpt from Chapter Two:

Running had become part of Abby’s routine. In the solitude, she
replayed her years with Joe in her head. Many were happy, but it
seemed that those days were far behind them. How had they gotten from
their joyous beginning to today, which was fraught with bickering and
disagreements? They had loved each other desperately once and had
raised four beautiful children. Each memory that flooded into her mind
only brought anguish for what had slipped away. Abby collapsed onto
the track, buried her head in her hands, and wept. As she cried, a conversation
with her friend Anna replayed in her head.

Abby if you’re not happy you’ve got to do something. I remember a wise
friend telling me to shit or get off the pot.

Yes, and when did these words of wisdom fall from my lips? One hundred
years ago?

It was good advice then, and it is good advice now.

Excerpt from Chapter One

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Excerpt from Chapter One:

Once again, talking turned into shouting. Each of them lobbed acerbic,
angry words that crashed like thunder. She ran up the stairs
and shut the bedroom door, leaning heavily against it, but the fury followed,
seeping under the doorway. She opened the door and yelled back
at him. Her husband roared one last time; then, finally, silence fell.

Why did every conversation devolve into a bitter argument? For the
past few years, their relationship had been disintegrating, yet they both
clung to the flotsam. Once upon a time, love had buoyed them through
the rough seas, but now, survival was uncertain. They were adrift, with
the pieces of unanswered questions swirling around them. Can a marriage
survive regardless of love and be maintained through habit, loyalty,
obligation, or perhaps even fear? They clutched on to the debris, each
afraid of what would happen if they let go.

Positive Reviews for the Book

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Positive Reviews for the Book:

This book is highly character driven. You cannot help but care about the main characters and want to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next, and how the characters will react. A page turner. Good summer read.
Candace, Amazon

Very well written, great plot and a nice twist with one of the main characters. Highly recommend!
Donna, Amazon

An interesting, entertaining, and easy read with relatable characters and some twists that keep you guessing until the end.
LauraLovesToRead, Barnes and Noble

Questions from the Author

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Questions from the Author:

1) What topical social issues do you like to read in your fiction?
2) Do you like ambiguous endings or unmistakable endings?
3) Do you prefer tragic endings?
4) Do you prefer pure romance or need suspense with a twist also?
5) What did you like best and least about The Promise of Sunsets?

Special Quote from the Book #2

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Special Quote from the Book #2:

(Captain) Wang pounded the newspaper on his desk with his fist. The damn media only makes matters worse. Calls him the Sunrise Rapist. Don’t these assholes know that scum like him thrive on notoriety? I want this son of a bitch!

Special Quote from the Book #1

The Promise of Sunsets by Elizabeth Dolan-Cancian

Special Quote from the Book #1:

“Abigail, do you love your husband? It’s not a difficult question.”

“Yes, it is. It’s a complicated question. Of course, how could I not? All the shared memories, the years together in sickness and in health.”

Her shaky voice trailed off and a few tears ran down her cheeks.

“Okay you love him for all the years together, but are you in love with him?”

“In love, love what’s the difference?”

“You have to decide that…”

Jumping into the deep end of the pool!

I am very excited to have published my first novel! Like many literature majors writing a book was a long time dream and a long time coming. But I finally did it. Sometimes you just have to do and well, I did. The whole writing/publishing/marketing process is overwhelming at times, but slowly I am getting the hang of it. I will be embarking on a road trip soon that I hope will bring inspiration and ideas for my next novel.  I strongly advise anyone with a dream to go for it. You have to do it yourself because no one is going to do it for you. In the immortal words of my mom, “Sometimes you have to toot your own horn because no one is going to do it for you.” Okay not too shabby for a first blog post. Here’s to more interesting posts in the coming days, weeks, and months!