Blog Tour - A Very Grey Christmas


Kissing Eden, book #3

November 2014


I was getting ready to spend the single most important holiday of the year alone. Completely and utterly alone.

That meant he wouldn’t be there Christmas Eve. No making Christmas cookies, or listening to my dad sing off-key while my mom bustled around wrapping last-minute gifts. No decorating the tree. No midnight Christmas kiss.

No waking up in Grey’s arms. We were actually going to spend our very first Christmas in different states.

That was until Grey gave me the most unexpected gift of my life.

About the Author 

T.A. Foster once spent a monthlong spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.

She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

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The woods were quiet as if the snowy blanket had hushed all the usually sounds. Grey and I walked side by side along the trail.
“So this is where you used to play?”
“Yes, the other neighborhood kids and I would take the trail to the park. Our parents weren’t worried because we didn’t have to be on any major roads. It was like we had our own secret path.
“It’s completely different here than the island.” He looked up at the trees towering overhead. Snow drifted from the limbs as a squirrel scampered up the side.
“Yeah, it is. I miss the trees.” The beach was beautiful, but sometimes I missed the canopy of the woods.
“I hadn’t really thought about it before.” Grey was quiet.
I reached for his hand through our padded gloves. “I love Texas. You know that, right? And sometimes I’m going to miss being here, but that doesn’t mean I have any regrets. Being with you is where I want to be.”
He stopped me in the middle of the trail. For a moment, I worried I had said something that hurt his feelings. All I wanted to do was reassure him that living with him was the best decision I ever made.
“Sometimes I worry that you’ll want to come back here. That it’s not enough.” His eyes were dark. “That we’re not enough.”
I shook my head. “I don’t want you to ever think that. I can’t believe you would worry.”
“Your parents are great. You have all these memories here. Friends. Neighbors. Your whole life is here.”
I pulled the glove from my hand and traced the side of his face. It felt frozen out of the warmth of my glove. “Grey, I have all of that with you in Padre. Well maybe not the parents part, but I’ll still see them and I talk to them every week. It was time for me to move out and live my own life. I wanted that life to be with you.”
I heard a branch crack in the distance. It was a sharp splintering sound in the quiet woods.
My words must have soothed his doubts, because his mouth descended on mine. I wrapped my arms around his neck, reaching on my toes to bring our bodies closer. I started to laugh.
“What’s so funny?” He brushed the snow from my face.
“We are in twenty layers of sweaters and coats.” I tugged at his scarf.
“True.” He chuckled.
I retrieved my glove and fanned my fingers, trying to get them covered again. “Come on. Let me show you the park. Unless you want to take me back and get out of all these clothes.”
He laughed. “Nice try. Tonight, baby. We’ve got all night.”


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