Here is an excerpt from Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, between main character Kris Langley and the love interest in the book, Eric Soares. Kris is investigating the unsolved 25-year-old murder of Eric's aunt, Diana Ferguson, a bar waitress and talented artist who died when was he was a child. Kris and Eric have a strong attraction.

Kris changed into a pair of his old sweats and wandered back to the living room. Wind rattled the windows, its shriek drowning out the television. She folded her arms around the sweatshirt, wishing the baggy pants fit better. She'd hitched them up as high as they'd go.

Eric handed her a pillow, his face inches away. "I wanted to apologize for that kiss the other day. I kind of sprung that on you."

Her heartbeat rocketed in her chest. "You don't have to apologize. I liked it."

"Enough for another one?"

"Maybe. It was so long ago, I don't remember."

His mere presence overwhelmed her, made words fly out of her mouth. He turned her chin toward him and grazed his lips to hers. Her knees wobbly, she melted into his embrace.

They wound up against the wall, breathing heavy, clothing disheveled. Eric stepped back and cupped her waist. She knew he was waiting for a sign.

Kris straightened her sweatshirt and tucked a hair strand behind her ear. She had to end this before they made a mistake. "Good night," she said with great effort.

If Eric was disappointed, he didn't show it. She appreciated him even more.

"Good night," he said. "If you need anything, I'll be in the other room."


He kissed her again and retreated down the short hallway to his bedroom. Kris stood frozen. She shouldn't have come here. She wasn't who Eric thought. She wasn't who Nicole had thought, either. Kris found a movie on cable, preparing herself for a restless night.

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