Happy publication day to Elaine Spires! The Single Best Thing, the final book in the Singles’ series is released today. I have the honour of being able to share an extract from the book with you all today. Many thanks to Elaine for allowing me to share this, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of today’s festivities.
Almost four years have passed since Melv followed Eve back to England refusing to throw away their long awaited chance of lasting love and happiness. Much has happened in that time. No longer a tour manager for Travel Together, Eve is enjoying unexpected success in her new career. Has she forgiven him for hurting her so deeply? Was her love for him simply enough? And what about her own dark secret?
Provoking smiles and tears this glimpse into Eve’s future brings the Singles’ Series to its final conclusion
The Single Best Thing is set in 2023, four years into the future from the end of Singles, Set and Match (the fifth book in the Singles’ Series) and tells the story of what finally happened to Eve and Melv. This extract is when their paths have crossed in Florida and Eve has reluctantly agreed to a family day out in Walt Disney World to celebrate their grandson’s second birthday:
“Well these Disney people sure know how to party,’ Melv said as he filmed the children who were surrounded by a whole bunch of characters and waiting staff singing “Happy Birthday”. ‘That cake’s big enough to feed a hundred.’
‘It’s been a magical day. It’s a magical place,’ Eve agreed.
‘You never came here in all your travels?’
‘Never. It’s not the sort of place Travel Together clients would want to come.’
‘Their loss. I’m loving it.’
‘Me, too!’ Eve giggled.
Juliet wrestled the twins back into the buggy and the group moved on. It was a few moments before they realised that Melv’s arm was around Eve’s shoulder. They pretended they hadn’t noticed. Eve had noticed, of course. She couldn’t deny the jolt of electricity that shot through her body at his touch, or the way her heart was pounding by the nearness of him.
‘Hey, come on!’
Melv grabbed Eve’s hand and pulled her into the short queue for the Mad Tea Cup Ride. They clambered into a purple tea cup and for a few minutes lost themselves in the Disney magic, shrieking and laughing as they spun round and round.
‘That was fun,’ she announced, clutching onto him as she waited for the world to stop spinning.
He placed his hand over hers and gave it a gentle squeeze.
‘Nothing beats acting like a kid again,’ he said.
And she realised just how much she had missed him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.