Sunday, 19 November 2017

Green Card by Elizabeth Adams - Excerpt and Giveaway

Book cover: Green Card by Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth Adams has recently re-released Green Card, which, as you can guess from the name, is a modern story dealing with somebody trying to obtain a green card to be able to remain in the US. I've read the previous version of this story, and you can read my review of it here. I understand that the story has had some changes and improvements and a lovely new cover.

To celebrate, Elizabeth is visiting here today with an excerpt and a fantastic giveaway - one winner will receive Elizabeth's 5 books - Green CardThe HouseguestUnwillingMeryton Vignettes and On Equal Grounds.

I'll share the blurb with you and then hand over to Elizabeth for the excerpt.

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Book Description

William Harper has it all: looks, money, power. There’s just one tiny problem—he’s about to be deported. He needs a green card. Fast. An American wife is the easiest way to get one. But where will he find a woman to marry him on such short notice?

 Elizabeth Barrett is a full-time student, part-time dog walker, and weekend tutor. With a roommate who just ran out on her and neck deep in tuition payments, she needs money. Now. Harper just might make her an offer she can’t refuse.

He thinks he’s worked out the perfect deal, she thinks she’s signed up for an easy job. Neither of them bargained for the ride of their lives.

Excerpt from Green Card


Book cover: Green Card by Elizabeth Adams
“Death by Chocolate Cake or the Molten Lava Brownie?”

“I'm having the tiramisu,” Jen answered her sister as they perused their menus.

The waiter stepped up to the table to take their orders.

“Tiramisu and a cappuccino,” Jen said.

“I'll have the Death by Chocolate Cake a la mode. And can you drizzle a little hot fudge over that? And a cup of cocoa with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.”

Jen looked at her sister quizzically, but said nothing.

Liz looked at the man walking past and felt herself flush. “Wow. He's so tall. Did you see his arms?”
Liz's eyes watched him until he turned the corner, then looked back at her sister who had an amused look on her face.

“Down girl!” Jen laughed. “You okay?”

“Yeah, I'm great. Why?”

“Oh, I don't know. You've just checked out every guy who's walked by in the last hour, including one who looked like Santa.” She leaned back when she saw the waiter approach. He quietly set down their desserts and left. “And you just ordered about two pounds of chocolate.”

“I'm just craving chocolate. It's no big deal.” As she finished her sentence, she unknowingly turned her head to follow a man in a dark suit walking past their table in the busy restaurant.

“Uh-oh. Oh, no,” Jen said, shaking her head.

“What?”

“How long has it been?”

“Has what been?”

Jen looked at her with raised brows and don't-mess-with-me eyes.

“All right! It's been a while.”

“How long is a while?”

“Jeremy.”

“Jeremy!” Jen cried.

“Shhh! You don't have to announce it to the world!”

“You mean to tell me you haven't gotten laid since Jeremy?” Jen whispered furiously. “You broke up last February!”

“I know.”

“It's October!”

“I know,” she said lowly through clenched teeth, leaning over the table so no one else would hear her.

“Wow. I thought you and Will agreed to sleep together? Didn't you talk about it in the beginning?”

“Yeah, we talked about it and we agreed it was okay, but it's kind of awkward now.”

“What do you mean awkward?”

“I mean I feel like we're friends now.”

“And that's a problem because...?”

“I've never done it with a friend!”

“It's called friends with benefits. People do it all the time.”

“I know that. I just thought it would happen naturally, but we haven't even gotten close. Now I'm afraid we're too firmly established in the friend zone.”

“The zone isn't a death sentence. It's not like you're related or anything. You can adapt.”

“I know that logically, but what if he doesn't want to? I don't want to humiliate myself.”

“Why would you think he doesn't want to? You're hot!”

“He hasn't made a single move. He's been the perfect gentleman. Unfortunately,” Liz mumbled.

“And you don't want a big awkward mess with someone you consider a friend.”

“Exactly.”

“Weren't you friends with Jeremy?”

“Before I dated him! Then we dated for like two months before we slept together.” Jen looked at her doubtfully. “Okay, two weeks, but still!”

“But you're married to Will.” She leaned further across the table and whispered to her sister. “And you guys go on dates—fake dates, but dates. Doesn't that count?”

“I don't know.” Liz grumbled and shoved another piece of chocolate cake in her mouth.

“What about that guy before Jeremy? Mike? Mark? Mick? Weren't you friends?”

“Matt. I really liked him. And he was practically in love with me. He almost proposed, remember?”

“Oh, yeah. Why'd you guys break up again?”

“He had that weird collection of golf-balls.”

“The ones with celebrities' faces painted on them?”

“Yup.”

“Yeah, that's weird.” Jen made a face and shook her head. “What about Phillip? You guys were great friends. He was always helping you with your homework.”

“Yeah, we were friends. But I still had a major crush on him, even if it did only last a month. And we never actually slept together.”

“You didn't? But what about that time I caught him coming out of your room?”

Liz grimaced and wagged her head side to side as if she were trying to find just the right words.

“Heavy make-out session.”

“Ah.” Jen nodded in understanding. “So that just leaves us with the skinny tall boy from freshman year.”

“Caleb.”

“Ah, Kosher Caleb—how could I forget?”

Liz glared at her sister and said, “I was crazy about him and we went out for over a year. I met his parents, for pete's sake. He was my first—of course we weren't just friends.”

“So you're in uncharted territory. Big deal. Figure it out. It's not like you're not attracted to each other. Who knows? Maybe after you sleep together you'll start to like each other.”

“Who says we're attracted to each other?”

“Oh, come on, Lizzy! First of all, this is William we're talking about. One of Manhattan's top ten most eligible bachelors—or at least he was. Every woman in the western hemisphere is attracted to him. Secondly, he's totally you're type.”

“Is not. I don't have a type.”

“Seriously?”

“Seriously.”

“Okay, miss I-don't-have-a-type. Why haven't you ever dated a guy under six feet? Or is it six two?” Liz glared at her sister as she forcefully ate another bite of cake. “You have a thing for tall guys.”

“Every woman likes tall guys. It's primal. They look like good hunters or something.”

“Uh-huh. Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. Have you ever dated a blonde? Or a red head?”

“That's not fair! Statistically there aren't very many red-heads. Most people have never dated one,” Liz said defensively.

“Still, it seems like a pretty steady pattern you have of tall guys with dark hair. Jeremy's was black, and weird Matt's was definitely dark brown.”

“Phillip was blonde. Ha!”

“Light brown.” Jen shot back.

“Dark blonde.”

“Dark blonde? Really?” Jen looked at her skeptically. “Even if there was such a thing, you just said you never really slept together and you only went out for a month.”

“So?”

“So! He doesn't really count! Obviously your subconscious was telling you he was the wrong type for you and refused to let it get serious.”

“Oh, Jenny! You are really starting to crack me up!”

Jen left some money on the table and led her sister out the door. “Come on—I've got an idea.”

“Where are you taking me?”


“La Perla.” Liz looked at her with wide eyes. “Don't worry, there's construction on the building on the corner. I'll let you stop and gawk on the way.”

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Bio

Author Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips—as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.

She writes romantic comedy and comedic tragedy in both historic and modern settings.

You can find more information, short stories, and outtakes at elizabethadamswrites.wordpress.com.

Buy Links

Green Card is available to buy on kindle and in paperback - US / UK. You can also add it on Goodreads.

Giveaway Time!

To celebrate Green Card's re-release, Elizabeth is offering a wonderful giveaway to one of you - one winner can have Elizabeth's 5 books in ebook format - Green Card, The Houseguest, Unwilling, Meryton Vignettes and On Equal Grounds.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post by the end of the day on Sunday 26 November.  This is open to international entrants, but please leave a way for me to contact you so that you don't miss out on this fantastic prize!

Books by Elizabeth Adams

33 comments:

  1. I just loved "Green Card". But I wonder if Elizabeth had some fun naming the chapters as they never contained what I thought they would do... The title was not misleading but not exactly what I would have guessed either.

    Ps: I have all of Elizabeth Adams books so I do not need to enter the give away ;)

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    1. Yes, I DID have fun with that. ;-)

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    2. Hehe! It's so nice when you catch a detail like that when you're reading something :)

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  2. I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't recommend it to my friends fast enough!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Leigh. Thank you for commenting :)

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  3. I loved the excerpt! Really looking forward to reading this book! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!!

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    1. Hope you enjoy the book when you read it, Daniela!

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  4. Fantastic excerpt....just enough to whet our apparitions,add a pinch of intrigue and leave us wanting more!!!

    So looking forward to reading this. I can understand how difficult it must be for Will and Liz.....pretending to me married,having established a very good friendship,yet not wanting to destroy what they have by going further especially when they're unaware of each other's feelings! Life sure is complicated!!! 😌

    Ceri,cheers for this great post!!

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    1. It's a complicated one isn't it, Mary, even more so than not wanting to spoil a friendship. They need to be on good terms to make their marriage seem real, it's not like they could avoid each other for a few weeks if things became awkward.

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  5. Sounds like a fun read, can’t sit to read more!

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    1. Sorry, should have read, can’t wait to read more.

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    2. Thanks, Kate. I hope you enjoy it :)

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  6. Love the excerpt. Look8ng forward to reading this one.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Alp!

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  7. Friends with benefits...... William has gotten himself into an awkward situation with marrying Lizzy. I wonder how all of this will turn out. Thank you for the excerpt and truly incredible giveaway. You are a wonderful writer with great story lines.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you like the book!

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    2. It's an amazing giveaway isn't it, Eva!

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  8. Love this excerpt from Green Card since I know the story was based on personal experience. At least I thought I read that somewhere. Awesome giveaway!

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    1. Jen, you did read that somewhere! And it sort of is. He didn't pay me to marry him, but had he not needed a green card, we probably wouldn't have tied the knot for another year. Thirteen years later and here we are... :-)

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    2. Hi Jen. I loved that aspect, the thought that this was more of a true view of the process because of the author's personal experience. The movie Green Card is way off :)

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  9. Loved the excerpt and have heard great things about this story. Thanks for the giveaway. jadseah4 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. I love this excerpt as I love the original of this book. I want to know what the new chapter is about and what has been changed. (I can't imagine how it could possibly have been improved)

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    2. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt :)

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    3. Hi there Glynis. Having also read the first version I am wondering what was changed too!

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  10. Love that excerpt. Looking forward to re-reading the novel with new scenes.

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  11. Really enjoyed the excerpt of this book! Would love the chance to read it.

    devapajo at gmail dot com

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  12. Things are heating up between Liz and William. I would definitely love to read Green Card. Thanks for the kind offer, Elizabeth.

    evangelineace2020(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's a wonderful giveaway! Good luck.

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  13. Love the excerpt, can't wait to read more.
    readingnookcorner(at)gmail(dot)com

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