Excerpt from new adult novel Something Like This by Eileen Cruz Coleman

Today features a special excerpt from the new adult novel, Something Like This, by Eileen Cruz Coleman.
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Eileen Cruz Coleman was born in
Washington, D.C. to an immigrant El Salvadoran mother and a Puerto Rican
father. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in
History. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals both
online and in print. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
about Something Like This:
Twenty-three-year old Jadie Santiago has a secret.
One morning on her way to work she stops to offer a homeless man a
bottle of water. As she meets the man’s eyes, Jadie instantly recognizes they
belong to her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was sixteen. Unable to
accept the truth of her encounter, Jadie flees, hoping eventually to forget the
experience and continue leading a normal life.
But then she meets Reece, an aspiring writer with a mysterious
past who is set on capturing Jadie’s affection. Jadie wants nothing more than
to give her heart to Reece, but her broken past and crippling secret keep her
from surrendering it to him fully.
Things won’t come easy to Jadie as she fights for her place in the
world, but there is strength in her, and she is determined never to stop
struggling for what so many others have: love, happiness, and a sense of
Excerpt from Something
Like This
Moments later, we held each other,
my head resting on his chest.
“Are you hungry?” he asked, kissing
the top of my head.
“A little, but I need to get back
“How about I fix you a sandwich to
“That would be great.”
It would also be great if I told you
I loved you and you said the words back to me. Did I dare tell him? I could
almost hear myself saying the words to him. What if he didn’t say them back? It
was too soon. I was acting like a needy, crazy girl.
He jumped out of the bed and
proceeded to get dressed.
“Meet you in the kitchen?” he asked.
I nodded.
Once alone, I took a deep breath and
gathered my thoughts. I decided not to tell Reece what I was feeling. Doing so
would end up scaring him. I didn’t want to risk losing him. Not before we even
got started.
I got up, got dressed, and headed
for the kitchen.
“Here you go,” he said, holding a
sandwich in a Ziploc bag in front of me.
“Thank you.” I took the bag. “I
guess I better get going.”
“I’ll drive you back.”
“No, it’s okay, I’ll take the
“I’ll drive you.”
“No, really, it’s okay. I’d actually
rather take the Metro, if you don’t mind.”
“Are you okay?”
“Yes, I’m sorry, I have to meet with
a new guy in our office to go over some manuscripts this afternoon and I could
use the alone time to think.”
I had to leave before I blurted out
the words.
“Okay. If you’re sure?”
“I’m sure.”
He leaned in and gave me a kiss on
the cheek. “I miss you already.”
I smiled. “Me too.”
“Can I call you later?”
“You better.”
He walked me to the door.
“Okay, be careful,” he said.
“Will do.”
I started walking down the hall.
“Are you watching me?”
“That’s kind of creepy.”
“I can’t help it.”
I pushed the elevator button and the
doors instantly opened. I took a step.
“Wait,” he said.
“Is something wrong?”
“I have to tell you something.”
“What is it?”
He ran toward me. “Jadie, the thing
is. Well, I…”

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