BESIDE YOUR HEART with Mary Whitney and giveaway

People are saying that my book, Beside Your Heart, is about the one who got away. It’s not. It’s about The One who got away. I think there’s a difference.

They say that memories become harder for Holocaust survivors as they age because their vision of the past becomes more vivid. It’s supposed to be especially true for those who lived through the war years during their teens. Somehow those years are so formative for people that we carry those times with us forever. While the majority of what we’ve seen and felt through our lives falls along the wayside, our teen years continue along, and we only recall them more strongly as we age. Tragedy at that age compounds things infinitely.

I think that’s why we remember our first loves so clearly. Yes, they are the “first” of something we experience, which is always a bigger deal, and yes, it’s love, the strongest emotion. But a first love also usually happens to us when we’re not quite adults. We’re not jaded at all, and we don’t have scars of past loves. We dive in deep, innocent to all the pain that can occur (and usually does!).  As time passes and our lives change, the intensity of the feelings we develop for the person stick with us.

In Beside Your Heart, Nicki and Adam become each other’s first loves, yet something more happens between them than just a high school fling. Nicki is only seventeen, but she’s having to deal with the very adult emotion of grief and doing it all alone. Adam becomes a part of that process. Plus, they genuinely share the same interests and “click” on that very personal level we only have with a few in our life.

So these two don’t just recall the one who got away. They know each other was The One who got away and who isn’t coming back (or so they think). I don’t want to spoil too much, but hey, this is a trilogy, so you know their story can’t end with the first book! : ) I hope you check out Beside Your Heart and start their journey from the beginning!



Thanks to Enn and Omnific Publishing we have a digital copy of BESIDE YOUR HEART to giveaway to one (1) lucky commenter.  What do you think it is about first love that makes it so special?  Giveaway ends @12am est 6-25-13 with the winner announced shortly thereafter.  Good luck!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. With a first love the expectations are so high. There are no doubts or past relationships to cloud the mind.


  2. First love is so exciting and emotional. You not sure what you are feeling or what to expect.

  3. It’s unexpected and new

  4. Thank you so much!


  5. What you have written is so true, Mary. That first love is unshakable. No matter what we do the memories are unescapable. Great piece.

  6. Congrats, Kelli! You’re the winner of a digital copy of BESIDE YOUR HEART.
    Please check your email & spam. You have until 12am est 6-28-13 to get back with me. Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Hope to see y’all often.

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