#AtoZChallenge – Z is for Zipped

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I’m participating in the A to Z blogger challenge this year. Since April also is the anniversary month for the release of my novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d use that for the theme of my posts. For each letter I will come up with a word that is pertinent to the story, and post a short excerpt featuring it.

In general these excerpts will bounce around the timeline (after all, the story isn’t told in alphabetical order). No worries, I’ll give a little context leading into each scene so it won’t be necessary to read the others to enjoy the snippet-of-the-day.

ZZ is for Zipped

Zipped, as in what Henry’s mind did—zipped back and forth between memories as his life flashed before his eyes when he thought he was about to die in a plane crash. This scene is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:

I thought of the first time I’d told him I loved him. I sent a renewal of that love out to him and wished him happiness. I thought of a promise we’d once made to each other and hoped Sam would remember it, too, then my mind zipped back to the pathetic marriage proposal I’d made and apologized to him in my mind, because he deserved so much better.

I was hoping the end would be quick and painless, when awareness that the plane was levelling out broke through the trance. My first thought was “damn,” because I figured we were doomed regardless, but the quick and painless prospect was looking less likely if we hit at a shallower angle. I briefly regretted my reflexive grab for the oxygen mask, figuring that passed out might be a better way to go into the crash than fully conscious, but that regret was short-lived because having the opportunity to say my mental goodbyes to Sam was worth whatever I would face.

Hope surged through me as the pilot somehow managed to bring the plane back to a fully horizontal position. The plane rattled and shook alarmingly, so unless we were near land we were still probably screwed, but the realist in me was overpowered by the optimist for now.


Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

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Info & Links: ’Til Death Do Us Part

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9 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge – Z is for Zipped

  1. Congrats on getting through the challenge unscathed. It’s been fascinating learning about your book and I will be pressing the link to it.

  2. Well done for completing the challenge and telling us about your novel. Now that I have a bit of time again, I will check it out! Look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. 😀 I need to hurry on over to yours to see how Sand ties things up with his mystery! It’s been a pleasure following along, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

  3. It has been great following you throughout this A to Z challenge. I really enjoyed your writing and how you structured your posts. I look forward to reading your regular posts now that the challenge is finished.

    Stopping by from A to Z: Zonked

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