Even after seven years, ’Til Death Do Us Part is consistently my best seller on each quarterly report. Sometimes it’s supplanted by a new release, but there’ve been a few where it outsold the new book. Unfortunately, that’s more a of commentary on the new book’s sales than on ’Til Death‘s, but still…
What makes me extra happy, is that sales/downloads for the rest of the series often follow. *happy sigh*
As is usually the case with me, ’Til Death was intended to be a standalone, but it wouldn’t let go of me and eventually I wrote a follow up novelette giving Sam and Henry a touch more drama, a super short prequel detailing their first date, and a novella’s worth of bonus scenes (free to read here on my website). I also felt bad for poor Nash, who’d become Sam’s new love while Henry was presumed dead, so of course I had to give him a super fun HEA in his own novel.
I’m immensely proud of how well received ’Til Death Do Us Part has been. Some of the critical acclaim it’s received includes:
- 2016 Rainbow Award Runner Up in both the Best Gay Contemporary Romance category, and in the Best Gay Book (all subgenres combined) category.
- Sam and Henry were nominated as the Best Established Couple in the 2016 Goodreads M/M Romance group’s Members’ Choice Awards (Go team #Samry).
- Listed in reviewer Ana’s top ten books of 2016 at Gay Book Reviews.
- Listed in reviewer Heather’s top thirteen books of 2016 at Bayou Book Junkie.
Available in ebook, paperback (print version includes the novelette From This Day Forward), and audiobook!
The ebook is in Kindle Unlimited, but also available at distributors everywhere!
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?
’Til Death Do Us Part kind of tells three stories at the same time. Henry and Sam alternate chapters as they deal with the plane crash and its aftermath before Henry’s rescue, when their two separate stories merge again.
At the beginning of each of those chapters where the two are separated is the third story told via super-short flashback scenes giving a quick glimpse at pertinent events from a time shortly before their first date through to the scene where Sam steers Henry toward reserving a seat close to the exit row on his doomed flight. Often these short scenes parallel something going on in their present timeline.
This excerpt is two of those flashback scenes:
Chapter 6 Flashback Scene
Sam knocked lightly on the jamb of the open doorway to Henry’s office. Henry looked up and grinned.
“Hey, come on in. What’s up?”
“My family wants to meet you.”
Henry put down the red pen he’d been holding and set aside the stack of homework papers he’d been grading. Family? Unlike his own family, Henry knew Sam’s parents were accepting of their son’s sexuality, but would that really extend to acceptance of his boyfriend?
“I figured that would go over better than ‘oh, shit.’”
Sam coughed nervously as he looked out the open window, avoiding Henry’s eye. “So, you don’t want to?”
“I didn’t say that,” he said quickly. “Look at me, Sam. Please?”
Sam turned his gaze back to Henry. “So you will?”
“I’m just nervous. You know how things are with my family, right?”
“Sure, but I’ve told you mine isn’t like that.”
“I know. Maybe it’s one of those irrational fears. Me and meeting families is like you and flying on airplanes.”
Sam snickered. “Okay, okay. I get it. Remember, though, I don’t let it actually keep me from flying.”
Henry sighed with faux drama, bringing up a hand to clutch his non-existent pearls. “Just say when, and I’ll be there.”
Chapter 13 Flashback Scene
As they went around the Greene family’s Thanksgiving table, each taking a turn to say what they were thankful for, Henry couldn’t help but be spellbound by the sincere and specific things each person mentioned in their recitation. Health, weekends, each other, books, and rainbows; their lists ran the gamut.
Henry thought back to his own family’s tradition at Thanksgiving. They’d done the “what do you give thanks for around the table” thing, too, but Henry didn’t remember ever getting a warm feeling listening to them. They’d generally been vague “thanks for God’s blessings.” Or there was the old standby “thanks for the feast on the table,” but the thanks went to their god, not to the people who’d worked to create the food from field to table, or even those who worked to pay for it.
It had always seemed affected and impersonal. Except one memorable year when Henry was sixteen. Gay rights issues had been in the news a lot at that time, and it had felt very personal indeed when his father had thanked God that no one in his family was a “damned faggot.”
This year with the Greenes, the thanks being shared stirred him. When his turn came, Henry said, “I am thankful for Sam’s love. I’m thankful that I’ve gained not just a future husband but his whole wonderful family. Thank you all for making me feel so welcomed and loved.”
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7 thoughts on “BOOKVERSARY ~ ’Til Death Do Us Part”
Such a fantastic achievement and it sounds as though this book was the springboard for so much more!
Thank you so much! ❤️ Indeed, it was a long time before it let me go, and I can’t even guarantee more bonus scenes won’t trickle in.
Happy 7th Bookversary dear Addison!🎉🎉
Thank you so much! ✨💖✨
Happy Bookversary to you lovely Addsion! ❤️
Thank you so much! ❤️