1) I’ve finished A Slow Burn, and I’m feeling a bit proud of this and the other two shorts I’ve been working on recently. All three will be available for Halloween. Sign up to my newsletter to find out launch dates first, and maybe even get a freebie or two 🙂 A Slow Burn is up on Amazon for (my first) pre-order thingy… Here’s the blurb, extended excerpt and link:
Ever woken up in a strange place, having completely forgotten how you got there? Imagine doing that, and then some.
Raised in a series of foster homes and residential care units, Bernie learned early on how to deal with the darkness life would throw at her. And always with a positive attitude. She grew to be an independent twenty-something, a successful events organiser, and lived a happy, if guarded, existence.
˃˃˃ But not even Bernie could have prepared for this.
Upon opening her eyes, Bernie finds herself face down in the carpet, beneath a stranger’s bed in an unfamiliar house, with a head wound, amnesia…. surrounded by several curiously clammy corpses.
Alone, unwell, and desperate, navigating her escape, she finds a hastily scribbled message on a bathroom mirror:
˃˃˃ “Death is not the End.”
The atmosphere is charged, the air polluted with a foul ashy substance, and the streets are lifeless. Yet Bernie searches through the wreckage for other survivors, because after a lifetime of keeping people at arms length, now she is terrified of being alone.
And perhaps, along the way, Bernie discovers something far more significant than the end of the world.
˃˃˃ This is a horror novella set in a United Kingdom struggling with the aftermath of an apocalyptic event.
Read This Extended Excerpt
(2599 words of almost 18k)
Free for Reviewers!
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I’m just a big ‘ole excited puppy for Halloween. All three stories will be on sale. I’m proud of this little lot. 🙂
Finding Luna Critique Done and Dusted
2) I received the critique of Finding Luna and most of it was encouraging. Of course, as I said before, it wasn’t completed and was in a mess after some manic meddling during an ‘episode’ earlier this year. I would love to say it’ll never happen again, but that’d be a lie. I have bipolar disorder after all. But what I can do is try to sick to things like track changes, especially when I’m feeling highly creative. But when I’m in a manic state, precaution and moderation fly, fly, flies away.
Ho, hum. 🙂
I have a lot to do between now and when the editor is booked (mid December) and I mean to kick MS bootie once I’m installed into y new home in UK! Which brings me back to the final number on my list…
The Mahoosive Move Back To UK
3) I’m grateful that I’m moving back to windy, wet, grey UK on Tuesday. Especially since I went to an outdoor evening Human League gig, then a Northern Soul club last week and guess what?
I passed out, on the dance floor (from a seated position thankfully) from heat exhaustion. My body just doesn’t moderate temperature well at all. And that’ no good in Dubai. Oh the humiliation.
Although, our villa is a mess of half-packed suit cases and haunting bare spaces where items of furniture once were, before we sold them.
I’m going to miss my hubs between home visits, I’m going to miss some special people in Dubai, so goodbye drinks got emotional. But I remind myself I’ll be visiting. At least I’ll be closer to my family in UK, and we’re finally making our own roots (with our own home instead of renting eternally), and we’ll get to see Bobby with snow flakes on his elegant snout. 🙂
**I should say, I’ve not been around your blogs (or here) as much as usual, but please bear with me and know I’ll be back to normal (hate that word) as soon as I’ve settled into my new home.** \
Okay, well that’s me for this week. See you next week. Until then, keep writing and celebrating. 😀