THE KIDNAPPER: Excerpt

 

Katie from THE KIDNAPPER

Katie from THE KIDNAPPER

 

Raph from THE KIDNAPPER

Raph from THE KIDNAPPER

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“Shut up and eat,” Raph said, feeding her a packet of potato crisps, which she polished off, to her surprise, followed by a can of mixed fruit. Both of these were like heaven to her palate after days of no food, and her food fix made her more alert, washed down with plenty of water. Raph grinned at her, and nodded.

“Thank you,” Katie said, beginning to cry.

Raph groaned heavily, and rolled his eyes.

“Oh there she goes again – crybaby. I can’t work you out; you don’t eat, you cry, you eat, you still cry…you’re a basket case, man,” Raph said. He examined her, and saw that her eyes were wet from her crying. Raph took out a handkerchief, and dried her tears. This was such a surreal chain of events that Katie believed she was in one of those weird dreams where someone changes personality half-way through, like a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde transformation. Katie composed herself, moved by this man’s actions.

“Who are you, an angel, or the devil?” Katie said.

“Huh, you trying to psychoanalyze me little girl?” Raph said, curling his mouth. “I’m the devil personified.”

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THE KIDNAPPER

THE KIDNAPPER

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THE KIDNAPPER is now available on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, I-Tunes, Kobo, Indigo, Scribd, Oyster and Inktera.

My Guest Post on author Shannon Thompson’s website

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I recently had the pleasure of doing a guest post on young adult and fantasy author Shannon Thompson’s great website, the link to which is below. Shannon is the author of MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET, and has a comprehensive and helpful website that you should visit.

Shannon Thompson, author photograph

Shannon Thompson, author photograph

Shannon can be contacted on the following sites:

*Shannon’s website

*Twitter

*Goodreads

*Amazon Author Page

*Barnes and Noble

Originally posted on Shannon A Thompson:

Intro:

As an author, I spend a lot of my free time on the computer. In fact, between my editing job and my writing time, I spend almost ALL my time on my computer. But you still have to get off the laptop sometimes and explore the world. This is what our guest blogger is discussing today. Author Marcia Carrington talks about how important it is to seek inspiration outside of the computer-sphere. If you’re an author, tell us about stepping away from your work and what that means to you. But first and foremost, let’s welcome Marcia!

Do You ‘Take’ Your Characters With You When You’re In The Outside World? By Marcia Carrington

This is something that I often do whenever I’m not at home, that is, I could be at the mall, waiting at a doctor’s surgery, in line at the supermarket, or at some other such place…

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Cover Reveal: THE KIDNAPPER

Katie walks home from work to her apartment every day, and visits a small supermarket on the way home. On two occasions she encounters a duo of petty criminals outside the supermarket who eye her, and kidnap her one late afternoon. Will the valiant Katie’s life come to an untimely end at the hands of her kidnappers, or will this be a meeting of the minds in a most unexpected way for her, and them?

THE KIDNAPPER

THE KIDNAPPER

Here is the cover for THE KIDNAPPER, my new suspense short story. THE KIDNAPPER will be available to readers from the first week of June 2015 on Smashwords and Amazon, with other e-bookstores to follow.

BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL Preview: Ryan

Ryan from BRANDY'S SUMMER IDOL

Ryan from BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL

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Brandy knocked on the door, and noticed that the lights were softly lit in the guest house. In a few seconds, Ryan slowly opened the door, and stood in the doorway, observing Brandy. Ryan was shirtless, and Brandy thought she would not be able to utter a word, so powerful a vision Ryan was in front of her. He appeared even more handsome than the first time they met, and she now knew that putting up with all her mother’s schemes to separate them was worth it.

“Hi,” Ryan said, steel blue eyes hooked on her.

“Hi Ryan,” Brandy said, eyes alight. Ryan walked towards Brandy, and she sucked in her breath, believing that she would faint at any minute.

“I wanted you since the first time I saw you that day,” Ryan said, eyes glowing in the evening light. There were candles situated all around the room, offering a luxurious luminescence which enveloped them both in its beautiful glow.

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BRANDY'S SUMMER IDOL

BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL

This is the first part in a series of previews from BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL, which will be available to readers from 12 August, 2015 on Smashwords and Amazon, and afterwards on other e-book websites.

Expanding Upon A Theme From A Current Work In A Future Story

GRANT'S ANGUISH

GRANT’S ANGUISH

When recently editing a novella, a number of thoughts entered my mind about lengthening certain scenes in the story, and the overall effect of actually doing this. Would it be viable for the story, or unnecessarily take away its power by becoming redundant? One of the characters in the novella was contemplating committing adultery, and meets someone who gives him another perspective about this. Looking at the story as a whole, I decided that pursuing this would not be beneficial to the current story, as it would be introducing another character to the fray at a late stage, and I did not go ahead with this angle. This experience, though, did take matters into another direction for me story-wise.

I thought that this would be a good starting point for another story, entirely unrelated to the story from which the idea originated. Pursuing a separate story would give more space to develop another set of characters and explore their situation, which would have been impossible in the other story. The other story is a multi-character and generational narrative, while the newer book would explore the themes of marital discord and adultery in a more intense manner, with less characters, giving dimension to three characters instead of eight. I was also fortunate to find an image fitting what I envisioned for the main protagonist for the purposes of the book, GRANT’S ANGUISH, and the cover is above. (GRANT’S ANGUISH will be available in the future)

What I have learned from this is that if you feel a current story has themes you would like to deal with in another book, do not hesitate, just go with the flow, and write another story. If you do not do this, you may be shortchanging yourself of an opportunity to analyse concepts and characters that would be very much worth exploring in detail.