Today is a special day for me as it’s the day my second fantasy novel, The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing is flying out into the world. I feel very blessed I got to write Suzy’s story and about a whole new world with new rules and dark secrets and creatures at every corner. It is always a magical experience, writing a novel and seeing your words come to life. Looking at the finished book with its amazing cover designed from a place in the story is magical to me and the cover process was very eye-opening, but that is a blog post for next week.
It’s also my 30th birthday (getting old, I know) but it feels very special to be publishing this book on my birthday because it’s a way of celebrating how far I’ve come in my writing journey. I want to thank those who have supported and encouraged me to keep writing and be myself. I have some wonderful talented friends, family, and a boyfriend who all have been a great inspiration to me and on my birthday I feel blessed beyond words to have them all in my life.
I think magic starts in our minds and hearts and branches out to those around us when we share each other’s joy, so I hope you all are having the best week and will come to share my birthday with me, by taking a look at my new release. If you do read The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section and in a review, it’s one of the best gifts readers can give me on my birthday. Anyone who is also celebrating their birthday today Happy Birthday, I hope it is a magical day for you.
I hope you all have a wonderful day.
So, without further delay… Here is a little snippet from Chapter 1 of my book
The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing.
“Bill! Bill, are you there?” I screamed loudly. Someone landed with a thud on the concrete floor beside me. The pouch around my neck began to glow, casting a blue light over the shadows covering all the filthy walls. I looked around slowly, following the trail of thick cobwebs twisted across a set of bars at the left-side of the room. What on earth is this place? I thought. I felt many pairs of eyes glaring at me from undercover of the darkness and I shook with fear.
“Hello, can anyone tell me where I am?” I whispered.
I clung to myself as I watched the eyes move, some growing larger and others moving further away; no-one spoke. Tears fell from my eyelashes. I feared the bars would fall away and worried whoever those eyes belonged to would break out and do goodness knows what to me. What if I never got out of here? Never saw Bill again? My lungs burned, fighting for air. My teeth chattered against each other as I turned quickly to see a young lad glaring at me. His eyes were black and blood from his bottom lip made a trail down his dirty chin.
The lad moved quickly towards me, his dark eyes seemed to get wider and wider as he reached out one of his hands. The smirk across his face made me fear what was going through his mind. I had only ever seen that look a few times in my life and never on a good person’s face.
I choked on the dust, trying not to inhale the smell of sweat and piss. Was this lad meant to be behind those bars? That thought scared me, and as he got closer I soon realised I had no-one helpful here to come running to my rescue.
The lad sat beside me and ran one of his dirty fingers down my arm. I shuffled away from him, until my head hit the wall. My chest heaved as I watched for his next move. This must be what a hunted animal feels like, I thought.
“I’m Cole, ya new to these parts, hey miss?” he said. His one fully open eye roamed over my body, like his eyes were doing a dance all over my skin.
“Where are we? Have you seen my friend Bill?” I asked. My arms and legs felt numbly cold as I tried to control my breathing and gather the few thoughts that spun around in my head.
“If ya talking about the man hanging from his ankles in the middle of town, then yes I’ve seen him,” shrugged Cole.
The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing.
Would you cross a land of magic, dark creatures and hidden secrets to face your own deepest fear?
After being shot, Suzy and her friend, Bill, are offered a second chance at life in The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing, a land to which the chosen few are transported by their personal Crossing Creatures. There, Suzy encounters the evil Cole, who is all-out to gain the highest power of the land.
But Suzy comes from a magical family: her grandmother, Miss Hollow, founded a coven called Hollow-Wings, and her grandfather left her a secret, life-changing pouch. Soon, Cole craves that secret pouch more than anything.
It’s Suzy versus Cole – and one of them has met their match.
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