sâmbătă, 23 mai 2015
Hell To Pay
Crimes Files Book #1
by Jenny Thomson
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: April 28th 2015
✢ SYNOPSIS ✢
Nancy Kerr refuses to be a victim—even when she walks in on her parents’ killers and is raped and left for dead…
Fourteen months later, Nancy wakes up in a psychiatric hospital with no knowledge of how she got there.
Slowly, her memory starts to return.
Released from the institution, she has just one thing on her mind—two men brought hell to her family home.
Now they’re in for some hell of their own…
Hell To Pay is Book One is a Series
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Jenny Thomson is an award-winning crime writer who has been scribbling away all her life. She also writes as Jennifer Thomson.
Inspired by her love of zombies and The Walking Dead, she wrote The Restless Dead.
She kills people for a living in the Crime File series of books for Limitless Publishing. Book 1, 2 and 3, will be out soon.
To find out more details, check out her publisher's site at http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/jenny-thomson/
Her novella, How Kirsty Gets Her Kicks, about a one legged Glasgow barmaid who goes on the run with a gun and a safe load of gangster's cash after killing one of his henchmen, will be published by the critically acclaimed Snubnose Press
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✢ ✢ ✢ EXCERPT ✢ ✢ ✢
I’m cold, colder than I’ve ever been in my entire life and I don’t know why. Slowly, I
open my eyes, tentatively at first because even opening them a fraction feels like
someone's shoving red-hot pins into them. The light is so bright.
What’s with the light anyway?
Has Michael wandered in, blootered on some poncy new beer and left the light on,
after collapsing in a heap onto the bed? I’ll brain him if he has. I’m no good to
anyone when I don’t get my eight hours.
Pulling myself up in bed, I reach out my arm to nudge him awake so I can give him a
right mouthful. My hand finds empty space.
Where is he?
My eyes sting as I prise them open – it’s as though there's been an accident with false
lashes and I've glued my eyelashes together - and that’s when I realise I’m not in our
flat. The reason I’m freezing is because I’m wearing a tracing paper thin hospital
gown: the kind that shows off your backside when you’re being whisked off to x-ray.
A tidal wave of panic hits me and I jerk into full consciousness.
What’s happened to me?
I try to remember, but my brain’s all bunged up as if the top of my head's been
removed and the cavity filled with cotton wool.
My arms are bandaged up. Have I been in an accident? If I have, I don’t remember.
Maybe I hit my head.
I take in my surroundings. If I’m in hospital, it’s no ordinary one. For one thing, my
room’s more like a cell. There’s a bed and a table bolted to the floor, but no personal
stuff: photos, or cards, or stuffed animals from people wishing me well. Does anyone
even know I’m here?
I grope for a call button to get a nurse, but there isn’t one. What the hell? This place is
Staggering out of bed, I fight the wave of nausea and dizziness that make me want to
yell at the world to stop moving because I want to get off the carousel. The tile floor
is stone cold and there are no slippers by the bed. My feet are ice blocks. Why don’t I
have any socks or tights on?
Before I reach the door, there's a jingle of keys, then a key scrapes in the lock.
Holding my breath, I brace myself for what’s coming.
A woman I don’t recognize with brown hair tied back in a ponytail appears. She’s
dressed in a nurse’s uniform and there’s a small smile playing on the edge of her lips.
"Good, you’re awake, Nancy."
She sounds pleased, as if we’re bosom buddies, when I’ve never seen her before in
"Where am I?"
My voice comes out as a rasp as though my throat’s been sandpapered down.
The nurse puts a hand on my shoulder. "Let’s get you back into bed, Nancy."
I do as she says. I’m worried if I don’t lie back, I’ll faint.
"You’re in Parkview Hospital," she says, as she fixes the pillows so I can sit upright.
I know all the hospitals in Glasgow, but I haven’t heard of that one. I ask her what
kind of hospital it is and she tells me it’s a psychiatric facility. The reason I haven’t
heard of it, is because they don’t publicize it. Perhaps because it’s full of nutters they
want to keep away from society. The prospect terrifies me because that would mean
they must think I’m cuckoo. Why else would I be here?
I suck in my breath. When I ask her if this is a nut house, she presses her lips tightly
together as she tells me no one refers to psychiatric hospitals in that way any more.
Suitably chastised, I mumble an apology not because I think one’s needed, but
because she’s the one with the keys.
"Why am I here?"
I’m dreading the answer, but I need to know. I don’t feel any different. Surely if I’d
lost my mind, I'd know.
"You had a breakdown."
The way she says it, she could be talking about the weather.
She asks me if I want anything and I tell her a pair of proper pajamas, a dressing
gown and slippers would be nice because I’m an ice block. If she gets in touch with
Mum, she’ll bring me in some stuff.
Her smile’s still there, but breaks down around the corners of her mouth. There’s
something she’s not telling me, because she’s worried how I’ll react. There’s fear in
her eyes. I notice she’s wearing a lucky heather brooch, the same one I got for Mum.
I’m staring at it as she tells me she’s going to fetch a doctor, when a memory stirs
inside me and no matter how hard I try to push it away, someone’s taken their finger
out the dyke and the water’s rushing in.
Blood, blood everywhere. Dad’s slumped in his favorite armchair, head bent forward
as if in prayer (he never prayed a day in his life); a single bullet hole in his head. I
know it’s him, even although his face has been beaten to a pulp: his blood staining the
fireside rug my mum was so fond of. Even in death, my dad has a presence. He fills a
room with the sheer weight of his personality. Discarded nearby is the baseball bat
they used on him. It’s covered in blood and something sticky and dark brown,
resembling raw mincemeat.
***TO BE CONTINUED***
EIGHT SECOND RIDE
Author: Anne Jolin
Series: Willow Bay Stables #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance & Sports Equestrian Romance
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Owen Daniels lives his life eight seconds at a time. The thrill of anticipation that comes with sitting on twelve hundred pounds of untamed power is unparalleled. The adrenaline rush that floods his system when the chute opens is one of life’s most unique and natural highs.
Ride eight seconds bareback on a bucking bronco—that’s his life.
When Owen’s stock horse, Remington’s Lady, is injured midway through the rodeo circuit, he trailers her back home to Willow Bay, Alberta, to remain in the care of the local vet, Ray Brookes.
Months later, with a truck bed full of buckles, Owen comes home to collect his Lady from the man he trusted to help her recover. Only Ray happens to be short for Rayne, and Rayne happens to be a woman.
And this woman wants nothing to do with a cowboy fresh off the circuit. As far as she’s concerned, he can take his buckles, boots, and spurs right back on out of her life.
Will Rayne keep them from holding on to their eight-second ride? Or will love buck out of the chute in time for a perfect score?
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~ Other books by Anne Jolin ~
Rock Falls Series:
Chasing Rhodes, Book 1: http://bit.ly/ChasingRhodes
Choosing Henley, Book 2: http://bit.ly/ChoosingHenley
Breaking Bennett, Book 3: http://bit.ly/BreakingBennett
Keeping King, Book 4: http://bit.ly/KeepingKing
Willow Bay Stables:
Change Rein, Book 1 - Coming JUNE 15th!
~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks.
I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.
Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?
If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
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