It’s Halloween! Crackling leaves, dark evenings, candles, pumpkins, toffee apples – my favourite time of year! To celebrate all thinks spooky and terrifying I am thrilled to have joined up with a fabulous group of authors for a Spooktacular Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway. As a group of writers we offer support and encouragement to each other (which is hugely important) and for the first time we are coming together to offer lots of fabulous Halloween treats to our lovely readers. In keeping with the theme of Halloween, we have all chosen to share a scene of fear, dread, suspense or horror from our current, or forthcoming novels. Many of these scenes are being shared exclusively on our blogs for the very first time! The full roll-call of author participants, and their giveaways, are listed below. Why not pop over, discover a new author and enter their giveaway too.
The scene I have selected to share is from my forthcoming novel A MEMORY OF VIOLETS – A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers, which will be published in February 2015 in the U.S. and March 2015 in the UK/Ireland. You can read more about the novel here and you can also follow the retailer links to pre-order your copy. If you’d also like the chance to win a signed Advance Reader’s Edition of A Memory Of Violets, plus a signed book jacket of my NYT bestselling novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, leave a comment below and my zombie assistants will select a winner at random. The competition closes at midnight on October 31st. Also, if you are ‘hopping’ from another site and don’t know me or my first novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, feel free to have a creep around my site (in the dark, of course) and see what you can find out!
I hope you enjoy the following excerpt and good luck to all who enter the giveaway. Oh, and Happy Halloween!
Rosie Flynn had known many bad things in her short life – cold, hunger, exhaustion, sadness, death and cruelty – but she had never known terror like that which she felt as she ran to get away from the man who had grabbed her.
She ran and ran, darting wildly through the crowds, bumping into people, stumbling forward then backward, a blur of grainy shadows and strange shapes all that she could make out. She had no idea what she was running toward. All she knew was that she had to get away from him. From the bad man.
She couldn’t think. Couldn’t breathe, almost choked by the panicked breaths that caught in her throat as she struggled to get away; struggled to understand what had happened.
She wanted to scream, to cry out, “Florrie! Florrie! Where are ye?” But she didn’t, knowing that by shouting she’d only draw unwelcome attention to herself. She stayed silent and kept running through the terrifying, shadowy world she inhabited.
Without her sister’s hands and eyes to guide her she quickly became lost and bewildered. A strange sound came from deep within her – a whine, like that of a frightened animal. She’d felt Florrie fall, felt her hand wrenched from her sister’s. She’d heard the clatter of Florrie’s crutch hitting the road, the mutterings of people inconvenienced by having to step over a child on the ground. She’d stood perfectly still, as Florrie had always told her to if they ever became separated. “Stay right where ye are, and I’ll find ye. It’s best not to go wandering off.”
But within seconds of Florrie falling, strong hands had grabbed Rosie around her waist, whisking her away, her legs dangling in the air, a hand covering her mouth so that she couldn’t scream.
List of authors participating in the blog hop, and their giveaways. Click their name to hop to their site.
Heather Webb – Signed copy of BECOMING JOSEPHINE or an ARC of RODIN’S LOVER – and chocolates!
Lisa Alber – Signed copy of KILMOON and an Irish gift
Anna Lee Huber – Audiobooks of LADY DARBY, Books 1-3
Alexandra Hughes – An audiobook or early copy of VACANT
Jennifer Delamere – Signed ARC of A BRIDE FOR THE SEASON
Kerry Schafer – Signed copy of WAKEWORLD
Stacey Lee – Signed ARC of UNDER A PAINTED SKY
Janet Butler Taylor – $15 Amazon gift card and chocolates