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Friday, November 9, 2012
Four's a Crowd .. a teen novel by Maria Bradley
My first book arrived today and will be available to buy soon on
Amazon. I have
attached excerpts from the book, the cover graphic and a photo of
the hope that I can still post it on your blog.
I wasn't really sure of the right excerpts to give you so please
put on what you see fit.
I decided on when the three first met and an excerpt from an entity
encountered in the story.
Thanks so much for even considering my book to be part of your
FOUR’S A CROWD by Maria Bradley
Excerpt from Chapter One
strangest thing was happening to Jack, an unfamiliar bubble rose from his
stomach to his mouth and he started to laugh. The man’s accent was upper class,
like he'd just arrived from an English tea party and his tone implied that Jack
was responsible for the condition he found himself in now. This, coupled with
the old donkey jacket he was wearing, his hair on end and the newspaper stuck
to his sweating skin was hilarious to Jack.
‘You're like, the poshest person that I've
ever met in the gutter!’
’I young man, am a...?’ the stranger couldn’t
continue with his retort as he had just caught sight of himself in the water
and as he tried to stand, he too felt the rise of laughter bubble in his throat
and join with Jack's. As it subsided, he held out his hand,
‘My name is Chairman and I'm delighted to meet
’Oh eh I’m Jack’
Jack didn’t return the handshake; there was
usually a price to pay when someone was being nice to him. Chairman squinted at
Jack, a question in his eyes,
‘Have we met?’
Excerpt from Chapter two
day, as they were scouring the canal bank for papers, rags or anything at all
they might find useful they heard an altercation.
‘Get your bloody hands off me you perv', I'll
get my da on you so I will and he'll break your legs, I'm telling ya!!’
and Jack ran towards the voice and into the wooded area to find a young girl
fighting off a full grown man as he attempted to drag her further away from the
road. Jack was frozen, not so, Chairman as he pulled his coat off and took the
stance of a Ninja Warrior. The man, nonplussed by their sudden appearance was
open mouthed as he received a swift kick to the back of his knees from his
captive and a karate chop to the neck from Chairman. As he fell back, Jack
found his courage and picked up a branch, ran to him and proceeded to beat him
about the head with it. The man crawled away in defeat shouting oaths to all
three of them. After catching her breath the young girl turned to her rescuers,
Jaysus that was brilliant, you're like Jackie Chan and that other fella!I thought my number was up, t’ank you, t’ank
you so much!!’
Sky Finnegan I t’ink, I mean I'm Sky sumat’, I'm not really sure who my da is
but I'm damn sure it wasn’t him!’ She pointed in the direction of her attackers
escape. She was flushed red with relief and receiving no reply from her new
Knights without armour, she continued talking until finally it was Jack that
found his voice first.
was that man?’
you can speak, I was beginning to t’ink you were foreign or just dumb! I told
you, I dunno who he is, he was hanging round our camp and followed me when I
came here to collect me 'erbs and stuff for the market. Who are you two then?’
had exhausted his own social skills with the one sentence and he turned to
Chairman to take over. Chairman, uncharacteristically silent, was still staring
into space desperately trying to catch the vague memory hovering in his mind.
know Karate’ he announced, almost to himself; ‘how do I know Karate?’
Jaysus fella, you talk like the ruddy queen!’ answered Sky and exploded into
laughter. Chairman snapped out of his memory, focused on Sky and in his most
charming manner said,
absolutely positive that I am related to that fine lady, as I am positive that
you yourself must be a princess!’
bowed, picked up her right hand and dropped a light kiss on the back of it as
if she was indeed royalty. ‘Cut the crap Mr,’ Sky giggled ‘I’m more likely
related to those ducks than I am to royalty!’
Excerpt from chapter Nine
by now, was sliding along the laminate floor like a snake, obviously in pursuit
of something she still couldn’t see.There was nothing she could do but stay quiet and wait.
had a very different view.From the
second he reached the bottom of the stairs he saw a mass of silvery black smoke
moving slowly around the room like a living shadow.It had no determinable shape as it slithered
and slid round every object in the room.
was a strange smell he could only compare to singed clothes or burnt wood.It was part of the shadow and tainted
everywhere it touched. There was emptiness, loss and evil weighing down Jack's
heart as he felt the aura radiating from the shadow. It was all he could do,
not to turn tail and run. But no, there was Sky to worry about so he continued
to crawl underneath it as it glided over his head towards the computer.
it was seemed only aware of the objects it was examining and Jack was able to
slide under the computer table unnoticed.
suddenly switched on and Jack heard Sky gasp behind him. What to do?He couldn’t hit a shadow over the head with a
baseball bat now could he? It had no head!
could hear the keyboard being pressed and knew he had to do something before it
accessed Jeannie's private documents. She may have sent all the information
they had given Barbara Edmundson to her own computer.
banged underneath the table as hard as as he could hoping the shock would make
the thing shoot off through the wall or something. The typing stopped but that
was all. He remained still for a second, uncertain what to do next.Dare he get up and see if it was gone?No, it was still there, he could feel
it.He wrinkled his nose, the whole room
smelt like the stale, charred aroma of the day after bonfire night. He slowly
edged his way upwards until he could see over the computer table.It was there, spread over the keys like an
oil slick but it wasn’t moving.