24 May 2014


 It's Friday again and time for another of my six paragraphs. This week they are from Mystic Mountains. 
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In the1800s the penal colony of Botany Bay was an unforgiving and harsh place. Isabella is transported for wounding a member of the British aristocracy. She loathes the system that sentenced her to seven years transportation, and is determined to hate her new master who dreams of a new life beyond the Blue Mountains.
Mystic Mountains is a story of courage and persistence-essential traits for the settlers who carved out a new life in a raw land where suffering and heartbreak were commonplace. The pair face many hardships in their quest for a new life in this untamed land.

Now here's my six paragraphs:


"Heavens, this isn't fit to call a road," Thelma complained. "Where Tiger got the notion to drag us into this hell, I'm sure I don't know." With a hand to her chest she dragged in air as if starved of it. "This time he's bit off . . . a bit more than he can chew."

Barely had the words left her mouth when a cry went up, bouncing off the other hills. The bullocks began to bellow, and the teamsters to yell. Pandemonium broke out. 

"Heavens, it's slipping. They can't hold it, Thelma." 

Isabella stood, a hand pressed to her mouth as her eyes widened in horror. The dray had slewed sideways. Men were shouting, the dray was groaning, and stones were sliding beneath its wheels, tumbling and rolling towards them. The horses began to whinny, high shrill sounds proclaiming their fear.

"It's coming apart," Isabella cried. "My God, it looks as if the kingbolt has come out!"

 The wagon body, along with the load, was sliding one way while the fore-carriage and bullocks were going in the other direction.


17 May 2014

Friday is here again and it's time for our Friday Freebits.

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My six paragraphs this week are taken from Remnants of Dreams 
published by Books We Love. Available on KINDLE. 
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How Sara despised the war. If not for the war their dad, a giant among men, would still be with them. She hated the munitions factory where she was forced to work. Sometimes she even hated their mum, who'd never understood her, and had withdrawn into a circle of grief none of them could penetrate.

Sara knew their mum often accredited her with liking boys too much. Perhaps it was true. But it wasn't her fault they had always been attracted to her.

How she longed to be back in the salon, instead of stuck in this stinking hole of a factory with its deafening noise that threatened to split the eardrums. Daisy hated the men in the factory. They were the dregs; too young or old to be called up. Jane never spared them the time of day. But for Sara they helped alleviate the boredom that was enough to drive her insane. The older men were having a field day while all the young chaps were away in the services.

"How can you stand talking to him," Jane asked with disdain when Sara had been chatting to Dennis Webster, one of the foremen. "He’s a dirty old man." 

"Dennis is only twenty years older than me, and he's not dirty. Anyway, I like mature men," Sara retorted. That wasn't strictly true, but getting a rise out of her sisters was just another way to pass the time.

"Humph, old enough to be your father. Mum's right about you, Sara. One day you'll end up in a real pickle, the way you carry on," Daisy scolded. 

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Remnants of Dreams moves from the horrors of the 1914-1918 war to the 1990s, and paints an unforgettable picture of a changing world and of working class people in North London whose only riches are love and the knowledge that they did their best.

Alicia’s indomitable spirit sustains her and her large family through two wars, illness, death and loss. From her mother’s example Sara finds the courage to escape an intolerable situation and forge a new life in a new country.