27 June 2014

It's Friday again

and time for Friday Freebits

This week I'd like to share another six paragraphs from part one of
Remnants of Dreams
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"What a nice man," Fiona said as she put their cups and saucers in a bowl and poured the remains of the hot water over them.

"Nice? He probably got himself wounded on purpose so he could get out of serving in the front line," Alicia retorted. She knew she was being spiteful, but couldn't help herself. She wanted to hurt someone

"Allie! What a thing to say."

Alicia fumed. Why had her Arthur wasted away at the front while that man had spent all the war away from the trenches? Why was he alive and vital while Arthur's bones were rotting under the muck in that distant place? What right did he have to be alive and breathing while Arthur was gone forever! 

Tears gushed from her eyes. They splashed on Arty's face and he screamed at her distress. Blindly she thrust him at Fiona before rushing from the room. She took the stairs two at a time, then pushed open the door to the back yard, slamming it against the wall as she ran out into the junk-cluttered space behind the shop. Stopping by the pile of old chairs and cupboards stacked along the fence, she howled like a banshee, her face lifted to catch the spots of icy sleet that fell. Sobs racked her until she felt drained and arid. She hiccuped a few times as they subsided.

Alicia came to terms with her loss in the following months. Their dad always stressed they should get life in perspective. At least she had her son. Lots of women had nothing but a few paltry memories to remind them of their lost men. The heavy burden of grief lifted. Alicia began to get on with her life.

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20 June 2014

Friday Freebits; six paragraphs from Mystic Mountains
Settlers Book 1

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Mystic Mountains is available for Kindle
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     "Just a minute," a calm level voice ordered.

     Malloy turned to face the tall fair-haired man who strolled towards them.

     He had yellow-gold eyes, Isabella noticed; eyes the like of which she'd never seen on any man. He was tall and broad-shouldered, with narrow hips. But her eyes were drawn to his handsome face, with a nose that was straight and elegant, a wide brow, a firm chin.
     His strong legs were encased in breeches. He wore knee-high boots and his white shirt, open almost to his waist, showed a V of brown flesh covered with golden hairs. The sun glinted in them, making them sparkle. He seemed to be surrounded by a glowing aura and Isabella shook her head slightly to rid herself of the impression the man was a golden god. There was a vitality and arrogance about him that made every other man in the area fade into insignificance.

     "What you want, Tiger Carstairs?" Malloy snarled. 

     No mistaking where this Tiger had acquired his nickname. With that mane of hair and his eyes, he bore a striking resemblance to a wild animal. At this moment he looked like a lion about to pounce on his prey. Every woman in the line had turned to watch him.


"It is always a pleasure to read a Tricia McGill novel. Her characters come alive before your eyes and her ability as a wordsmith paints a picture you can see. I am already looking forward to another book from her." Mary Richmond

"I really loved this book (previously published as Blue Haze but re-published as Mystic Mountains). It was like Pride and Prejudice...ooops, I mean Arrogance and Obstinacy, meets the Thorn Birds in 1818 Australia. I love realistically flawed characters--perfect romance H/h's are such bores--and both of these were so realistically flawed, the way their life experiences from their past hard-scrabble youth carried over to lead to inappropriate and sometimes foolish judgments in their present was so well developed into the plot of this book." Janet Orosz-Kindle  five stars