Friday, 19 July 2013

Another Week, Another Teaser

I really didn't expect that quick a response to my last Facebook page post - thanks everyone!  To reward you all, here's a teaser from chapter 6 of "Absolution" for you.  It's so hard to choose these teasers, believe me - I don't want to give anything away, so it seems safer to share them from the first few chapters of the book, as it gets mighty complicated from there on in.  Don't want to spoil any surprises!  

For those following the progress, I'm currently writing chapter 24.  After that, I have 3 more chapters to write, then a final edit to do before getting it off to my publisher by August 16th.  It's all go around here!

Anyway, the teaser:

“Ally, you need to face facts here.”  Callum eyeballed her.  “He left four years ago and he only came back for the funeral.  Does he feel guilty about that?  Sure, why not.  But did he even try to call you or me or anyone apart from Tom in the past four years?  Did he make any effort at all to come home during that time?  No, because he didn’t give a shit.  That’s the sort of guy he is.  I know it hurts like hell, but it’s the truth.  Don’t go getting suckered into this whole routine he’s got going here.  I don’t know about you, but I’m all out of second chances.”
She opened her mouth to speak but he cut her off. 
“I know you want to believe something else, and that’s your call.  Just don’t go doing anything rash because you think you see something in him that wasn’t there before.  He’s a whole different person now – none of us know him anymore, including you.”
She swallowed back tears and waited until she could control her voice before she spoke. 
“I know how you feel about him.” she said quietly.  “I know it hurt when –“
“Hey, this isn’t about me, it’s about you.”
“No, it’s not.  It’s not just about me – I wasn’t the only one he left behind.” she insisted.
“Yeah, well, you were the only one he left behind in the ICU.”
She stared at him, clamping her jaw together to keep from crying again. 
He sighed, running a hand down his face again.  “I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean it to come out like that.” 
She shrugged, frightened by the underlying anger in his tone.  “It’s okay. You’re right.”
She stared down at her hands in her lap.  He was right, she couldn’t argue with that.  Still, she knew there was more to it.

As usual, feedback is always very gratefully received - you're welcome to either comment here or on my Facebook page, I don't mind which (it's just great to hear from you!).  In case you missed the news on my Facebook page, release date has now been rescheduled for October 22nd, so watch this space!  

~Amanda

4 comments:

  1. Lots of emotion flying around between Callum ,Ally and Jack . Roll on October. Absolution is going to be a belated birthday treat to myself xx

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    1. Thanks Tracy :) Yes, there is lots of emotion. It's a frightening concept, facing your past when your past is full of things you'd rather forget. I love writing from all the different angles in this story - it certainly keeps everything fresh. Hope you enjoy the full story, come October :) xx

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