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The Girl in the Shadows – A short extract!

My grandmother was getting on in years. She was nearly sixty at this time and to me she seemed ancient. I watched her closely every day.

“Granny Maura, do you think you’ll go straight to Heaven when you die?”Since I made my first Holy Communion I had become fascinated by Heaven and Hell.

“Of course I will! Sure, why wouldn’t I?”

“Mam says smoking and drinking are sins and I’ve seen you smoking your little pipe and having a second glass of poitin when the neighbours call.”

“Smoking and drinking too much are sins but a few puffs and a few sips are good for you.”

“Is that why the Priest fills up the chalice with wine every Sunday and drinks it down without wasting a drop?” I was intrigued.

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph! The wine is turned into the blood of Christ and that’s why the Priest drinks it

without wasting a drop!” My grandmother nearly had a seizure.

“Mick said he tried it once and it’s definitely not blood.”

“If the Priest catches Mick anywhere near the communion wine he’ll never be left near the altar again. Anyway, sure the Priest always wipes out the chalice after he finishes the wine.” My grandmother was calming down.

“Yes, but Mick said the cloth he used was covered in red wine not blood and he knows because he tasted blood when he cut his finger.” I was sure of my facts.

My grandmother sighed. “You’re a strange one.”

I wasn’t finished yet. “Granny Maura, are you pleased that you will soon see my grandfather? You know, when you die too?”

My grandmother swatted me on the arm, “Get away from me child! I’m not dead yet!”

“Yes,” I replied thoughtfully, “but you soon will be. All old people die and you’re really old.”

My grandmother was not impressed. “Child, run out and mind the hens before I slap some manners into you!”

I went outside to do as I was told, but I wasn’t convinced. After thinking about it, I decided that she wasn’t really lying; old age had just made her forget that she was going to die. I thought it would be only right for me to remind her regularly so that she would be prepared and her soul could go straight to Heaven.

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The Girl in the Shadows

Just a sneak peek of the cover. Release date to be announced….

The Girl in the Shadows is growing up in rural Ireland in the middle of the twentieth century. Share the laughter and tears as she makes her way in a world so different from the one we know today.

Soon to be released in Paperback as well as an eBook

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Second Draft Completed!

Well, the first book of the series is well and truly on its way! Second draft done and ready to be sent out to the Beta Readers.

Got ideas for covers more or less sorted but still some work to be done. Also, working titles need to be decided upon but I think I’m nearly there!

Second part coming along nicely. I still have no idea how Grace is going to get to her final destination, I just know where it is! (She’s still very fickle – I want her to do one thing but she goes off and does something completely different. I only hold the pen, she directs it!)

Hoping for a release date in early October but I will know more when I have the book back from the readers and the cover and titles properly sorted.




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Finally!!! A novel or three in progress!!!

After years of thinking I should stick to short stories or non fiction I finally found the inspiration.
And then inspiration became a short story.
The short story turned into a longer story.
The longer story turned into three longer stories.
20,000 words in and the well is getting fuller every day. I can see the story right to the end and even if it never becomes a bestseller it is just bubbling to be born.
I’ll keep you up to date here and when the first draft has been edited I’ll post a sample to give you a taster….

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