Monday, October 29, 2018

Sparkly Badgers Ghost Hunt #giveaway #books


Be brave and grab your torches - 
it's time for the Sparkly Badgers' Ghost Hunt!

Find all the ghosts, collect all the letters and submit the spooky phrase to enter the prize draw and win sweets and books.

Everyone who enters gets to choose a book prize but only one lucky hunter will go away with every eBook.

Good luck and happy ghost hunting!

For clues, visit the Facebook Event Page:


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

#WIPpet Wednesday - Alumni: Sturdy Door

It's WIPpet Wednesday... :)

Brief Context
This is another snippet from Alumni (HBTC #8). At the end of Reunions (HBTC #7), Josh was stuck in the loft, having gone up there to investigate some psychic tools Dan had discovered earlier. In this snippet, he’s still sitting on the lip of the loft hatch, and he’s called Dan—I skipped forward a bit.

WIPpet Maths for Wednesday 24th October, 2018
18 x 10 – 24 = 156 words

And the WIPpet Snippet:
A series of thuds, loud and likely emanating from a fist, echoed up the stairwell while a torrent of foul language poured out of Josh’s phone.

“I can’t pick this, this…stupid…” There was another loud thump followed by a muted roar. “That’s it. I’m calling the locksmith,” Dan said.

“No!” The word was out before Josh could check himself, and he scrabbled to take his phone off speaker. “I don’t want a locksmith.”

“The guy’s not cheap, but he’s good,” Dan contended, mistaking Josh’s petulance for miserliness, but the cost was irrelevant; he simply could not take more ridicule, albeit that what he’d endured so far was his own. His curiosity had made a fool of him, and his pride had ensured he’d had plenty of time to reflect.

“Have you tried shouldering it?”

“Are you having a laugh? They’ve got flimsier doors on Fort Knox.”

It was a very sturdy door, Josh had to agree.

* * * * *

What is WIPpet Wednesday?
WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Wrayburn - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404



Thanks for reading
Deb x

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

#WIPpet Wednesday - Alumni: Disappointed

It's WIPpet Wednesday... :)

Brief Context
This is another snippet from Alumni (HBTC #8). At the end of Reunions (HBTC #7), Josh was stuck in the loft, having gone up there to investigate some psychic tools Dan had discovered earlier. In this snippet, he’s still sitting on the lip of the loft hatch, and he’s accepted he’s not getting down on his own.

WIPpet Maths for Wednesday 17th October
17 - 10 = 7
This is from p61 of my manuscript.
6 + 1 = 7
(Yes, I know it’s really convoluted…)

And the WIPpet Snippet:
“Mr. Sandison. Gordon Baines here.”

Oh, thank all that is… “Hey, Gordon. Thanks for returning my call. I was…erm…wondering if, perchance, you still have a set of keys to the building?”

“Keys to the building…” Baines sucked his teeth, the noise crackly and distorted against Josh’s ear. He moved the phone away and continued listening on loud speaker. “I might be wrong, but I think I only had the two sets I gave to you. Have you lost them?”

“Erm… Not lost them, as such, more…I’m locked in.”

“Oh? I had the locks checked before I put the building on the market.”

“Yes, and I’m sure the locks are all working fine.”

“Right, so what exactly do you mean by locked in?”

“I, erm… It’s complicated.” It always worked when George said it. “Can you help me or not?” Josh was being bolshy, but he’d apologise later. Anything to get him out of his predicament.

“If I’ve got them, they’ll be in the safe. I’ll pop and have a look and call you straight back.”

“It’s OK, I’ll wait on the—agh! The bloody bleep again! Please, please have another set.”

Josh wasn’t optimistic—about anything, ever, but particularly on this occasion—thus he had no justification for being so utterly disappointed when Gordon called back and confirmed the only two sets of keys to the first floor of the building were, as he’d said, in Josh’s possession. Or, in fact, several feet downwards and to the left of his possession.

“Damn it!”

Back to his contacts, no more horsing around. He hit the call button.

* * * * *

What is WIPpet Wednesday?
WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Wrayburn - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404



Thanks for reading
Deb x

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

#WIPpet Wednesday - Alumni: What Goes Up...

It's WIPpet Wednesday... :)

Brief Context
This is another snippet from Alumni (HBTC #8). At the end of Reunions (HBTC #7), Josh was stuck in the loft, having gone up there to investigate some psychic tools Dan had discovered earlier. I’ve been trying to figure out for ages how to get Josh down again, and I've done it.

But first, here he is, sitting on the lip of the loft hatch, and he’s accepted he’s not getting down on his own.

WIPpet Maths
10 paragraphs for the 10th of the 10th.

And the WIPpet Snippet:
Josh opened his contacts list and scrolled. Adele…no. If she sets eyes on this lot—he glowered at the attic stash—she’ll think all her Christmases have come at once. Andy…he’ll have me abseiling my way out. Would that be so bad? A quick downwards glance assured him it would. Baines Property Services…potentially. He mentally bookmarked Baines and continued scrolling through friends and business contacts, imagining the scenario for each, all of them horrific, leaving him with a shortlist of two, neither of which he was eager to try.

Dan or Gordon Baines. Dan. Gordon Baines. He’d have flipped a coin if he’d had one to hand. Lesser of two evils? Hard to say, but probably Gordon. Embarrassing as it was to have his ex-landlord come and rescue him from the top of a stepladder of only moderate height, Josh could no longer feel his legs. He made the call.

“Good afternoon, Baines Property.”

“Good afternoon. Would it be possible to speak to Gordon, please?”

“Who’s calling?”

“Josh Sandison.”

“One moment, please.” He was put on hold—no music, mercifully—and then the same voice came back on the line. “Mr. Baines is in a meeting and asked me to tell you he’d call back shortly.”

Josh held in his cry of anguish. “OK. Thank you. Please do tell him it’s rather urgent.”

“I’ll be sure to let him know.”

There was a bleep in Josh’s ear. He moved his phone away and stared, horrified, at the ‘call ended’ notification. The fingers of his other hand—clinging tightly to the lip of the loft hatch—were aching, and he had cramp in his buttocks from keeping them tensed for so long, but there was no floor in the loft, and if he tumbled backwards…

“Now, there’s an idea.” It would certainly get him down quickly.

* * * * *

What is WIPpet Wednesday?
WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Wrayburn - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404


Thanks for reading
Deb x