A Touch of Writing in the Night

This is really just a filler while I get my act together over the Leibster Blog Award and other pressing matters. A couple of paragraphs from the Work In Progress. (Warnings: may contain strong language; manufactured in an environment which contains nuts).

The old house, squatting viscerally on now-thawing ground, had the best of it. It was deaf to returning boots, babbling excuses, raised voices, retribution. Later, soldiers in washed-out fatigues gathered like children at the foot of the great staircase and listened as the awful shrillness of Farrell’s anger and the bass rumble of Donnelly’s resigned responses played out. Donnelly was their man, a target for loyalty. Farrell was the provider of nourishment and fear, the dripping roast pig at the banquet that kept leaping from the spit and savaging with tusks and sharp hooves.

A door opened; fatigues dissolved into dark corridors; Donnelly came down the stairs, two hundred and ten pounds of pent-up anger. He strode across the hall, an Exocet looking for a whiff of infrared. Nothing registered. He pulled open the oak doors, the horse long since bolted, took a deep breath of warming air; felt sunshine on his face; exhaled shakily. As he fumbled for his Malboros, he wished that fucking McLennan and his ghastly crew would come marching up the drive and they could finish it once and for all.

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7 responses to “A Touch of Writing in the Night

  1. ahh i really like the way you write. Some really eloqant turns of phrases. going to explore more of your blog!

  2. Tina Bryan

    What a delicious morsel! I can’t wait for a much bigger portion!

    • Thanks, Tina. I was considering sending you the Prologue and Chapter 1 for comment. Only if you are interested, of course!

      • This is the follow-up book to, The Butterfly and The Bull? I can’t wait to read it. I better go back and skim through it. And you know what? I was so into the story, I never even noticed what POV it was written in!

      • This is indeed the follow-up, Karen. Another adventure involving most of the main characters from TBATB! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Positive feedback, as you know, is always welcome!

      • I know I have written a review on it, now just to figure out where! I have it mentioned and the link on this blog, recommending it, and on my other blog on my to be read list (Old blog post) But I remember I was reading it on my computer kindle app and saying that one part had me confused and when I went back to figure out why, I found that I had missed a whole paragraph! Hmmm…Goodreads or Amazon, maybe? I’ll check my drafts.

  3. Thanks, Karen. You posted a review on Amazon on 14th May last year, so I’m not surprised you lost touch with it! It was very much appreciated, BTW. Reviews are the little bags of washed gold for authors, as you know!

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