Authors Corner – The Secret

Hello campbellsworld visitors.

Today we’ve a magnificent sharing from one of Tell-It-To-The-World’s newest clients.

She is celebrating her birthday month by sharing with us some of her totally talented work. The following is a glimpse into a book that is sure to grab your attention from sentence one, and not let you go until the end at which you will find yourself yelling for more. If you enjoy this be sure to let us know.

Be sure to visit Karen’s website to learn all about how you can buy this and all her books.

Karen Mossman

April is my birthday month and so, from 10th to the 30th The Secret is on offer for just 99p/99c

Two excerpts follow, each with a brief explanation to set up the scene.

The Secret is set on the seventies and Kerry is in her late teens. She lives at home with her mum and step sister. Her stepfather, Bill is a tyrant and meal times often end in rows. This is part of the secret Kerry keeps from everyone.

Domestic Violence was not talked about at that time and she accepts that life is like that. She is also very frightened, especially now that she has a new boyfriend who she really loves. She is ashamed of her secret and desperate to keep it from him. But secrets always have a way of coming out.

He lunged out at me again, this time I was so sick of treading on eggshells all the time. Sick of seeing Mum and Jodie constantly wearing frightened expressions. I couldn’t stop myself and sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.
“Go on then, spoil it for everyone, like you normally do,” I retorted.
 “You an ungrateful bitch!” He yelled lashing out as I ducked away. He went to pick up my plate to throw and stumbled. It teetered on the edge of table before smashing on the floor. More food spread over the kitchen.
Getting to his feet, Mum and Jodie scattered.
“Didn’t I give you a roof over your head?” he yelled at me.
“Haven’t I been paying for it ever since?” I yelled back.
“Kerry, for God’s sake,” Mum pleaded.
Jodie was crying loudly and she couldn’t get out of the door as he was blocking it. Creepy Colin had come to see what the commotion was. The table was acting as a barrier between Bill and I.
“Don’t you know what it’s like not having a job?” His voice was horribly whiney.
“No, because I’ve got one,” I snapped unable to help myself sprawling over a dining chair. The table shifted, and the rest of our dinner scattered.
“Bill! Kerry! Stop it!” Mum was crying now too. I didn’t now how to stop. I couldn’t get out of the room. If he caught me he batter me, I was scared stiff.
Bill pointed his finger, “You will get your comeuppance, lady. Don’t think you’ve got away with this.”
“Bill, please!” Mum grabbed his arm as I grabbed Jodie, and we both ran upstairs and hid under Jodie’s bed.
What had a done? A terrible row ensued downstairs, and it was my fault. I shouldn’t have mouthed off. I should have held my tongue. No!
Jodie put her arm around me as I sobbed. “Don’t cry, Kerry,” she whispered through her own tears.

Teaser image below of a man shouting and the words – He lunged at me again sprawling over the dining chair, the rest of our dinner scattering everywhere. This is to accompany the text above.

The Secret Teaser

Despite the dark background to this story, Kerry has a dry sense of humour and this is very much part of the story too.

In this second excerpt, Tommy, Kerry’s boyfriend takes her to see where he works.

“Where are we going?” I asked as we dismounted.
“You’ll see, come on.” He opened a door with a key and we went inside. “This is where I work.”
We entered a joiner’s workshop. Half built furniture were all over with wood shavings on the floor. Various types of cutting equipment were dotted around. We walked over to one of the half built piece of furniture
“This is mine,” he said. “I’m working on it at the moment.” It was a wardrobe, the door not yet put on.
“How on earth do you make these?” I asked running my finger through a pattern in the wood.
“With this. It’s called a router.” He held up some kind of tool. “Just look here,” he said, indicating inside of the wardrobe. I peered just behind where the door would be, and saw he’d scraped TS 74 in the wood.
“Oh yeah.”
“We all like to mark them somewhere. So should you ever buy a wardrobe, take a look inside, it might be one of mine.”
I grinned. “You’ll be famous.”
He laughed. “Come on, we’ll go into the tea room.”

We went up some stairs and into a big kitchen. There was a table in the centre and on it were mugs and some still contained tea that had gone cold and congealed. I pulled a face.
“I know,” he said as if reading my mind. “We’re a mucky lot.”
He began clearing it and piling the mugs into a dirty looking sink. Kitchen cupboards snaked around the sides of the room, both on the wall and beneath the counters. Some of the doors didn’t appear to fit properly, and some didn’t even have doors. There was a fridge, but there was also a bottle of milk standing on the top, its contents half empty and I had the feeling you wouldn’t want to drink it. In fact, everything looked grubby.
“I would offer you a brew…”
“Not a chance. Some of those cups look like they’ve never been washed.”
He grimaced. “Come over here.” He was standing next to a dining table. I could imagine all the joiners sitting around it drinking tea and telling dirty jokes.
“Why?” I asked a little dubiously. It was up to something.
“I want you to lie on it.”
I frowned, “Why?”
He looked at me with mischievous eyes and my pulse quickened. “I want to draw you.”
Draw me? I didn’t expect that. Was I disappointed? Did I think he was going to make mad passionate love to me right there on that table top?
Giggling, I stood on the chair, then onto the table and lay down, feeling a bit silly. I let him manoeuvre me into position feeling even sillier.
“Relax, Kerry.”
“Do you know how hard this table is?”
He pulled out a chair and sat down a little way from me. Producing a sketchpad from somewhere, he began to draw.
“Well, this is nice,” I said, feeling the back of my head on the edge of the table. I peered up at the ceiling as my hair hung towards the floor.
“You’ve no idea,” he said, glancing up at me and then down to the pad as the pencil moved quickly.
“Hmm, I wonder what’s for tea tonight. Wood chips? Or wardrobe sausage?” I pondered.
“Keep still.”
“I am still; in fact, I’m so still you can hardly tell I’m breathing.”
“Your mouth is moving.”
“Can you draw an open mouth?” I puckered it.
“Kerry! Shut up a minute.”
I mentally counted to 60 and then said, “My back is aching.”
“Okay,” he said, standing up and snapping the pad closed. “Finished.”
“Can I see it?”
“No, you can’t, I need to finish it first.”
“I thought you just said finished.”
“Hmm,” I loved the rumble sound his voice made. “These are just the bare bones,” he said with a grin. “I’ve to fill it in yet.”
“God!” I huffed, feigning annoyance. “I’ve been called many things, but bare bones!”
He swatted my bum with his hand. “You’ll see it, eventually.”
We were laughing as we made our way back outside to his bike.

Teaser Image below.

The Secret 2

A reading by Karina Kantas on YouTube (link below)

https://youtu.be/iZMRP0hrBuk

(currently 23 views)

MORE ABOUT KAREN AND ALL HER FABULOUS WORK…March 2018

WEBSITES:

Author site: 
https://karenmossman.weebly.com

BIOGRAPHY

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also has three themed short story collections and has recently joined the Electric Eclectic books, which allow her to write novelettes in different genres. So far she has four under the EE brand.

Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

“I enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter stories on my website.”

KAREN’S FOUR NOVELS

Joanna’s Journey

In e-book and print on Amazon. Also on Kindle Unlimited. Full details, excerpts, and buying links:
https://karenmossman.weebly.com/joannas-journey.html

Summary:

Most girls just want to find their one true love. Sisters, Joanna and Sandie are no exception.

While Joanna falls for rock singer, Niko, Sandie’s choice leaves Joanna reeling and causes a rift in their relationship.

Niko’s music always comes first and Joanna accepts being second best. She promises never to ask anything from him. But when she finds herself caught up in a violent shooting she is lost, frightened and alone.

Will Niko stand by her side or will he choose the path to stardom?

Set in the 80s with a soundtrack of music and fashion, Joanna’s Journey travels a road where sometimes love is not enough

Selected review quotes:

“ I laughed, I cried and finished the book with a smile on my face.”  Amazon Customer

“A heartfelt journey that will make you laugh, cringe and cry with all it’s intricate character traits and plot turns. Karen is an excellent writer to follow.”

– Dawn Chapman, author of The Desert Sequence: Puatera Online bk 1-3

“One of those books that keeps you reading on to the end

– Amazon Customer

 Joanna’s Destiny

Release Date June 3rd, pre-order May 3rd

In e-book and print on Amazon. Also on Kindle Unlimited (Standalone book – you don’t have to read the first one) Full details, excerpts, and buying links, more – coming soon

 Summary:

Struggling with the past, Joanna can’t forget the love she lost and the man who broke her heart. During the summer at a rock festival, Joanna meets him again. Niko is now an international rock star. Can they put the past behind them and rekindle the love they once had?

Mike stood by her when no one else did, but Niko still wants her. Joanna becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. Niko is the love of her life, but she cannot leave Mike as confusion and betrayal follows.

In Joanna’s Destiny, she has some fun times in France and mingles with the stars in Montreux. With a backdrop of music and fashion, emotions and friendships are tested. Her love for Niko never falters, showing that love can conquer all, but at what cost?

 

The Secret

Full details, excerpts, and buying links:
https://karenmossman.weebly.com/the-secret.html

 Summary:

Dear Diary

Kerry O’Brien has a hot new boyfriend! Yay!

His name is Tommy. He’s a biker and he’s gorgeous. He seems to like me too. He makes me feel good about myself and it’s been a long time since anyone has paid me that much attention. I also have a monster for a stepfather.

But I’m scared, scared Bill will find out about him and scared he will find out about Bill. Tommy’s very protective of me and if he ever found out my secret, I think he would murder Bill.

Bill started again last night. Jodie and I hid under the bed. I don’t want him to ever touch her. Secrets like mine are only whispered about. But the bruises are getting harder to cover and I know once Tommy finds out the truth, He’ll hate me and I’m afraid I might lose him.

Selected review quotes:

“I don’t think I’m going to be able to find the words to say how much I enjoyed this book.”

  • Julia Blake, author of Earthsong

“The way this author wrote about one family’s life in 1970 Manchester was authentic and enjoyable.”

  • Amazon customer

What a truly great read this was, I was drawn in from the very first page.”

– Ness Miller, author of Alamir: Blood of Kaos Series

The Truth Will Out

Full details, excerpts, and buying links:
https://karenmossman.weebly.com/the-truth-will-out.html

Summary

Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she’s terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?

Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.

Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah’s secret past be kept from Ryan?

In the end ‘The Truth Will Out.’

Selected review quotes:

“This book was full of tension and suspense.”

– Amazon Customer

“Pass me the handcuffs and clip them on to me and the delectable Ryan, a uniformed book boyfriend – Yes please!”

– Audrina Lane, author of The Heart Trilogy

“This is a great story of a woman who finds herself while in the witness protection program.”

– Amazon Customer

The Themed Collection

The Missing, a collection of short stories about missing people. Behind The Music, a collection of short stories with a musical theme. Heroes, a collection of short stories about heroes of all kinds.

Full details, excerpts, and buying links:
https://karenmossman.weebly.com/the-themed-collection.html

Selected review quotes

“I enjoyed this collection of short stories, If that’s the right way to describe a book covering such a sensitive subject.”

  • Amazon Customer about The Missing

“Karen J. Mossman’s themed collection of eight short stories investigate a range of heroes in a variety of settings and writing styles.”

– Stewart Bint, author of Timeshaft, about Heroes

“Really loved this, very thought provoking and so believable.”

  • Amazon customer about Behind The Music

 

Electric Eclectic Books, novelettes

One Christmas
Distant Time
Down by the River
A Cry in the Night

Full details, excerpts, and buying links:
https://karenmossman.weebly.com/electric-eclectic.html

Selected review quotes

“A normal family at Christmas, then tragedy strikes and the main point of the story is how the family come to terms and cope with the aftermath.”

Julia Blake – author of Lost and Found about One Christmas

 “It gripped me from the first paragraph so I knew straight away I was going to enjoy it.”

Amazon customer about Distant Time

“Sometimes good things come in small packages. This is true of Karen J. Mossman’s thriller Down by The River:”

– Elizabeth Horton-Newton, author of View from the Sixth Floor

SOCIAL MEDIA, BLOG, and CONTACT INFORMATION 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karenswritingsonthewall/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarenJMoss
Email: kazzmoss@gmail.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kazz_mossman/
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/karenmossman
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/KarenJMossman
Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-J-Mossman/e/B00JJY69OO
Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/101513298666906301324
Story site: https://magicofstories.net
Book Blogger site: https://karensbookbuzz.wordpress.com

 

 

  

 

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6 Responses to Authors Corner – The Secret

  1. Kazzmoss says:

    Reblogged this on Karen's Book Buzz Blog and commented:
    I am featured on this blog with my book The Secret.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on Claire Plaisted – Indie Author and commented:

    Another great book from Karen Mossman

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jane Risdon says:

    Shared on my Facebook author page and also tweeted. Good luck, enjoyed this.

    Like

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