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Sunday, March 29, 2020

RRR presents... BEYOND THE YEW TREE by Rachel Walkley - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're joining forces with Rachel's Random Resources to bring you a stop along their current tour featuring the work of Rachel Walkley.  We've got a spotlight to shine and an excerpt to share, so without further ado, I give you today's blog tour guest...

Rachel Walkley

About the book...
Whispers in the courtroom.
Only one juror hears them.
Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?
In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.
Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.
The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.
Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?
Ordinary women.
Extraordinary experiences.



~~~ EXCERPT ~~~

Extract 3:

Laura is a typical officer worker, and what could possibly upset her nice routine of life? Well, for starters, she’s a juror on what she assumes will be a boring case of fraud, except she’s beginning to doubt that, and to top it all, ever since the trial start in the old courthouse in Lincoln Castle, she’s been hearing whispers in the court room. By the fifth day of the trial, she’s realising something more sinister is happening to her.

Laura had woken up, breathless, heart thumping against her breastbone. The unnatural images remained embedded in her waking thoughts, unlike normal dreams, and they saturated her emotions with horror. But the experience wasn’t quite like a paralysing panic attack, not in the way she remembered those bad spells. The bizarre scene belonged in a theatre or cinema, played out for her, an audience of one.
The dream, always the same, like an episode repeating itself on a loop, was too vivid in its details to forget, so it lingered on and became part of her memories. She lay there, fatigue defeated by the rigours of adrenaline, and convinced that if she managed to doze off again, the nightmare would rematerialise. What bothered her the most was that, throughout the macabre scene, she had heard noises like the ones in the courtroom – hissing, tiny squeaks, and a high-pitched whine. However, she now knew they weren’t anything to do with a fly or any other small creature. She was hearing a voice: distorted, quiet, and infantile; the incomprehensible whispers of a young child, possibly a girl.
Shivering feverishly, she pulled the duvet up to her chin and stayed stiff until dawn, then she got up and dressed. The aching diminished during breakfast. She hadn’t sneezed or blown her nose, so she ruled out a cold. She moved around her house, avoiding the things that were Marco’s, and came to the conclusion that she needed a major distraction. More importantly: how to escape the dreams?


About author Rachel Walkley...

Aspiring writer who pens Women's Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.

What else?

 An East Anglian turned Northerner - almost.
Information professional, always.
Biologist, in my memories.
Archivist, when required.
Amateur pianist and flautist.
Reluctant gardener.
Scribbler of pictures.
And forever.... a mother and wife.
Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!



CHANCE TO WIN copy of The Last Thing She Said
or The Woman of Heachley Hall!
(Open INT)
(If the winner is in the UK then it will be a print copy, otherwise International winner is e-book)

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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of tour for more bookish fun!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Rachel Walkley said...

Thank you for sharing my book. Much appreciated.

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