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Today, we're shining the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on a title currently on tour with Rachel's Random Resources. It's a story that explores the world of escape from BOTH sides of the drug crisis. After the proper introductions, KEEP READING as we share a SPECIAL EXCERPT for your reading pleasure! Ladies and gents, prepare to fall down the rabbit hole as we take a closer look at today's title in the spotlight...
About the book...
“I stand as close as I can to the Liver Building without looking proper weird and tip my head back. My eyes can’t focus properly, but I can make out a turquoise shape right at the top, so I mouth ’iya to Bella. I’m a bit soft on the Liver Birds. They’re 300-odd feet up in the air, so they should be able to see everything, but they’re chained down…”
A story of the far-reaching effects of unrequited love and drug (ab)use, Underrated follows five lads who are just trying to make things better for themselves. In Liverpool and on the south Devon coast, their lives entangle as they turn to cocaine.
While some people take drugs to escape their circumstances, others deal drugs to escape theirs. But is escape ever really an option?
~~~ EXCERPT ~~~
Will is eighteen. He was unhappy at home with his parents, so he found a flat, and has just moved in. He’s short of money, and his landlord has just given him some bad news. At a loss as to what to do, Will has gone to the pub...
I’d never been the first one in a pub before. The church clock was clanging eleven as I got there, but I didn’t take any notice of it until I pulled the door and realised it was still locked. I stood on the step and rolled a cigarette – a nice fat one – and as the main entrance gave hardly any shelter, I stood in the alcove bit in front of the big black gates, and smoked it as I would have done any Saturday night. I wasn’t there long before the alchies began to gather. I felt a bit awkward – this was clearly a morning ritual for them, and they presumed I was joining them. I didn’t want to make small talk with a bunch of wasters, so I just smiled and moved over a bit, but one of them – a thin bloke in dirty jeans – slurred, yellow-faced “Mate, don’t suppose I could cadge a bit of weed off you, could I?”
I was a it taken aback, and replied, “Sorry, mate, I don’t touch the stuff.”
He just smirked and said, “I may look a bit gone in the head, mate, but I wasn’t born yesterday – your coat stinks of it.” He had me there. And that’s when it started.
About the author...
When she was six years old, Morwenna wrote and endless story about a frog, and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She’s the author of bestselling noir psychological thrillers, The (D)Evolution of Us, and Glasshouse, has an MA in Creative Writing, and can usually be found down by the sea. Morwenna's third novel, Underrated, was published by #darkstroke on Valentine's Day, 2022, and she has several works in progress.
She often thinks about that frog.
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN...
...paperback copies of The (D)Evolution of Us and Glasshouse by Morwenna Blackwood
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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. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!