Hello, Book Dragons! I hope you all doing ok. Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Volta By Nikki Dudley and I would like to share an extract from the book, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Aurora Metro Books
Release date: 06 05 2021
Price*: Kindle £7.49 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.79 (GBP)
Kindle $10.57 (USD)/ Paperback $13.64 (USD)
Pages: ~ 312
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Description of the book: When Briony Campbell confesses to killing her boyfriend, a straightforward crime of passion soon turns into a baffling mystery. Haunted by demons from his past, lawyer S.J. Robin is assigned to the case. But as confusion – and the body count – rises, he’s forced to question who is guilty and who is innocent. Can he see justice served and hold on to the woman he loves?
Extract: Chapter 1
‘Please…’ She knew that voice. She heard it over and over in her ears but only realised it was a dream when her eyes flickered open. Like a blind slowly letting in light. She was on the floor, one arm bent at a strange angle as if she had fallen from a great height. It wasn’t broken though. It had only gone to sleep.
She rubbed her eyes. She realised her hands were covered in something sticky, but it was hard to see properly. The curtains were closed. The room was lit by one small lamp… she knew where she was. The layout of Ed’s flat was almost identical to hers.
The stickiness was red. The stickiness was… blood. She tried to wipe it away, but it was flaky and hard against her skin as though she’d been covered in it for a long time. Maybe hours. Her face also felt raw as though she’d been crying for days without a break. She felt dried out on the inside.
She checked herself for injuries but didn’t find any. She sighed into the room.
What time is it?
She couldn’t see a clock, even though she was sure there used to be one on the side table next to her. It was a small digital clock with angry red numbers.
She got on her knees and crawled towards the other side of the sofa, finding the clock on the floor she picked it up. It was 2:51 pm. She dropped it again.
She concentrated on her arms and hands again. So much blood. It had erupted over her top, down her arms and there were splashes staining her trousers. She touched it. It was dry.
She noticed the stain on the floor then. Where she had been lying, blood had soaked into the floorboards. It felt tacky when she pressed her fingers against it.
She used the sofa to haul herself up. Her legs shook but she adjusted after a few seconds.
When had she last eaten?
She couldn’t remember. She didn’t allow herself to sit on the sofa but forced herself to walk towards the bedroom. The door was partially open.
She hesitated in front of it.
This must be a dream, she thought. More like a nightmare but, regardless, not real. She wasn’t really covered in blood, she didn’t have broken nails, she didn’t have a tear in her top. This was all make-believe.
She took a deep breath and pushed the door open. The room was dark. She put her hand on the wall and found the light switch. She pressed it on and that’s when she saw it: the bed covered with red, streaks of red up the wall, a leg hanging off the bed. A body.
About the author: Nikki is a novelist and poet who grew up in London. She is managing editor of streetcake magazine, which publishes innovative writing. She also runs the streetcake writing prize and MumWrite, a development programme for mums. Her novel, ‘Ellipsis’ was published by Sparkling Books in 2010. Additionally, she has been published in magazines and online. Her chapbook ‘exits/origins’ and collection ‘Hope Alt Delete’ are published by The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. She won the Virginia Prize for fiction 2020 and her novel, Volta, will be published by Aurora Metro Books in 2021. Her interests include reading usual books, watching films, and attending events such as poetry readings, sport, and gigs. She loves travelling and likes trying local cuisines.
Website: https://www.nikkidudleywriter.com / Twitter: @nikkidudley20 / Instagram: @nikkisdudley
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