Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Precious by Clare Davidson, author of 'Reaper's Rhythm'

Author Clare Davidson has stopped by with a teaser from her new book Reaper's Rhythm.
Charley’s lying on the bed, her blond hair fanned out over the pillow. Her arms are spread wide, palms up. Crimson blood drips from deep slashes on her wrists. Her blue eyes are open, staring at the ceiling. But they don't see. They're dull, empty. Dead. The room spins. My stomach lurches and bile rises up my throat. I swallow and clap my hand to my mouth. Sagging against the doorframe, I can’t tear my gaze from the single lock of hair resting over Charley’s porcelain cheek. What should I do? Charley would know what to do. As I stumble down the stairs, my mind clicks into gear. A scream rips out of my throat, eclipsing the pounding music. My foot slips on the beige carpet, sending me tumbling down the remaining stairs. My shoulder and back slam against the wall. I scramble to my feet, screaming, sobbing, then stagger into the hallway, colliding into a young man with the darkest eyes I’ve ever seen. My own force knocks me backwards. His strong grip clenches my arm, preventing me from falling. I try to scream again, but the sound is trapped within my constricting chest. My sister is dead. A stranger is in my house.
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Title: Reaper's Rhythm
Author: Clare Davidson
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/ Mystery

Book Description:
When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered. Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger. The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late.

My precious

Even though I have a Kindle, I love physical books and I have one particular book that I cherish above all others: a signed, first edition, first printing, hardback of the complete His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.

My brother gave it to me on my wedding day. He was giving me away, so we were the last two to set off for the church. We had to wait for the car to come back from taking my Mum and my bridesmaids. I was so nervous. Pacing up and down, fidgeting, when my brother surprised me with a present.

I unwrapped it and revealed the deliciously dark dust jacket. The design was beautifully simple: the golden compass took pride of place, with the title in striking gold letters. I opened the book, feeling the thick paper and squealed when I saw it was signed. In an instant, nerves turned to delight.

It really was the most amazing gift my brother could have ever given me. Waiting to give it to me in that moment was a stroke of pure genius on his part. Not only do I love the book because it’s a signed, first edition, first printing copy, I love it because it brings back the happy memories of my wedding day. It really is my precious book.

Do you have a book you cherish above all others? I’d love to know what it is and why you love it so much.
Author Bio: claresmall Clare Davidson is an independent writer, based in Lancaster. Clare is a high school teacher, mother and character-driven fantasy writer. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten. She published her first novel, Trinity in July 2012. Trinity is a young adult, fantasy novel, which currently has seventeen five star reviews on Amazon UK. Her second novel, Reaper’s Rhythm, is due to be released on the 26th July 2013. Also aimed at a young adult audience, Reaper’s Rhythm is an urban fantasy with a dash of mystery.

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  2. Oh my goodness! That was so beautiful! And I love those books. I had all three, but loaned the first one to a guy and he skipped the state or something. Gone. I'll eventually replace it. :-)

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