Book Extract: The Devil’s Bride by Emma S. Jackson

Halloween is getting closer and it is an ideal time to catch up with spooky reads. I am pleased to share a book extract with you to celebrate a novel I enjoyed earlier this year, The Devil’s Bride by Emma S. Jackson. My review can be found here

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The Devil’s Bride by Emma Jackson

Title: The Devil’s Bride

Author: Emma S. Jackson

Publisher: Darkstroke

Genre: Gothic, paranormal romance

Release date: 6th February 2020

Amazon link: http://bit.ly/TheDevilsBride

Book Extract for The Devil’s Bride

This extract from The Devil’s Bride comes a couple of chapters in when Jamie and the gang of highwaymen she works with have infiltrated the supposedly cursed Edburton Manor and found Matthew living there.

Now he’s their captive and this is the first conversation the two main characters have with each other. I loved writing this moment and exploring the beginning of the game of cat and mouse they would play. Although Matthew is tied up on a chair – having recently been knocked unconscious – he’s not entirely at her mercy…

Freezing cold water spilled down his head and face, throwing pain and tension through him so he coughed and spluttered and opened his eyes.

She bent down to peer into his face, her lips twisting in a wry smile that didn’t touch her eyes.

‘Yeah, I thought you were faking.’ Her voice was cool with amusement.

He blinked, water running along his eyebrows and dripping from his eyelashes. Her eyes were grey shadows in the candlelight, but her aura… He was overwhelmed by it all over again. The colours of her emotions ran at the centre of it, but all around the edge was that bleed of gauzy silver.

‘That makes two of us,’ he rasped.

She straightened up and took a step back from him, her head tilting ever so slightly. ‘Excuse me?’

‘Do they know you’re a woman?’

She showed no reaction save for a raised eyebrow. ‘I must’ve hit you harder than I thought.’

He shook his head gingerly, needling the ache behind his ear and gave a half-smile. ‘I think you hit me precisely as hard as you meant to.’

Her tongue touched the corner of her mouth as she considered him. He saw a kaleidoscope of curiosity, caution, and a flicker of desire, pulse through her.

No, it might not be that. He’d been wrong about that before. It wasn’t as though anyone had ever taught him what the colours meant; he’d had to work it out all by himself. Sometimes he couldn’t even be sure he was seeing different colours – it was more of an impression – and who was to say half of that wasn’t in his head? Feelings could flash in and out of a person, and regardless of whether he was reading them right; it didn’t always mean people would act accordingly. He’d learnt that in brutal fashion when his half-brother had introduced his fiancée two years ago.

‘Does it hurt?’ she asked idly, and it was only the glimpse of guilt slipping through her aura that recalled his wandering mind.

His heart began to beat harder at the intensity of his situation. He hadn’t been around anyone for so long, and he’d almost forgotten the onslaught – the way his brain constantly had to process the complexities of people’s internal secrets. How was he supposed the gain the upper hand and escape while he was struggling just to think straight?

And that was the goal now. Just escape. Forget protecting the homestead and its valuables. If he managed to get away with his life, he would be lucky enough.

He took a shaky breath, trying to pull himself back together.

‘Not as much as if you’d used the pointy end.’

She laughed at that; a genuine moment of amusement that made him see past the swirling colours to her. It didn’t soften her, but it lifted her. It didn’t make her look younger but it gave him a glimpse of her youth; the idea that once she had laughed regularly and that had been taken from her. Somehow that seemed worse than his own experience of childhood.

Author Biography

Emma Jackson

Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her latest romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, was released in June, with a festive romance, ONE KISS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, due for release on 2nd November 2020.

Emma also writes historical and fantasy fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE was published by DarkStroke in February 2020.

You can find out news about Emma via her website, by signing up to her newsletter at http://www.esjackson.co.uk or on:
Twitter @ESJackson1
Facebook @EmmaJacksonAuthor
Instagram @emma_s_jackson

Happy reading and stay safe!

Love

Book Review: The Unquiet Spirit by Penny Hampson

Autumn is here and we are on the way to Halloween, one of my favourite days of the year and a perfect time for spooky reads. I am pleased to share my review for The Unquiet Spirit by Penny Hampson which lends itself to be read on chilly, dark evenings while waiting for things to go bump.

Book Review: The Unquiet Spirit by Penny Hampson

The Unquiet Spirit by Penny Hampson

Title: The Unquiet Spirit

Author: Penny Hampson

Publisher: Darkstroke/Crooked Cat

Genre: Paranormal, suspense

Release date: 21st August 2020

Purchase Links – getbook.at/theunquietspirit

Blurb

A new beginning. A house with a past. A man with secrets.

It was a dream come true…that turned into a nightmare.

Kate Wilson thinks moving back to Cornwall might be the answer to her prayers. But it isn’t long before she begins to have doubts. Is the house she inherited from her godmother haunted? Or is she going out of her mind? With a stalker, threats, and attempted break-ins, Kate’s troubles multiply.

Then there’s her enigmatic neighbour, the brooding Tom Carbis; a man with secrets he doesn’t wish to share. Can she trust him when he says he wants to help?

In her quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding her, will Kate uncover more than she bargains for?

Set in beautiful Cornwall, The Unquiet Spirit is a gripping suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Fans of Barbara Erskine will enjoy this tale.

My Thoughts

I was attracted to this novel for its setting, promise of spookiness and reference to Barbara Erskine, one of my favourite authors. I am always on the look out for authors similar in her style. The Cornish location for this novel and house offers the ideal set up for a ghost story and after an explosive start where I was thrown into action as Kate is pursued by a man, the hauntings begin with the smell of rosemary and classic spookiness. The authentic ghostly experiences were perfectly balanced with the developing relationship between Kate and Tom. The tension and chemistry between them kept me intrigued as did the discovery of a diary revealing the houses secrets.

Would I recommend?

Yes, this is a lovely, enjoyable ghost story for these colder nights with atmospheric setting and intriguing characters parcelled up with an historical mystery waiting to be solved. It sent shivers down my spine. I would love to read more from this author especially if she writes more paranormal.

Author Biography

Penny Hampson

Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.

Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and  three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a  historical mystery/romance. Other books in the same genre soon followed.

But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

For more on Penny’s writing, visit her blog: https://pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/

Twitter: @penny_hampson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pennyhampsonauthor

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to this tour, introducing me to a new author to watch and giving me an ARC so I could give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Happy reading and stay safe!

Love