Monday, 11 March 2013

Are You Passing Time With Me? Teaser, Blog Tour, & Competition

Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre is now available to download on Kindle. Are you brave enough to read it?



Blurb

Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.

A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.

In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.

A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?


Teaser

Here is the first of nine teasers I will be posting over the next two weeks, the opening to the collection's title story Passing Time.
 
We took death for granted, you and I. We spent our lives in quiet desperation, hoping the final call would arrive later rather than sooner. Yet even though we knew the end was coming, until we met the man with the briefcase, we believed there was nothing we or anyone else could do to stop it. We were wrong.
            The first time I saw him, the man who would change everything, he stood at the entrance to my office building one week before my retirement. He wore an old grey raincoat and carried the same briefcase as I, though his appeared worn around the edges through a lifetime of misuse. His face bore a myriad of lines gained through hard living. Holes caressed every edge of his clothing, and I guessed by his silver-patched hair and gait he was in his eighties or nineties. I did not know it at the time, but he’d been waiting for me. I’d passed him twice a day for thirty years and never even noticed.
           “Mr. Ashby?” he asked as he placed his sinewy body in front of mine, blocking my path. He stood the same height as I, and we stared at each other like two men preparing to fight.
           “Yes,” I said after a few seconds of hesitation.
           He reached out a skeletal hand and I took it, though I did not know why. His skin felt cool and ash-like–as if prolonged contact might simply rub it away–and I pulled my fingers free one by one, like peeling a band-aid I feared would rip away the top layer of his skin.
           “Thank you,” he said, the timbre of his voice sounding more jubilant. He turned his back to me and, with tremendous ease for a man of his age, began walking down the steps I had just assailed.
           “For what?” I called after him.
           He stopped for a moment and looked back. “For passing time, Mr. Ashby. Passing time.”


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Blog Tour


I'm on a two-week blog tour from March 11th - 22nd. Today you can find me over at Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog discussing Passing Time With Music. Please pop over and say hi to the mighty Ninja.


Competition

Win one of two $25.00 (£15) Amazon gift cards and a character named after you in my upcoming science fiction collection, Taking Time.


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Tweets

Here are a couple of tweet suggestions:

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I will be back tomorrow with a teaser from Expiration Date.

30 comments:

  1. Excellent excerpt! Happy to host you today and congratulations!

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    1. Thank you, Alex! It was an honour to kick off my blog tour with you.

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  2. Congratulations!

    I may be wrong here, but from the description, this anthology reminds me of Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected", which I thought were awesome!

    My favourite way to pass time is to read (of course) :-)

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    1. Thank you, Rachel. The title story, Passing Time, is very much in the Tales of the Unexpected tradition. I've tried to mimic that in a few of the others also.

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  3. Oooh great teaser!!! Love it!! ALL THE BEST lovely Ellie!! Now's your time to SHINE and SPARKLE! Yay!!! Take care
    x

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  4. Woohoo! Happy book birthday, Ellie. COngrats and good luck.

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    1. I never thought of it as a book birthday but it is! Thank you!

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  5. Congratulations, Ellie!!! So happy for you and I can't wait to read Passing Time. Loved the teaser!!

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  6. Yes, Congrats Ellie, it sounds amazing~
    I'm always nervous about a gray raincoat-time travelers I suspect ;D

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    1. Hehe. I think I've just watched too much Columbo!

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  7. Excellent stuff, Ellie. Loved that teaser. I shall definitely be purchasing a copy...

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  8. I love the teaser! Definitely makes me want to read it!

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  9. Good luck and have fun with the launch. You're featured on my FB page today.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. It's been fun so far.

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  10. Congratulations Ellie!
    Thanks for that delightful teaser. Mission accomplished. I want to read more.

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  11. Congrats Ell and thanks for the giveaway. I really like your cover.

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  12. It's all looking and sounding great, Ellie, congratulations.

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  13. Major congrats, Ellie! Woo hooo!! I wish you all success, and I look forward to your visit next week.

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  14. Massive congrats, Ellie! I'll be sharing on my blog soon, too. :) Tweeting, G+-ing also. Hope it's a huge success!

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  15. Intriguing excerpt Ellie! And three cheers for your publication!!

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  16. Exciting times ellie! Good luck! I can't wait to read it girl!

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  17. Finally made it back to say congratulations, Ellie! Loved PASSING TIME. Wishing you huge success. I'm off to send out a tweet before bed.

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  18. Excellent excerpt Ellie. I am intrigued to read more. Wishing you loads of success.

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  19. It's now on my Kindle, I will read them all soon. My trouble is that time is passing all too quickly at the moment. Good luck with the sales.

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