Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Returned *Cover Reveal* by Keeley Smith




Returned (Pendle Hill #1)
After her reluctant move to a sleepy village in the middle of Lancashire Cora's life is turned upside down when she discovers she is a witch, a very powerful witch. Cora is not just any old witch, she is the daughter of Alizon Device who was one of the most powerful witches of her time.

Dealing with her new found powers is quite a challenge, but when the past she didn't know about unearths new complications in the form of Jack Thomas, her life becomes increasingly dangerous with each waking minute.

Jack also has a secret past, a past that clashes with Cora's.

A confrontation between the two results in a life or death situation. The brutal events of 1612 happened hundreds of years ago, but what Jack and Cora face is a definite déjà vu. The only question is, will their fate be the same as those who perished in 1612?





Excerpt:

Her body jerked at the sound of his laugh. The cold sharp smack of shock ripped the breath right out of her. He stood ahead of her, blocking her path, and as usual he had his cronies flanking either side of him. A plethora of feelings fought for pole position. Anger, the winner. Fear came in at a close second.

He was alive.

A small flutter of happiness flew through her only to be extinguished a second later. She found it overwhelming that one moment she was happy to see him alive and then the next she wanted to smack him. She sighed in frustration. They were here, again.

The combination of thinking and walking had been dangerous, she would never do that again. She felt the tight pinch as her nails embedded themselves within her palm. Her body was responding before her brain had caught up. A bubble of sick rose into her mouth, she swallowed it and concentrated on not passing out. She couldn’t judge how much more her body could take. There had to be a reason as to why she felt this kind of pain in his presence? There had to be some explanation? She had never disliked someone so intensely without actually knowing their last name.

She took a deep breath in an attempt to stop herself from whimpering. The jagged wisps of his hair flew in all directions, his eyes glared fiercely at her, his Cupid’s bow mouth was set in a thin line. She walked closer to him, this wasn’t easy with the unsteadiness of her legs.

He remained glued to the spot. The closer she stepped towards him the more defined his features became. She caught a slight flicker of something in his eyes, was that fear she saw? She couldn’t see because he'd quickly replaced it with his irritating lopsided smile.

“Look, Jack c-c-come on, she could cast a spell on you,” one of the boys behind him stuttered.

They were both backing away together which made the laughter danced around her. Well, at least the wind was happy. And that wasn't a sentence she thought would ever cross her mind.

“We really need to stop meeting like this,” he sneered, the grin on his face was easy, carefree. “So, you think you can push me and get away with it.” Jack edged closer still.

She smiled. He seriously thought she'd pushed him, that thought alone was absurd. She could barely lift her own weight let alone push him that distance.

“Go on then, do it again if you dare, or is witchy witch scared?” he said, taunting her.



Meet The Author:

During the writing stage of this book I bought a house, got married, decorated a lot (I now hate gloss paint!), worked full time (I still do) and achieved an honours degree in English Literature and Language through the Open University.

I like to stay busy!

I finally finished the first draft of my first book about two years after starting it. Once I'd finished, the hard work started. Yep, every writer out there will tell you that it's hard killing all your word babies but it's for the greater good. I would never have published my first draft, it was not so good.

So here I am, hundreds of drafts later with the finished book (ha!), no book is EVER truly finished. I'm sure every author could go back and re-write their first book. 

This first book is my debut in the public world. I wanted to read a story that invovled witches and I realised the only way I could do this was to write one myself. I researched several known cases of witchcraft and the trials and found the Pendle Hill trials were perfect for the story I had in mind. 

Returned was born.

I have many other writings projects that I've already started including book two in the Pendle Hill trilogy. There are many more stories in me yet. Keep checking back to see the latest news on my books.

If I'm not writing you would generally find me reading, trawling social networking sites and listening to music, I will pretty much listen to any kind of music but I have two favourites, country music has been with me since I was a little toddler so this is a massive favourite of mine. I also love to listen to movie scores, especially when I'm writing!

I currently live in Yorkshire with my husband. 

Thanks for reading!


Keeley xx




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