The Tormenter

Short Story
By Stephanie Geary

Sitting outside the school gates, I wait nervously for Stan Foster to come out of class. My mind whirls at the prospect of seeing him, knowing what I must do. Nerves and fear play a part in making my decisions. I can see a crowd forming, they have heard about what will be happening shortly. Hands in pockets, I glance at the growing audience, knowing that I am about to be put on display and that I must perform. My hands are clammy, and I wipe them roughly down my school trousers. I pull a handful of change from my pocket and count the coins.

Not enough, I need more.

What will he say about that?

I see him making his way out of the school, a group of friends surrounding him, offering him encouragement. They all look this way, none of them wanting to admit that they play a part in this scenario. As they get closer, I feel my heart racing, adrenaline kicks in and I feel ready. My eyes never steel away from his, I stare him down and gulp down on the salty saliva building up in the back of mouth and throat. I feel nauseous, but I know that is due to the fire burning in my gut.

Racing towards Stan, I see the fear in his eyes as he sees me, his secondary school bully approaching him. He looks at me, tears ready to spill from his eyes and I feel the raw fear that comes from his every pore.

And I love it.

I wish that I didn’t! I feel the hold that I have over him and the feeling of being powerful is like a drug I can’t get enough of. I clench my fists eagerly.

My audience waits as I approach my prey; all eyes are on me. I cannot let them down.

 

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Writing Contests

Hi all

So I have really started getting into my writing, I have a few stories under my belt, but it’s all pointless if my work isn’t being seen, so I have started entering contests and competitions. If anything, the feedback would be good.

So the first one I entered is this one…

Sure, winning would be good! But for me it’s just about getting my pieces seen. They may critique what I write and never like it, but I will continue to try anyway!

S x

#Blogtour – Getting Dirty by Rachael Stewart

Blogtour – 1st February

Hi all,

This review is way later than it should be and I apologise to all concerned for this. I am happy to announce that I am almost 5 months pregnant and I have suffered with severe morning sickness. I am finally starting to feel human again, but have a lot of writing catching up to do. I come to you with another TOO HOT to handle book from the fantastic author, Rachael Stewart. I love everything that this lady puts together, but this book was on fire!

As with all of my tours, I would like to thank those who invited me to take part. Although I would never miss out on the chance to read another of Stewart’s tales of romance and lust. Big thanks as always must go to the Blog tour host, Rachel of Rachels Random Resources (https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com) and the writer maestro herself, Rachael Stewart (www.rachaelstewartauthor.com)

Let me introduce you to Getting Dirty, a book that had me greedily pawing over the pages. This was certainly difficult to put down!

Getting Dirty UK Cover

There is something about this lady’s writing that always compels me to keep on reading. Page after page, I paw over the words and quickly sink deeper into the pages, eager to find out how the story will end. The passion and fiery characters never fail to keep me entertained. There is always something so exciting about opening a new book by this fantastic author. And this one is no exception.

As always, before I go further into my review, lets get to know the author a little bit more. Those who are regulars to my page will know Rachael as well as I do now, but for those that don’t, here is the author herself.


About the Author

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.rachaelstewartauthor.com
Twitter: @rach_b52
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/


About the Book

Getting Dirty UK Cover

Sometimes digging up the dirt Means getting deliciously dirty…

I always work for the good guys. My job was simple: get the dirt on Coco Lauren, a princess of a socialite who talks—and plays—dirty. But I kissed her. I tasted her. Uncovered the tantalising woman beneath the polished façade. And she undid me in every way. Now I’m the bad guy. But how do I tell Coco the truth…when coming clean means losing her?

Purchase Link
Amazon https://mybook.to/gettingdirty


My Review

Wow! *fans myself down* What a marvellous, fiery rollercoaster of a read! I was lost from the very first page. As I have mentioned previously, I have quickly become a fast fan of Rachael. Her writing never falters, and it captures me from the very first page… No, skip that… from the very first paragraph! I come away wanting to read more of her work, and I am always overjoyed when I get to sample more of what she has to offer.

This story was captivating. Private Investigator, Ash is good at his job. Very good. Dirt doesn’t stay hidden for long, and his job has led him to elegant, Coco Lauren. The only problem is that she isn’t his client, she is the target. Hired by Coco’s brother, he is asked to expose her darkest, dirtiest secrets, but Ash finds himself interested in Coco for personal reasons. It isn’t long before she notices Ash too, and they soon find themselves tangled up in each other as their lustful feelings spill out. The chemistry between the two characters was oozing off the pages. The sex scenes were enjoyable to read as always, and kept me on the edge of my seat!

The story stayed at the right pace, and I was satisfied with the ending. I came away with a deep need to read more of Rachaels work! Fantastic as always! And a book that I will be recommending 100%

If you like a book with a bit of fizz, and something that will get you wanting… then pick up a copy of this book! It will not disappoint!


Competition

Giveaway to Win an e-copy of Getting Dirty by Rachael Stewart (Open INT)

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Thanks for dropping by guys! More book reviews coming soon! 😀

S x x

Writing

I am doing it. Slowly but surely, I am starting to get back into the swing of writing again and I am loving it. I have been keen to find work as a freelance writer. I am very much on the beginners ladder here, but I really want to get my teeth into work which will ultimately pay off.

There was once a time when I was looking at my photography as a ways to make money, and over time I gained a following and regular customers. I want to do that again, but with my writing.

 

So here I go….

Lonely but not alone

I have friends and family around me, people who care for me and who have been there for me, but I have struggled so much with anxiety and depression for the past couple of years, and it can feel so debilitating and so so lonely.

I suppose it started after my husbands accident and then carried on through into when I lost our 3rd child. There is a common belief by many that grief for an unborn child should be short lived – it’s not voiced but it’s in people’s ‘kind intentions’ and their almost abrupt ways of silencing the conversations. There was a time when I thought that I could get past anything and that time was a great healer, but now I know that time doesn’t heal….not really. I see my husband and how far he has come and I am proud! But the feelings I have are from loss I suffered. I carried that baby for 20 weeks, I felt it move and I gave birth to it and felt it slip away! Bit by bit the support and ‘shoulder-to-cry-ons’ fades, and I felt lost in my own black, deep, grief. The people I could talk to thinned out, and the feeling of being understood disappeared. I saw the cloaked looks as I started a conversation again about what I had been through….conversations were changed, my messages ignored and people became more abrupt with me when telling me that ‘it happens to everyone’ and ‘it’s happened for a reason’

I thought my feelings would get better over time, and for some days I believed it.

Not many know but I am currently 17 weeks pregnant. It’s a secret that I have shared only with those closest to me….I thought that being pregnant would ease how I felt about losing the baby but all it has done is created extra anxiety and stress. 17 weeks is the point at which my previous pregnancy ended and I am now wracked with all of these negative feelings. I want to believe that everything will be okay…but I can’t help but relating it to what happened before. I tell myself that I will feel different after my 2nd scan (which is where I found out about my miscarriage)

I am searching google all day for signs of things being wrong. Am I feeling the baby enough? Why did it move a lot yesterday but not so much today? Am I bleeding? Why do not feel nauseous today? All these feelings weren’t even a factor with my sons pregnancy…..

I do hope that I am okay, and that it’s just feelings rising from the traumatic pregnancy previously….but my mind keeps going back to the worst….and I feel numb to it all….I can’t look at baby things in shops with excitement or consider a future with a newborn.

Hopefully in time, if this pregnancy progresses well, then these feelings will dissipate and I will be able to envision the future with positivity.

Tired

So tired of thinking.

So tired of waiting.

So tired of dreaming.

So tired of worrying.

The days turn to weeks.

Weeks to months.

And then it is done.

Pain turns to joy.

Fear turns to hope.

Dreaming turns to reality.

But the future seems far.

Those days ahead are out of my reach.

I am tired of thinking.

Tired of waiting

Tired of dreaming

And so tired of worrying.

Another day, more writing…

I am doing fairly well today with keeping on track with my writing schedule! Day 2 and i am excited about how my story is coming along! 😀 still a LONNNNNG Way to go, but I am writing! Better to be doing than not doing, right? 😀

Word counts excite me

So, as I push ever onwards with my story…I feel such a rush and a sense of accomplishment when I see the word count rising!

Having spent the last few hours catching up with my part written novel and writing new chapters, I have increased my word count by more than 2,500 words! Go me! 😀

Writing away the Days

Due to one thing or another, I haven’t spent a lot of time on my blog as of late. In fact, I haven’t even switched on my computer. I really want to get back into writing. I have so many projects that I want to work on and so many avenues I want to pursue for work.

The whole reason for me giving up my day job was so that I could be at home more with my family, providing them with support, but it was also a good opportunity for me to dive into a career as a freelance writer. I have other ambitions that I will one day pursue and my craving to be a midwife has not disappeared, but for now I want to focus on trying my hand at writing professionally.

But where do I start? It’s so easy to sit on my computer chair, kick my computer into gear and get my fingers ready on the keys…..but then that’s where I pause….I don’t really know where to begin. I have seen many articles about writing as a freelance but the advice is sometimes outdated or not applicable to someone like me, who is just starting out.

A few months ago, I enrolled on the writers bureau writing course – this is for fiction writing and I am keen to get started but there is always something else to do or somewhere else to be. My mind has been distracted a lot in recent months but I am very keen to turn it all around.

I have got course folder out, and I am thinking about that first piece of work. I am drafting short stories and I am keen to get myself out there more.

I am going to start spending more hours writing, and hopefully turn out some work that may appeal to publishers etc.

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