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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#Blogtour – Erotic Fiction? by Hannah Lynn

Blogtour – Tuesday 18th February

Erotic Fiction

Hello, Hello, Hello.

Thanks for stopping by. I am here again with another fantastic book that I know you will all love. I have had the honour of reading Hannah’s work before now. This amazing writer floored me with The Afterlife of Walter Augustus. And it was no surprise when this was awarded Winner of 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award Book. – A copy of my review from that book can be found here

I jumped at the chance to read more of this authors work and the title alone intrigued me. And yet, it isn’t what most would be expecting. This is a hilarious account of parenthood, and the mundane life that can sometimes weigh us down. The characters bounced off of each perfectly, and I chuckled my way through many of the pages. It really takes a good writer to produce ‘cringe-free’ humour, and Hannah manages it perfectly.

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The writing styled flowed wonderfully, and I got stuck into this book straight away.

Before I tell you more of my thoughts on this book, lets see a little bit about the author. 😀


About the Author

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Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write the multi award winning The Afterlife of Walter Augustus – a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist, Fiona and the Whale – a thought provoking romantic comedy and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.

While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.

She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth.

Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she has spent twelve years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia and Europe. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Jordan.

Social Media Links –
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HannahLynnAuthor/
Twitter @HMLynnauthor
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13830772.Hannah_M_Lynn
Bookbubhttps://www.bookbub.com/profile/hannah-lynn


About the Book
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Erotic Fiction?

There’s nothing sexy about her humdrum life as a mum. But is her husband’s
crazy scheme a bit too exciting?

Sarah’s mind-numbing housewife existence is turning her brain to mush. With her
third bun in the oven, this British mum is drowning under a mountain of playdates,
bills, and head lice checks. But her man’s get-rich-quick idea of writing steamy
novels isn’t her ideal way to dial up life’s passion.

Drew desperately wants a break from Sarah’s whinging. And if that means
researching how to write racy books all by himself, then he’ll make the sacrifice. But
as he finally warms Sarah up to the sultry side hustle, their R-rated private project
gets publicly exposed…

With an office scandal brewing, it’s only a matter of time before gawking workers
and a perfectly nosy PTA president turn them into social pariahs.
Can Sarah and Drew earn some extra income from sizzling lit without falling prey to
stiff gossip?

Erotic Fiction is a charming comedy for fans of humorous fiction. If you like sweet
love stories, endearing characters, and dry British humor, then you’ll adore Kindle
Storyteller Award Winner Hannah Lynn’s delightful tale.

Buy Erotic Fiction to slip into something a little more lovable today!

Purchase Link
http://mybook.to/EroFic


My Review

Hannah Lynn is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. From following her on social media, to reading her books; I find myself aspiring to have the career that she is carving for herself. Every book that I have read of hers is different from the last, but what remains the same is how wonderfully they are written. The characters are rich, diverse and interesting. I read greedily with each new character that I am introduced to, wanting to find out as much as I can.

This book was a million miles away from the touching, heart-warming story of Walter Augustus.

This story touched me in other ways. Sure, it is funny and had me laughing with each turn of the page, but it also talked to me as a parent. The truthful struggles us parents face was honestly written, and I found myself connecting with the characters as the story progressed. The story kept me entertained from the very first page, and I enjoyed the journey. I was very quickly absorbed in the pages, and found myself forgetting where I was at times. And I am not too embarrassed to say that I laughed out loud once too often in public.

I loved Sarah, she spoke to me as both a parent, pregnant lady and a wife. Some of the scenes are so funny, and I found myself smiling and laughing a lot! It is always difficult for me to write a review without spiling all the ‘good stuff’, but belive me….this book is a fab read! Light hearted, romantic, funny….it was one that I will be 100% recommending.

Hannah Lynn has done a fantastic job as always! The only thing I could ask for is more stories including Sarah and Drew….they were amazing. Please say that this wont be the last that we hear from them. A sequel would be fantastic!

But for now, I will safe in the knowledge that this isn’t the last that we have heard from this author who is quickly finding her feet, and creating stories that capture her readers. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.


Conclusion

Fantastic book! Brilliantly written! A story with energy, which will make your cheeks hurt from all of the laughing! Check it out! You wont regret it.

Rating – 5 out of 5!

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Thanks for stopping by all!

S x x

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!

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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

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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!


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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! 😀

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