What the title says. But first, let me dive into the story a bit deeper. As you may have noticed, over the last few weeks I’ve interviewed a handful of incredibly talented authors, many of whom have been published, and will be published again. If they aren’t successful right now, they will me. After speaking to them about their work, I got to see how much joy and pleasure talking about their accomplishments brought them, and not in a conceited arrogant way, but a legitimate happiness based on their accomplishments.
It’s been a long time since I felt proud of something that I had written in the world of fiction. So, using the interviewees as inspiration and motivation, I went back and looked at the formatting and editing disaster that was Lizzy. Be it naivety or just plain inexperience, Lizzy was completed, and rushed through the editing process. Maybe I was a bit too excited to see it in stores and published, maybe I was lazy – it was a while ago, I don’t remember! (it was laziness). Anyway, so after talking to all these talented and driven individuals, I sat down with a digital copy of Lizzy and started editing and reformatting. It took a while, but I think I’ve got it down.
Enter the relaunch. Nothing major has changed, besides a tonne of style and formatting, and the occasional typo, but it is definitely much easier to read in digital form. The print version remained relatively untouched, but, like I said, spelling has improved greatly. So, if you’re interested in checking out Lizzy, it’s also got a brand new home, aside from Amazon, and at this new place you can make the price! but I’ll get to all the details in bit.
I’ll provide a small excerpt below to whet your taste, see if it’s your cup of tea (eh, people who’ve read the book will get that), and if it is give it a download! Like I said, I’ve put it at any price you want, so you can download it for free, or 5 bucks, 10, 2, anything you like. I just want to share it, so just having you read it would mean the world to me. Also, if paperback is more your style, there will be a discount code provided for 15% off! WooHoo! 🙂
Without further ado, here’s a snippet from Lizzy. Enjoy.
The door was etched out of the glass that made up the enormous window; it was so fine that it was nearly undetectable, as if there were strands of hair strewn about the pane. We stopped just shy of the window, and looking out I could see a massive field that stretched to the horizon and beyond. It was awe inspiring. The way the sun shimmered off the golden field, the way the plants in the distance swayed to the rhythm of the invisible song the wind played, everything about it was majestic.
My mouth had fallen agape as I looked up Gerard; it was as if all my fears and worries faded at the sight of that beautiful landscape.
“It’s beautiful.” I stated, as obvious as it was.
“I know. It’s my favourite place about this whole world.” Gerard said.
“Can… Can we go out there?” I asked timidly.
“I’m glad you asked, Lizzy.” He said softly pushing the door open, “After you.”
And so I walked through the threshold into the golden field of glory. There was a warm breeze coming from the north, at least I thought it was the north, and there was an aroma in the air, unlike nothing I had ever smelled before.
I was on sensory overload; my mind could hardly comprehend the beauty and elegance in such a place. On one side of the world people hang forever over and over again always to endure an endless torture; but on the other side of this strange world, there is this peaceful garden. I didn’t know what to think, and so I just stood there and basked in its awesome nature.
And then Gerard tapped me on the shoulder, “I’m glad you like it, dear.”
“Oh, I do.” I said
“There’s one last thing I’d like to show you, if you’d be so kind.”
“Sure.” I said, still starring off into the splendor. I had hoped that whatever it is he wanted to show me would compare in the loveliness that this place offered.
He ushered me forward into the wonderful garden, still hand in hand, I looked up at him again, but his face revealed nothing of what was coming; he just looked straight ahead with no particular focus in mind.
The breeze blew again and that smell filled my nostrils, sending a shiver down my spine. I couldn’t quite place it, but it was by far the most attractive smelling thing I’d ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I closed my eyes as we walked; I shut out all other senses so I could bask in the aroma this heaven produced. It almost reminded me of fresh baked cookies, and by that I mean the feeling it induced was similar, but it smelt nothing like cookies baking – it was just comforting as such.
I opened my eyes again when we stopped. I first looked up again at Gerard, but he gave no hints as to what was going on, and then I noticed the path. Broken off from the main field, there was a small overgrown pathway leading down into a gated garden, it was far enough away though that I couldn’t see what lay beyond the wrought iron fencing.
“What is it?” I asked with sincere curiosity. So far everything Gerard had done has come with a purpose, I expected no difference now.
“My most prized possessions; my favourite place in this whole universe.” He said strikingly ominous.
“Oh?” I said simply. I was fully intrigued at this point, almost like a point of no return, there was no going back now. I looked up at Gerard again, and instead of a static glare, he met my eyes. He looked peaceful as he nodded at me.
“Go, see for yourself. See the wonders this world can truly offer. You won’t be disappointed.” He said grinning mischievously. I raised an eyebrow in uncertainty, but the curiosity overwhelmed me. If this magnificent garden wasn’t his favourite place, I couldn’t begin to fathom what could lie beyond that gate. My imagination ran wild with images of grandeur and beauty, and I felt Gerard could sense my excitement – he seemed to be feeding off of it.
I looked over my shoulder down the small hidden pathway, took a deep breath and took a step.
“Lizzy, wait!” I heard a Scottish voice call out, and so I stopped in my tracks. I turned around to see František standing just behind Gerard, who had a very displeased look on his face.
“František! What?” I asked in a panic.
“Don’t go down there, Lizzy.” He said.
“What, why…?” He motioned to speak, but stopped himself, he faced Gerard, who had yet to turn and face his servant.
“Oh, no… Go on, Frank. Tell her.” Gerard said looking at me but speaking to František. The glare on Gerard’s face turned from mischievous to downright sadistic in the blink of an eye.
There you have it. I hope you liked that little bit. If you did, please check the book out at one it’s many retailers. I’ll list a few below.
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