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text 2015-10-21 08:01
Eleanor's Gift - A Gothic Short story Excerpt

I have a Gothic Short story coming this Halloween: Eleanor's Gift. It is Victorian Gothic, like The Night of Elisa - but with more elements of Classic Gothic Horror to it.

Ebook now available for pre-order @ Amazon | Smashwords
Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks - Pocket Edition coming soon!

 

 

Have a taste of this illustrated short story, read the excerpt:
 
 
Eleanor’s Gift
The darkness

 

A downpour washed the dark pointed roofs, old cobblestone roads and woods surrounding Rivercrook. The strong wind shook the plants and carried away their yellow leaves. It howled at windows and doors, scaring infants and their mothers. Lightning flashed around the town’s monuments and sculptures, distorting stone faces and casting twisted shadows.
 
On the old cemetery road there was not a soul to be seen, yet the shadow-play of the storm made the graves seem to dance without rhythm or grace. Soon there came a wagon, pulled by two horses running for their lives and tormented by the lashes of a mad coachman; only a mad person would dare to travel in such conditions.
 
Inside the wagon, in complete darkness, a lady held tightly to the bench. Her breathing was shallow, her heartbeat so strong she could feel it in her throat. The wagon rocked terribly and threw her belongings in all directions.
 
The wagon hurried along that road and then took an exit onto an earthy countryside bridleway, narrower than the roads across Rivercrook and much darker, as the trees grew tall on each side and formed a natural roof of branches and leaves. The only light the coachman could count upon was the faint reddish-yellow glow of his lamp. He knew they needed to make their way along the bridleway to the clearing. It wouldn’t take too long, but still he lashed the exhausted horses to run even faster.
 
They were almost there when the dying light flickered one last time. Now there was nothing but the darkness amidst the trees. The coachman saw the clearing when it was illuminated by lightning. Once they crossed it, it wouldn’t be long until they reached their destination, just a day or two more of harsh travel.
 
The terrain was uneven and soaked, making it difficult for the horses to stay on course. The storm obscured the moonlight and the frightening flashes were now resting in the clouds so the travelers could not see where they were going. The coachman was forced to slow the horses against his will. He had a calling, a duty to fulfill, and it could not wait any longer.
 
But the powers of nature can go with you or against you, and that night, despite having come so far – already such a great victory – nature was indeed against the struggling man. All it took was a slide of the left-hand horse to drag the other horse and the entire wagon with it, down the soft, muddy cliff that gave into the river. The horses, the coachman and the lady struggled against the darkness and the waters.
 
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text 2015-10-16 09:24
A Big THANK YOU and a Halloween GIFT

It has been FOREVER since I have been around BookLikes -  too busy with work, health and house stuff for the past months... When I was just passing by today I realized the number of people following my blog/work had increased a LOT since then...

 

So, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sticking around! :D You rock! m/

 

And since you rock, Tragic Books and I have a little gift for you this Halloween.

 

Eleanor's Gift Halloween

 

Subscribe to Tragic Books' newsletter until 28th October - by 29th, you will be gifted with a coupon code and a link to download your FREE copy of Eleanor's Gift, my upcoming release.
You will be able to choose your favorite format: Mobi (Kindle) or Epub.
 
Eleanor's Gift is a 10 K words Victorian Gothic illustrated short story. Click here to learn more about it.
Happy Halloween! 
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review 2015-04-24 22:36
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Like and Subscribe - Jay Bell

I liked the idea behind the story but I would have liked a better ending, other than that I thought it was pretty good.

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text 2015-04-04 15:22
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Join my New Release Mailing List and I'll send you a weird fairy tale called "I Will Tell You About Knoist." This short story is not for sale and is only available to mailing list subscribers. (It might take me a day or two to send you the story. Fulfillment is not automatic.) You'll receive both ePub and mobi copies of the story.
 
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text 2015-03-29 22:07
My Newsletter! And for March sign-ups I'm giving away~~~

~~~ A gorgeous paperback of MEDUSA: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread Vol 2 !  International is welcomed to partake!

 

Subscribe, here: http://a-girlstudio.com/?page_id=2105

 

How to win: you only have to remain on the mailing list. I enter everyone's email into a randomizer and it picks a winner. I haven't decided yet what to give away for April. hmmm

 

I'm sharing this quite late because of Amazing website meltdowns and Newsletter Fail (which is hosted at my site). It's been hilarious. No it hasn't. So this announcement comes with great relief until something else breaks.

 

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