#BlogTour | #Excerpt | CARRION by Graeme Cumming @GraemeCumming63 @LoveBooksGroup #lovebookstours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Carrion blog tour! Please scroll down for an excerpt.

Synopsis:

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY. WORDS HAVE POWER.

A sheet of black filled his vision as hundreds of birds dived at the cottage, pointed beaks thrust forward. From this angle, he couldn’t see many of them striking it, but the few he did see held nothing back as they hammered into the shutter. The scale of the attack was beyond anything he’d seen or heard of. And bloodied casualties littered the ground: skulls shattered, wings broken, innards spilling from them. The fact that so many of them continued with the onslaught in spite of this filled him with even more dread.

Salin has always wanted an adventure and, when the opportunity presents itself, he grabs it with both hands, taking his friends along for the ride – whether they want to or not.

With strange lands come strange creatures that stand between them and their goal. And that goal is the same for someone else, a man who believes the prize is worth every sacrifice – especially when the sacrifices are made by others.

The future is about to change. But who for?

Excerpt:

Yanuk took several moments to work out what had woken him. As his brain began to process everything, he glanced at the next bed and realised Lin wasn’t there. Something about that didn’t make sense, but he was still half-asleep.

Beyond the sleeping area, several old and ragged cushions were scattered about the floor. Although haphazard, the cushions were in a loose formation around the fireplace, which took up the centre of the room. As a means of warming the hut, it could have been very effective. Certainly, the circle of rocks used to enclose it was large enough to accommodate plenty of logs. Unfortunately, it was rarely more than a quarter full. 

To the left of the fireplace was the shelving and work surface for the kitchen area. Cooking seemed to be his father’s priority for the fire. After that, he didn’t care whether they were warm or not. 

Looking past the kitchen, he could make out the table where they ate their meals. It wasn’t large, certainly not big enough for them all to sit together, so they’d eat there four at a time, Cobus and the older children going first. With only one sibling younger than him, Yanuk was always among the last to eat, which meant only scraps were left. 

There were two doors that led from the room, but only one was visible. It was to the right, broadly in line with the fireplace, and led to Cobus’s room. The other door was hidden behind a thick curtain that hung from the ceiling to the floor and ran across the whole of the wall facing him. That one led outdoors. The curtain reduced the effect of the chill outside air whenever the door was opened. And, as the thought rolled through his mind, he realised it was a sudden drop in temperature that had disturbed him.

Why would Lin have gone outside?

Author Bio:

Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country, and has spent most of his life immersed in fiction – books, TV, movies – turning to writing his own during his early teens.  

With his interests in story-telling sparked by an excessive amount of time sitting in front of a black and white television, his tastes are varied.  Influences ranged from the Irwin Allen shows (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, etc.) to ITC series (The Saint, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) and so many more), so the common theme was action and adventure, but crossed into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as crime and espionage.

 This diverse interest in fiction continued with his reading and his discovery of the magical world of cinema.  As a result, his stories don’t always fall into a specific genre, but will always maintain the style of a thriller. 

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club.  Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

You can buy Carrion from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)  | Amazon (AU)

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