I’ve just had a story accepted for One Grey Eye, an electronic ‘Penny Dreadful’ available on Kindle. My story, Eye of the Beholder will be available around Halloween in Stories From Another London along with other excellent stories to unsettle you good and proper!
Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite:
Eye of the Beholder
A wedding picture – mum sitting, holding Dad’s hand by the fingertips, a gooey look on her face that seemed completely implausible, given what he knew of their relationship. Carefully posed that, to hide the bump under the short, plain, white cotton dress. They got married in early November, and Bill’s birthday, today, he reflected grimly, casting a glance at a silent mobile phone, was in early February. She must have been freezing, he thought, not for the first time, and marvelling at the back-combed glory of his mother’s hair. Which once more reminded him of the girl by the cemetery.
He frowned and pulled out two almost identical baby pictures, himself a few days old, cradled in his father’s astonished arms. A cigarette dangled from dad’s fingers inches from his infant head: amazing he hadn’t set light to the blanket.
“A wonderful tale about love and redemption set in a Mexican Circus. Joan Taylor-Rowan writes with great freshness and assurance, and her descriptions of the ‘cirqueros’ and circus life are pitch perfect. I LOVED this book; and it deserves every possible success.” – (Katie Hickman, award-winning travel journalist and best-selling author of A Trip to the Light Fantastic – Travels with a Mexican Circus, The Pindar Diamond, The Aviary Gate.)
I read the Birdskin Shoes in draft and was thrilled by the scope and drama of it. Joan has a vivid imagination and in this tale of high-wire acts, back streets and earthquakes she makes full use of her time spent living in Mexico; summoning up the sounds and smells of an intoxicating but sometimes violent environment.
I’m looking forward to reading the published version, but either I’m going to have to buy a Kindle or Joan is going to have to provide a paper version. If you are ahead of me in the digital world, I highly recommend you buy a copy.