Thursday 26 July 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ One Little Lie by Sam Carrington

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for One Little Lie by Sam Carrington where I have an extract from Sam's latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Sabah Khan from Avon Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this extract so without further ado, here it is:

The chairs form an almost perfect circle. I manoeuvre the last two
so they have equal distance between them. It’s important I try to
maintain the personal space of those who’ll be seated here.
Satisfi ed, I step back to check. Only one chair is different – double
the room either side of it – separated from the rest of them. It’s
also the only soft-furnished chair, the others being brown plastic.
This is my chair.
I’m their leader. I need to be seen easily by all the members
– all eyes will need to be able to fi nd mine. Eye contact is so
important. That’s how they can see my empathy. My pain. Share
it all with me.
Ten minutes left to wait.
It’s taken a few months of organisation: a lot of online chats,
convincing others there was need for in-person interaction rather
than virtual, fi nding an appropriate venue. Hopefully there’ll be
a good turnout; at least six. I’ve optimistically put out ten chairs.
Not a big group, but that doesn’t matter. Not to begin with. It
will grow, once people realise how much they’re gaining. How
much help and support it will offer them. And then they’ll travel
from further afi eld to be a part of my group, a part of each
other’s lives.
Five minutes.
A fizz of excitement bubbles inside my stomach. Most
people wouldn’t understand that. Not with the type of group
I’m running.
But this means a lot to me.
This is going to help redeem me.
‘Hello.’ A quiet, hesitant voice drifts in from the outer door of
the church hall.
I straighten, my muscles hardening for a few seconds before I
recover. I deftly smooth my black pencil-skirt with both hands,
and pat my hair – the new curly style is taking some getting used
to. I take small, quick steps towards the voice.

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