Friday, 6 July 2007

E-Release of The Space Between

It's here! It's here! My first novel, THE SPACE BETWEEN, is released today by The Wild Rose Press.

Edited to add: It's an e-release, with the print release on October 5th. So if you download it by accident, enjoy it and THEN buy the print version, send it to me and I'll autograph it (if you like it, that is....)


Here's the Blurb:
To save their marriage, Margaret and Jeff embark on a trip to New Zealand, but their aircraft is wrecked on a South Pacific island. Jeff perishes, and Margaret is left alone with David, a popular actor.

As they meet the challenges of survival, their experience pulls them together. Margaret's sensuality is reawakened, but she fights her desire since David is married, albeit unhappily. She believes his attraction for her is merely inspired by the beautiful island.

Once rescued, they resume their former lives, attempting to put their shared experience behind them. They soon realize their passion can't be denied.


Here's the excerpt that won hands down with my RWU writers' group:

He coaxed the fire back to life, ready to lay the fish on the coals.

Something caught his eye. He straightened and squinted across the distance to the end of the spit. Yes, there was definitely something else in the water. A dark speck intermittently popped up between the undulating waves. At first he thought it was Margaret surfacing and dipping down again.

His fingers splayed and he dropped the fish in the sand. Horror filled his heart and lungs and he shouted hoarsely, "Maaaargaret!"

"God, no, no, no..." He snatched the other makeshift spear that poked out of the ground beside the campfire and raced to the end of the spit, scrambling and almost tripping over the pitted boulders. She was about thirty feet offshore; face down, scanning for fish. She didn't see the triangular dorsal fin cutting through the surface another thirty feet away from her, zigzagging, searching for the source of the irresistible scent of blood.

He shouted, "Maggie!!" as loud as he could, and her head poked out of the water, turning toward the sound of his voice.

He screamed, his voice breaking with the effort, "Shark!!" He frantically pointed behind her and waved her in, swinging his arms in wide arcs. She swung to look over her shoulder, and then turned to kick furiously toward him, abandoning her spear.

The triangle ceased to zigzag and sliced straight through the water toward the splashing. She was still about ten feet from his outstretched hand when the shark struck.

12 comments:

MelBell said...

Hey, Sandra! Congratulations! Today's a big day and I'm thrilled for you! Bravo, kid - very inspiring. I hope you're celebrating! :-)

Chumplet said...

Thanks, Melissa! I'll celebrate with my first royalty cheque -- can't afford anything fancy right now.

ORION said...

Congratulations!
BTW your artwork is breathtaking.
Interesting chat about pen names on rejecter - I threw in my 2 cents...

Chumplet said...

Thanks, Pat -- back atcha! Lottery is creating quite a buzz!

With all these great books coming out, after I eat my special dinner I'll spend the rest of my first cheque on Lottery, Look Me In The Eye, The Mark, and Alex and the Ironic Gentleman.

Chumplet said...

Heh... just saw your comment, Pat. Touché.

TR said...

Congratulations! You are an inspiration.

Chumplet said...

Aw, shucks, you flatter me! Keep it up.

Andrew Tibbetts said...

Congratulations! I just ordered it. I didn't realize it was a download at first. It's now on my work computer and I've just spent a few minutes at the ocean instead of my paperwork!

Chumplet said...

Andrew! You're my first real customer besides my dad. You should be proud. You'll go down in the archives along with my first fan letter. I hope you enjoy it.

Anne C. said...

Yay, Sandra!

ScaramoucheX said...

This is a wonderful riot...I speak as one who has never yet read a 'romance novel'...what fun you guys must have.
To dive straight and deep into a great bourgeois feminine cultural fantasy and bring it right out like that must be fun.
Mayube I otta read your work...hmmm...

Chumplet said...

Go for it, Scaramouchex. It's not all lace bodices and riding on the moors. Sometimes it's just two ordinary people overcoming obstacles and falling in love.