Saturday, 2 December 2017

Beginnings by Helen J Christmas + Excerpt


Beginnings by Helen J Christmas
Published in the UK by Chichester Publishing in February 2012.

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Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people. Her life is spiralling out of control yet, on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.

Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive. Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk them? Or are the people at the top more powerful than they think?



FLASHBACK TO JAKE’S STORY Excerpt from Chapter 4

“Oh my God,” Eleanor gasped. “It was on the news! Something to do with an MP celebrating his birthday party?”
“That was the one,” Jake said curtly, lost in his painful memories.
“I heard about it a few days ago,” Eleanor spluttered. “Albert Enfield.”
“Yes, that was the time it broke the news,” Jake sighed. “They feared there would be wide spread panic among the public if I remember. But yes, Eleanor, I was at that party.”
She was staring at him wide eyed.
As if that news item alone wasn’t scandalous enough. Jake had actually been there. He had witnessed the whole shocking event. The next question begging to be asked was who could have engineered such a plot?
“Did you say you were from Holland, Jake?” Eleanor asked him gently. “You’re Dutch?”
He allowed himself a brief smile. “Yes. My father is Dutch. I have lived in the Netherlands for most of my life. Mother is from England. She never really wanted to leave her homeland, so I’ve spent time in both countries. I am half Dutch.”
“I thought your accent sounded a bit different,” Eleanor added. “It’s the way you pronounce your vowels. Your accent sounds soft, a little like French. Whereabouts in Holland do you live?”
“Nijmegen,” Jake replied, closing his eyes. “It’s a beautiful town and I cannot wait to go back there. I expect my friends must be missing me...”
He allowed his mind to drift - imagining the town with its wide river spanned by the arches of a graceful steel bridge; the tall, ornate buildings sculpted in a mosaic of brickwork - the wide roads, the ever moving tide of cyclists. Nijmegen was one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. He allowed the memories to pass before he opened his eyes. He saw Eleanor braced in front of him as if waiting for him to continue.
“So what did happen?” she whispered. “Before you were captured, I mean… What do you actually remember about that party and the bomb? Can you tell me?”
“Of course,” Jake replied, wrenching his mind away from his home town; back to the dramatic events which lingered in the current loop of time...
He fell silent, eyes cast down as he tried to piece it all together again. The ordeal of the last two days had left him so traumatised, some of the finer details had become muddled and confused. In some way, he was pleased to recollect it again; to finally tell someone of this momentous incident that had changed his life…



Meet the author:
Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast of Sussex with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011. Her first book 'Beginnings,' set in 1970s London, combines romantic suspense with a hard-hitting conspiracy thriller. Writing is something she juggles around family and social life. Helen is self employed and enjoys running the web design company, she and her husband set up from home. They have no children but enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a fluffy white cat. Helen confesses to have got most of her ideas for writing, whilst walking Barney along the beach.


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