Also today I’m on the blog tour for Amongst the Mists by M. L. Rayner and am delighted to be able to share an extract with you! But first, here’s all about the book…..

about the book

Title: Amongst the Mists
Author: M. L. Rayner
Genre: Horror
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Estimated page count: 319
Formats available: Paperback, Hardback and eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Question Mark Press; 1st edition (12 Oct. 2021)
Tour organised by: Zooloo’s Book Tours

It was the most anticipated summer break of their young lives.

For Bran Lampshire, that summer of 1986 would be far different. The lure of a wilderness adventure sends him and his friends on a troublesome journey that would see them far from home and into the isolated shadows of the Sleathton Estate. In a forgotten land where nature thrives, an unexplained mist settles upon the shaded grounds. And stories were told of events so chilling, they were forcibly buried over time.

Lose yourself beneath the endless trees. And discover that legends are sometimes so much more than ghost stories.

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

extract

All was quiet now. The same as it had been for all those countless lonely years. The music had faded gradually as the record reached its end. The needle had been guided into a constant loop of crackles and scratches. Reminiscing took a lot out of the old man. It had been some time since he dared let his mind go back to those days when Thyme stood proudly. So long in fact, he found it all the harder to believe such terrible events actually happened.

How long had it been since he last had guests? Real guests. And not a desirable illusion of his own selfish wants. The old man brooded over the question he knew could not be answered. It had been so long he’d started to feel like some form of a wandering spirit himself. He had been left alone in a village that all others had long since forgotten, neglected and left to rot amongst the long-abandoned past which clung effortlessly to his tormented soul. Always being alone during the night never fazed him. The darkness had become a friend, and there was nothing to fear from it. Although from time to time he recalled many memories that filled his spine with ice, the darkness was never one of them.

The old man exhaled heavily, tilting the back of his head against the wooden frame of his chair. His breathing soon indicated a very clear sign of emotion before he relented and broke into sullen sobs. If any truth could be said of the darkness, this was it. It was the perfect camouflage, a mask for the needy, allowing the opportunity for any proud soul to unleash their guarded emotions and express their neglected burdens without the cruel wrath of watchful eyes and judgment. The old man wept, crying aloud into the silent night. He crossed his arms around him, holding his torso tightly to control and calm his nerves. As his sobbing subsided, so did his need for air. His chest loosened, and his shoulders relaxed and dropped to his sides once again.

about the author

Born and bred in the county of Staffordshire. Matt is a keen reader of classical, horror and fantasy literature and enjoys writing in the style of traditional ghost stories. During his working life, Matt joined the ambulance service in 2009, transporting critically ill patients all over the UK. After writing his first novel, Matt was welcomed into the family of Question Mark Press publishing and now dedicates his time on future releases. His hobbies include genealogy and hiking, and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Emma, his children, and his family.

Where to find Matt online: Facebook ~ Instagram | @m.l.rayner ~ Twitter | @M_L_Rayner ~ Amazon ~ Goodreads

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Thanks to Zoe for inviting me on to the tour and to the author for sharing an extract with us.

Have a wonderful day lovelies and I’ll be back tomorrow

Chelle x

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