Next I’ve got an extract for you on the blog tour of Small Sacrifices by L. E. Luttrell…..enjoy!
book blurb & info
Be careful what you wish for.
She wanted to be famous. But not like this.
Ellen Gibson always dreamed of being a star. At a young age those dreams were shattered.
Discovering she holds the winning ticket in a 55-million Powerball jackpot, Ellen sees it as her opportunity to be in the limelight. But at what cost?
Detective India Hargreaves and her small team are called in to investigate the disappearance of five- year-old Joshua Gibson, but the investigation is taken over by the big guns from Police Headquarters when it turns out to be a kidnapping.
When the media and the lead investigator suspect Ellen of being behind the kidnapping, her fame disintegrates into a nightmare and she seems powerless to stop events spiralling out of control …
The following extract is from the fourth chapter of the book. After discovering they have won fifty-five million dollars on Power Ball, Ellen Gibson has spent the morning giving interviews to newspapers and television reporters with her young son without her husband Max’s knowledge. Max sits down with Ellen to watch the news and hear what she has told the reporters. Is Max’s anger justified? Has Ellen’s desire to be in the limelight put them at risk? They’ve just won a lot of money – is Max’s worry about Ellen’s potential for spending a cause for concern or is he being overly cautious?
He really couldn’t bear to watch it, but thought he should to be aware of what Ellen had said. He was still furious with her for contacting the press. What was she thinking? Her desire to always look glamorous and be a celebrity had reached new heights and was an unbecoming side of her character. It was an obsession she’d developed since she’d been watching all these reality TV shows.
If he’d been able to see into the future and how their marriage might pan out he doubted he would have proposed to her. He had initially considered his affair with Ellen as just that. An affair that was not serious. He had been attracted to her beauty and shapely body and had taken full advantage of what was on offer. But after announcing she was pregnant with his child, he’d made a half-hearted proposal. Her eager response should have sounded warning bells. She’d always said it was an accident. The coil she’d had fitted had supposedly slipped out of place, resulting in the pregnancy. He hadn’t taken additional precautions after their first night of intimacy because she’d told him it wasn’t necessary; coils were fail-safe. The doctor recommended that she have the coil removed with immediate effect once her pregnancy was discovered. Or so she’d told him. He’d always believed her, but in recent years he’d wondered whether she’d told him the truth. She didn’t seem too keen to have any other children, claiming her body wouldn’t be able to cope with carrying a young child around. He was sure she was playing on the injuries she’d received in the accident some years back. It was an argument they’d had many times. Since Josh’s birth she’d had another coil fitted – or possibly her first – to ensure she didn’t fall pregnant. Sometimes he thought she’d deliberately fallen pregnant with Josh so she could give up work. Many of his colleagues had working wives, and complained about them being home so little. They said he was a “lucky bugger”. Despite discovering that one of the lines in the Power Ball ticket he’d bought had won fifty-five million dollars he didn’t feel so lucky tonight. In fact, as he waited for Ellen and Josh to appear on the news, he had a sense of impending doom. Would this win spell the end of his marriage? He dreaded to think of the obscene amounts of money Ellen would want to spend once the money dropped into their bank account. He should make an appointment with the bank for some financial advice.
About the Author
L.E. Luttrell was born in Sydney, Australia and spent the first 21 years of her life there before moving to the UK. After working in publishing for a few years she trained as a teacher and from the 90s spent many years working in secondary education, although she’s had numerous other part time jobs. A frustrated architect, L.E. Luttrell has spent much of her adult life moving house and renovating properties. Although she has written many more ‘books’, Small Sacrifices, is only the third of her books to be published. More will follow.
She currently lives in Liverpool, Merseyside – although if it hadn’t been for Covid 19 she would have been with family in Brisbane, Queensland.
Organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to the author for sharing an extract with us.
One more post from me today and I shall leave you in peace!