Next up is an extract on the blog tour of Tally and the Angel by the lovely Eleanor Dixon…..Enjoy!
Title: Tally and the Angel
Author: Eleanor Dixon
Genre: Children (ages 8-13) / MG Fantasy
Estimated page count: 258
Formats available: Paperback and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Burreau Publishing; Book One India ed. edition (30 April 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
When Tally discovers her pendant is home to the Angel Jophiel, she knows life will never be same again. But what good is an angel who won’t appear in front of others? Especially when she needs to convince her friend Balvan she knows where the kidnapped children of India are being held. Will Jophiel help Tally and Balvan escape the kidnappers’ clutches, or will they all perish?
extract from tally and the angel
Tally has persuaded her friend, Balvan, to help her look for the kidnapped children, including his own sister. But the kidnappers find them and take them prisoner too.
Horrified, Tally and Balvan gazed down, their throats closing as they breathed in the stench.
“It’s like every bit of rubbish in the world,” Tally whispered to Balvan, who nodded, his face pinched with horror.
“What are they doing?” Balvan croaked.
Tally was able to see that the children nearest the centre were frantically scooping the stinking garbage out of the slowly flowing stream. They flung it to the children behind them, who gathered huge armfuls. They then staggered to the long sides of the platform and heaved the garbage into the fires. Clean water fell off the far end of the island and disappeared through a channel in the rock.
Sanjay peered over with them. “They are cleaning the rubbish out of the river,” he gloated. “They must make the water pure again before it pours over the edge.”
The activity was constant and frenzied. If the children stopped, they would get swept to their deaths by a tsunami of litter.
What made it even more horrifying was that the children weren’t making any noise at all. They worked in complete silence, tears running down their cheeks and their faces etched with pain. It stabbed Tally’s heart. She gripped Balvan’s hand, despite the sweat that made her skin slippery.
Tally turned to Sanjay who was grinning. “So,” he laughed, “that is where you will spend the rest of your days. Though it’s a shame,” he flicked her hair with the tip of his stick. “You will soon be as dirty as the rest of those children, and no one will know what treasure lies underneath the stink. You will never escape, and no one will ever find you.”
Tally forced herself to speak through her aching throat. “I don’t see any way down. How do we get there?”
Sanjay pointed to the chute with his stick. “Down there, my pretty. Along with the garbage. That’s the only way in. There is no way out unless you can fly.”
about the author
My school life was spent in a girls’ boarding-school specialising in classical ballet and on leaving I danced professionally, touring Europe, for 4 years. After that I ran my own ballet school in Athens, Greece and simultaneously volunteered as a veterinary nurse, as my love of animals is the driving force in my life. I returned to England with my horse and my cat, and now live on a smallholding in Shropshire with various farm animals and a constant stream of pets.
I started writing while in Greece and completed a Creative Writing Course with the Writers’ Bureau. The same year, I won an annual competition in the Writing Magazine for an adult Fairy Story.
On my return to England, I wrote two children’s books, but my new life, caring for Highland Cattle, sheep, hens and pets, coupled with extensive global travel, meant that writing for publication took a back seat. I continued my love of writing with a daily journal and amusing travel blogs of each trip.
I am now writing full time and TALLY AND THE ANGEL is the first of a planned series. Their next adventure takes place in Canada, in North Yukon and the third in Japan. I intend them to have adventures in Greece, Egypt, Peru, Africa – anywhere I have been, really.
My first book THE GRACEFUL GHOST is shortlisted for the UK Selfies 2021 Award.
You can also read Eleanor’s Meet the Author interview with me here.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Eleanor for sharing an extract with us.
I’ll be back with my final post of the day soon.