Friday, September 17, 2021

Friday's Great Read: SMALL FORGOTTEN MOMENTS


 


 Is Zenna a muse, a sleep-deprived apparition, or something much more sinister?

 Three foodie facts about Jo:

 She's British and she has amnesia, so she likes comfort food, food which subtly remind her of her childhood. I've provided links in case you have no idea what I'm talking about!

1. In the novel she makes her mother a cottage pie which she loves - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/cottage-pie

2. Jam roly-poly, a staple of school canteen meals - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/sticky-toffee-puddings

3. She grew up on the coast, so crab is a firm favorite.

 


Excerpt from Small Forgotten Moments by Annalisa Crawford

 

This excerpt is taken from the middle of the book, when Jo’s dreams and hallucinations are becoming more severe.

 In the middle of the night, I’m wide awake. An owl hoots, foxes cry, something screeches further along the valley and makes me shudder.

I close my eyes and breathe deeply, evenly. Floating on the ocean, with Opera Pink mist swirling around me. To be more accurate, over the ocean—the mist holding me like a pair of hands. I drift to sleep, my lungs filling with crisp sea air.

Suddenly I’m thrashing against the waves. And Mum’s with me, both of us frantic, immersed by the tide. I struggle to keep above the water, stretching toward the surface, gasping for air. The hands which kept me up now push me down—pressing firmly on my shoulders to prevent me breaking free, easing me toward my death.

I call for Mum, desperately trying to find her in the black, churned-up water. My lips are moving, my words reverberating around my head. But I can’t hear my voice. In my head, I’m yelling, but the sound melts into the sea.

The hands loosen, and I wriggle away instinctively. I kick out and swim as fast as I can, swallowing water as I gasp with the exertion. I’m not moving. I’m stuck, tangled among the seaweed. Panicked and sinking as I flail. The hands are gone, but I’m going under.

At the very last moment, as I take my last gulp of air and expect to plummet to the ocean floor, all motion ceases. I’m in bed, flinching against the daylight; my arms are still trying to swim, my legs kick out. I’m bleary, as if I haven’t slept at all. The dream crumbles; pieces ebb away as I grapple for them.


 

You can read more about Small Forgotten Moments at www.annalisacrawford.com or go direct to the publisher’s website for all purchase options https://bit.ly/small_forgotten_moments

 


About Annalisa Crawford

Annalisa Crawford lives in Cornwall, UK, with a good supply of moorland and beaches to keep her inspired. She lives with her husband, two sons, and canine writing partner, Artoo. She is the author of four short story collections, and two novels.

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39 comments:

  1. A very Happy Birthday to Jacob.
    I love that I have seen Annalisa's latest work featured in a number of places. The support of the blogosphere is priceless.

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    1. Bloggers are so generous. I'm happy you've spotted my novel hanging about :-)

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    2. The blogger buds are wonderful aren't they? And doesn't Annalisa's book sound intriguing?

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  2. That sounds like a great book! Happy Birthday Jacob! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. It does, doesn't it, Val? And don't you love the cover?
      Thanks for Jacob's BDay wishes.

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  3. Wonderful post Sandra and congrats to Annalisa, have been to Cornwall many times.
    Happy birthday to Jacob.
    Have a good weekend keeping yourself safe and well.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne - I hope I've created a Cornwall your recognise!

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    2. I'd love to visit Cornwall.
      Thanks for Jacob's well wishes and the weekend wishes. Hope yours is filled with joy.

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  4. Thank you for featuring me today, Sandra. And happy birthday to Jacob.

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  5. I often wonder what it would be like to have amnesia. This sounds like a wonderful book. So good to read a bit about it and the food references, too.

    Happy birthday Jacob. Enjoy your day.

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    1. It's an interesting concept, isn't it? Hopefully I've brought something slightly different to the table :-)

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  6. Thanks for sharing. Happy Birthday Jacob.

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  7. Happy birthday,Jacob!
    What a great excerpt that certainly caught my attention, Annalisa!

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  8. Feliz cumpleaños a Jacob y suerte para el libro de Annalisa. Te mando un beso

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes to Jacob and Annalisa, J.P.
      Sending hugs your way.

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  9. Happy Birthday to Jacob. And that sounds like a most intriguing book. Congratulations to Annalisa.

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    1. It does sound intriguing, doesn't it, Jeanie?
      Thanks for the well-wishes to Jacob and Annalisa.

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  10. Aha! The plot thickens!

    Enjoy your weekend, Sandra...take good care. :)

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  11. Wish you a very happy birthday ��

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  12. Kudos to Annalisa on her book! Love reading about the story and it's definitely on my TBR list.

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  13. Hi Sandra - Annalisa's book is such a good read ... I won the prize for it - lucky me and really did enjoy it ... just posted a review on my blog for her. Great you've posted about the food that entices in the book ... I rather went off jam roly-polies a few decades ago ... but shepherd's pie (cottage pie!) is always delicious and I love, love crab.

    I had Cornish chocolate too ... yummy! A belated Happy Birthday to Jacob - cheers Hilary.

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    1. Congrats on the win. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing that with us. Heading over to read the review now.

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  14. Very interesting post!
    Thanks for sharing 😍😍
    Regards:)

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  15. Sounds like a very good book! Happy Birthday Jacob! Big Hugs!

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