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Spotlight on Precise:Debut Novella from Author and Blogger Rebecca Berto

Rebecca is a blogging buddy of mine. She’s an Aussie who writes her always fun and smart posts over at rebeccaberto.com. Late last year, Rebecca took the plunge and self-published her debut novella, Precise. If the glowing reviews are anything to go by, this is going to be the first of many amazing stories from Ms. Berto.

So without further do, I introduce you to Rebecca and Precise.

Rebecca: Thanks for giving me the space. I promise I won’t start getting all mushy, because I’d like to introduce you to an excerpt from my debut book about one psycho, whacky mother who elicits this response from Cristina of Cristina’s Book Reviews:

 “I just wanted to scream the famous line, ‘NO WIRE HANGERS’ from the movie Mommy Dearest. This is that book. It’s so intense that it makes you absolutely uncomfortable.”

Book Cover for Precise - Rebecca Berto

 Excerpt from Precise:

 “Where are you going, Katie?” Mom calls, putting on her hot pink rubber gloves.

Crap. I shut my eyes. “Just to the store.”

“Sit,” she says, draping the gloves over the faucet.

“Were you asking?”

“Did it sound like I was asking?” She clenches her teeth, and fixes her hair, which won’t move anyway because it’s hairsprayed in place. “Yes. So sit.”

“What’s been up the last few weeks? You seem …” I leave out ‘manic’ or ‘extra moody’. They would be the wrong words to tell a person with my Mom’s issues.

She walks to the kettle, the water steaming and bubbling down as she pours it over the tea bags in our cups. “You, I believe. Let’s talk.”

“I’m sorry about this morning.”

And I am. The feeling has been pulling me down, like hands of the undead scratching at my calves to consume me. No matter that she’s hated me for my entire twenty-two years, I still want.

I want my mom to love me.

“What do you want me to say? I tell you to look after this house since I’m doing you a favor and you spit in my face. If you know you’re sick, sit by a bucket and don’t move. How stupid can you be?”

“Do you want me to get your anti-depressants? They might help—”

“You sound like a sixteen-year-old again,” she replies.

“I’m just trying to—”

“Still speaking over me,” she says, meeting my eyes and scoffing. “You are still that worthless little girl.”

“Please, Mom,” I begin, but stop. I’m speaking out of turn again. Mom’s done when she tells you she’s done. Right now, when I’m worried she hasn’t been taking her anti-depressants, I should be tucking in my chin and trying my best to keep her happy. It works—sometimes.

“This is about you and your tiresome mistakes,” Mom says, balancing our teacups. She places one in front of me, snatching up a nearby coaster and quickly placing it under my teacup. She does the same with hers. Wouldn’t want to ruin the tablecloth.

Mom looks away. “Just—wait here a minute, will you.”

It’s not a question. With my mom, questions are statements, ninety percent of the time. She emerges from the other room with her hand behind her.

“Now don’t get your panties in a bunch,” she says, a smile playing at her lips that tells me otherwise, “but I had a feeling, so …”

Mom takes a breath and produces a box. A pink box. With a picture of an electronic stick on it. And the words ‘two lines’, ‘proven results’ and ‘test’.

“Just wait!” Mom calls when I scrape the chair legs against the tiles to leave.

She’s fast. How did she even pre-empt this moment and buy a pregnancy test?

“Are you stalking my life or habits or something?” I hold up a hand in surrender. “I’m not pregnant, so you can count your lucky stars you won’t be getting a grandchild any time soon.”

She sighs. Like her chest deflates so fast someone must have popped her with a pin. “First I had to get Paul and you married to stop talk about you giving yourself up to your boyfriend so young. Do you know what Aunty used to say for years? Bet not. You don’t care about my feelings. Now you try to kick me again by getting pregnant? How will you look after a baby?”

Mom glazes her eyes over my face, my shoulders, my body. It seems as though I should try to be a smaller person. That way she’d feel better.

“You need to wait until you are worthy of having a child of your own.”

She pats her hair down, which is rock hard. Her action is pointless, but she’s worried about appearances as usual. “And someone like you who’s responsible for killing my babies—your own siblings—is not worthy.”

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VLUU L100  / Samsung L100About the author

 Rebecca Berto writes stories that straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

 Follow Rebecca:

Blog/website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

Find Precise:

Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Goodreads  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Smashwords  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

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Are you intrigued by the excerpt? What a last line, eh?  I’ve started reading Precise; Katie’s mother is an abusive wackjob. I’m hooked already. Head over to Goodreads and put Precise on your TBR if you’re feeling so inclined. :) 

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Spotlight on Author, Shah Wharton, and her novel, Finding Esta

Writer and blogger extraordinaire, Shah Wharton, is here today to spotlight her latest release, Finding Esta.

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After three years of writing, re-writing, beta readers, editors, cover designing, book trailers, yet more edits and many agonising hours of formatting, the first instalment of The Supes Series if ready and finally up on Amazon. There are five e-copies (you choice of file: ePub/Mobi or PDF) up for grabs, so please have a go and get Finding Esta FREE for Christmas. It’s $2.99 on Amazon, and will be for sale on Smashwords and Kobo in by February.

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BRIEF Blurb: A young journalist sets off to find Esta, but is unprepared for all she finds, and soon realises it’s a journey from which she may never return. This is a new adult, urban fantasy about one woman’s struggle to retain her identity while everything she knows crumbles around her. Finding Esta is the first book of The Supes Series.

Please enjoy the book trailer

BLURB

An unusual young woman and fledgling journalist, Luna has various restrictive oddities, all of which prevent any kind of physical intimacy. Abusive parents take pleasure in Luna’s misery and isolation, yet Luna strives to make them proud, to finally earn their elusive love – something she craves almost as much as the painless touch of a lover.

When she learns of a tragic story involving the kidnap of baby Esta, she jumps at the chance to investigate, dragging her Shadows along for the ride within the murky depths of her mind.

Meanwhile, a dark stranger visits Luna’s dreams and stalks her reality. In lieu of the real thing, their intimate moments excite rather than terrify. Nestled within his presence, she begins to sense an urgent message of danger – a message she struggles to interpret, until they finally meet….

Her investigations lead Luna to a vibrant seaside town, hiding copycat aliens and an underworld of Supernaturals. Here, she comes face-to-face with her own, terrifying identity. Confronted with life-changing decisions and the harshest of truths, Luna questions her sanity, searching for logic, feeling deceived by both.

Is Luna trapped in a newfound supernatural world, or within her own delusions? And will anyone care enough to save her?

Shah Wharton
Shah Wharton

BIO: Shah met many authors and bookworms galore when she began blogging in 2010, after she moved to Dubai with her husband. She’s since learned a lot about blogging and writing, mostly from the awesome advice of her online peer-group.

She uses her imagination to write short horror stories as well as poetry, but stumbled into writing her first novel after falling in love with Luna, a character in a short story she wrote back in 2010. That story grew into Finding Esta, the beginning of Luna’s journey to self-discovery.

Finding Esta is her début novel and the first of The Supes Series.

Her passions include blogging, writing, reading, movies, photography, music, theatre, travel, and fine dining. Her qualifications include BSc (Hons) psychology, counselling, and mentoring and she’s worked in retail, counselling, and social care. Her favourite genres include anything dark with fangs and/or that will make her squirm or jump or scream out an expletive. She is an avid Kindle abuser and adores the indie writing community and being part of the e-publishing revolution.

She also has one short story published ‘The Dead Party’ & two poems published in anthologies.

Get Social With Shah

BLOG – Amazon – Goodreads – Email – Facebook – Google+ – Linkedin – Pinterest – 

RSS – StumbleUpon – Twitter

Acknowledgements.

Praise to Derek Murphy at Creative IndieCovers who developed the incredible book cover

AubrieAnne at Who’s Your Editor? who did a wonderful job of the final edit.

And huge thanks to all the beta readers, patient and enduring online friendships,

and to the mass of wonderful writer resources, all of which took me from thinking,

“Could I do that?” to “Hell yeah!”

Happy Christmas to everyone and good luck on the giveaway!

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Book cover is stunning & the blurb sounds awesome. Congrats Shah, and thanks for stopping by today. Go on people, and enter the Giveaway! You know you want to:)

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