Guest Post & Excerpt of Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce

 

Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m delighted to host a guest post from Andrew Joyce today. Andrew is no stranger to TGB; I hosted not one, but two, guest posts from him last November. It’s a pleasure to work with Andrew again in promoting his new book, Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups. The anthology was published  September 21, and Andrew is kindly sharing one of its many short stories with us today. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did.

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Seed of Satan by Simon Laffy

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(Blog tour review, followed by an excerpt on page two of this post.)

Seed of Satan tells the story of twins William and Michael Weiss. Despite being twins, William and Michael couldn’t be more different. William’s personality is much like that of his German father: arrogant, disdainful of his supposed inferiors, and fiercely loyal to Germany.  Michael is a kinder, gentler soul who had little in common with either his brother or his father, feeling a greater kinship with his English grandparents.  It’s no surprise that when war breaks out, they find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

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*Blog Tour* Champagne & Lemonade by John A.D. Hickling

 

Champagne & Lemonade by John A.D. Hickling

 

Champagne & Lemonade Blurb

Champagne & Lemonade is a delightful collection of eclectic short stories, taking readers on a journey to different times and places, meeting a sparkling cast of well-drawn characters.
Nibble the fish is desperate to escape his boring old pond.
A new breed of super hero has been born and his name is Bob Cheesecake.
Dumpton Hospital’s staff have a somewhat unconventional approach to looking after their patients.
Robert Hood is on a mission to save modern England.
And just who is the vampire terrorising the neighbourhood from his home at 113A Greenstone Street?
From the quixotic to the poignant, John A. D. Hickling’s wild and whimsical tales fizz with fun and are sure to entertain almost everyone!

About John Hickling

Proud father and grandfather, and jack of all trades John A.D. Hickling currently lives with his family in Nottingham. A lover of music, especially 60’s rock, John has previously recorded two independent albums, appeared in comedy band Space Cadets on Britain’s Got Talent and is an active member of Masque Productions amateur theatre group. His debut book, Champagne & Lemonade (published by Clink Street Publishing June 5th 2016 RRP £6.99 paperback, RRP £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores. For more information please visit www.johnchewyhickling.com

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Extract:

6 CHAMPAGNE & LEMONADE.

You might want to think twice before going to Dumpton hospital, especially when you’ll be left in the hands of some Dumpton’s most eccentric staff.

My name is James Higgins, Higgo, and this is the place where I spend my working days. I stay here mainly for the laughs and the well-being of the patients, which at least takes your mind off the poor pay — I think the volunteers earn more! I work as a hospital porter.

My Review:

The short story Champagne and Lemonade is told through the eyes of hospital porter James Higgins, also known as ‘Higgo’. Higgo works at Dumpton Hospital and, as we begin to see the hospital through his eyes, it appears to be very aptly named.  The person in charge wants employees to work longer hours for less pay and with less staff; this creates a flurry of activity in preparation of an inspection by health officials. Hilarity ensues as the staff tries their best to prevent them from seeing things they didn’t want them to see.

Hickling fills this tale with a cast of quirky characters who spend their time between tasks gossiping  with one another and enjoying the latest mishap of the day. It took a bit for me to get into the groove of the story, but that’s not unusual for me when it comes to short stories.  It was a fast, fun read.

Rating: ★★★

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