Today on the blog, we’re wishing Coffee Break Companion by S.L. Grigg a happy six-month publication anniversary, and there’s a special offer to help you celebrate too! Below, you can find out a bit about the settings contained within the book’s short stories…
There are many different settings for the 40 short stories and poems in Coffee Break Companion, across time and space, from modern towns, to ancient Italy, under the sea and deep in space. The final story ‘Hide and Seek’ is a longer thriller set in 2017 in the Herefordshire countryside, on a dark, deserted road late at night Jess is heading home after a family gathering, but things start to go wrong when her car breaks down, will she survive the night?
Here is a little extract from the first chapter that gives you a feel for the setting…
The winter countryside is a lush patchwork of frosted greens and browns by day. I love the wide-open spaces, the lack of people, rush and chaos of cities. There’s nothing I can compare with time spent inhaling fresh, unpolluted air; well unless you pass a freshly manure covered, or rapeseed, field. At night, though, the A44 is unlit in many sections on the route through Herefordshire. Other than my headlights, a sprinkling of stars and the quarter moon shining in the cloudless sky are the only illumination. Another bitter cold, winter night; I’m sure there will be a heavy frost in the morning. My dashboard shows it’s minus 2, and we’ve not reached the coldest part of the night. Thankfully I have the heating up full blast, so I barely notice how cold it is. I don’t even have my coat on. I smile, glad I won’t have to defrost the car in the morning; rather I will just be curling up under my duvet having reached the dorms. Gliding along at 60 mph, I am in my element.
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Within minutes of the rise in temperature the fog becomes so dense it’s like a dirty, grey blanket smothering the Earth. Worse than pitch-black. A murky gloom throwing thick billows of smoke that roll through the headlights making me flinch as though they will impact. Even with my fog lights on, visibility has dropped to 20 yards or less, I can barely see past the bonnet. The lights cast a muddy brown, beige, glow in the mist, just reflecting at me rather than lighting the way ahead. They are virtually useless. I slow to around 20 mph, as I wouldn’t be able to see if there was a bend in the road, or anything else for that matter. I’m using the dim view of the kerb as a guide to stay on the road and avoid ending up in some ditch. Clenching the steering wheel, body rigid, knuckles white, I realise I’m holding my breath. Driving in the dark I like, but not this. I grit my teeth so hard they hurt. I turn the radio off needing every ounce of concentration and all my senses. Opening the window a touch, I can hear the reassuring sound of the road. Heart in throat, I swallow hard. This is scary shit. I hope the fog lifts soon. It’s crushing.
About the book
Grab that cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), maybe add a splash of something stronger, settle down and enjoy your break with this gripping collection of flash fiction and poetry that will send shivers down your spine. With an added bonus of a longer story at the end that will fill your lunch break. What are you waiting for? Dive in! Everything from a discovery in an Ice Cavern, to a tornado. Mermaids, and Dragons. Mystery and Horror. This collection of flash fiction and poetry has something to capture anyone’s imagination, with a final chilling thriller that will leave you gasping for air.
About S.L. Grigg
This is the first published book by S.L. Grigg having previously written a popular blog on mental health, and having articles published by Mind, the mental health charity, and NHS England. Working for NHS England from a home in Bromsgrove, England, S.L Grigg lives with a partner and two adult children. S.L Grigg has studied everything from Science and Law, to Journalism and Pilates but writing has always been the greatest passion in S.L.Grigg’s life.
Sharon Grigg, who writes under the pen name S.L Grigg, made it her new year’s resolution to publish her book ‘Coffee Break Companion’ during 2018. After bouncing back from mental health problems (BPD), following the death of her husband from a brain tumour in 2009, Sharon was struck down with kidney and other health problems, believed to be linked to having the Essure sterilisation device she had implanted back in 2008. In September 2017 she underwent major surgery to have a non-functioning hydronephrotic kidney removed at the same time as a full hysterectomy to remove the essure device.
Just two months after setting her goal Sharon launched the collection of dark, short stories and poetry on Amazon. Many of the stories were written during Sharon’s battle with mental health.
41-year-old mother of two, Sharon says “For me publishing was never about, money or fame. I just wanted to be able to hold a copy of my book and say, ‘I wrote this’ and now I can.”
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