Lou Presents an #Extract of The Farmhouse – A Southern Gothic Ghost Tale By L.B. Stimpson  @zooloo2008 @stimsonink @QuestionPress #TheFarmhouseOfPeaceandPlenty

Today on day 1 of this blog tour, I present an extract from The Farmhouse by L.B. Stimpson. Thanks to the author for providing the extract and Zooloo Blogtours for inviting me onto this.
Follow onto the Blurb and Extract and take a peek at a bit of this interesting, evocative, atmospheric book, that may well have your spines tingling, to see who lives in a house like this – an ageing, spooky farmhouse that just may put you in the mood early for Halloween!

The Farmhouse Book Cover

Blurb

The house, for all of its solitude, seemed incredibly noisy

The Farmhouse, having stood against time and history for nearly 160 years in the Virginia countryside, was forgotten and abandoned until Kyle and Jenny Dowling moved in during the summer of 1972.

The Dowlings, married just a year, were struggling to repair their broken marriage. It was to be the perfect place, away from it all, to heal their relationship. Jenny would write and Kyle would tend to minor renovations. The rent was cheap.

The realtor warned them, however, against staying beyond the final days of fall.

Extract

Late Spring 1972

Jenny Dowling bit her lower lip in a failed attempt to keep her opinion to herself. She had promised her husband she would keep an open mind, but she didn’t expect the house to be so dilapidated. She swallowed her doubt and concern as they traveled down the gravel road, it was so worn and lonely and if she had to admit, the surrounding fields appeared frozen in time and she and Kyle were emerging through a portal, far from modern society, disturbing the past. Haunted. Yes, haunted was the perfect description. She closed her eyes and tried to imagine the past, when wagons rolled and seclusion was necessary for survival at times.

“Oh, Kyle, you can’t be serious,” she finally blurted out as her eyes wandered along the overgrown driveway beyond the padlocked cattle guard gate which appeared to be holding in the decay spilling forth from the broken windows lining the front of the house. Empty, hollow eyes. Oh, he can’t be serious, but yet, he was.

Kyle reached over and grasped his wife’s hand. “Look, I know it doesn’t, well it might not be the secluded getaway you said you wanted, but it has some charm and it’s cheap and near enough to the city if I need to get back to the university, but I doubt that anyone will be calling. Besides, it has electricity and the realtor said she would cut us a break on the rent if we fixed up a few things.”

Jenny pulled her hand away and cranked open the window. The air was still. It was as though it was holding its breath lest a breeze break through the last shards of broken windows protecting the house against the elements. The house, this house, was exactly what Kyle had always wanted. Of course he would have chosen such a place–lonely and secluded.

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#Review of the intriguing story -Echo Rock by Robert Daws @RobertDaws @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction

Echo Rock
By Robert Daws
Rated: 5 stars *****

This is exciting. Echo Rock (formally known as Tunnel Vision), has been revamped and is looking pretty good in a compelling sense. It is also a FREE E-book, Available From Today from the HobeckBooks website (see below for the link and more details). This short story of a captivating sinister mystery as readers are invited to enter the tunnel of a Rock Ghost Story. It is thanks to Rebecca and Adrian at Hobeck Books for agreeing to pass the story onto me in advance to review.

Blurb

The Rock. A Girl. Is she real or merely a tunnel vision?
The Summer heat on the Rock of Gibraltar is intense, but deep within its dark interior, a chill horror awaits DS Tamara Sullivan. As a murder detective, Sullivan is used to the grisly truth of death as it is presents itself in all its grim glory. This time, death appears to her in an unexpected guise. Can she come to terms with the possible fact that life – of a kind – survives its mortal bonds? Does the mind play tricks or are there really echoes of life after death? If you do not believe now, you soon will.

 

Robert Daws Echo Rock

Full of suspense and mystery, the tunnel in this marvellous short story is one that will enthrall as it encapsulates you until the end. There’s a lot packed in within just 26 pages to keep anyone guessing what mysteries are held within the Dudley Ward Tunnel, Gibraltar.

Readers are taken to Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan’s account of the events of 15th and 16th September 2015. It’s an interesting way of telling what happened on these dates and it works well.
The story starts in the seemingly innocent, picturesque surroundings of the Gibraltar, where there is a real sense of where Sullivan went to within the island. The writing of the character DS Sullivan gives a marvelous insight to the character and her strong personality, traits and more… For those who have encountered her in the novels and those who have yet to discover them. Do take note that this is a completely stand-alone short story.

From a relaxed pace at the very beginning that would lull anyone into a false sense of security, the pace notches up somewhat as the intensity of the atmosphere builds and builds as does the intrigue about what is there, and all is certainly not normal  within the tunnel… An investigation is mounted to try to discover who or what it was within the there and all turns even more mysterious, intense and ghostly. It is far from your average journey…

The ending is up there with one of the most lovely, tender endings I’ve certainly read.
All in all this short story is one I highly recommend. The growing pace and atmosphere is incredibly well structured and the plot is enjoyable and written very well.
Look out for this FREE offer of Echo Rock when you subscribe to  www.hobeck.net    . It won’t disappoint!

About The Author

Robert Daws Pic
Robert Daws

His first crime novella, The Rock, made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times.
The second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, The Poisoned Rock.
The third – Killing Rock is due to be published 14th July
The standalone short story is due to be published 22nd June.

As an actor, Robert Daws has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott, Outside Edge, Roger Roger, Sword of Honour, Take A Girl Like You, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Rock and Chips, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Poldark.

His recent work for the stage includes the national tours of Ten Times Table, Alarms and Excursions, Blackbird. In the The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property,  Yes, Prime Minister and Summoned by Betjeman.

His many BBC radio performances include Arthur Lowe in Dear Arthur, Love John, Ronnie Barker in Goodnight from Him and Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson (available on Audible now… also reviewed on the blog).

Social Media Links:
Robert Daws: 
Websitwww.robertdaws.com     Twitter @Robert Daws 
Instagram @RobertDawsOfficial

Hobeck Books:  Website  www.hobeck.net       by subscribing to the Hobeck Books website, you will be able to claim your Free – E-Book
Twitter  @HobeckBooks
Facebook www.facebook.com/hobeckbook

Review of the intriguing story -Echo Rock by Robert Daws @RobertDaws @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction #FreeOffer

Echo Rock
By Robert Daws
Rated: 5 stars *****

This is exciting. Echo Rock (formally known as Tunnel Vision), has been revamped and is looking pretty good in a compelling sense. It is also a FREE E-book, Available From Today from the HobeckBooks website (see below for the link and more details). This short story of a captivating sinister mystery as readers are invited to enter the tunnel of a Rock Ghost Story. It is thanks to Rebecca and Adrian at Hobeck Books for agreeing to pass the story onto me in advance to review.

Blurb

The Rock. A Girl. Is she real or merely a tunnel vision?
The Summer heat on the Rock of Gibraltar is intense, but deep within its dark interior, a chill horror awaits DS Tamara Sullivan. As a murder detective, Sullivan is used to the grisly truth of death as it is presents itself in all its grim glory. This time, death appears to her in an unexpected guise. Can she come to terms with the possible fact that life – of a kind – survives its mortal bonds? Does the mind play tricks or are there really echoes of life after death? If you do not believe now, you soon will.

 

Robert Daws Echo Rock

Full of suspense and mystery, the tunnel in this marvellous short story is one that will enthrall as it encapsulates you until the end. There’s a lot packed in within just 26 pages to keep anyone guessing what mysteries are held within the Dudley Ward Tunnel, Gibraltar.

Readers are taken to Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan’s account of the events of 15th and 16th September 2015. It’s an interesting way of telling what happened on these dates and it works well.
The story starts in the seemingly innocent, picturesque surroundings of the Gibraltar, where there is a real sense of where Sullivan went to within the island. The writing of the character DS Sullivan gives a marvelous insight to the character and her strong personality, traits and more… For those who have encountered her in the novels and those who have yet to discover them. Do take note that this is a completely stand-alone short story.

From a relaxed pace at the very beginning that would lull anyone into a false sense of security, the pace notches up somewhat as the intensity of the atmosphere builds and builds as does the intrigue about what is there, and all is certainly not normal  within the tunnel… An investigation is mounted to try to discover who or what it was within the there and all turns even more mysterious, intense and ghostly. It is far from your average journey…

The ending is up there with one of the most lovely, tender endings I’ve certainly read.
All in all this short story is one I highly recommend. The growing pace and atmosphere is incredibly well structured and the plot is enjoyable and written very well.
Look out for this FREE offer of Echo Rock when you subscribe to  www.hobeck.net    . It won’t disappoint!

About The Author

Robert Daws Pic
Robert Daws

His first crime novella, The Rock, made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times.
The second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, The Poisoned Rock.
The third – Killing Rock is due to be published 14th July
The standalone short story is due to be published 22nd June.

As an actor, Robert Daws has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott, Outside Edge, Roger Roger, Sword of Honour, Take A Girl Like You, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Rock and Chips, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Poldark.

His recent work for the stage includes the national tours of Ten Times Table, Alarms and Excursions, Blackbird. In the The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property,  Yes, Prime Minister and Summoned by Betjeman.

His many BBC radio performances include Arthur Lowe in Dear Arthur, Love John, Ronnie Barker in Goodnight from Him and Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson (available on Audible now… also reviewed on the blog).

Social Media Links:
Robert Daws: 
Website www.robertdaws.com     Twitter @Robert Daws 
Instagram @RobertDawsOfficial

Hobeck:  Website  www.hobeck.net       by subscribing to the Hobeck Books website, you will be able to claim your Free – E-Book
Twitter  @HobeckBooks
Facebook www.facebook.com/hobeckbook