The Girl on the Beach by Morton S. Gray – Book Promo
The Girl on the Beach by Morton S. Gray – Extract
Borteen Secrets Book One
Publisher – Choc Lit
Pages – 256
Release Date – 10th April 2018
ISBN 13 – 978-1781894194
Format – ebook, paperback
Who is Harry Dixon?
When Ellie Golden meets Harry Dixon, she can’t help but feel she recognises him from somewhere. But when she finally realises who he is, she can’t believe it because the man she met on the beach all those years before wasn’t called Harry Dixon. And, what’s more, that man is dead.
For a woman trying to outrun her troubled past and protect her son, Harry’s presence is deeply unsettling – and even more disconcerting than coming face to face with a dead man, is the fact that Harry seems to have no recollection of ever having met Ellie before. At least that’s what he says …
But perhaps Harry isn’t the person Ellie should be worried about. Because there’s a far more dangerous figure from the past lurking just outside of the new life she has built for herself, biding his time, just waiting to strike.
After a never-ending lunch with John Williams and the school governors, Ellie and Harry sat next to each other on the stage in front of all of the pupils of the school. Ellie tried to spot her son in the faces before her. Harry’s leg brushed against her skirt. Her awareness of him was so heightened that she could feel the warmth of him, smell his subtle aftershave and settled her own breathing to the rhythm of his. She tried to look at him without turning her head and noticed he had a slightly deformed ear. It looked like a rugby injury.
He reached out to scratch his knee and she saw a strange mark above his wrist. It covered a section of his lower forearm.
Unbidden, a vision floated into her mind of a tattoo above a strong hand, a surf board, sandy legs …
She stiffened in shock and examined Harry more closely. No, it was impossible. It couldn’t be him. He met her gaze and she was sure she could sense alarm in his expression. Her heart began to drum. She looked away, stared unseeing at her clipboard, tried to focus on her score sheet, but it was next to impossible given the turmoil inside her.
John Williams stood and welcomed Harry and Ellie as the art competition judges, talked about Ellie’s gallery in the centre of town and her work with the school and introduced Harry as his successor from September. The young people sat silently in rows in front of her, oblivious to her confusion. In a few moments, she would be asked to announce the winners of the competition. A scream bubbled inside of her and she fought to control it.
Would she be able to speak, now that she knew for certain?
His name wasn’t Harry Dixon.
It was Ben Rivers and Ben Rivers was dead.
Morton’s new book in the Borteen Secret Series, ‘The Truth Lies Buried’ will also be released in May.
Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered …
When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.
A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …
As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.
Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?
Morton lives with her husband, two sons and Lily, the tiny white dog, in Worcestershire, U.K. She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.
Her debut novel ‘The Girl on the Beach’ was published as an ebook in January 2017, after she won The Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition. The story follows a woman with a troubled past as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s headteacher, Harry Dixon. This book is available as a paperback from 10 April 2018.
Morton’s second book for Choc Lit ‘The Truth Lies Buried’ is published as an eBook on 1 May 2018. Another romantic suspense novel, the book tells the story of Jenny Simpson and Carver Rodgers as they uncover secrets from their past.
Morton previously worked in the electricity industry in committee services, staff development and training. She has a Business Studies degree and is a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki master. She also has diplomas in Tuina acupressure massage and energy field therapy. She enjoys crafts, history and loves tracing family trees. Having a hunger for learning new things is a bonus for the research behind her books.