Friday, 10 March 2017

Skin Deep: one week to go

To celebrate there being only one week to go until I post the first chapter of my Beauty and the Beast retelling and the release of the new film, today I am sharing the Wattpad cover art and the first few paragraphs!

A tale as old as time with a rather different twist. When Beau's father steals a cursed rose from the garden of a terrifying beast, Beau bravely offers to take his father's place in servitude. 
Cursed to appear in the form that will terrify the beholder most,  Brielle doesn't know what to make of the new addition to her castle.
But the pair slowly learn that there is more to the other than meets the eye. After all, beauty is only skin deep.

Beau scrunched up his eyes in stubborn denial of the sunlight streaming in through his bedroom window. It couldn’t possibly be morning yet. He’d only come to bed a few minutes ago after an extremely undignified fight with a stubborn hen who refused to return to the barn. His eyes had been closed for five seconds, tops. He hadn’t even been out long enough to dream.

The shrill cry of a cockerel blasted through the thin walls of the country house Beau and his family had moved to last year, confirming that it was, indeed morning. The cockerel’s mischief-making mate was no doubt pea-cocking around the barn in celebration at her victory; Beau had once again had no rest and she would soon be back in the open air, harassing the horses and keeping the other birds in line. 

Admitting defeat, Beau groaned and threw back his threadbare blanket. The novel he had hoped - in vain - to finish last night lay untouched on the nightstand. Beau looked at it wistfully before getting up. He splashed some cold water on his face and torso from the pitcher in the corner of his room, avoiding his no doubt exhausted reflection in the cracked mirror hung in front of it, then pulled on a clean shirt and pair of trousers and headed through to the small family kitchen. 

What do you think? You'll be able to read Skin Deep on my blog and over at Wattpad. I will post the rest of the first chapter next Friday, so check back then to meet the rest of Beau's family.

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