I am joining the blog tour for YA novel Stonechild by Kevin Albin today, and I am delighted to be able to share an extract of the book with you all. Many thanks to Kevin for allowing me to do this, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part on the tour.
Where do we go to when we die? Imagine human consciousness embedded in the molecules of a statue. So, when the statues of London come to life, it is a spectacle like non other, and they come with a specific message, and an offer we cannot refuse.
As the world reels in this wonder of science and religion, Molly Hargreaves has other plans and she sets out to prove that things are not as they seem.
Chased, captured and confined, Molly confronts the statues and her own fears. But who can she convince? The people are welcoming, the Government has succumbed, and the police try to act, but how do you shoot stone and metal? Be prepared to be run ragged around London on a mystery worthy of the great Sherlock Holmes.
Just a few statues have come to life in London. They are delivering their message on conservation but also chatting with the crowd, describing what life was like in their day and answering the many questions about life after death.
Like many people in London, Nico was not born in Britain. He was Italian, and a short man of stocky build with a bulbous nose, and used his hands as much as his mouth, when speaking. He usually dressed in a tee-shirt, even when it was cold, and he worked a stall on Westminster Bridge selling tourist type things: badges and enamelled plates, umbrellas and Union flags, stickers and postcards of London, laughing, chattering plastic teeth and policemen’s helmets. Being a foreigner himself, Nico appreciated why tourists bought these mementos. He did a good trade.
He also had a prime position, on a corner of a busy street and directly underneath a popular tourist attraction, Boudicca, the Queen of the Iceni.
With all the business of statues coming alive, people had gathered looking for any movement in this famous statue: a swish of a horse’s tail, a turn of a chariot wheel, or for one of her daughters to cover a breast after all these years of exposure. Nico was very happy with the increase in trade.
A tourist had asked, “Are you not worried about her coming to life, dropping down and crushing your stall?”
“Nah,” said Nico. “We’ve come to an agreement, in the interest of good business, of course.”
It was about midday when there was a swish of a horse’s tail.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I served 25 years with the police in the UK, eight years of which were with a tactical firearms team. In 2002, I took a career change, and retrained as an International Mountain Leader working across the globe guiding on mountaineering trips and expeditions.
I have led many trips to the jungles of Borneo, my favourite destination, an enchanting place that has sadly seen much deforestation. My trips were based on education and conservation.
In 2011, I won the Bronze in the Wanderlust Magazine World Guide Awards for my work..
It was whilst working on a corporate training day in London, when I pictured a statue coming to life to give my clients the answer to the clue they were working on. The rest grew from there.
My hope is that my writing will continue to spread the word on conservation and protection of all species.
I live in France.
A word puzzle for the readers of Stonechild and with a prize to be drawn on the 10th December, which is Human Rights Day. Here’s the link with all the details https://kevin-albin.com/book-kevin-albin/puzzle-time-for-readers-of-stonechild/
Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs taking part on this tour for more information about Stonechild.