Today I am so pleased to welcome Garrett Leigh to Joyfully Jay. Garrett has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Heart. She has also brought along a copy to give away to two lucky readers! Please join me in giving Garrett a big welcome!
Excerpt #4 (Exclusively for Joyfully Jay)
Taken from Heart…
The lorry stopped around dawn. The driver got out, but Dex stayed huddled in the back, holding his breath and wound so tight every nerve in his body felt like it would snap, until he felt safe enough to shuffle to the side of the trailer.
Cautiously, he peered through the tarpaulin and scanned the car park. There didn’t seem to be anyone around, so he took a chance, slithered out of the trailer, and crept around the cab of the lorry. He hadn’t heard the driver lock up, and sure enough, when he tried the door, it opened right up. After another furtive glance around, he swiped a jacket, a can of Coke, and a wallet from the passenger seat.
There wasn’t much in the wallet—twenty quid—but it served its purpose. He used it to pay a foreign truck driver to buy him a sandwich and take him the rest of the way to London. The Polish driver didn’t speak much English, but when he let Dex out of the cab in the capital, he told him he was in Regent’s Park.
Dex watched the lorry disappear into the heavy traffic, and then, lacking any better ideas, shoved his hands in his pockets and started walking. He walked all day, and by nightfall, he found himself in a busy shopping district bustling with commuters and tourists. Alarmed, he trailed to a stop. He’d never seen such crowded streets. Living out on the site, he didn’t mix much with the outside world, at least not like this. People jostled and shoved him, taking no notice of him at all. Instinctively, he shrank back, edging away from the pavement until he found the blocked-up entrance of a disused alleyway.
He crouched down, hugging his knees to his chest. His heart pounded. He’d escaped, he was free. But what the fuck did he do now? He had no money, no food, and no place to sleep.
Not even a rusty bloody caravan.
Despair swept over him. He pushed his face into his knees and wrapped his arms over his head. He’d run for his life, only to confirm what he already knew: there was nothing else out there.
Not for him.
Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb’s world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.
Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, ‘Uncle’ Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden’s other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn’t dare dream he’ll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.
Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com
Cover art enquiries: email@example.com
Leigh has brought two ebook copies of Heart to give away to two lucky readers. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Friday, October 31st at 11:59 pm EST.
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I love Garrett Leigh’s books and this one sounds terrific!
I am a fan of Garrett’s books, please count me in. Thanks.
I love Garrett Leigh’s books. Thanks you for the chance to win a copy!
Love Garrett’s books…thanks for the chance!
Love the sound of this book! Please count me in. 🙂
I love Garrett’s writing. Can’t wait to read Heart. Thanks for the giveaway!
Sounds good. Please count me in.
Thanks for the excerpt and contest! Heart sounds great. Going to go add it to my TBR list.
I’d love to win a copy!
This sounds absolutely wonderful. 😀
I love Garrett Leigh’s books. They are all a “must-read” for me. Heart sounds really good to me. Count me in 🙂
Sounds good , adding to list.
Wow! This sounds fantastic!
I’m really looking forward to reading this! I love Garrett’s books. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
I love everything Garrett has written. Please count me in and thank you.
Please count me in, this one sounds really good. I loved every single book Garrett wrote, all amazing
Great post & giveaway!
How intriguing. The excerpt makes you want more more more.
Love Garret’s books 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway
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Thank you for the chance!!!
Love Garret’s books. They are the books I have o read at one sitting because I can’t put them down Thanks for the excerpt and for the chance to win a copy.
I really enjoy Garrett Leigh’s writing. i was about to start Only Love
Sounds great. Please count me in. Thank you ^^
Please count me in. Thanks.
Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway. Sounds good.
Sounds interesting. Please count me in.
Love Garrett’s books! Can’t wait to read the novel length book!
I’d like to enter the giveaway please.
Thanks for the giveaway! Count me in. Looks like it will be an enjoyable read.
Garrett Leigh has quickly become one of my must read authors! Excited for Heart, can’t wait to read!
Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway. I enjoy Leigh’s work.
I really enjoy Garrett’s characters and books, full of angst and eventual love, so thank you for a chance to win a copy of Heart. The book blurb and the extract tug at your heart and wishes that Dex finds a safe place and happiness (as well as love).