Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.
Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.
Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive.
Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk them? Or are the people at the top more powerful than they think?
It's my pleasure to be featuring an extract from Beginnings, the first book in the Safe Face, Different Place series today. Many thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey from Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me.
AMBUSH AT WATERLOO STATION Extract 2 from Chapter 8
Time stood still; the ever continuous lines of faceless people moving in both directions, seemingly oblivious to it all. Jake snatched one final look at the scene unfurling ahead of them and sensing the aggression that charged the atmosphere, he spun towards the station again.
The man with the pale blue eyes loomed behind him, having finally caught up. Jake gulped, overwhelmed by a wave of fear before he came to an abrupt decision.
Turning to Eleanor, he pulled her around, lowering his head to kiss her. He trailed a forefinger over her profile then spoke very gently.
“Run, my love. Get yourself out of here while you still can, I am giving myself up...”
“Jake, no!” she whimpered, staring at him bolt eyed.
He shook her off then strode out into the open. Poised at the top of the steps and facing the crowd, he stretched his arms out wide as if offering himself as a sacrifice.
If that extract has intrigued you, Beginnings can be purchased here.
About the Author
Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast of Sussex with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011. Her first book 'Beginnings,' set in 1970s London, combines romantic suspense with a hard-hitting conspiracy thriller. Writing is something she juggles around family and social life. Helen is self employed and enjoys running the web design company, she and her husband set up from home. They have no children but enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a fluffy white cat. Helen confesses to have got most of her ideas for writing, whilst walking Barney along the beach.
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