Friday, 16 December 2016

Excerpt: What Lies Beneath the Mask

Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 18 of What Lies Beneath the Mask, a moment of best friend-ness between main character and stage manager Annabelle and costume designer, Hayley.

What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 

“It still surprises me what a convincing woman John Travolta makes.” Hayley said, sipping her pink cocktail and munching on a chocolate brownie, her third of the night.
“You say that every time we watch Hairspray!” I laughed, and it was true, though I did agree with her.
“Do you think Jack would pull it off if we did Hairspray next?” She asked in mock seriousness. I pushed her arm and snorted.
“Nope. He’d be Corny. Now Henry…he’d make a good Edna!” Hayley joined me in fits of laughter as we imagined the ever image conscious Henry dressed in drag and a fat suit.
“What and leave George or Dave to be Link?” She asked through laughing.
“Maybe we’d get David involved just for that.” She had the good grace to look embarrassed. “Things not go well?” I asked, nervous that I’d over stepped a mark.
“No it went great.” She said quickly.
“But nothing. I’m just not sure I’m ready for something serious.”
“You’ve been on one date Hayls, who said anything about serious!” It was slightly ironic that our normal roles had been reversed.
“He just seemed to be the kind of guy you’d take home to meet the folks.” She sighed and grabbed another brownie.
“That’s not necessarily a bad thing.” She sighed and I knew it was probably best to change the subject. “I got another note.”
“What?!” She sat bolt upright, almost spilling her drink. “When?”
“Today. I found it on the windscreen of my car.”
“Have you reported it?”
“Of course not! What would I say? Someone is anonymously leaving me notes that seem to be encouraging me?” It wasn’t like we could prove that the notes were as sinister as we thought they were.
“No, I guess not.” She sighed. So much for me trying to change the subject and get everything back to fun.
“Another drink?” She nodded and wordlessly handing me her glass. I topped up both of our drinks from the blender in the kitchen, it was our fourth, the other three having met their demises while we were having one of our girl’s nights…apparently, there is such a thing as too much frozen fruit and rum. 

3 years ago, assistant director and aspiring concept artist Annabelle escaped from an abusive relationship, and now the past is back to haunt her. Feeling drawn to the handsome and charming star of her amateur theatre group’s production of the Phantom of the Opera, Annabelle has to fight her demons if she’s to follow her heart. But is Jack enough to free her from her memories, or has her ex-boyfriend still got her in his grasp?

What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 

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